Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Water and Sanitation

“Achieving the SDGs on Water and Sanitation” was the main theme of the 6th Africa Water Week (AWW), which took place in Dar es Salaam, 18-22 July 2016. Hon. Eng. Gerson Lwenge of the Ministry of Water and Irrigation – the main partner and lead executing agency of the GIZ Water Programme – was not only the Host Minister of the event, but was also handed the Presidency of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW).

GIZ advisor explaining to the Ministers who visited the GIZ booth at the 6th African Water Week

Participants came from high political levels, with delegates from more than 40 African countries and affiliated international organisations. Also, representatives from the private sector, civil society and scientific institutions contributed to the deliberations. Altogether more than 500 people participated in the event.

This year’s AWW was the first in the era of the SDGs, and was meant to reflect on the MDGs, but moreover to build on the high-level commitments of (not only) African leaders towards achieving the SDGs, especially SDG 6 “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”. In this regard, this 6th AWW aimed at developing a roadmap for the African continent, translating the commitments of governments and partners into concrete action plans.

The Embassy of Germany presented a “Goodwill message” during the opening session, while the GIZ Water Programme contributed to the event’s organisation and provided inputs to technical sessions. It was a great opportunity for the Programme’s partners to jointly inform about the successes and achievements of the GIZ-Tanzania partnership, and to draw attention to the Programme’s new phase focus: “Water Security and Urban Sanitation”, which clearly aims at supporting the Tanzanian Government in achieving its commitment towards SDG 6.

Besides hosting a GIZ booth and providing promotional materials, the Programme co-convened technical sessions and gave a presentation on the topic “Cooperation between GIZ and the Ministry of Water and Irrigation in achieving universal and equitable access to water and sanitation in Tanzania”. Colleagues from GIZ Headquarters in Germany also participated and contributed to different sessions.

During the final Gala Dinner of the AWW, GIZ’s support was acknowledged by the conveners and by the Host Minister himself.