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Virtual Conference // Africa Water and Sanitation Week 2021

The 8th Africa Water Week (AWW8) and the 6th Africa Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene (AfricaSan6) are being jointly organised this year as a virtual conference on 22-26 November. Joined together as the Africa Water and Sanitation Week (AWSW), the conference is convened by the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) in conjunction with the African Union Commission and organised with other development partners.

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Africa Water and Sanitation Week 2021

22 - 26 November, 2021 (virtual)


The AWSW will be convened under unprecedented circumstances. From the beginning of the year 2020, the world including Africa has been hit by a public health emergency: the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) across Africa and all over the world, and hence introducing a new dynamic in the challenges faced by the water sector.

The unpredictability of public health pandemics and the role of water, sanitation and hygiene in response and mitigation efforts introduces a completely new complexity to the sector. The COVID-19 pandemic affects the sector both directly and indirectly.

The Africa Water Week and AfricaSan are Africa’s flagship water and sanitation events and represent a political commitment at the highest level. They are institutionalised platforms to discuss and collectively seek solutions to Africa’s water and sanitation challenges.

AFRICASAN

AfricaSan | AfricaSan6

The 6th Africa Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene (AfricaSan6) would be held virtually from the 22nd to 26th of November 2021. AfricaSan6 would be jointly organized with the 8th Africa Water Week as Africa Water and Sanitation Week (AWSW). The conference is convened by the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) in conjunction with the African Union Commission and organized with other development partners.

The AWSW will be convened under unprecedented circumstances that the continent has never experienced before. From the beginning of the year 2020, the world including Africa has been hit by a public health emergency: the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) across Africa and all over the world, and hence introducing a new dynamic in the challenges faced by the sector.

The unpredictability of public health pandemics and the role of water, sanitation and hygiene in response and mitigation efforts introduces a completely new complexity to the sector. The COVID-19 pandemic affects the sector both directly and indirectly. The direct effect involves prevention and mitigation efforts where water is used directly for personal hygiene and the aspect of behaviour change towards the adoption of safe hygiene practices like handwashing and other personal hygiene practices. This therefore means that in times like this, there is excessive pressure on water resources and infrastructure for provision of clean water for hygiene and personal use.

Africa Water Week

About – 8th Africa Water Week

The Africa Water Week (aww) is convened by the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) in conjunction with the African Union Commission and organized with other development partners. It represents a political commitment at the highest level with over 1000 participants from governments, regional institutions, international partners, the private sector, the scientific community, civil society, and the media from all over the world, and in particular Africa, meeting to discuss and collectively seek solutions to Africa’s water resources, and sanitation challenges. It is now held biennially in keeping with the decision of the AMCOW to institutionalize AWW in order to build momentum on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to water security and sanitation by 2030, and the 2025 Africa Water Vision as well as crystalizing the way to actualizing Africa’s Agenda 2063.

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