President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon
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.