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Conference // The Second Dushanbe Water Decade Conference

The second International High-Level Conference on the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development” will take place in Tajikistan from the 6th-9th of June 2022 in anticipation of the UN’s Midterm Review Conference due to take place in Spring 2023.


June 6-9, 2022 | In Person

About the conference

In December 2016, the United Nations General Assembly declared the period 2018-2028 as the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development”. On 22 March 2018, the United Nations Secretary General’s Plan for the Water Action Decade was released during a High-Level Launch Event, convened by the President of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly. The Government of Tajikistan, committed to providing a platform for policy dialogue, partnership and action at the global, regional and national level, is organizing, with the support of the United Nations and other partners, high-level international conferences throughout the Water Action Decade. This series of events constitutes the so-called “Dushanbe Water Process”. As part of this process, the First High-level International Conference on the International Decade for Action, “Water for Sustainable Development”, 2018–2028 (First Dushanbe Water Action Decade Conference) was held in Dushanbe on 20-21 June 2018. The Second Dushanbe Water Action Decade Conference is co-organized by the Government of Tajikistan and the United Nations and planned to be held from (date to be confirmed) to (date to be confirmed) June 2022. The Conference will be co-chaired by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan and the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.

Increasing pressure on water resources

Depletion and degradation of freshwater supplies, driven by population growth and mobility, impacts of economic development, lifestyle changes and unsustainable production and consumption patterns can only be reversed by deliberate and comprehensive interventions. Water resources and services are compromised due to lack of appropriate water institutions, inadequate capacity and investments, ambiguous jurisdictions, overlapping functions, fragmented institutions, lack of transparency and accountability, and deficiencies in necessary gray and green infrastructure.

“Water is a powerful tool for cooperation and dialogue in support of sustainable development and safer and resilient societies.”

There is a need for more effective, integrated and coordinated actions, coupled with strong political will. All stakeholders, including those in government, international organizations, civil society, the private sector and academia, should be engaged, paying special attention to the livelihoods of poor and vulnerable people, leaving no one behind.

A notable issue to be covered as part of the Thematic Panel ON Water for Livelihoods and Inclusive Economic Growth is: “Accelerating the water-energy-food Nexus in post-COVID recovery”

Event programme

The 2nd Dushanbe Water Decade Conference will take place over four days. The 6th June will see a series of forums, the 7th of June will cover the twelve Thematic and Interactive Panels (as listed below) as well as a series of Side-Events – both of which will be continued on the 8th of June.

  • Three Thematic Panels on Water for Health and People
  • Three Thematic Panels on Water for Livelihoods and Inclusive Economic Growth
  • Three Thematic Panels on Water, Environment and Climate Resilience
  • Three Interactive Panels on Education, Technology, Awareness and Knowledge

The closing day will consist of a series of organised Tours around Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

For the full programme and speakers list click here.


If you have any queries about the conference or have any issues with the site please contact: secretariat@dushanbewaterprocess.org

For further Information on the event please visit the Dushanbe Water Process website here

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