“Water security is at the heart of our global development challenge”, said GWP’s new Patron, Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as she spoke at Africa Water Week 2014 (AWW5) in Dakar, Senegal.
The Liberian President expressed her support of a dedicated Water Goal in the post-2015 development agenda, stressing that this year is a crucial year to raise the issue of water around the world.
President Sirleaf is co-chairing the joint GWP-OECD Global Dialogue project, which includes worldwide discussions on water. In her speech, the President brought up the recently completed national consultations on water, which were facilitated by GWP. She said the results from these demonstrate a very strong support for a Water Goal at country level.
President Sirleaf was addressing the Water Ministers of 32 African countries in the opening session of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) General Assembly.
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Strengthened Relationship with AMCOW
GWP representatives attended many of the sessions of AWW5 and meetings were held with all five African GWP regions. The event also presented an opportunity to release the National Drought Management Policy Guidelines, which is the first knowledge product of the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP).
The main outcome for GWP was a further strengthening of the relationship with AMCOW. GWP has been included as lead partner in 7 out of 9 areas of implementation of AMCOW´s new work programme 2014-2016.
GWP had also an exhibition booth at AWW5, which was well visited by participants interested in GWP publications. GWP West Africa has the report on this.
Top photo: The President's message was broadcast at Africa Water Week on 30 May 2014.