Water For Life: Outcomes of the International Water Conference Held in Tajikistan

On June 25th the Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan in London conducted a round table discussion devoted to outcomes of the High-Level International Conference on the implementation of the International Decade for Action “Water for Life”, which was held in Dushanbe from June 9th to 11th.

The round table was attended by the representatives of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, representatives of the embassies, which are accredited in London, mass media, experts and specialists from leading organisations in the UK which deal with the related theme.

Ambassador of Tajikistan to the United Kingdom H.E. Mr. Erkin Kasymov informed the participants of the main results of the conference, the provisions of the Dushanbe Declaration adopted at the conference, and the proposal of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan on announcing the new international decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development”. The high level of international participation at the conference was emphasised, which was attended by the official high-level delegations from about 50 countries and international organisations. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon personally took part in the conference. In the course of the round table, the Second Secretary
of the Embassy Mr. Asliddin Rakhmatov acquainted the participants with the presentation of global water initiatives of Tajikistan. It was noted that Tajikistan is one of the leading centers of “water diplomacy” in the world where in recent years a number of major inter-national events of water related issues were held with the support from the United Nations. In addition to the international initiatives of Tajikistan the participants were also provided with the information on the role of the country in the regional cooperation relating to the preservation of water resources and the environment in the Central Asian region.

Mr. Richard Taylor, the Executive Director of the International Hydropower Association, made a presentation on the impacts of climate change on sustainable development. Mr. Taylor presented an analysis of the impact of climate change on the conservation of water resources required for the electric energy generated by the hydro power plants in the world. Taking into account the huge potential of Tajikistan in hydropower development, the important role of the country in providing the region with clean and cheap energy in future was emphasised.

Upon completion of the presentations the participants of the round table discussion exchanged opinions on the above subjects related to the conference. The participants highly appreciated the Conference organisation. In particular, Craig Fulton, Deputy Head of Eastern Europe & Central Asia Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office who personally participated in the conference, noted with satisfaction the high level preparation and organisation of the conference.

The High-Level International Conference on the implementation of the International Decade for Action «Water for Life», 2005 -2015 was held in Dushanbe in accordance with the General Assembly Resolution and provided an effective platform for comprehensive discussion of the implementation of the main goals of the Decade. The Government of Tajikistan has organised the Conference in close cooperation with the United Nations and other development partners. The Dushanbe Declaration has become an outcome of the Conference, reflecting the key points of the discussions and a number of important conclusions and recommendations. The Conference also supported the new initiative of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan on the announcement of a new International Decade «Water for Sustainable Development». The Government of Tajikistan will submit the Dushanbe Declaration to the UN General Assembly at its 70th session.

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