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AfricaSan7 Conference in Namibia: African water ministers gather to accelerate sustainable sanitation and hygiene

©AfreePress-(Lomé, le 06 Nov. 2023)-Monday, November 6, 2023, marks the beginning of the 7th AfricaSan Conference, a biennial event focusing on promoting high-level political prioritization of sanitation and hygiene issues in Africa. Organized by the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Government of the Republic of Namibia, the conference is being held in Swakopmund, Namibia, from November 6 to November 11, 2023, under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform (MAWLR) in collaboration with the African Association of Water and Sanitation (AAEA).


The AfricaSan7 Conference is themed “Strengthening Systems and Partnerships for Accelerated Action on Safely Managed Sanitation and Hygiene,” with the overall objective to reinvigorate the pursuit of the targets set in the 2008 Ngor Declaration by African Ministers responsible for sanitation and hygiene.

Key specific objectives of the AfricaSan7 Conference include reinforcing partnerships and facilitating knowledge exchange for action on the delivery of safely managed sanitation and hygiene services.


AfricaSan7 brings together African ministers responsible for sanitation and hygiene, senior officials from AAEA, academics, representatives of civil society, development partners, and the private sector to review:

The 2023 AfricaSan Ngor report, highlighting advancements by Member States in sanitation.
Dakar Declaration’s recommendations from the 9th World Water Forum, elevating sanitation’s role in national development.
The decisions of the UN 2023 Water Conference aimed at hastening the Sustainable Development Goals for sanitation and hygiene.
The conference follows the tradition of the six previous Africa Sanitation and Hygiene Conferences, held on a rotational basis across the five African sub-regions. This year, the Government of the Republic of Namibia hosts the event at the prestigious MTC Dome in Swakopmund.


The official launch of the conference took place on Monday, November 6, 2023.

Over the next three days, the conference will feature technical sessions, ministerial dialogues, national and sectoral dialogues, with attendees including African Union Member States, UN Agencies, networks of development partners, the private sector, civil societies, community-based organizations, and the media.

For more information about the AfricaSan7 Conference, please visit the AAEA website at and the Facebook page at

About the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW)

The African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) is an intergovernmental institution of the African Union. AMCOW’s organs and structures serve as the Working Group of the African Union’s Water and Sanitation Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy, and Sustainable Environment (ARBE).

AMCOW’s mission is to provide political leadership, policy direction, and advocacy for water management and sustainable sanitation services delivery in Africa. The Council convenes African Union Member States and all stakeholders, pursuing the Africa Water Vision, Ngor commitments, and SDGs. AMCOW’s mandate involves mobilizing collective action to achieve water and sanitation goals, streamlining efforts for a broader impact, and sharing knowledge to support evidence-based policies and responsive initiatives. Efficient resource utilization is crucial to guide funding and investments for effective outcomes. AMCOW strives to improve water and sanitation services in Africa through political leadership, policy direction, and strategic collaboration among diverse actors.

Olivier ADJA

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