(MENAFN- AzerNews) The UN 2023 Water Conference closed on Friday with the adoption
of the Water Action Agenda, a“milestone” action plan containing
almost 700 commitments to protect“humanity's most precious global
An Azerbaijani delegation led by Minister of Ecology and Natural
Resources Mukhtar Babayev represented the country at the conference
held at United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 22 to
Co-hosted by the Governments of Tajikistan and the Netherlands,
the UN 2023 Water Conference – formally known as the United Nations
Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the
Implementation of the Objectives of the International Decade for
Action,“Water for Sustainable Development” 2018-2028, was a
watershed moment to mobilize Member States, the UN system and
stakeholders alike to take action and bring successful solutions to
a global scale.
Lending multiple perspectives and expertise to navigate the
challenges ahead, more than 2,000 government representatives,
scientists, academics, civil society groups, indigenous peoples,
members of the private sector, and youth delegates attended the
The key objectives of the 2023 Conference for the Midterm
Comprehensive Review of Implementation of the United Nations Decade
for Action on Water and Sanitation (2018-2028), is to value and
manage water better and take concerted action to achieve the
internationally agreed water-related goals and targets, including
those contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Highlighting the rise in water scarcity, climate-induced
disasters, the speakers at the global conference called for
transformational change to better manage aqua resources,
underlining the environmental dimension and spotlighting national
“This conference demonstrated a central truth: as humanity's
most precious global common good, water unites us all, and it flows
across a number of global challenges,” UN Secretary-General António
“Without water, there can be no sustainable development,” Mr.
Guterres said, thanking all stakeholders.“As we leave this
historic conference, let's re-commit to our common future. Let's
take the next steps in our journey to a water-secure future for
all,” the UN chief added.
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