MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF THE HEADS OF FOUNDING STATES OF THE INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR SAVING THE ARAL SEA
The regular meeting of the Council of the Heads of Founding States of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea was held on September 15, 2023.
The event chaired by the Tajik side was attended by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, as well as the First Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Kyrgyz Republic Adylbek Kasymaliev and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and the Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia Mr. Kakha Imnadze.
The agenda of the IFAS summit included the issues related to development of cooperation for further improvement of water management, environmental and socio-economic situation in the Aral Sea basin, strengthening the role of IFAS in solving water and energy issues in the region, as well as improving the image of IFAS on the international arena. The issues of expanding the range of potential partners for the implementation of targeted programs under umbrella of the Fund were also raised.
Following the results of the event, the Heads of IFAS Founding States signed the following documents:
- Dushanbe Declaration by the Heads of IFAS Founding States;
- Decision of the Council of the Heads of IFAS Founding States on the results of chairmanship of the Republic of Tajikistan in the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea;
- Decision of the Council of the Heads of IFAS Founding States on election of the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev as the President of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea for 2024-2026;
- Decision of the Council of the Heads of IFAS Founding States on activities on institutional and legal improvement of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea.
The chairmanship in IFAS has passed to the Republic of Kazakhstan for the period of 2024-2026.