Welcome Message by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan, Chairman of the National Organizing Committee

Dear friends,

With great pleasure, I would like to invite you to participate in the International High-Level Conference on the International Decade for Action «Water for Sustainable Development», 2018-2028 to be held in Dushanbe on 20-22 June 2018.

The new decade «Water for Sustainable Development», 2018-2028, reaffirms that in the current global agenda the water issue is still the most urgent. Consequently, in order to achieve significant progress in the implementation of the internationally agreed water goals, there is a need for greater integration of the efforts of all stakeholders.

In this regard, I am convinced that forthcoming conference, organized by the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan jointly with the United Nations, to promote the implementation of the International Decade for Action «Water for Sustainable Development», 2018-2028, endorsed by UN General Assembly Resolution 71/222 of December 21, 2016 will make a significant contribution to the decision-making process regarding sustainable development goals for water.

As underscored in this resolution, the goals of the International Decade for Action there should be increased attention to sustainable development and integrated water resources management for achieving socio-economic and environmental objectives, to the implementation and promotion of relevant programs and projects, and to enhancing cooperation and partnerships at all levels to support the implementation of internationally agreed goals and targets related to water resources.

In this regard, I hope that representatives of governments, international and regional organizations, scientific and educational institutions, NGOs, river basin organizations and lakes, women’s, children’s and youth organizations will actively participate in the discussion and development of concrete recommendations for the implementation of the goals and objectives of sustainable development in the field of water resources.

I am confident that your active participation in the plenary sessions, thematic and interactive round tables, side events, women’s and children’s forums will contribute to the success of this conference and will make a valuable contribution to the promotion of joint efforts to achieve sustainable development and use of water resources for the benefit of the future generation.



Kohir Rasulzoda

Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan

Chairman of the National Organizing Committee