at the Opening ceremony of the Side event
“Taking Stock of the International Year of Water Cooperation and Advancing the Global Water Agenda Beyond 2015”
11 March 2014, UN Headquarters, New York
As it has been noted, the year 2013 was held as the International Year of Water Cooperation. During the Year, in addition to the events held in accordance with the UN GA resolution 67/204, a series of international, regional and national events were organized in support of the International Year of Water Cooperation. Besides, the International Year of Water Cooperation coincided with the first year of the intergovernmental negotiations on the implementation of the decisions adopted by the UN Conference on Sustainable Development “Rio+20”, which currently is entering a new phase. The deliberations of the Open Working Group on sustainable development goals encourages everyone to actively participate in the discussion of the ways, objectives and means for achieving sustainable development. It is encouraging that similarly to the “Rio+20” outcome document, achievement of sustainable management of water resources was in the focus of the deliberations of the Open Working Group.
The High Level International Conference on Water Cooperation was held on 20-21-Aug-2013 in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. The Government of tajikistan convened the Conference according to the General Assembly Resolution A/67/204 "Implementation of the International Year of Water Cooperation, 2013", adopted on 21-Dec-2012. The purpose of the Conference, as it proceeded from the title, was to promote dialogue and mutual understanding and to strengthen the partnership and cooperation on water issues among all stakeholders at all levels.
The High-Level International Conference on Water Cooperation in Dushanbe was an important step in the development and strengthening the water cooperation through mobilizing all stakeholders' efforts in achievement of the internationally agreed goals on water.
As it was pointed out at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20, developing water cooperation jointly with the strengthening the partnership in other areas would create a strong platform for sustainable development and "green" growth.
On 19 December 2014 the UNGA has adopted a resolution (A/RES/69/215) entitled “International Decade for Action, "Water for Life", 2005-2015, and further efforts to achieve the sustainable development of water resources” calling upon member countries, UN system institutions, including the “UN-Water” and other organizations to comprehensively evaluate progress achieved in the implementation of the Decade and continue taking steps for achieving internationally agreed water-related goals, including those indicated in the outcome document of the Rio+20 Conference, entitled “The future we want”.
The resolutionas the previous water related initiatives of Tajikistan has found wide support at the UN General Assembly and more than fifty UN Member States, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, China, Croatia, Cuba, Eritrea, Finland, Georgia, Haiti, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Venezuela, Yemen have become the co-sponsors of the resolution. The adoption of the resolutionby consensusreaffirmsthe factthat waterinitiativesby Tajikistanare of global importanceand are widely supportedby the UN Member States.
The resolution implies the convening of the two important events:High-level interactive dialogue of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly in New York within the week after the World Water Day on 22 March, 2015; and the High Level International Conference on the implementation of the International Decade for Action “Water for Life”, 2005-2015 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The Government of Tajikistan as the host of the latter event which is scheduled on 9-11 June, 2015 in Dushanbe, alongside with the “UN-Water” and other UN institutions, international and regional organizations has already started its preliminary work in order to facilitate the whole process.
Thus, aimed at successfully holding the Conference, as well as developing a comprehensive Programme of the Conference with the participation of all categories of water users and decision-makers the International Steering Committee of the Conference from among the representatives of the partner countries, international and regional institutions, river basin organizations, NGOs, the private sector and other stakeholders has been established. Moreover, within the National Organizing Committee under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan a Special working group (from all relevant ministries of Tajikistan) has been summoned to actively engage in organizational matters of the Conference.
The main goal of the Conference is a comprehensive discussion of the issues of implementation of the International Decade for Action “Water for Life”, 2005-2015, which will later play a fundamental role in conducting comprehensive review of the implementation of the International Decade with bringing its results to the notice of wider international community.
As the international community approached the year 2015 it’s important to recall that on23 December 2003 the UNGA at its 58th session adopted the resolution A/RES/58/217. In accordance with the resolution the period 2005–2015 was declared as the “International Decade for Action, “Water for Life” (www.un.org/waterforlifedecade), the main goals of which alongside with promotion of efforts to fulfill international commitments made on water and water-related issues by the year 2015 were also the development of plans for integrated water resource management and water-use efficiency in rendering assistance to the developing countries.
Today the need for a comprehensive assessment and review of the activities carried out during this period, identification of the impediments preventing countries from implementation of the Decade goals, as well as planning of the further activities for the post 2015 period become very critical. Therefore, conducting the High Level International Conference on the implementation of the International Decade for Action “Water for Life”, 2005-2015 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan (June 9-11, 2015) in this particular year is considered as a timely and effective step towards raising the awareness of the international community about the water sector trends and mobilizing efforts of the governments, UN institutions, international and non-governmental organizations, as well as other parties at all levels involved in the water problems solution.
The Conference will gather together the representatives of the UN member countries’ governments, UN institutions, international and regional organizations, international financial institutions, business communities, non-governmental organizations, civil society, as well as scientists and experts. Invitations to the UN member countries, international and regional organizations and other partners will be sent on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the National Organizing Committee in due course.
For more information about the Conference, visitwww.waterforlifeconf2015.org or contact the Secretariat of the Conference:
Address: 33 Sheroz str., Dushanbe 734001, Republic of Tajikistan
Tel: (+992 37) 227 68 43
Fax: (+992 37) 227 68 44
The 11th ACD Ministerial Meeting will be held on 29 March, 2013 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and be preceded by the Senior Officials’ Meeting which will take place a day earlier, on 28 March. The venue of the meetings is Government Residence “Kohi Somon”.
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