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The second round of Africa regional consultations on the mid-term review of the water action decade (WAD) and stakeholders’ engagement on the strategic groundwater programme and African water quality (AWaQ) programme is currently underway in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The consultations are from November 7-10, 2022.AMCOW Dar es Salaam 1

In attendance and representing the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) is its Executive Director, Eng. Sylvester Matemu, who is also the President of the African Network of Basin Organizations (ANBO). ANBO, which is a voluntary network of river basin, lake, and aquifer organizations represents these entities as a single umbrella organization under the African Ministerial Council on Water (AMCOW). AMCOW, in turn, coordinates water policy within the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) of the African Union.AMCOW Dar es Salaam 2

This round of important consultations are a precursor to the United Nations 2023 Water Conference which will be held in New York from March 22-24, 2023 under the theme “Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the Objectives of the International Decade for Action, ‘Water for Sustainable Development’ 2018-2028.”

The regional and global consultations are an opportunity to review progress and challenges faced at the midpoint of the Decade.