The Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa was the venue for two recent conferences on subjects crucial to African development -- water resources and human settlements.
The Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa was the venue for two recent conferences on subjects crucial to African development -- water resources and human settlements. The two conferences, which were partly concurrent, were organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Delegates were from United Nations development agencies, several Western countries and all parts of Africa.
SYNOPSIS: The water resources conference was held in African Hall, and was opened by the ECA's Executive Secretary, Dr. Adebayo Adedeji. This African regional meeting also took in the integrated development of national resources. It was a follow-up to the United Nations Water Conference which met in Argentina in March last year. Then, and at this meeting, delegates spoke on how to cope with meeting heavier world demands on water supplies.
Representatives from the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) told of water development schemes in underdeveloped lands subject to drought and crop failures.
Mr. Nataniel Popoola of Nigeria was elected chairman of the conference, which was to focus on the economic, social and legal aspects of water development. Dr. Adedeji also opened the African Intergovernmental Regional meeting on Human Settlements, which was also a follow-up conference, this time to the U.N.'s Human Settlements conference held in Vancouver, Canada, early in 1976.
Delegates decided to set up regional organisation to carry out programmes, and to map out priorities to deal with the chaotic growth of cities and towns in developing countries. They discussed ways of helping these new communities by providing jobs, a range of social services and decent living conditions. Dr. Adedeji told them the world knew how life in African urban societies had deteriorated.