EU completes funding for water and sanitation programme
On World Water Day, the European Union committed, through Agenda 2030, to achieve access and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, in particular to the most vulnerable groups.
Last week, the resident EU Ambassador Jana Hybaskova and the Minister of Agriculture, Water and forestry witnessed the last payment to Namibia’s Water and Sanitation Programme (NAWASA), amounting to €7.84 million.
The EU has been supporting the NAWASA Programme since 2011. The main objective was to support the provision of potable water and adequate sanitation across the country, particularly to rural poor communities.
EU High Representative Federica Mogherini in her statement said that, “Water is the source of life, life we have the duty to protect everywhere in the world.Safe drinking water and sanitation are crucial for a healthy and dignified life. Yet, 663 million people, 1 out of 10 people in the world, still lack access to safe water and are deprived of a basic human right”.
“Our commitment to leaving no-one behind means that no-one should be deprived of access to clean water,” Mogherini said, reiterating commitment to the Paris Agreement and the Marrakech Action Proclamation which reaffirmed the world’s determination to fight climate change and to help address the impacts of climate change, including on water.
In response to the rise in humanitarian needs and forced displacement, the EU is determined to continue supporting people affected by natural and man-made disasters, by providing life-saving access to safe and clean water.
Meanwhile, the EU will also continue to support sustainable water management through a strategic approach to regional development on the basis of the 2013 Water Diplomacy Council Conclusions, by promoting transboundary cooperation management throughout the world which is crucial for development as well as for stability, resilience, peace and security.