Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,
The high-level international conference on the implementation of the International Decade for Action “Water for Life”, 2005-2015, and the identification of further efforts to achieve sustainable development of water resources is conducted by the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan in cooperation with UN agencies and other development partners, in accordance with United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/69/215 of 19 December 2014 on the International Decade for Action “Water for Life”, 2005-2015, and further efforts to achieve sustainable development of water resources.
The main objective of the Conference is assessing the progress made in achieving the goals of the Decade and identifying further efforts to ensure the sustainable development of water resources. It is our deep conviction that the sustainable development of water resources, as well as solving water related problems, requires further widespread, focused, collaborative effort of the international community, mutual understanding between the countries and the development of partnerships at all levels.
As the initiator of the International Year of Freshwater, 2003, the International Decade for Action ”Water for Life”, 2005-2015, and of the International Year of Water Cooperation, 2013, the Republic of Tajikistan is very interested in further developing the water agenda of the UN and its filling with the most pressing issues on the basis of new threats and challenges related to water.
I am convinced that Dushanbe Conference will make a worthy contribution to the development of this process and will be an important platform for the mobilization of all stakeholders in achieving internationally agreed goals on water and preservation of this irreplaceable resource for future generations.
I am sure that the active participation of stakeholders will contribute to the success of this important international event.
I would be pleased to welcome all participants of the conference in June 2015 in Dushanbe.
Chairman of the National Organizing Committee
Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan