Dakar, March 5th 2015

Ministers responsible for Sanitation in Africa are poised to take decisive steps toward achieving universal access to improved sanitation in Africa in the post 2015 development era. As a mark of their seriousness in pursuing this agenda, the Ministers who will gather in Dakar in May this year for the AfricaSan 4 Conference are expected to make far reaching commitments far bolder than the eThekwini Commitments of 2008.

Minister of Hydraulic and Sanitation, Senegal made this known at a media briefing to announce the convening of the AfricaSan 4 conference by the Government of Senegal. “The main output from AfricaSan 4 will be a ministerial statement with new, easy to track, continent-wide commitments on key steps to making sanitation for all a reality in Africa. It also expected that member countries will make individual country commitments to increasing access to improved sanitation in respective countries and equally outline country action plans and a summary of progress expected to be achieved within set targets.”    

The AMCOW Executive Secretary, Mr. Bai Mass Taal at the briefing reiterated that the overall objective of AfricaSan 4 is to assist African countries achieve universal access to improved sanitation and adoption of good hygiene behaviours, to improve service management across the whole value chain, eliminate open defecation and help all Africans up the sanitation ladder. He noted that AfricaSan is a bold initiative by AMCOW to promote political prioritization of sanitation and hygiene. “This year’s edition is especially significant because for the first time, it is country led in the sense that the Government of Senegal represented by the Ministry of Hydraulic and Sanitation is responsible for convening and organizing the conference with support from AMCOW, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and development partners.”

The conference holding from May 25th – 27th 2015 at the prestigious Abdou Diouf International Conference Centre will be declared open by His Excellency, President Macky Sall. Other important delegates expected during the 3 days conference include the former Ghanaian President John Kufuor who serves as Chair of the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA), the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the UN Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Jan Eliasson, Ministers in charge of Sanitation in Africa, representatives of development partners, and over seven hundred participants from Africa and beyond.