Press conference on the results of the Second Water Conference

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On June 8, 2022, a press conference was held by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan, Chairman of the National Organizing Committee of the Second International Water Conference, Qohir Rasulzoda, and the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Liu Zhenmin, following the results of the Second High-Level International Conference on the International Decade for Action "Water for Sustainable Development”, 2018-2028 (June 6-9, 2022, Dushanbe).

During the press conference, it was noted that the main objectives of the completed Second Water Conference were to discuss the ways and mechanisms for implementing the goals and objectives of the new International Water Decade in order to promote the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals related to water, as well as to discuss further steps to implement the Plan for the Decade of Action at the global, regional and national levels.

The Conference was attended by official delegations from 75 countries and more than 100 international and regional organizations, including UN agencies, financial institutions and basin organizations. The total number of organizations represented, including academic institutions, national and non-governmental organizations, exceeded 600.

In total, about 2,500 high-ranking officials and politicians, scientists and experts (from 177 states) from various regions of the world representing governments, various UN institutions, international and regional organizations, financial institutions, academic institutions, civil society and the private sector discussed the most pressing water problems in today's rapidly changing world for three days. In addition to the in-person format, about 500 more participants joined the conference online.

Within the framework of the Conference, 12 panels were organized focused on concrete actions related to water. In order to involve various stakeholders and groups more, as well as taking into account their proposals and recommendations for the successful implementation of the International Water Decade, along with panels on the margins of the Second Conference, 5 forums were held, the International Exhibition on the theme "Water for Sustainable Development", International marathon under the slogan "Water for Sustainable Development" as part of the Global Water Marathon (#RUN BLUE), Dushanbe Water Festival, exhibition "Virtual Reality" on the theme "Tajikistan's experience in the field of water resources".

At the end of the press conference, the Prime Minister of Tajikistan Q. Rasulzoda appreciated all the participants for active participation and all the partners for valuable support.

Source: Ministry of foreign affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan