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.

President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon attended UNGA event “In search of water energy nexus: SDG 6 and SDG 7 Synergy”

In the sidelines of the launch of the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development, 2018-2028”, the Founder of Peace and National Unity – Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon attended the High-level luncheon hosted by the President of the General Assembly and UN-DESA titled “In search of water energy nexus: SDG 6 and SDG 7 Synergy”.

President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon extended his sincere appreciation to organizers of today’s event and noted that Tajikistan in every possible way supports an idea of seeking water energy nexus and is willing to build strong cooperation with all stakeholders in promoting the best solutions in water and energy sector.

The President of the country pointed out that hydropower continues to be an important driving element for socio-economic development in many countries. Being endowed with tremendous water resources and immense hydropower potential, Republic of Tajikistan continuously declares its willingness to cooperate with all interested parties, and first of all, with neighboring countries, on efficient, mutually beneficial and rational use of water and energy resources in the interests of all countries of the region.

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