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Senegal to host first Water Forum in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Macky Sall, President of Senegal, stressed the need to prepare well for the Summit of Heads of State and Government scheduled on that occasion, in the presence of the leaders of the major international institutions. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

Senegal to host first Water Forum in Sub-Saharan Africa

The ninth edition of the World Water Forum will be held from 21-26 March 2022 in the lake city of Diamniadio, Senegal, in West Africa. It is the first time the event will be hosted in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The event is co-organised by the World Water Council and the Government of Senegal. The forum’s theme is “Water Security for Peace and Development.”

The African Development Bank, a lead partner of the event, has earmarked more than USD5.6-million to support the forum, billed as the world’s largest international water-related gathering. The event will be an opportunity for attendees to gain a deeper insight into how the Bank provides technical and financial support to regional member countries to ensure water security for sustainable development in their territories through its Water Development and Sanitation Department.

“As a financing institution with a commitment to the development of Africa’s water and sanitation sectors, it is a natural fit for the African Development Bank to support the Government of Senegal in co-hosting this Forum,” says Beth Dunford, the African Development Bank’s Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development. “Failure is not an option when it comes to mitigating the imbalance between water needs and water availability to boost economic development and stability,” says Dunford.

The African Development Bank is a member of the forum’s International Steering Committee and plays a lead role in its pilot group responsible for sessions exploring the modalities and tools needed to implement policies and solutions for water security. The Bank also coordinates the forum’s action group that aims to mobilise financial resources and promote innovative funding.

The Bank will participate in more than two dozen high-level panels, key roundtable discussions, technical sessions, and side events. Highlights include launching the Bank’s Comprehensive Handbook of Financial Tools for the Water and Sanitation Sector, and its Climate Proofing Transboundary Waters Agreements report. There will also be a session on key findings of the Bank’s State of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation in Africa report.

The Bank and the African Ministers’ Council on Water are co-hosting a pavilion at the forum. The pavilion will serve as a knowledge-sharing destination for leaders and allies of Africa’s water development and sanitation agenda.

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