The Chief Executive at the National Conference on Water and Sustainable Development: Working on Water Diplomacy is our Main Priority (Mar 07, 2017)
The Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan at closing ceremony of "National Conference on Water and Sustainable Development" said working on water diplomacy for sound management and development of water resources is a top priority of the National Unity Government.
Dr. Abdullah added, “Due to population growth, climate change, increasing urbanization, poor management of water and too much use of it, strengthening infrastructure of water is very important and necessary”. Because, according to him, the future of Afghanistan depends on water management.
The Chief Executive added Afghanistan, despite being landlocked, has rich water resources. To maintain and make desirable use of water, the National Unity Government works on strong diplomacy of water, enrichment of national programs and development of water resources but collaboration of private sector partners and academics, in this regard, is essential.
The Chief Executive stated that now water is considered a fundamental element for sustainable development, without which development cannot be achieved. According to him, management and sound development of water resources are priorities of sustainable development plans and framework of peace in Afghanistan.
Dr. Abdullah said in today's world, water sharing is a huge challenge for the governments, because without it life and development of societies are unimaginable. For this, wasting water in Afghanistan is not acceptable, and the public's mindset should be changed towards its importance.
Then, Ali Ahmad Usmani, Minister of Water and Energy said the ministry is trying to develop water diplomacy based on needs of the society and modern standards so that it can be accountable for water management and providing water resources.
Also in this program, members of the conference presented results of their three-day discussions in a resolution for development of water resources and the way of its management.
In the resolution, they urged the National unity government to pay special attention to strengthening water macro projects and its sound management, developing a practical diplomacy of water and reviewing previous strategies and plans.
The Chief Executive promised to members of the conference to raise provisions of the resolution at the meeting of the Council of Ministers and, if necessary, at the Cabinet in order for the essential issues to be taken necessary measures.
The National Conference on Water and Sustainable Development was held by the Secretariat of Supreme Council for Land and Water, Ministry of Water and Energy, international institutions, donor agencies, university lecturers and engineers.
At the end, Dr. Abdullah awarded Appreciation Letter to a number of participants at the conference.