Is there an Oasis in the Dessert?

The Oasis hallucination

The Africa Union, a beacon of progressive unity has passed a resolution on providing water security for the whole continent of Africa. Their approach to this is through Negotiation, Reparations and Collaboration. Just minutes after the resolution passed negotiations with western developed nations established an agreement for these countries to take on the burden of pollution and climate change for the next 30 years. This is a massive win for Africa who can now sow without fear of drought and/or drowning rainfall. Reparations were also discussed, and African nations are to receive a completely paid for by the west project investigating and implementing how to best develop an efficient and contextual way to bring fresh clean water to even those in the remote areas of the continent. Lastly, collaboration between the African nations will in the short run establish a transnational audit of water, which countries in need can use to appeal for water from countries in surplus. This will solve the immediate issues until infrastructure and better environmental conditions have been established. The African Union has worked earnestly and diplomatically to use the power they rightfully have as nations to enact change on their continent. For this, the people of Africa are proud and applause.

The Dessert reality

The African Union is moving along s l o w l y. Not much has picked up since yesterday. Everyone still agrees that water is important but they are divided on how to secure this for citizens, as such, not even a working paper has been submitted. The delegate of Sudan acclaims that we cannot underestimate the power of unity, and wants nations to join and build an infrastructure that distributes clean water throughout the continent. In a brief interview with Sudan’s bloc they exclaimed that they would tax western businesses to raise the money to build this. Sadly, I just don’t think the African Union has that kind of power. An alternative Bloc see this as a waste of money, they believe that the people of each nation knows best and want clean water distribution to be at a local level, working with the infrastructures and resources already in place such as NGO’s. Someone tried to mention education, but the delegate of Chad quickly drained that idea, acclaiming that “Education is good, but being alive is better!”

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Water is Love, Water is LIFE!!

The African Union has unanimously agreed that water is in fact… important (!) The fact that it has been likened to love – to life – to the South African philosophy ‘ubuntu’ however is not enough to close the debate. Further discussion remains on how to ensure water for all, or if it should be for all. Countries such as Niger allegedly has access to water for 97% of its population, whereas Sudan claims it uses 97% of its water on agriculture. Indeed, water related needs differ across the continent, from rapid evaporation of water to pollution. So far delegates have touched on the idea of expanding the Niger base treaty, duplicating South Africa’s national water act or a pan Africa distribution system supported either by a neutral country or private company as a means of ensuring water for all. But an honest discussion on the intricacies of the issues hindering water security would make for a much more effective debate.