by Mr. Liu Zhenmin,
Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
It is my pleasure to send this welcome message for the Second High-level International Conference on the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development”, 2018-2028.
Worldwide pressure on water resources is rising, while actions for their sustainable management and use are lagging.
Meeting the water needs of the world’s growing population is key for poverty eradication and sustainable development. We must address water-intensive consumption patterns, as well as increasing precipitation variability and water pollution. Furthermore, climate change is exacerbating extreme weather events, such as floods and droughts, which impose huge social and economic costs around the world.
We have to address these challenges together, implementing programmes and projects on integrated and sustainable management of water and sanitation. Commitment and cooperation at all levels are essential for mobilizing resources, capacity-building and technology transfer.
The Second Dushanbe Water Action Decade Conference provides a timely opportunity to focus on catalyzing water actions and partnerships to contribute to the achievement of water-related goals and targets at the global, regional and national levels.
The Conference will address the critical interlinkages between water and climate change, health, food, energy, industry and the environment, and promote respective science-based solutions and tools.
Participants will have an opportunity to showcase successful actions and partnerships within the Water Action Decade and present ways forward for strengthening cooperation at different levels to accelerate implementation on the ground.
The United Nations is pleased to partner with Tajikistan in the organization of the Conference and stands ready to support countries and stakeholders in their efforts to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
I look forward to welcoming you in Dushanbe and wish all a fruitful Conference.