Action required to reach water goal

Africa needs to accelerate progress towards ensuring access to water and sanitation for all by 2030.

06 July 2021 | Infrastructure

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK

Africa needs to put in place strategies for progress to accelerate progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, which deals with ensuring access to water and sanitation for all by 2030.

Agriculture minister Calle Schlettwein said this when speaking at the high-level ministerial conference on Water Dialogues for Results held in Bonn.

The virtual conference was convened by the German government to support the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework, which unifies all sectors in increasing efforts to achieve water and sanitation for all by 2030.

Schlettwein said Africa sees this conference as an important opportunity to highlight the challenges that the continent faces, but also to bring to the table proposals of how better coordination and appropriately targeted financial resources could accelerate action in the implementation of SDG 6.

Alarming

Schlettwein said in sub-Saharan Africa alone over 400 million people do not have access to basic water services.

“The situation is even more alarming for sanitation as over 767 million Africans do not have access to basic sanitation and hygiene services and over 250 million people still practice open defecation.”

He said financial flows to the sector are inadequate and indeed declined sharply from US$3.8 billion in the year 2000 to US$1.7 billion in 2017.

“The current financial flows are but a fraction of the actual need and must be significantly enhanced without pushing already vulnerable economies into debt crises.”

Climate

In addition, Schlettwein said that the water sector is further challenged by climate change, inadequate policies and regulatory frameworks, weak coordination among actors, weak institutional and human resource capacity and weak monitoring, reporting and learning systems.

“The continent’s challenges remain steep and there is an urgent need for member states of the African Union and indeed the world to put in place the needed strategies and policies to accelerate progress towards achieving SDG 6 for all by 2030, but equally the required financial and technological resources.”

Schlettwein

that the effects of climate change on water are starting to manifest themselves as an additional burden to African countries.

“Therefore, the water and climate leaders panel, which I have the pleasure to be part of, advocates for a more integrated water and climate agenda.”

According to him the panel calls for a global water monitoring alliance, an integrated water and climate stock take, cooperative water and climate adaptation action across boundaries and long-term financing arrangements to respond to the needs.

Schlettwein pointed out that during the Africa Regional Forum for Water Dialogue for Results in May, delegates of the 55 member states of the African Union re-emphasised that the demand for water in Africa is increasing exponentially due to increasing population growth, socio-economic development and large-scale industrial and agriculture requirements and groundwater remains critical for sustainable development of Africa.

He said the forum also recognised the links between sustainable groundwater and transboundary water management, the essential regional and global cooperation between all stakeholders, and peace and harmonisation of legislation, policies and strategies on the continent and has developed an eight-point action plan on water for the way forward.

Similar News

 

Billions needed to develop water sector

1 month - 18 August 2021 | Infrastructure

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKA massive N$8.31 billion will be pumped into Namibia's water sector over the next seven years.These funds will be used for - among other...

Witel Namibia adds STM-16 international internet capacity

1 month - 13 August 2021 | Infrastructure

Sponsored ContentWitel Service Provider, a tier 1 internet service provider operating in Namibia, has just announced that they have boosted their existing international capacity by...

NHE hands over 131 houses in Okuryangava

1 month - 30 July 2021 | Infrastructure

Michelline NawatisesThe National Housing Enterprise (NHE), in collaboration with the City of Windhoek, the ministry of urban and rural development and the Khomas Regional Council,...

Calle urges stronger implementation in water sector

2 months ago - 23 July 2021 | Infrastructure

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKAlthough Namibia’s water policy and legislations rank among the best in the world, the implementation of these policies has been a serious challenge.“That must...

Action required to reach water goal

2 months ago - 06 July 2021 | Infrastructure

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKAfrica needs to put in place strategies for progress to accelerate progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, which deals with ensuring...

Mass housing available in Ehenye

3 months ago - 25 June 2021 | Infrastructure

Tunohole Mungoba – OshakatiIn collaboration with Sarna Properties and Warthog Engineering, residents from northern Namibia and beyond will soon be new homeowners for two- to...

Supply of land puts pressure on house prices

3 months ago - 15 June 2021 | Infrastructure

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKThe rising supply deficit in land servicing and delivery continues to put pressure on house prices.It costs about N$593 897 to build a three-bedroom...

New desalination plant for Namibia

3 months ago - 08 June 2021 | Infrastructure

Govt partners with private sector to save money > >OTIS DANIELSSWAKOPMUND“Another desalination plant for Namibia is no longer merely a potential, but a reality as...

City secures N$11m to upgrade Gammams plant

3 months ago - 01 June 2021 | Infrastructure

NAMPA WINDHOEKThe City of Windhoek has received a non-repayable grant from the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) Bank to the tune of...

Building houses the unconventional way

4 months ago - 11 May 2021 | Infrastructure

RIVALDO KAVANGAWINDHOEKThe Standard Bank Group, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Shack Dwellers Federation are busy with a pilot project that will use...

Latest News

Marketing Namibia as an investment...

1 day - 24 September 2021 | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUThe ease of doing business, quality of roads and infrastructure, political and economic stability, good governance and judiciary independence are some of the factors...

Forklifting failure

1 day - 24 September 2021 | Others

Natasja ByleveldAre you OK thinking about unconventional ideas that could uplift society and norms to a higher standard? Do you like a challenge, or do...

Big thinker who is not...

1 day - 24 September 2021 | People

Contrasting with his considered, analytical, and steady approach to life, Rolf Mendelsohn is an undisputed adventurer. Together with the other founders of Paratus, Rolf...

Children abused as govt turns...

1 day - 24 September 2021 | Police

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKStaff at a centre for orphans and vulnerable people in Katutura...

Economy crawls into the green

1 day - 24 September 2021 | Economics

Jo-Maré Duddy WINDHOEKNamibia’s economy grew by 1.6% for the three months ended 30 June, the first positive year-on-year quarterly growth since the...

Oxygen giant spreads misinformation in...

1 day - 24 September 2021 | Health

MADLEN DAVIES and TUYEIMO HAIDULA LONDON/OSHAKATI One of the world’s biggest industrial gas companies spread misinformation in an attempt to stop...

Nigeria aims to boost oil...

1 day - 24 September 2021 | Economics

Nigeria said Wednesday it aims to produce 1.88 million barrels per day of crude oil next year and the budget will be based on the...

Submissions open for Hollard Sport...

1 day - 24 September 2021 | Economics

STAFF REPORTERLockdown and the limitations on gatherings and events have driven those in the sports marketing and promotional space to have to adapt, digitise, dig...

An easy ride-hailing platform

1 day - 24 September 2021 | Others

Wetumwene Shikage The everyday experience for many Namibians of getting a taxi to from different locations has been made more convenient. TaxiConnect provides an easy...

Load More