On 7 November in Sharm El-Sheikh, Arab Republic of Egypt the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) started and will continue until 18 November. COP 27 organizes various events, including plenary sessions, high-level sessions, exhibitions, and pavilions.
Tajikistan organizes 2 Pavilions – the National Pavilion of Tajikistan and the Water Pavilion, organized jointly with other partners.
The President of the Republic of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, took part and delivered a welcoming speech at the opening ceremonies of these two pavilions.
In his speeches, the Head of the State noted the vulnerability of Tajikistan to the impacts of climate change, as well as the close relationship between water resources and climate change, in particular, manifested in the intensive melting of glaciers, the increase in mudflows, floods, droughts and other natural hydrometeorological phenomena that cause great damage to the country’s economy.
The President also drew the attention of the participants to the efforts of Tajikistan in the fight against climate change. In this context, the Head of State pointed to the new initiative of Tajikistan to declare 2025 as the International Year for Preservation of Glaciers and the determination of an international day for the protection of glaciers, as well as prioritizing the relationship between water and climate on the agenda of the UN 2023 Water Conference which will be held on March 22-24 in New York under the chairmanship of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The Prime Ministers of the Netherlands and the Arab Republic of Egypt also took part and spoke at the opening ceremony of the Water Pavilion, and the Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund, the Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization and the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development took part in the Pavilion of Tajikistan.