« Accelerating access to sanitation and water for all in Africa amidst the challenges of climate change »

  Message of AfWA President The theme of the 19th AfWA congress, which will be held from February 11 to 16, 2018 in Bamako, Mali, is «Accelerating access to sanitation and water for all in Africa amidst the challenges of climate change». A topical theme that reflects the desire of our organization to support Africa and the international community as a whole in its fight against global warming, and to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. I am inviting all professionals, development partners, policy makers, researchers and everyone interested in water and sanitation in Africa to join this important African event, so that together we can combine our efforts to take the issue of providing the people with clean drinking water and adequate sanitation services in Africa further ahead. Message of the Congress President The city of Bamako, capital of Mali, was chosen to organize the upcoming congress of the African Water Association, scheduled to be held from February 11 to 16, 2018 on the prestigious site of the International Conference Center of Bamako. More than 1,500 people from all over the world are expected to attend this major event which is being held for the first time in Mali. The Bamako Congress, through its scientific and technical component and its major international exhibition, will offer a new opportunity to highlight the need to improve the supply of drinking water and sanitation to the populations in a context of climate change. The Malian Water Utility (SOMAGEP) and the Malian Assets Company (SOMAPEP) will make all efforts to ensure a successful congress and that you have a memorable experience in Mali, the country of hospitality. Invitation of the President of the Scientific and Technical Council Africa is the continent with one of the highest rates of population growth, with a doubling of the urban population and urbanized areas every 10 to 15 years, greatly increasing water stress in these expanding areas. Paradoxically, one-third of the population lacks access to safe drinking water and two-third don’t have sustainable sanitation services. These situations require water utilities to be more efficient, and to the water and sanitation community as a whole, to get mobilized to ensure that our sector meets the sustainable development goals which «ensures access to water and sanitation for all by 2030 «. The Scientific and Technical Council, the mainstay of our organization (AfWA), brings together all the executives, directors, engineers and technicians of the water utilities who regularly meet to identify the main challenges in the water sector in Africa in order to propose sound solutions. Since 2014, the various committees that compose it have been working to identify all the different themes that will bring us together from February 11 to 16, 2018 in Bamako, Mali, and to ensure that all the conditions are met to advance the debate on issues of concern to the water and sanitation sector in Africa. We are hereby inviting you all to submit your paper proposals in accordance with congress theme and the various sub-themes.
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