Tajik FM, UN sec gen discuss water resources, counter-terror fight
DUSHANBE. March 28 (Interfax) - Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin and United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres discussed problems surrounding the region's water resources, interaction in combating terrorism and the situation in Afghanistan at a meeting in New York, the Tajik Foreign Ministry's press service said.
"At the meeting, the sides discussed key issues of cooperation between Tajikistan and the UN, including the situation in the region and Afghanistan, problems surrounding the fight against terrorism and interaction as part of the 2018-2028 International Decade for Action on 'Water for Sustainable Development'," it said.
The Tajik foreign minister has arrived in New York to attend the High-level Event on interlinkages between Water and Climate Action, initiated by Tajikistan's delegation to the UN.
Representatives and experts from more than 130 UN countries and other international organizations attended the event, which was organized in cooperation with the delegations of Canada, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, and also the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and UN-Water, it said.
"In his speech, the foreign minister of Tajikistan underscored the significant increase in the number of extreme natural disasters in Tajikistan that cause serious harm to the population and the economy of the country. Sirojiddin Muhriddin also noted the growing impact of climate change on the serious melting of glaciers and snow and called on representatives of UN member countries to support the implementation of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon's initiative as part of the 2018-2028 International Decade for Action on 'Water for Sustainable Development'," the press service said.