Nairobi workshop on water issues in Africa for East African journalists, 30 January – 3 February 2023

Projets – Réseau des journalistes
19 janvier 2023  
Par Julien CHAMBOLLE

Africa 21 is pleased to co-organise with the Water Diplomat, a workshop in Nairobi on water issues in Africa for journalists from East Africa.

This workshop, in a hybrid format, is a follow-up to the workshop organised in Dakar in August 2022. It aims to ensure the follow-up of the 9th World Water Forum and to prepare African journalists for the UN Water Conference in New York from 22 to 24 March 2023.

English-speaking African journalists, or those who understand and speak English well enough, are invited to attend our workshop via Zoom.

You can register by emailing us at journalist@africa21.org and indicating your full name, whether or not you are a member of the Africa 21 Journalist Network, and the media you work for.

Here is the provisional programme for the workshop (The agenda is updated regularly) :

-The material used and the videos of the different sessions will be posted on this page as they become available.

Provisional agenda

(GMT+3) Time in Nairobi, Kenya

Monday 30 January

  • 10 AM – 10:45 AM Opening ceremony

    • Abdoulaye Sene, Executive Secretary of the 9th World Water Forum (online)
    • Representative of the Kenyan Government [to be confirmed]
    • Pim van der Male, First Secretary for Food Security & Water, Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi
    • IPCC Representative (online)
    • Prof. Patrick Maluki, Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies, University of Nairobi
  • 11 AM – 1 PM Session 1 : Introduction: water diplomacy
    • Dr. Tobias Schmitz, The Water Diplomat
    • Dr. Boubacar Barry, Scientific Advisor to the Secretariat of the 9th World Water Forum in Dakar
    • Mr. Sanoi Boyzoda, Representative of the Republic of Tajikistan to the executive committee of the international fund for saving the Aral Sea
  • 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM Session 2: Water, a scarce resource?  State of play and climate issues
    • Dr. Aditi Mukherji, Coordinating Lead Author of the chapter on Water of the WGII report, IPCC (online)
    • Expert to be confirmed
  • 4:30 PM – 4:45 PM Conclusion : Dr. Tobias Schmitz, The Water Diplomat & Dr Boubacar Barry

Tuesday 31 January

  • 10 AM – 1 PM Session 3: Access to drinking water, sanitation and African public policies
    • Sustainable Development Goal 6, Dr. Tobias Schmitz, The Water Diplomat
    • The human right to water and the obligations of the different States parties, Moez Allaoui, Advisor to the General Management, Société Nationale d’Exploitation et de Distribution des Eaux (SONEDE) Tunisia.
    • Public policies for access to water in Africa :
      • Urban environments and their water resources: Mr. Pireh Otieno, UN Habitat
      • Richard Elelman, Acting Coordinator of the World Water Quality Alliance (UNEP)
  • 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM Session 4: Managing water-related risks in Africa
    • Josep De Trincheria, WASH Program Coordinator, IOM
    • WASH in humanitarian emergencies : Julien Le Sourd, ICRC DRC
    • The Roadmap WASH and the call to action on WASH in Fragile, Conflict and Violence settings: Jean Lapegue Action Contre la Faim
  • 4:30 PM – 4:45 PM Conclusion : Dr. Tobias Schmitz, The Water Diplomat & Dr Boubacar Barry

Wednesday 1 February

  • 10 AM – 12 PM Session 5: Water sector: economy, trade and employment
    • Water in Nationally Determined Contributions by Simon Thuo,  Alliance for Global Water Adaptation
    • The Africa Investment Programme : Andrew Takawira, GWP (online)
    • CEO Water Mandate : expert to be confirmed
  • Field trip on the theme of water : visit to Limuru Water and Sewerage Company

Thursday 2 February

  • Day of water-related field visits : TNC Upper Tana Nairobi Water Fund project area.

Friday 3 February

  • 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Session 6, Agriculture and the water issue
    • Valere Nzeyimana, Senior Water Dev & Management Officer, FAO Regional Office for Africa (FAORAF) (online)
    • Henrique Pacini, UNCTAD : Management of natural resources and in particular water in industry and agriculture (online)
  • 2 PM – 3:30 PM Closing session, Towards a transboundary approach to water management and key messages for New York
    • Rémy Kinna, UNECE Water Conventions Secretariat (online)
    • Aïda Diongue-Niang & Dr Olago, IPCC (online)
  • 3:30 PM – 3:45 PM Conclusion : Dr. Tobias Schmitz, The Water Diplomat

 

  • 4 PM – 5:30 PM Editorial conference : Presentation of the different journalists’ projects and peer review.

We thank our partners for making this workshop possible:


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