HIGH-LEVEL SIDE EVENT “CENTRAL ASIA: COMMITMENTS FOR WATER ACTION AGENDA”
The Executive Committee of IFAS with the support of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the World Bank organized a High-level side event “Central Asia: Commitments for Water Action Agenda'', which was held on 23 March 2023 in the UN Headquarters.
The main objectives of the high-level side event were to demonstrate the solidarity of the region in jointly addressing water issues to achieve water-energy-food-environmental security in Central Asia in the context of climate change and other challenges, including via innovative, transformational, and action-oriented commitments at the regional and national levels, and establish new and strengthen already existing partnerships for fulfilment of regional commitments.
The participants of the Conference were informed about the commitments made by the Central Asian region regarding the implementation of the Water Action Agenda. The Joint Statement comprising commitments of the Central Asian countries was also presented.
On behalf of the President of Tajikistan and the President of IFAS, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan, Mr. Sirojiddin Muhriddin, Global Director of Global Water Practice from the World Bank Mr. Saroj Kumar Jha, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Mr. Li Junhua, EU Special Representative for Central Asia, Ms. Terhi Hakala, President of the World Water Council, Mr. Loic Fauchon, and other representatives of CA countries and development partners took the floor during the Conference.
National commitments of the Central Asian countries were presented by Ms. Zulfiya Suleimenova, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Kazakhstan, Mr. Jamshed Shoimzoda, First Deputy Minister of Energy and Water Resources of Tajikistan, Mr. Durdy Gendzhiev, Chairman of the State Committee of Water Resources of Turkmenistan, and Mr. Azimjon Nazarov, First Deputy Minister of Water Management of Uzbekistan.
Source: EC IFAS