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WaterAid urged African and EU ministers to consider access to water as part of economic development at the next African Union-European Union ministerial meeting and the planned AU-EU summit in Brussels l ‘next year.
WaterAid is an international non-profit organization that provides clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene to vulnerable communities.
The NGO seized the opportunity ahead of the ministerial meeting and called on ministers to promote a transformative shift towards water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
“We urge African and European foreign ministers to support investments in key services such as clean water, improved sanitation and good hygiene, in order to build resilience to climate and health threats and progress towards a sustainable economic recovery, ”said Olutayo Bankole-Bolawole, Regional Director of WaterAid East Africa.
WaterAid also believes that strengthening the provision of these essential water services would be the best approach to revive economies affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We believe that strengthening access to water, sanitation and hygiene is essential for a sustainable and inclusive economic recovery and to strengthen the resilience of communities in the face of climate and health crises facing the Europe and Africa “, we read in the press release published by the NGO.
The recent Mission Critical report found that a dollar spent on providing WASH infrastructure could avoid at least $ 62 in flood restoration costs, indicating that access to water, sanitation and hygiene is crucial for communities to resist emergencies and adapt to climate change while meeting basic needs.
The ministerial meeting is scheduled for October 26 in Kigali while the African Union-European Union summit is scheduled for February 2022 in Brussels.