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African Minister's Council on Water

African Ministers Council on Water

The African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) was formed in 2002 in Abuja, Nigeria, primarily to promote cooperation, security, social and economic development and poverty eradication among member states through the effective management of the continent’s water resources and provision of water supply services.

AMCOW’s mission is to provide political leadership, policy direction and advocacy in the provision, use and management of water resources for sustainable social and economic development and maintenance of African ecosystems.

Since its founding in 2002, AMCOW has made great strides in establishing a platform for policy dialogue on water resource management in Africa, and is now recognised regionally and internationally as the main coordinating body for addressing water security in the continent. AMCOW currently represents a Working Group on Water and Sanitation of the Specialised Technical Committee (STC) on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (ARDWE) under the African Union Commission (AUC), plans to develop its Knowledge Management Strategy and Action Plan.