On Thursday 21 June 2018, the IOM will co-organize with the Government of Tajikistan and participate in the Action Panel on Water for Vulnerable People, including Refugees and Migrants at the High Level International Conference on the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development” 2018-2028.
Today, lack of access to a safe drinking water source, basic sanitation and sound hygiene alongside with water scarcity and water pollution constitute one of the major challenges for the international community, in particular for the developing countries. Increasing water-related disasters, climate change, urbanization, population growth, desertification, and drought with the lack of capacity to ensure integrated water resource management further exacerbate this situation.
To address these interlinked challenges, on 21 December 2016 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution 71/222 to declare 2018-2028 as an International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development”. The objectives of the Decade, specified in paragraph 4, include greater focus on: (1) sustainable development and integrated management of water resources for the achievement of social, economic and environmental objectives; (2) the implementation and promotion of related programmes and projects; and (3) the furtherance of cooperation and partnerships at all levels in order to help to achieve internationally agreed water-related goals and targets, including those contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will also highlight the importance of promoting the efficiency of water usage at all levels, taking into account the water, food, energy, environment nexus, including the implementation of national development programmes.
To mobilize efforts of the governments, UN institutions, international and non-governmental organizations, as well as other stakeholders at all levels for effective implementation of the water-related SDGs as well as goals and objectives of the International Water Decade it is planned to hold a High-level International Conference on the International Decade for Action, “Water for Sustainable Development, 2018-2028” in Dushanbe.
The main objectives of the Conference are to discuss the ways on how the Member States, relevant UN bodies, the specialized agencies, the regional commissions and other organizations of the UN system, as well as other relevant partners, including the private sector can contribute to the Decade in order to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will also allow for discussion on the importance of specific means of implementation, including monitoring, financing, capacity development, access to technology and partnership with the private sector and civil society.
The Conference will deepen the understanding of the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development”, 2018-2028, promote integrated water resources management and galvanize action in support of the implementation of the water-related SDGs. Specifically, the Conference aims to:
— Mobilize efforts of the governments, UN institutions, international and non-governmental organizations, as well as other parties at all levels for the implementation of the Action Plan of the Decade to achieve internationally agreed water-related goals including those contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
— Increase attention to the water-related SDGs and targets at all levels.
— Strengthen cooperation and partnership at all levels to achieve water-related SDGs.
Date and venue:
The Conference will be held from 20 to 21 June 2018 at Kokhi Somon venue, Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
Pre-conference events and Side-events will be held on 19 June 2018 at the National Library, Dushanbe, Tajikistan.