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Africa Water Week

26.05.2014 -

"It's time for water," said UN-Water Chair, Michel Jarraud,  at the opening of Africa Water Week this week in Dakar, Senegal. Over thousand delegates were expected at this fifth edition to seek solutions to Africa’s water resources, and sanitation challenges.

Thanking the African Ministers Council on Water, the African Union Commission and Senegal for organizing the event, Mr. Jarraud said that water issues are getting increasing attention - both in civil society and in the political realm. "Our common voice is starting to get heard," he stated before giving a presentation on the importance of prioritizing water in the post-2015 agenda.

"While the outcome of the intergovernmental negotiations is uncertain, the United Nations system needs to stand ready to support Member States in achieving a possible water goal whether it’s in monitoring and/or in implementation," Mr. Jarraud said and expressed the benefits of wide partnerships, support for research, capacity development and long-term commitment for monitoring progress.