On September 22, 2021 the Permanent Mission of Tajikistan to the UN, in cooperation with the Permanent Missions of Hungary, Pakistan, Nepal and Russia, as well as the United Nations Office of Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations Environment Program, the World Meteorological Organization, the United Nations Institute for Water Resources and the UNESCO Intergovernmental Program on Hydrology, organized a high-level side event entitled “How changing water availability from ice and snow will impact our societies”.
It should be noted that this event was organized within the framework of the High-Level Week of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly with the participation of more than 70 representatives of the UN member states, as well as representatives of international organizations. The main issue of the event were the impact of climate change, protection of glaciers from rapid melting and the interlinkages between climate and access to water resources. According to the program, the event consisted of two panels, including a high-level panel and an expert panel, as well as a Q&A segment.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan Sirojiddin Muhriddin opened the event and during his speech mentioned about the impact of climate change on access to water resources and the importance of the next initiative of the Leader of the Nation, President Emomali Rahmon to declare 2025 the International Year of Glacier Preservation.
The President of the 76th session of the UNGA Abdullah Shahid, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Hungary and Pakistan, as well as the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Liu Zhenmin, the Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization Petteri Taas, the Assistant Director-General of UNESCO Shamila Nair Beduelle and the Director of the World Bank's Global Water Division Jennifer Sara also delivered remarks at the High-level segment of the event.
It is important to emphasize that during the event, most of the speakers welcomed the country's next initiative to declare 2025 the International Year of Glacier Preservation, and expressed their readiness to support this important initiative on the international arena.