African Union (AU)
Ensuring Sustainable Water Supply in the African Continent
The African Union is a continental union which comprises 55 nations hailing from the continent of the union's namesake, Africa. Guided by the the Constitutive Act of the African Union, the Union is tasked with the mission of increasing the unity and solidarity of the African people, defending the sovereignty and interests of her member states and to accelerate social, political and economic development throughout the continent.
Water is a precious resource and in light of expanding populations and global warming, this issue becomes ever more pressing. The African continent is especially impacted by the potential of a water crisis, with disputes over water resources and its management slowly translating into what is now known as "hydropolitics". Water resources are distributed unevenly over the continent and there have been historic disputes over key water basins and rivers. Furthermore, the entry of private companies in managing these water resources as either energy sources or a public utility has further complicated matters. Thus, Delegates can expect exciting debate over issues ranging from privatisation to water resource rights and even water conflict.