Inauguration Summit of the International High-Level Panel on Water Investments for Africa

On the sidelines of 2022 UN Climate Change Conference – COP27

Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

Date TBC

On 25 March 2022, H.E. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal and Chair of the African Union, launched the International High-Level Panel on Water Investments for Africa at the 9th World Water Forum in Dakar, Senegal. The International High-Level Panel on Water Investments for Africa will drive global political mobilization and international engagement to meet the socio-economic needs of the continent, SDG 6 water related targets, and address the twin challenge of climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic.

To enable the Panel to initiate its work, an Inaugural Summit for the Panel is proposed on the margins of the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt. Led by the High-Level Panel Co-Chairs and the Alternate Co-Chair, the High-Level Panel Summit will formally inaugurate the High-Level Panel, announce and introduce the panel members.

The Panel Co-Chairs will present their Vision Statement and present the Panel Road Map towards the 2023 Conference for the Midterm Comprehensive Review of Implementation of the UN Decade for Action on Water and Sanitation. Key milestones in developing the investment action plan and potential pathways for countries to mobilise US$30 billion/year by 2030 to close the water investment gap in Africa will be shared.

Panel members will highlight their commitments and potential contributions to support the mandate of the Panel and share their perspectives on opportunities for the global community to contribute to the Panel’s work. 

The Summit provides a unique opportunity to elevate water investment for Africa to the top of the global political agenda and to mobilize action, raise ambition, and transform the investment outlook for water security and sustainable sanitation towards a prosperous, peaceful, and equitable Africa.

The High-Level Panel Co-Chairs Vision Statement will be formally unveiled as an input to preparations for the UN Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the Objectives of the International Decade for Action in March 2023 and the AU Heads of State Summit in June 2023. It will also inform the work of the High-Level Panel Expert Advisory Group in preparation of the Panel Investments Action Plan to ensure effective follow-up at all levels.

A first of its kind AIP-PIDA Water Investment Scorecard will be showcased as a tool to track progress in mobilization of water investments, identify bottlenecks, and enhance mutual accountability for action at the Heads of State Level.

H.E. Macky Sall

H.E. Macky Sall

Co-Chair

President of the Republic of Senegal                  Chair: African Union

H.E. Hage Geingob

H.E. Hage Geingob

Co-Chair

President of the Republic of Namibia

H.E. Mark Rutte

H.E. Mark Rutte

Co-Chair

Prime Minister of the Netherlands

H.E. Jakaya Kikwete

H.E. Jakaya Kikwete

Alternate Co-Chair

Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania

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