9th World Water Forum-Roundtable of African Mayors: Action Plan for Water Security

During the Cities, Local and Regional Governments Day  on 23 March 2022, the OECD and the UCLG Africa launched the Roundtable of African Mayors for Water Security, gathering 80 mayors, local and regional elected officials. The Roundtable seeks to support water policy dialogues and reforms towards the achievement of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially the SDG 6 on “clean water and sanitation” for all. Mayors highlighted that climate change, urbanisation and population growth and migration will add further pressure on water resources in the African continent and that building capacity and mobilising finance is needed to make sure that drinking water and sanitation services are provided to all. Mayors and elected officials signed the Action Plan for Water Security that proposes concrete actions for local and regional governments to drive water security at all levels, towards the 10th World Water Forum to be held in 2024. Institutional partners and cities from all over the world, such as Paris (France), Lausanne (Switzerland) and Daegu (Korea) reiterated the message that decentralised cooperation is key to building capacities.
The “Water Merit Diploma” was awarded to the former OECD Secretary-General of the OECD, Angel Gurria, for playing an essential role in raising the international and African policy agenda on water. The Minister of Water and Sanitation of Senegal Serigne Mbaye Thiam concluded the Day by highlighting the importance of the Action Plan for Water Security in raising the voices of local authorities in the global debate and towards the UN 2023 Water Decade Conference. (+)

Read the Dakar Declaration.