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Dushanbe Water Conference wraps up, charts course for sustainable water action

Story by Abigirl Tembo

THE Third High-Level International Conference on Water for Sustainable Development concluded in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, following productive discussions on implementing the UN’s 2023 Water Action Agenda.

The conference served as a springboard for future water-related events, with key takeaways informing the upcoming United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

Key takeaways included resolutions to improve water management, with programmes involving accelerating access to safe drinking water and sanitation, promoting hygiene practices, and protecting freshwater resources.

The issue of strengthening collaboration was also agreed on, where leaders committed to working together on policy reforms, regulations, and economic tools that promote water security. This includes improved coordination among water-related sectors and development partners as well as ensure equitable access.

The conference also emphasised the importance of “leaving no one behind” by prioritising access to safe water and sanitation for all, especially those most vulnerable. This includes the poor, children, women, indigenous peoples, and others in challenging situations.

Zimbabwe was represented by Vice President, General (Rtd) Dr Constantino Chiwenga, Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Honourable Vangelis Haritatos and other government officials.

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