WaterLex contributes to a range of regional activities in Africa, related to water and sanitation and SDG6 implementation. These activities enable WaterLex to provide expertise in regional initiatives, and include key actors in our other programmes. Key activities include our interaction with AMCOW (African Ministers’ Council On Water) and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR). Highlights include WaterLex representation as chair for the governance themed section of the AMCOW meeting on AFRICA– Waste for Food and Energy Security, and hosting Jamesina L. King (Commissioner of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights) at Stockholm WWW to contribute to our panel on the Implementation and monitoring of Human Rights to Water and Sanitation and SDG6. WaterLex is engaging with ACHPR on a project to support the consultation on the guidelines on the right to water as called for in the Commission’s Resolution 300.
In March 2013, for example, WaterLex, WaterAid and the Pan-African Parliament organised a workshop on water and sanitation in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) to champion Members of the Pan-African Parliament in taking action to ensure sustainable access to safe water and sanitation in Africa.
WaterLex specifically strived to empower Members of the Pan-African Parliament with the necessary policy and legal information but also with the necessary tools to assist them in realising their country’s obligations related to the right to water and sanitation. In particular, the importance of the WaterLex Legal Database on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation was underlined so as to allow MPs to get information and inspiration from peers’ experience regarding legislation adopted in African countries in the field of water and sanitation.