at the Opening ceremony of the Side event
“Taking Stock of the International Year of Water Cooperation and Advancing the Global Water Agenda Beyond 2015”
11 March 2014, UN Headquarters, New York
As it has been noted, the year 2013 was held as the International Year of Water Cooperation. During the Year, in addition to the events held in accordance with the UN GA resolution 67/204, a series of international, regional and national events were organized in support of the International Year of Water Cooperation. Besides, the International Year of Water Cooperation coincided with the first year of the intergovernmental negotiations on the implementation of the decisions adopted by the UN Conference on Sustainable Development “Rio+20”, which currently is entering a new phase. The deliberations of the Open Working Group on sustainable development goals encourages everyone to actively participate in the discussion of the ways, objectives and means for achieving sustainable development. It is encouraging that similarly to the “Rio+20” outcome document, achievement of sustainable management of water resources was in the focus of the deliberations of the Open Working Group.
(H.E. Mr. Sirodjidin Aslov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan, The European Times, 5 March 2014)
The decade-long transition period in Afghanistan is coming to an end. In view of this, implementation by the international community of its commitments and obligations is the key to maintaining and multiplying the progress in the social, political and economic fields achieved in the country over the last 12 years. Ensuring security, political transformation and economic reconstruction are the three main pillars underpinning the future of Afghanistan and the achievement of prosperity.
Tajikistan, like the other countries of the region of Central Asia and of the world, is vitally interested in the establishment of lasting peace, order, security and political stability in neighbouring Afghanistan, which is situated to the south of our country and with which we share our longest border, measuring some 1400 km. As the closest neighbour, with a common language, culture and religion, Tajikistan is truly interested in establishing stability in this country, and, based on our capacity and opportunities, in contributing to its reconstruction and its social and economic development.
The High Level International Conference on Water Cooperation was held on 20-21-Aug-2013 in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. The Government of tajikistan convened the Conference according to the General Assembly Resolution A/67/204 "Implementation of the International Year of Water Cooperation, 2013", adopted on 21-Dec-2012. The purpose of the Conference, as it proceeded from the title, was to promote dialogue and mutual understanding and to strengthen the partnership and cooperation on water issues among all stakeholders at all levels.
The High-Level International Conference on Water Cooperation in Dushanbe was an important step in the development and strengthening the water cooperation through mobilizing all stakeholders' efforts in achievement of the internationally agreed goals on water.
As it was pointed out at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20, developing water cooperation jointly with the strengthening the partnership in other areas would create a strong platform for sustainable development and "green" growth.