Eritrea participates in the Global Sanitation & Water for All Regional Meeting for Finance Ministers

06 November, 2020 | UNICEF Eritrea | Report


Eritrea showcases progress and will work to meet SDG Goals on water and sanitation by 2030.


On 4 November 2020, Eritrea participated in the High-Level Finance Ministers’ Meeting for the Africa region, which was organized by Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) Committee, along with global partners - UNICEF and the World Bank, as well as our key regional partners for the Africa region including the African Development Bank and the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW).

The global meeting was addressed by UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta Fore and WHO Executive Director, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Mr. Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia. Other keynote speakers included Managing Director of the World Bank, Mari Elka Pangestu, and Vice-President of the African Development Bank, Wambui Gichuri and UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, Omar Abdi.

Eritrea was represented by H.E. Mr. Tesfai Ghebreslassie, Minister of Land, Water and Environment along with Director Generals from the Ministry of Local Government, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and the Water Resources Department, and Ministry of Local Government.


More than 43 ministers from 30 different countries in Africa attended the meeting. This high level Finance Minister meeting seeks to encourage countries to increase investment in Sanitation and Water for all as a no regret investment that is critical to combat epidemics such as the ongoing COVID-19, improve the livelihoods, health and wellbeing the more than 400 million people in Africa as such it makes good economic and political argument.

GoSE was represented through Hon. Minister Ghebreslassie who addressed the conference and provided an overview of the progress on the WASH Sector in Eritrea. He spoke of the strides made by Eritrea in water and sanitation since Independence.


“Eritrea has made substantial progress in providing water and sanitation for its people and to date more than 54 per cent of communities have achieved open defecation free status and more than 50% of schools and health facilities have handwashing facilities,” he said.


Hon. Minister Ghebreslassie concluded by mentioning the GoSE’s commitment, as one of its top national priorities, to ensure the availability of adequate and safe water, sanitation and hygiene services to all its citizens by 2030.


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