Integrated Water Resources Management in the context of Sustainable Development

Aug 10, 2016

10 August 2016, Dushanbe - High-Level Symposium on SDG 6 and Targets: Ensuring that no one is left behind in access to water and sanitation was held on 09-11 August in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The Government of Tajikistan convened the Symposium to highlight the vital importance of water and sanitation across 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Organized by the Government of Tajikistan, the main objective of the Symposium was to provide a platform for a focused and balanced discussion on policy measures, actions and means of implementation to fast-track implementation of the water-related SDGs, and consideration of recent country experiences in advancing integrated water resource management through international cooperation and innovative solutions.

The United Nations Development Programme co-hosted, with the Government of Tajikistan, a Thematic Session on Integrated Water Resources Management on 10th August, 2016.

Building on the environmental Millennium Development Goals and particularly its water and sanitation access target, SDG6 encompasses water quality, water use efficiency, integrated water resources and trans-boundary cooperation, the protection and restoration of critical water ecosystems, as well as international cooperation and the importance of participatory approaches. The challenge for now is to take the actions which will deliver on this global agenda, said Mr. Jan Harfst, Country Director of UNDP Tajikistan today at the Kokhi Somon, where he has given an opening statement at the Thematic Session 5 dedicated to the Integrated Water Resources Management.

“To tackle the related challenges of water management and securing access to water and sanitation successfully, integrated approaches which cut across ministries and sectors are needed. International development actors, including the UN, need to address these issues, working holistically across institutional boundaries” said Mr. Jan Harfst.

“Integrated water resources management is a tool that primarily allows balanced competing needs to be managed effectively. It must be a key component of government planning and strategies towards greener economies and sustainable development and building climate resilience. Governments should consider coordinating IWRM to advance results across SDGs. Moreover, improved national accounting for water resources by applying agreed accounting methods can improve fiscal policies for water resources management”  said Mr. George Bouma, Team Leader of the Sustainable Development Cluster of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS.

The Thematic Session reconfirmed that a platform for dialogues on IWRM at the national and regional levels, complemented by capacity building measures, knowledge management and experience exchange support, as well as coordination interventions are key to accelerate global progress on water issues across SDGs.

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