The Second Water Africa International Conference 

Drinking Water/Hydroelectricity/Agriculture-Irrigation The Importance of Expertise and Knowledge 

will take place from August 24 to 25th, 2017 at the Hilton Montreal-Bonaventure in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The event is organized in partnership between Water-Africa, Centre INRS-ETE of Université du Quebec, CIMA International, Health and Water Africa Foundation (HWAF) and other organizations.The First Water Africa International Conference entitled “Collaboration in Africa: New Approaches in the Water Sector”,funded mainly by the Canadian Government took place on May 24th – 25th 2007 at the Palais des Congrès in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.

We specifically invite the following organizations: Research and Academic Institutions of North and South, African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), Forum of Energy Ministers in Africa (FEMA), Conference of Ministers of Agriculture of West and Central Africa (CMA-AOC), African Water Facility, ECOWAS, UEMOA, CEEAC, SADC, Water and Sanitation Programme/WB, FAO, UN-Water, UNDP, UNEP, CIDA, IDRC, NEPAD, GWP, IEPF, UPA-DI ; Ministries in the Water, Energy and Agriculture Sector; WOP Africa ; AAE, AFRIEC, RIAED, HYDRO-Québec, Agencies related to large watersheds, RAOB, IBN, CICOS, OMVS, LCBC, ABN, ABZ, ABV, OMVG, LVBC, KOBWA, NGOs and other development Aid Agencies.

Problematic for the 2nd Water-Africa International Conference

In the past four decades, there has been considerable effort by African countries to improve the quality of life of the most disadvantaged of their populations. The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) adopted in September 2000 during the Millennium Summit of the United Nations (UN), remain the targets issued by the international community to cut world poverty in half and improve the lives of its poorest members by 2015. Since 2000, various strategies for the MDG have been developed by the UN. In addition to the original initiative there have been the Millennium Campaign in 2002; the Millennium Project; the Millennium Summit; the high level meeting of the MDG in September 2008; the 2010 UN Summit on the MDG; the 2012 meeting of the Think Tank on the delays in implementing the MDG, and numerous initiatives by other organizations within the UN (FAO, IMF, WB, UNDP, IFAD, UNFPA, OMS, etc.). Illustrating the many but inchoate efforts to achieve the MDG, the Global Monitoring Report (GMR) of June 2004, under the auspices of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB), shows that the majority of the countries involved would not achieve most of the MDG targets. Progress, while present, has been slow and uneven. It is clear that while the goal of halving poverty between 1990 and 2015 applied worldwide, there is significant room for improvement in Sub-Saharan Africa where goals such as sanitation, maternal and child mortality rates, access to drinking water, and basic sanitation are concerned.

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