On 23 December 2003, the United Nations General Assembly at its 58th session adopted resolution A/RES/58/217, initiated by the Republic of Tajikistan. In accordance with the resolution, the period 2005 – 2015 was declared as the “International Decade for Action “Water for Life”.
The main goal of the Decade was to promote efforts to fulfill international commitments made on water and water-related issues by the year 2015.
These commitments also included the development goals contained in the United Nations Millennium Declaration and particularly to halve the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.
Another important goal of the Decade was to develop by 2015 plans for integrated water resource management and water-use efficiency in rendering assistance to developing countries.
Being the initiator of the Decade, the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan has taken a number of measures at national, regional and global levels for its successful implementation. With this view, the Government of Tajikistan, in cooperation with the United Nations and other international organizations, organized the following important international water-related events:
Since the year 2015 terminates the International Decade for Action “Water for Life”, a comprehensive assessment of the activities carried out during this period, identifying the difficulties and problems in the implementation of the goals of the Decade, as well as planning further activities for the post — 2015 period is of crucial importance.
To that end, on 19 December 2014 the United Nations General Assembly adopted 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 resolution also implies the convening of the two important events: