The 8th Africa Water Week (AWW) and the 6th AfricaSan conference are set to be held jointly from the 22-26 November 2021.
The conference, initially planned for 2020 could not be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic that restricted international travel and large gatherings.
The joint conference will facilitate dialogue and sharing of knowledge and develop action plans on water, sanitation and hygiene towards achievement of the SDG 6 in Africa. The conferences are meant to mobilize governments and other stakeholders to ensure water security for all across Africa by 2030 and ensure every country achieves access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene and end open defecation by 2030.
So far, 7 editions of the AWW and 5 editions of the AfricaSan conference have been organized. Each of these conferences have been held in each of the 5 subregions of the continent on a rotational basis.
These African flagship water and sanitation events represent a political commitment at the highest level; it is an institutionalized platform to discuss and collectively seek solutions to Africa’s water and sanitation challenges.
AWW8 is themed “Water Security for Public Health and Human Development” and will take a critical look at the steps needed by the continent to ensure that everyone has access to clean drinking water, safe sanitation and hygiene and that water resources are not only sustainably managed but also developed, benefitting and equitably shared among riparians.
The AfricaSan series of conferences was initiated to serve as a platform for technical and political dialogue to address the sanitation and hygiene problems in Africa and therefore mitigate the impacts of poor sanitation and hygiene on the continent. The first AfricaSan conference took place in 2002. The AfricaSan movement has led to two distinct high-level declarations – the eThekwini declaration on Sanitation and Hygiene in 2008, and the Ngor Declaration on Sanitation and Hygiene in 2015. The theme of AfricaSan 6 is: Accelerating Access to Safe Sanitation and Hygiene in Africa at SDG+5 and Covid-19 era.
The conference aims to to mobilize governments and other stakeholders to accelerate action to ensure every country achieves access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation by 2030.
The joint conference will be organized by the Secretariat of AMCOW jointly with the African Union Commission while the Government of the Republic of Namibia, the current President of AMCOW will host the virtual conference. Scientific committees for AWW8 (TESCO) will work closely with the secretariat to organize its technical content while the AfricaSan 6 technical committee (AITF) guided by the Secretariat will work on its own content. Additionally, AMCOW will coordinate the conference and provide secretarial services together with the core working group made of selected representatives from Technical & Scientific Committee (TESCO) of the Africa Water Week and the AfricaSan International Task force (AITF).