The African Minister’s Council on Water (AMCOW) held the 3rd African Water Week (AWW3) at the UN Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, from 22nd to 26th November, in keeping with its decision to institutionalise the annual Africa Water Week.

With only five years away from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target date of 2015, the 3rd Africa Water Week (AWW3) provided a unique occasion for taking stock of the challenges faced and progress made across the continent towards achieving the goals and targets set on water and sanitation.

Building on the momentum from the last Africa Water Week, this year’s occasion was also an opportunity to pinpoint and prioritise the areas where Africa needs to do more and better than before, in order to ensure that equitable access to water and sanitation makes a critical contribution in Africa’s progress towards sustainable development.

The outcome of the meeting is expected to be endorsed by the African leaders during the forthcoming African Union Summit in January. Over 2,000 local and international participants took part in the week-long activities, which were celebrated across the continent.

African Water Week represents a political commitment at the highest level, where governments, regional institutions, international partners, the private sector, the scientific community, civil society and the world media, meet to discuss and collectively seek solutions to Africa’s water and sanitation challenges. The event aims to focus attention on accelerating implementation of the actions envisaged in internationally and regionally agreed goals and targets in the areas of water and sanitation.