By Megan Macgarry from End Water Poverty and Heloise Chicou from Sanitation and Water for All
20 Jul, 2016 in
What a powerful day it was at the official opening ceremony of the 6th Africa Water Week, in Tanzania, on Monday 18th of July.
Highlights of the event included speeches from Lydia Zigomo, Head of Region - East and Pan Africa - at WaterAid who stated that "we have to do business unusual here in Africa if we are to achieve the change we want". This was followed by a brief statement from End Water Poverty Steering Committee member, Joanna Fatch, who was representing African youth, confirming their commitment to our common vision of achieving the new sustainable development Agenda 2030.
But the golden moment for us, the Sanitation and Water for All Civil Society Constituency and the key partners we have worked with, was Chair of the African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation (ANEW), Doreen Wandeera presenting the united civil society position statement developed at the Civil Society Forum on 16 July, this past weekend. Africa unites in our call for a better future for all!
Not only was it an incredible opportunity that we were able to officially present our joint position statement, but on conclusion of her delivery, the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) outgoing Executive Secretary, Mr Bai-Mass Taal insisted on officially accepting and adopting it in front of all official delegates as civil society's contribution to the week, and to the declaration to be finalised by the end of the conference. A fantastic outcome and achievement!
Let us all ensure that we leave no one behind!
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