Tuesday, May 29, 2007
African Ministers’ Council on Water meeting
The sixth Ordinary Session of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW-6) is taking place this week in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. Ministers will participate in roundtable discussions on partnership issues relating to the financing of water infrastructure; access to the EU-ACP Water Facility; resources for the African Water Facility; follow-up to the G8-Africa Water Action Plan; follow-up to the Africa Commission Report; tracking commitments towards the attainment of the targets created at the World Summit on Sustainable Development and those in the Millennium Development Goals; collaboration between the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation and AMCOW; and preparations for the 2008 Year of Sanitation. Side events focusing on groundwater management in Africa, the promotion of rain harvesting in Africa, and the Congo River Basin are also scheduled to take place during the meeting. The current AMCOW bulletin offers useful online background to the meeting.