Post 2015 Dialogue : "Water Secure World for all by 2030"

The African Ministers' Council on Water agreed on the priority to give to the access to water and sanitation for all in Africa by 2030, and on the proposal for a distinct water goal in the Post 2015 Development Agenda. Press release and comment.

Florence Higuet & Riccardo Petrella, IERPE, Belgium
Published: 5 years, 4 months ago (04/15/2013)
Updated: 4 years, 1 month ago (07/18/2014)

Press release from the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW), 22nd March 2013: « World Water Day: Africa Supports Post 2015 Goal on Water Security »

March 22nd 2013 – On the occasion of the World Water Day, the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) has restated support for Africa's call for the adoption of a distinct water goal in the post 2015 development agenda. An African Wide Stakeholders Forum on Water on the Post 2015 development agenda which met in Tunis on March 1st 2015 had proposed the adoption of “Water Secure World for All by 2030” in the global post 2015 development  goals.

The demand has been endorsed at the African Union led Africa Post 2015 Dialogue with Stakeholders convened in conjunction with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and the African Development Bank (AfDB) from March 11 – 12 2013 in Tunis.

Presenting the African position at a High Level Forum hosted by the Government of Netherlands to mark the global celebration of the World Water Day, AMCOW Executive Secretary, Bai Mass Taal stressed that the request rose out of the need to guarantee water security for universal access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene; for food and energy security; and for peace and cooperation in trans boundary and coastal waters management.

The participants at the African wide stakeholders’ forum on water organized by AMCOW in collaboration with the AUC and AfDB gave pertinent reasons why the post 2015 development agenda should prioritize water to include:

Access to clean water and sanitation is prerequisite for healthy human living and has direct impact on the wellbeing and productivity of the population as well as sustaining freshwater eco systems.

Sustainable and equitable economic development and poverty reduction have water as a pre-requisite.

Water and sanitation are human rights and increasingly widely recognised as such.

Water is essential for ensuring food and energy security, which in turn can only be achieved if the cross sectorial inter linkages are taken into account.

Water resources management is a key instrument for mitigating the impacts of the currently Climate Change and Variability.

Download the Tunis Outcome Document for the Water Sector Post-2015 Thematic Consultations, 1st March 2013

Comment

The proposal for a distinct water goal in the Post 2015 Development Agenda is worth implementing. Inversely, it is difficult to share the fact that the Tunis Outcome Document of the African Wide Stakeholders Forum on Water does not mention in any way the human right to water. This is quite strange as most of the african countries voted in favor of the UN General Assembly Resolution on the human right to water and sanitation. It is to be hoped that this is not a new attempt following the unsuccessful one at Rio + 20 by influential countries and private lobbies to make public opinion to forget the 2010 UN Resolution.

It is also deplorable that african Ministers accept once again to postpone to far distant datelines their obligation and commitments to guarantee universal access to water and sanitation as a right to their people. They committed to achieve this aim by 2000, then, by 2015 and now without any embarrassment, by 2030. Should one think that in 2020 they will postpone it to 2050 ?

The last comment concerns the acceptance by african political leaders of the principle that for the sanitation right, you must pay. By definition, in our societies the cost of human rights recognized as such by the States must be covered by the collectivity through public finance.


Sources :

Nourou-Dhine SALOUKA, “Consultations Thématiques Post 2015 sur l’Eau à Tunis : AMCOW s’engage pour l’accès universel à l’eau et à l’assainissement en 2030 !”, 2 avr. 2013, http://faseaunouvelles.wordpress.com, consulté le 14-04-2013.

African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), “World Water Day: Africa Supports Post 2015 Goal on Water Security”, 22 Mars 2013, http://www.amcow-online.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=307%3Aafrica-supports-call-for-post-2015-goal-on-water-security-for-all-by-2030-&catid=44%3Ademo-content&Itemid=169&lang=fr, consulté le 14-04-2013.

African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), “Tunis Post 2015 Water Consultation Calls for a Water Secured World for All”, http://www.amcow-online.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=306%3Atunis-post-2015-water-consultation-calls-for-a-water-secured-world-for-all&catid=44%3Ademo-content&Itemid=167&lang=fr, consulté le 14-04-2013.