SECOND INTERNATIONAL HIGH-LEVEL CONFERENCE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DECADE FOR ACTION “WATER FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT”, 2018-2028
6-9 June 2022, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
The Conference program includes opening and closing ceremonies, a plenary session, several thematic and interactive panels, special forums for regional and major groups, as well as side events. Cultural events will also be organized, including an exhibition.
The Second Dushanbe Water Action Decade Conference will include twelve Thematic and Interactive Panels. The Panels will focus on SDG 6, other water related goals, the goals of the Water Action Decade and the areas on means of implementation. The Panels are co-organized by partners of the Dushanbe Water Process, including Member States, United Nations agencies and programs, other international and regional organizations, international financial institutions, other development partners, private companies, as well as academia and non-governmental organizations. As a general rule, each Panel will be co-organized by two partners. They will cover the following issues:
Three Thematic Panels on Water for Health and People:
- Increasing water-health nexus for responding to the challenges of the post-COVID world
- Accelerating access to safe water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) conditions, leaving no one behind
- Advancing water sustainability in urban and rural areas
Three Thematic Panels on Water for Livelihoods and Inclusive Economic Growth:
- Promoting integrated water resources management, water efficiency and valuing water
- Accelerating the water-energy-food nexus in post-COVID recovery
- Transboundary water cooperation for inclusive economic growth and sustainability
Three Thematic Panels on Water, Environment and Climate Resilience:
- Promoting nature-based water solutions, water quality and ecosystems
- Resilient infrastructure and disaster risk reduction
- Water resources and climate: reinforcing the interlinkages
Three Thematic Panels on Education, Technology, Awareness and Knowledge:
- Promoting science-based water solutions, tools and technology
Moving out of water box and promoting integration at all levels
Improving knowledge, education and communication
The outcomes of the Panels will be presented at the Closing session. They will also be reflected in the outcome documents of the Second Dushanbe Water Action Decade Conference.
Regional and Major Groups Forums
The Forums will provide focused engagement of different regions, women, youth and other major groups, in the manner consistent with objectives of the Conference. The objective of the Forums is to create an additional platform for broader discussion of water-related issues among specific types of stakeholders or in certain regions.
On 6 June 6 in the city of Dushanbe five different forums were held, including:
— Forum on Regional Water Cooperation in Central Asia, which was organized by the IFAS Executive Committee in order to provide an opportunity to demonstrate further water coordination efforts in Central Asia and promotes interaction with representatives of the Governments of the countries.
— Women’s Water Forum Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Water Unites Us, organized by the Royal Academy of Sciences of the International Trust (RASIT) in cooperation with the OSCE, with the aim of providing an opportunity for reflection strengthening existing and creating new partnerships, sharing and discussing success and failure factors, as well as addressing gaps and emerging problems. The Forum was based on the results of the 7th International Day of Women and Girls in Science (IDWDIS 2022).
— Youth and Children’s Water Forum, organized by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) together with IC IFAS, IEVR, WMO, CYS, WYN, WYPW, CAY4W and, playing an important role of intersectoral approach and evidence-based decision-making, where the role of the younger generation can be invaluable at the junction of scientific innovations. The purpose of the Forum was to mobilize children and youth from Tajikistan and around the world by providing them with a platform to influence access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) on life and the future.
— Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Forum Inclusive Approaches to Water in Ecosystems, Land, Agriculture and Knowledge Development, serving as a platform for indigenous peoples to discuss more effective management of water and land resources to protect vital ecosystems and the importance of water security. The Forum was also aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change and adaptation, recognizing their aspirations and helping to create a platform for a better understanding of the relationship with local water resources and related obligations.
— Water and Mountains on the Way to Sustainable Development, aimed at highlighting the boundaries of opportunities and gaps in research, education and cooperation in the field of mountains, the cryosphere and the water sector. The event was also based on ongoing partnership efforts aimed at achieving the common goal of achieving SDG 6 more effectively, and largely focused on the implementation of the recommendations made during the preliminary forum on dialogue on water and climate.
The forums were attended by high-ranking representatives of the Governments of the countries of the region, development partners and the civilian population, consciously and actively expressing their position as a careful nature user.
Dushanbe Water Festival
Dushanbe Water Festival will be held in Tajikistan on the 6 of June 2022, in the capital’s Park of Culture “Navruzgoh”.
The main goal of the Dushanbe Water Festival is to raise public awareness of the value of water as a vital resource, to taking care and preserve it for future generations. Along with positive messages, the Festival will point out the existing problems and challenges and the need to mobilize efforts to overcome them.
The festival is organized by the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan.
The Dushanbe Water Festival consists of five components. The program of the Festival includes an exhibition of folk crafts and creativity, an exhibition of dishes of Tajik national cuisine and other countries of the world, an exhibition of various types of drinking water, a concert program with the participation of the country’s leading masters of art, a fashion show of Tajik national clothes and other show programs.