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African Ministers’ Council on Water
Briefing Note
Thursday, 18 Dec. 2008
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Executive Committee and Technical Advisory Committee of the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW)

24-28 November 2008 | Nairobi, Kenya
A group photo of the participants of the AfricaSan taskforce meeting that was held as part of the Technical Advisory Committee meeting.
The Executive Committee of the African Ministers’ Council Water (AMCOW) met from 24-28 November 2008 at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya, under the theme “Carrying forward the Sharm El Sheikh Declaration and Commitments on Water and Sanitation (adopted by the African Union Summit, Egypt, June 2008).”

The week’s events included meetings of the: AMCOW Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) from 24-25 November;  AfricaSan Taskforce on the eThekwini Declaration on 26 November 2008; Steering and Coordination Committees for the African Preparatory Process for the 5th World Water Forum on 26 November; G8 and AMCOW Dialogue session  on 26 November 2008; and AMCOW Executive Committee (ExCom) from 27-28 November.

The ExCom adopted recommendations made by the TAC on: the elements of the plan of action for the implementation of the Sharm El Sheikh Declaration and commitments on water and sanitation; the proposed Pan-African mechanism for the monitoring and evaluation of progress in the water and sanitation sector at the country, sub-regional and regional levels; the implementation and coordination of commitments relating to water; the proposals by the Kenyan government for the hosting arrangements of the second Africa Water Week; AMCOW’s strategy for strengthening the AMCOW/G8 partnership; AMCOW’s  strategy for the high level conference on water for agriculture and energy; Africa’s road map for the World Water Forum; the strategy and road map for the implementation of the eThekweni Declaration; the road map for accelerating the implementation of the decisions of the sixth session of AMCOW; measures for the restructuring of the AMCOW Executive Committee, strengthening AMCOW’s subregional presence and bringing into full operation the secretariat of AMCOW located in Abuja, Nigeria; the chairmanship of the African Ground Water Commission and related arrangements;  and the outcomes of the ninth meeting of the Governing Council of the African Water Facility.
The African Development Bank informal consultations. L-R: Tefera Woudeneh and Freddie Kwesiga.
Rhoda Tumusiime, AU commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture.
The dais at the opening session of the Executive Committee: L-R: Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP; Bruno Jean Itoua, President, AMCOW; Rhoda Tumusiime, AU commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture; Bai Mass Tal, Executive Secretary, AMCOW; Freddie Kwesiga, Coordinator, Africa Water Facility; and Inga Bjork-Klevby, Deputy Executive Director, UN HABITAT.
Participants interact during the break.
Freddie Kwesiga, Coordinator Africa Water Facility.
Participants during the Technical Advisory Committee meeting that was held before the Executive Committee meeting.
L-R: Charity Ngilu, Minister for Water Resources and Irrigation, Kenya; Rhoda Tumusiime, AU commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture; Bruno Jean Itoua, President, AMCOW; Bai Mass Tal, Executive Secretary, AMCOW; and Olushola Sodeko, AUC.
Bai Mass Tal, Executive Secretary, AMCOW.
Halifah Drammeh, Special Advisor on Africa to the UNEP Executive Director.
Participants listen in to the session.
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