THE WORLD WATER DAY AND THE BEGINNING OF THE INTERNATIONAL

DECADE OF ACTIONS “WATER FOR LIFE”/files/includes/,.css 2005-2015

On 22 March 2005 - the World Water Day/files/includes/,.css in accordance with the UN General Assembly resolution/files/includes/,.css ceremonial receptions devoted to the launch of the International Decade for Actions “Water for Life”/files/includes/,.css 2005-2015 were held in the UN Headquarters.  This day started the global initiative advanced by the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmonov at the Dushanbe International Fresh Water Forum and supported by the world community in 2003.

The International “Water for Life” Decade was opened in the UN Headquarters by the ceremony of sanctifying water that was held with the participation of representatives of all the world religions. Then the participants discussed the measures towards meeting the water and sanitation targets set by the Millennium Declaration.

In the evening of 22 March 2005 the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Tajikistan to the United Nations gave an official reception on the occasion of the beginning of the International Decade for Actions “Water for Life”/files/includes/,.css 2005-2015. Over 250 hosts/files/includes/,.css including ambassadors of the UN member states/files/includes/,.css constant observers of international and representatives of non-governmental organizations/files/includes/,.css heads of information bureaus accredited by the UN Headquarters participated in it.

The Economic and Social Department of the UN Secretariat/files/includes/,.css Health Politics.com/files/includes/,.css Hugg-a-Planet/files/includes/,.css Solar Solutions/files/includes/,.css LLC/files/includes/,.css Wish Pearl Foundation/files/includes/,.css World Ocean Forum/files/includes/,.css World Water Films and World Waterway Institute were involved in the arrangement of this reception. They prepared information materials/files/includes/,.css badges/files/includes/,.css souvenirs with the symbolic of the Water Decade that were presented to the hosts.  The attraction of the broad section of international and American organizations is a result of a successive work conducted by the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Tajikistan for the two most recent years. The leaderships of these organizations are well-informed of the global water initiative proposed by the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmonov and have supported the conduct of the Decade.

The release of the book “Water for Life/files/includes/,.css Water for All People” (in English/files/includes/,.css 164 pages/files/includes/,.css 500 copies/files/includes/,.css “International Relations”) prepared by the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Tajikistan is also timed to this important event. The books were presented to ambassadors of every state. The book gives a characteristic to the global water initiative of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmonov/files/includes/,.css involves key speeches and statements made by the Head of Tajikistan and the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan relative to this subject and all the UN General Assembly resolutions. A picture of Lake Sarez decorates the super cover of the book.

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 THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

MESSAGE FOR BOOKLET BEING PUBLISHED IN CONJUNCTION WITH

THE LAUNCH OF THE INTERNATIONAL DECADE FOR ACTION/files/includes/,.css

"WATER FOR LIFE" (2005-2015)

 

Water is essential for life. Yet many millions of people around the world face water shortages and a daily struggle to secure safe water for their basic needs. Millions of children continue to die every year from preventable water-borne diseases. Water-related natural disasters such as floods/files/includes/,.css tropical storms and tsunamis exact a heavy toll in human life and suffering. And all too regularly/files/includes/,.css drought afflicts some of the world's poorest countries/files/includes/,.css exacerbating hunger and malnutrition.

In the past decade/files/includes/,.css significant progress has been made in providing people with access to clean drinking water and basic sanitation. But a major effort is still required in the decade ahead to extend these essential services to those still unserved/files/includes/,.css the vast majority of whom are poor people.

Meeting the water and sanitation targets set by the international community for 2015 is a crucial step towards the ultimate goal of providing safe drinking water and adequate sanitation to all. Providing access to water and sanitation is also fundamental for achieving the other Millennium Development Goals/files/includes/,.css such as alleviating poverty/files/includes/,.css hunger and malnutrition; reducing child mortality/files/includes/,.css increasing gender equality; providing more opportunity for education; and ensuring environmental sustainability. Women and girls are overwhelmingly the water haulers of the world/files/includes/,.css a task that consumes valuable time and energy that girls could otherwise devote to schooling.

Beyond meeting basic human needs/files/includes/,.css water contributes to sustainable development in other important ways. It is a major source of energy in some parts of the world/files/includes/,.css while in others its potential as an energy source remains largely untapped. Water is also necessary for agriculture and for many industrial processes. And in more than a few countries/files/includes/,.css it makes up an integral part of transport systems. With improved scientific understanding/files/includes/,.css the international community has also come to appreciate more fully the valuable services provided by water-related ecosystems/files/includes/,.css from flood control to storm protection and water purification. Though some analysts have predicted future conflicts over water/files/includes/,.css many countries successfully share river basins/files/includes/,.css inland seas and other water resources/files/includes/,.css showing that this challenge can also be a powerful catalyst for international cooperation.

The International Decade for Action/files/includes/,.css "Water for Life"/files/includes/,.css provides an excellent opportunity for the international community to advance towards a truly integrated approach to the management of the world's water that ensures its sustainable use for generations to come. I urge everyone to give the decade their full support

Kofi Annan

The Secretary-General

22 March 2005/files/includes/,.css New-York

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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

MESSAGE FOR WORLD WATER DAY

 

Water is essential for life. Yet many millions of people around the world face water shortages. Many millions of children die every year from water-borne diseases. And drought regularly afflicts some of the world's poorest countries.

The world needs to respond much better. We need to increase water efficiency/files/includes/,.css especially in agriculture. We need to free women and girls from the daily chore of hauling water/files/includes/,.css often over great distances. We must involve them in decision-making on water management. We need to make sanitation a priority. This is where progress is lagging most. And we must show that water resources need not be a source of conflict. Instead/files/includes/,.css they can be a catalyst for cooperation.

Significant gains have been made. But a major effort is still required. That is why this year/files/includes/,.css World Water Day also marks the beginning of the "Water for Life" Decade. Our goal is to meet the internationally agreed targets for water and sanitation by 2015/files/includes/,.css and to build the foundation for further progress in the years beyond.

This is an urgent matter of human development/files/includes/,.css and human dignity. On this World Water Day/files/includes/,.css let us resolve to do more to provide safe/files/includes/,.css clean water to all the world's people. Let us also reaffirm our commitment to better management of the world's water resources/files/includes/,.css which are our lifeline for survival/files/includes/,.css and for sustainable development in the 21st century.

Kofi Annan

The Secretary-General

22 March 2005/files/includes/,.css New-York

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