Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador of Tajikistan, Dr. Zubaidullah Zabidov, praised his recent meeting with the Deputy Foreign Minister, Ambassador Mansour Al-Atbi, whom he described as distinguished, as he discussed ways to support and enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
Zbidov said, in a joint press conference held at the embassy with the Dutch ambassador and the acting representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to talk about the water conference that the United Nations will host at the end of this month on a Tajik-Dutch initiative. Our relationship with Kuwait is developing significantly in all fields, stressing Kuwait’s interest. In the water file, pointing out that a Kuwaiti company would like to import thousands of cubes of water from Tajikistan via Pakistan.
He pointed out that Tajikistan and the Netherlands attach the water and climate change file of utmost importance, adding: The strong cooperation between the Netherlands and Tajikistan, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the United Nations Committee on Water within the framework of the United Nations Conference on Water began nearly two years ago.
For his part, the Acting Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr. Asaad Hafeez, expressed his thanks to the Embassy of Tajikistan for organizing this important event on the United Nations Water Conference 2023, which will be held in New York from March 22 to 24, 2023. He said in his speech that this
conference It is the first for the United Nations to focus on water since 1977 and is a pivotal moment to accelerate action on water.
In turn, the Dutch ambassador to the country, Lawrence Westhoff, expressed his pride in the Netherlands’ participation in the first conference devoted to water in the United Nations in nearly 46 years, which will be jointly organized by Tajikistan and the Netherlands.
He pointed out that, according to the World Committee for Water Economics, two billion people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water, and one child under the age of five dies every minute because of polluted water.
He stressed the importance of taking bold measures to restore balance in the global water cycle to ensure universal access to safe drinking water and enable water to support economic development and sustainable growth, calling for the need to reorient water management locally and globally. He warned of the danger of exacerbating the water crisis and impeding efforts to stop climate change if the water and climate strategy is not properly planned and coordinated.
He said, “We are working with Kuwait to develop technologies to improve water use, and we are also discussing ways to develop agriculture.”