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FEBRUARY 22

Theme:The Nile - Shared River, Collective Action

What is Nile Day?

Nile Day is a commemoration of the establishment of the unprecedented Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) on February 22, 1999 by Ministers in charge of Water Affairs in the Nile Basin countries. The day marked a major milestone in the history of Nile Cooperation. It was the very first time that the countries jointly agreed to establish an all-inclusive basin-wide institution, to provide a platform for consultation and coordination among themselves.

Nile Day provides an opportunity to increase awareness of the importance of basin-wide Nile Cooperation in jointly taking good care of and utilizing the shared Nile Basin water and related resources for win-win benefits. This is in addition to enhancing awareness about the consequences of non-cooperation as well as the challenges of Nile cooperation. On a lighter note, the day serves to expose participants to the rich and varied cultures, which exist within the Nile Basin.

 

Nile Day 2018
Date & Theme


Join NBI for the 2018 celebrations on February, 22 under the theme: ‘The Nile: Shared River, Collective Action’. Being a shared resource, the River Nile traverses political boundaries, inevitably bringing into play the competing priorities of different uses and users as well as shared challenges that include climate change and environmental degradation. To obtain the optimal utilization and ensure sustainability of the resource, Nile Basin States must act collectively, balancing interests and focusing on common goals at Basin level.


Venue (Regional Event)

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference Center, Addis Ababa,Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

 

Activities

• A Symposium, on the topic: ‘Towards effective Nile cooperation: exploring options for enhanced political engagement’. Participants will deliberate on the current challenges of the Nile Basin Initiative and chart the way forward to a solution through innovative engagement of the Member States.
• Speeches by dignitaries

• Brass band-led procession from Meskel Square to UNECA Conference Center ( see map below)

• Exhibition show casing the work of NBI and other partners
• Cultural Show/Children’s performance

          

Target Audience

Ministers in charge of Water Affairs in the Nile Basin countries, Development Partners, officials from ministries in charge of Water, Energy, Agriculture, Environment and Foreign Affairs, Members of Parliament. Others are Researchers, Academia, Civil society, Media (national, regional and international) opinion leaders, Youth, Children, international organisations in Addis Ababa and the general public.
Event Organisers

The Regional event is jointly organised by NBI and Ethiopia’s Ministry of Water, Irrigation & Electricity, in partnership with the Nile Basin Discourse.


Previous Regional Nile Day celebrations

Year

Venue

Country

2007

Kigali

Rwanda

2008

Addis Ababa

Ethiopia

2009

Bujumbura

Burundi

2010

Kabale

Uganda

2011

Goma

DR Congo

2012

Jinja

Uganda

2013

Bahir Dar

Ethiopia

2014

Kampala

Uganda

2015

Khartoum

The Sudan

2016

Vihiga county

Kenya

2017

Dar es Salaam

Tanzania