Rabat – Morocco’s State Secretary for Water, Charafat Afilal, underlined on Tuesday in Brasilia the need to highlight the alarming situation of water in Africa, noting that water-related issues should be a primary concern for the international community.
“The kingdom of Morocco believes that this edition of the World Water Forum should be an opportunity to highlight the alarming situation of water in Africa,” Afilal said at a ministerial conference held as part of the 8th World Water Forum, which opened on Monday in Brasilia.
In this regard, the “Water for Africa” (WfA) initiative launched by Morocco at the 22nd Conference of the Parties of the UNFCC (COP 22) held in Marrakech should serve as a framework to support the continent in its efforts to address water-related issues, she pointed out.
Afilal also underlined, in an address on behalf of Morocco, the need for international solidarity with Africa, noting that the Kingdom will spare no effort to ensure that water-related issues remain a primary concern.
“Since the COP22 held in Marrakech, water has become a key topic of the global climate action agenda,” she pointed out, adding that Morocco will make every effort to fulfil its commitments in the field of water.
The meeting was attended by several African senior officials and representatives of internationals NGOs.
The World Water Forum is held from the 18th – 23rd March 2018 under the theme of “Sharing Water”.
The forum was marked by the awarding of the 6th King Hassan II Great World Water Prize to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Founded by the World Water Council, the World Water Forum represents an international meeting point to discuss water-related problems and find solutions for the world’s most pressing water issues.