The Founder of Peace and National Unity, Leader of the Nation, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon took part in an online high-level meeting to promote the implementation of the water – related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda.
The online meeting took place in the UN headquarters as per Tajikistan’s initiative entitled “Comprehensive Mid-Term Review of the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development” 2018 – 2028 which had been adopted by UN Resolution dated March 18, 2018.
Addressing the meeting President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon noted that when Tajikistan initiated to declare International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development” 2018 – 2028, our main goal was to start early actions to promote implementation of the water-related Sustainable Development Goals. Nowadays this goal gained even greater importance given the modern challenges and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our lives.
It has to be noted that 29 percent of the world’s population still does not have access to safe drinking water and 55 percent face lack of access to basic sanitation services.
In the current context, many UN member states, particularly developing and least developed countries will obviously face difficulties in timely implementation of the 2030 Agenda. In this regard, the Head of State Emomali Rahmon stressed that beyond doubt, this state of affairs dictates to urge further strengthening cooperation in order to accelerate coordinated actions for achieving 2030 Agenda’s water-related goals.
It is worth noting that Tajikistan has made significant efforts to promote water issues on the global development agenda over the past two decades. The UN General Assembly, at the initiative of Tajikistan, adopted by consensus eight resolutions on water issues, which testifies to the importance and timeliness of this agenda. Today, we can confidently claim that Tajikistan’s initiatives on water issues have remarkably contributed to strengthening and promoting specific actions for achieving Sustainable Development Goals, including those related to water resources.
President of Tajikistan one more reiterated Tajikistan’s commitment to further advance water agenda, particularly prevention of such modern threat as the climate change at all levels.
Indeed, it would be impossible to achieve Sustainable Development Goals without bringing together all stakeholders, particularly in the face of influence of modern challenges. In this regard the head of state Emomali Rahmon expressed with confidence that the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development” creates a favorable platform for collective actions and the world community would want to use this platform to the maximum possible.
Tajikistan will host a High-Level International Conference on the review of the Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development” in 2022 in Dushanbe and harbor aspirations that it will make a worthy contribution to the preparatory process for the Conference in 2023.