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The Prepcom conference “Towards the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO +20): Water Cooperation Issues” is organized in Dushanbe, Tajikistan 19-20th October.

Water cooperation issues will be discussed for entering the agenda of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

Adding together, the year 2013 in accordance with the General Assembly resolution is declared as the International Year of Water Cooperation.


There are many challenges to overcome. Action is needed to improve water resources planning, evaluate availability and needs within watersheds, reallocate or expand existing storage facilities where necessary, emphasize the importance of managing water demand, develop a better balance between equity and efficiency in water use, and overcome inadequate legislative and institutional frameworks and the rising financial burdens of ageing infrastructure.

Open discussion of the issues shaping our water resources today and strong citizen participation in decision-making (which is key to fostering good governance and a climate of accountability and transparency) can stimulate cooperative action and political commitment. Promoting a culture of consultation and increasing consultative and participation capacities will help to deliver benefits in all areas, including collaborative water management.” Read more dushanbe-prepcom-conference_rio20.pdf [554,3 Kb] (downloads: 12)

The Prepcom conference is organized by the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in cooperation with UN-Water, UNDP Office in Dushanbe and the South-South News.


About 50 participants will be invited to the Dushanbe conference from the six regions of the world, as well as from the secretariats of intergovernmental organizations of transboundary river basins, UN institutions, UN-Water, a number of countries that play an active role in promoting and addressing water issues in the UN agenda.


The objective of the Dushanbe conference is to discuss current issues and challenges in water cooperation that will be later included in the concept note and the programme of the thematic session on water cooperation in the framework of the Conference Rio+20. The Outcome of the Dushanbe conference, as well as the application on behalf of the Government of Tajikistan will be submitted to the Secretariat of the Conference Rio+20 before 1 November 2011.


Additional information:

ZOI Environment Network published the report "Central Asia - From Rio 1992 to 2012 and beyond: Sustainable Mountain Development, 2011"   It aims to provide an easily understandable illustrated overview of trends and challenges in the sustainable mountain development of Central Asia since 1992, highlight selected achievements and lessons learned by various stakeholders and identify opportunities. It builds on information from the original experience and interviews with key actors, official and scientific sources and numerous news.

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