Water for Sustainable Development 2018–2028

Secretary-General António Guterres (left) makes remarks during the high-level event to launch the International Decade for Action, “Water for Sustainable Development 2018–2028”. The launch coincides with the observance of World Water Day (22 March).

Also pictured: Mahmoud Saikal (centre), Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations and Vice President of the seventy-second session of the General Assembly, and Movses Abelian, Assistant-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM).

22 March 2018
United Nations, New York

Tajikistan to host the first major conference of the Water Decade for Action

President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon
Credit: wsdconf2018.org

The Government of Tajikistan hosted the first of a series of biennial conference on the Water Decade for Action in Dushanbe, 20-22 June 2018. It is entitled: High Level International Conference on the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development” 2018-2028. The main objectives of the Conference are to discuss the ways on how the Member States, relevant UN bodies, the specialized agencies, the regional commissions and other organizations of the UN system, as well as other relevant partners, including the private sector can contribute to the Decade in order to support the implementation of the SDGs. It will also allow for discussion on the importance of specific means of implementation, including monitoring, financing, capacity development, access to technology and partnership with the private sector and civil society.

In his address to the group, the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon said, “I do strongly believe that this event will open a new chapter in the United Nations’ engagement aiming at seeking for and finding solutions to the most crucial global challenges related to the effective use and preservation of water resources.”

The president noted the fact that in 2016, at the initiative of the UN Secretary General and the President of the World Bank, a High-Level Panel on Water was convened to provide leadership in tackling the global water crisis, a week ago. He noted that on March 14, 2018, the Panel published an Outcome Report titled “Making Every Drop Count: An Agenda for Water Action” which articulates in three parts:

1) a foundation for action, 2) an integrated agenda for action at local, national and regional levels, and 3) catalyzing change, building partnerships & international cooperation at the global level.

“Water resources are not only an indispensable component, but essential for sustainable development, which require a comprehensive, holistic and serious approach to their use and conservation for the sake of future generations. It is a pivot of life,” he said.

IWDA prepares to discuss Canada’s national water vision

Rezi Moridi Ontario Minister of Research Innovation and Science at the 2017 CSPC event.
Credit: CSPC

Working in collaboration with the IWDA members, Pacific Water Research Centre and Ryerson Urban Water will organize a symposium at the Canadian Science Policy Conference 2018. This symposium will highlight the need for a national water vision in Canada and bring together experts from across Canada to begin a discussion on the opportunities and obstacles of achieving a common vision. This symposium will foster ideas, leading to actionable strategies, and steps necessary for making this visioning process a success.

The Canadian Science Policy Conference is an annual event held in the nation’s capital that is designed to convene, connect, build capacity, and catalyze research to deepen and expand exploration in science, technology, and innovation policy. The conference brings together national science stakeholders and sectors of society to strengthen connections with international organizations, train the next generation of science policy experts, and promote and engage in research and analysis.

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