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CICA reaffirms readiness to unite efforts in achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals

The delegation of the CICA Secretariat headed by Deputy Executive Director Ms.Chi Fang participated in the Second High-Level International Conference on the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development”, 2018-2028 on 6-8 June 2022 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

The International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development” 2018-2028 was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/71/222 on 21 December 2016. The founding CICA Member State, the Republic of Tajikistan, makes a huge contribution to achieving SDG 6 by holding the first and the second international conferences “Dushanbe Water Process” particularly through the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework.

In her statement, Ms.Chi Fang highlighted CICA’s readiness to share its experience and jointly discuss its contribution to SDG’s at the plenary session “Catalyzing water action and partnership at the local, national, regional and global levels”. Negative outcomes of climate change and the rapid increase of population lead to the lack of access to water for 2.2 billion people, while 90% of all natural disasters are related to water. As a response to such challenges, CICA annually holds events under the CICA Plan of Implementation of Confidence Building Measures in all five dimensions, including the environmental dimension and the dimension of new challenges and threats.

On the sidelines of the conference, Ms.Chi Fang held a bilateral meeting with Mr.Hotam Qurbonov, Deputy Head of the Department of International Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan. Interlocutors discussed a wide range of issues related to the CICA transformation, the Sixth CICA Summit to be held on 12-13 October 2022, including Tajikistan’s contribution as the Coordinator of the priority area of “Tourism” to preparing concept papers and holding the upcoming meeting of experts and heads of tourism departments of the CICA Member States.

Environmental Dimension Expert Dr. Ugur Turan presented the achievements of all 27 CICA Member States in the environmental areas at the panel session on “Regional collaboration for promoting science-based water solutions, tools, and technology”. The CICA Expert stated, “Green transformation and advanced technologies need to be applied to water management with a true plan and dialogue between all parties including citizens. This is a significant critical acceleration for a sustainable future,” and added, “CICA is aware of the significance of water for sustainable development and CICA will continue to support the creation of awareness with its multilateral and connectivity capacities”.

The high-level Conference focused on how governments, the United Nations and its entities, along with international and regional organizations made their contributions and discussed further cooperation towards implementing the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Paris Climate Agreement, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development, and New Urban Agenda at all levels.