On 10 January 2023, in New York, the Special Envoy of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan to the Water and Climate Coalition Leaders, Mr. Sulton Rahimzoda, and the UN Under-Secretary-General, Associate Administrator of UNDP, Ms. Usha Rao-Monari, discussed preparations for the UN 2023 Water Conference, which will take place from 22-24 March 2023 in New York.
During the meeting, the parties noted the importance of the UN 2023 Water Conference for the world community, which will be a historic event not only in terms of the time dimension, since this is the second UN Conference in the last 50 years dedicated to water resources, but also in terms of its impact on global water processes and its focus on action.
It was also noted the importance of ensuring the participation of all stakeholders, including youth, women, major groups, private sector, academia and various sectors via actively engaging them in special events, side events and interactive dialogues of the Conference, as well as inspiring them to make voluntary commitments and take concrete actions.
Particular attention was paid to the Water Action Agenda of the Conference, which will contain innovative and transformational voluntary commitments by UN Member States, international organizations, financial institutions, and other stakeholders, which should become crucial in achieving global water goals and targets, including those contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In this context, the parties emphasized the importance of creating a reporting (follow-up) mechanism for the implementation of the commitments made within the framework of the Conference and exchanged ideas on the creation of this mechanism.