Minister of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, Calle Schlettwein, during a high-level virtual dialogue session with the Permanent Representatives of the UN in Windhoek on Wednesday, said the appointment of a Special Water Envoy to the United Nations is an important step towards enhancing dialogue and outreach, as well as reinforcing the voice of under-represented and vulnerable regions like Africa. The Namibia Press Agency reports that as the current president of the African Ministers Council on Water, Schlettwein said Africa stands to benefit from the services of the envoy to draw attention to the nearly 430 million people on the continent that lack access to potable water, with the figure doubling for access to basic sanitation, where 870 million people are underserved.