After the first water dialogue meeting of 22 March on World Water Day, a second dialogue has been convened by the President of the UN General Assembly on 30 May to take stock of progress made and exchange views on the relevance of possible next steps. The dialogues co-moderated by H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Hungary’s Permanent Representative to the UN and Mr. Lukmon Isomatov, Head of Department of External Economic Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan tackled improving the integration and coordination of the work of the UN on the water-related goals and targets under its sustainable development pillar, with particular emphasis on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
On 30 May, the co-moderators from Hungary and Tajikistan presented their draft summary document of the first discussion of 22 March to the Member States and stakeholders, as circulated by the Office of the President of the General Assembly (PGA) and sought views and comments by delegations thereto. They have asked participants to look at convergences and identify areas in which progress can be made on improving the integration and coordination of the work of the UN on the water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Member States welcomed the summary’s key messages regarding water resources management, as well as the provision of sanitation and hygiene as global challenges, identifying the implementation of SDG 6 as a key driver for the entire 2030 Agenda. Preserving and safeguarding water, as a natural asset and as an enabler of other SDGs gathered unanimous support. The frameworks of cooperation however still revealed a number of different point of views.
The exchange called for continuing an open dialogue on the work of existing water-related mechanisms, programs and initiatives, especially with a view to coherence on policy guidance and as suggested by many, also on governance.
Based on the views expressed by Member States and stakeholders including UNESCO and UN-Water, the co-moderators will work on a joint summary of the two discussions and seek guidance by the PGA on possible follow-up.
To read the introductory notes of the Ambassador, please click here.
To see the video of the event, please click here.