SPEECH OF THE PRESIDENT OF REPUBLIC OF TAJIKISTAN AT THE OPENING SESSION OF THE HIGH LEVEL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON WATER COOPERATION

Excellencies, Heads of Government,
Under Secretary Generals of the United Nations,
Honorable Ministers,
Heads of Delegations,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great honor and distinct pleasure to welcome you all in Dushanbe at the High Level International Conference on Water Cooperation.

Today's event which is being held in accordance with the Resolution of the UN General Assembly provides unique opportunity to assess the current state and the prospects of water cooperation with the view of facilitating a comprehensive implementation of commitments and decisions taken previously at the global level.

Before I specifically mention the key objectives of today’s conference, I would like to highlight the major milestones of our collective actions we have undertaken over the last decade.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of our first joint project of global significance - the International Year of Freshwater proclaimed in 2003 which adds a value of such analysis.

International Year of Freshwater served to strengthen and expand efforts for effective conservation and fresh water resources management, promoted greater awareness of the role of water in achieving sustainable development and in the preparation and the release of the first comprehensive report on the World Water Development entitled "Water for People, Water for Life".

In our view, major contribution to the International Year was the fact that it has laid a solid foundation for the second, long-run global project in the field of water resources - the International Decade for Action "Water for Life 2005-2015"...

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