Dushanbe, 8 June 2022 (TDI): The UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed signed the UN-Tajikistan document with Prime Minister Kokhir Rasulzoda at the 2nd Water Action Conference to set national development priorities and goals for the coming four years.
The UN Coordinator Sezin Sinanoglu was also present during the event to achieve SDGs. The Deputy Secretary-General highlighted that this cooperation framework aims to improve people’s livelihood.
Also, it can help to create equal opportunities for individuals and realize their fundamental human rights based on quality, justice, and mutual respect.
Amina Mohammad was attending the second Dushanbe Water Action Decade Conference. The three-day conference highlights the venues of partnerships between the public and private sectors to achieve Water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 6).
Elevation of Quality of Life
The Deputy Secretary-General also visited the healthcare center in the Rudaki district to oversee the healthcare initiative for the local people.
This initiative has been set up jointly by the UN and European Union to terminate gender-based and sexual violence as a part of Agenda 2030 of sustainable development and achieve SDGs.
But emphasizing the availability of essential services, Amina Mohammad underscored that improved access to health, social protection, and legal services are critical to eliminating violence against vulnerable women and girls.
In 2021, the UN assisted 2.2 million individuals in Tajikistan with improved access to essential health care services under SDG 3. The individuals were selected regardless of the age and gender of the people.
While emphasizing the need for transboundary cooperation for water for achieving SDGs, Assistant Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, said that “we require better science and cooperation by countries to address this issue.”
“We need more and better science and that is why we need countries to work together”, says Ms. Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, @UNESCO ADG for Natural Sciences, at the ‘Transboundary Cooperation session at the ongoing 2nd Dushanbe Water Action Decade Conference 💦, @DWaterProcess. pic.twitter.com/gM8bnfdAbq
— unescoWATER (@unescoWATER) June 7, 2022
Access to Education: SDG4
In 2021, the UN reached 183,391 children with digital learning material in Tajikistan. In addition, the Deputy UN Chief also visited the Teacher Innovation Centre and met the education and Science Minister of the country.
She was briefed regarding the role of the UN in using innovative educational tools such as podcasts. Amina Mohammed also underscored the role of COVID-19 in the adoption of education reforms worldwide.
She emphasized reducing hurdles in access to education during challenging circumstances. In addition, she welcomed Tajikistan’s intention to take part in the upcoming Transforming Education Summit to be convened by the UN Secretary-General in September 2022.
Dushanbe Water conference
The second high-level international decade for action, “Water for Sustainable Development,” 2018-2028, has been organized by the Government of Tajikistan and the United Nations in Dushanbe.
Furthermore, the conference also aims to promote sustainable Water utilization snd integrated Water management practices while ensuring partnership and cooperation among partners.
Achieve SDGs in Ethiopia
Meanwhile, a high-level delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Water and Energy will participate in the conference.
Consequently, the Ethiopian Minister of Water and Energy, Dr. Abraha Adugna, said that Ethiopia is committed to implementing SDG6 to ensure the availability of water and sanitation services.
Further, he informed the participants that the Ethiopian Government has also integrated SDG6 into Ten-year National Development Plan by promoting public and private partnerships between Development actors.