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The Executive Secretariat mobilizes itself for the Water Convention, political decision-makers at the heart of the action!
Friday, 12 April 2019 16:28

NBA: The Executive Secretariat mobilizes itself for the Water Convention, political decision-makers at the heart of the action!
It was in Abidjan, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, that the NBA Executive Secretariat, in collaboration with the Water Convention’ Secretariat, organized an Information and Sensitization Day on the ratification of the Water Convention by Member Countries.
With Climate Change whose effects are increasingly visible/felt over the entire surface of the globe, fresh water is becoming scarce, lakes and ponds are shrinking from one year to the other, rivers’ flow is disturbed and water needs for multiple uses (irrigation, hydropower production, water tank construction, etc.) lead to either latent or declared conflicts between many countries in the world. To defuse and prevent latent conflicts and to lay the foundations for settling declared conflicts linked to the use of international water resources, two actions are proposed to countries by the international community: The ratification of the Water Convention and the introduction of “water as a vehicle for peace” in international diplomacy by the United Nations.  
It is within such a context that the NBA Executive Secretariat, in relation with the Water Convention’ Secretariat, organized an information and sensitization day on the Water Convention in Abidjan on 11th April 2019. The objective of the event is to urge NBA Member Countries to ratify the Water Convention and to make NBA known in terms of its mission to support the basin’s populations’ socio-economic development and to strengthen cooperation among NBA Member Countries. That high-level meeting was marked by the presence of Ambassadors of NBA Member Countries accredited in Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, members of the Regional Network of Members of Parliament of the Niger Basin, Advisers to NBA Member Countries’ Heads of State and Government in water issues, among others.
For the NBA Executive Secretary, Mr. Abderahim Bireme Hamid, “today, water resources are the cause of latent or declared conflicts between numerous countries in the world. To defuse the situation in its area, NBA developed a Water Charter in 2008 and had it adopted by Member Countries’ Heads of State and Government in order to regulate the management of Niger River’s water resources and its basin shared by Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Chad”.
In her speech, Ms. Francisca Bernadini from the Water Convention Secretariat said she was glad that the workshop be an initiative of the Niger Basin Authority, and particularly of its Executive Secretary to whom she expressed her deep gratitude. She added that “basin organizations are the Water Convention’s implementing agents. They are the goal and the driving force for an effective implementation of the Convention”.
The day was organized with the support of the African Development Bank and the SATH/NB Project.

 

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