Press release on the 23rd Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Economic Cooperation Organization

On April 17, 2018, the 23rd Meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO COM) will be held in Dushanbe with the participation of the Ministers and Deputy Foreign Ministers of the member states of the Economic Cooperation Organization.

The agenda of the meeting includes issues related to the implementation of the ECO agreements concluded between ECO member states; status of implementation of ECO projects and programs; relations between the ECO Secretariat and international organizations; activities of ECO specialized agencies and affiliated bodies; progress and assessment of the implementation of the goals and objectives identified in the document "ECO Vision 2025", the adoption of the ECO New Program on assistance to Afghanistan, as well as the administrative and financial issues of the Organization.

The meeting of the ECO Council of Foreign Ministers is preceded by Senior Officials Meeting of the member countries of the Organization, which will be held on 16 April.

Also, in the light of the year of "Tourism and Handicrafts Development", announced by the Leader of the Nation, the President of the Republic of Tajikistan H. E. Mr. Emomali Rahmon, within the framework of the 23rd ECO Ministerial Council Meeting the Handicrafts exhibition of ECO countries will be held, on April 16-17 in the " Iram Park".    

 

The article of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan in the journal UN Chronicle, entitled “Water for Sustainable Development”

Water plays a crucial role in the development of mankind. From time immemorial people have settled near water, which has always been a source of life and well-being. Humanity has praised and glorified it as a sacred resource for thousands of years.

Today, due to rapid population growth, economic development and other challenges that impact the natural resources, the value of water has increased dramatically.

In my statement at the First Asia-Pacific Water Summit in 2007, I noted that “…the world development trends suggest that the cost of water might exceed the cost of oil, gas, coal and other natural resources essential for the sustainable future of each country and region”. Numerous studies conducted over the past 10 years proved, with facts and figures, the accuracy of that statement and encouraged the international community to focus on addressing water issues.

As an essential resource for sustainable development, water has been included in numerous documents and strategies for development at the regional, national and global levels. As a result, various aspects of water issues were incorporated into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Such an accomplishment was made possible thanks to the hard work and tireless efforts of various stakeholders.

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President Emomali Rahmon took part in the joint action of Tajikistan with Group of Friends of Water titled “Priority actions on water resources, climate change, natural disasters risks reduction” within International Decade of Action “Water for Sustainabl

In New York, the Founder of Peace and National Unity – Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon took part in the joint action of Tajikistan with Group of Friends of Water titled “Priority actions on water resources, climate change, natural disasters risks reduction” within International Decade of Action “Water for Sustainable Development, 2018 – 2028”.

President of the country, Emomali Rahmon, expressed his satisfaction with the successfully conducted first dialogue devoted to the launch of the International Decade of Action “Water for Sustainable Development, 2018 – 2028”.

The head of state, Emomali Rahmon urged that we should enhance and reinforce our efforts to achieve water related goals and targets.

Expressing concern over an unprecedented growing impact of climate change on nature and socio-economic situation of Tajikistan and Central Asia, the President of Tajikistan stressed that such natural disasters as inundation, mudflow, avalanche and landslide cause huge damage to the people and the national economy of the country every year.

Moreover, negative impact of climate change mostly hits quantity and quality of safe drinking water. Over the last decade, Tajikistan experienced rapid unprecedented ice melting, which is a vital source of life for all people and countries in Central Asia. Intensive ice melting and loss of glaciers in the region which are provoked by and inseparably linked with climate change effects, acknowledge the necessity and magnificence of such Strategy.

It was noted that Tajikistan places particular emphasis on measures aimed at advancing adaptation to climate change which is essential in sustainable development.

The Republic of Tajikistan