EU reiterates commitment to helping Ghana improve water supply

14:44, May 28, 2010      

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The European Union (EU) reiterated on Thursday its commitment to helping Ghana and other countries achieve their Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) on water sanitation and hygiene.

Addressing a one-day national dialogue on the right to water and sanitation access here, the head of the EU delegation, Claude Maerten, said the commitment stemmed from the understanding that the attainment of these goals themselves had an important role to play in the achievement of other goals.

Maerten promised that, with the United Nations' MDGS set to be reviewed this year, the European Commission would explore the need for an increased focus on water supply because of its multiplying effect on the achievement of the other goals.

"The EU clearly acknowledges that water and sanitation are among the key areas where action is needed as a priority in order to achieve the MDGS," he said.

Due to the importance the EU attached to water and sanitation, it continued to provide 1.5 billion Euros annually to support water and sanitation in developing countries around the world.

EU development policy promoted an integrated framework for water resources management, drawing on European experience with managing river basins and jointly managing trans-boundary rivers, and a whole range of European approaches to managing water and sanitation services, said the EU official.

There were three priorities to the issue of water and sanitation delivery for the EU, namely universal access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation to reduce poverty, improve public health and increase livelihood while establishing and strengthening organizations and infrastructure for the sustainable and equitable management of trans-boundary rivers, lakes and ground-water, as well as coordination of fair, sustainable and appropriate distribution of water between different users.

In the interval of the dialogue, Director for the Water Directorate under the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Aboagye Mintah, told Xinhua that the Ghanaian government realized that managing water resources was a key to water provision.

"This is very crucial, especially in this era of climate change when water bodies threaten to dry up. We need to adapt to these climate change issues," he said.

Source: Xinhua


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