The Vice President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, highlighted the fundamental human right of access to clean water at the VIII World Water Forum.
The Vice President also called on the international community to recognize the need for political commitments for the management and maintenance of water.
Equatorial Guinea is committed to sustainable development under the country’s Horizon 2020 program. The Vice President has underlined the importance of economic diversification away from dependence on oil in order to further advance the wellbeing of all Equatorial Guineans.
Equatorial Guinea has made great strides over the years, including major reductions in the risk of maternal and infant mortality; free health service and drugs for youth and the elderly; the development of agriculture and hydrocarbons to create more jobs; the implementation of progressive gender equality policies; and electricity and sanitation for all citizens.
The Forum, organized by the World Water Council (WWC) was held in Brasilia, Brazil.