Recommendations accepted by the participants of the International Conference on Regional Cooperation in Transboundary River Basins
Dushanbe May 31, 2005
The vital essence of water had been and remains the basis for the cooperation between people, countries and nations.
International year of fresh water, 2003, International Decade for Action “Water for Life”, 2005-2015 announced by the UN General Assembly upon the initiative of the Republic of Tajikistan had strengthened in the world community the understanding on the necessity of transferring from discussions, intentions and liability proclamation towards implementing practical measures in the water sector. This new strategic aim of the international community is for the sake of human being, for the sake of Life.
Water resources play an important role in reducing poverty level, in achieving stability and sustainable development that predetermine the need for cooperation, and for the effective organization of the resources management and use, especially in transboundary rivers basins.
We, the participants of the Dushanbe International Conference on Regional Cooperation in Transboundary River Basins representing Governments, Research and Educational Institutions, local authorities, nongovernmental and international organizations, private sector:
Note the importance and necessity of realization the regulations of the UN General Assembly Resolution À/Ñ.2/58/L.8 International Decade for Action “Water for Life”, 2005 – 2015.
Undertake to support and implement actions for concrete contribution to achieve the Millennium Development Goals in the water sector in pursuance with the decision of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, 3rd Kyoto World Water Forum, Water Appeal of Dushanbe International Fresh Water Forum and make an appeal to all mediators to follow our obligations and from 2005 year to start:
We welcome the Decision of the UN General Assembly to declare 2005-2015 the International Decade for Action “Water for Life” following the proposal made by the Republic of Tajikistan and we express our gratitude to the Tajikistan Government for its efforts on conducting the International Conference on Regional Cooperation in Transboundary River Basins. We appeal to this authoritative international organization to give more dynamism to world and regional water processes, to establish an effective monitoring mechanism, to assess and have an influence on these processes in order to achieve a conflict-free sustainable development.
We appeal to the United Nations Organization to consider the possibility of implementing the provisions made on October 6, 2002, by the Heads of Central Asian States, in the Dushanbe Declaration, calling for the establishment of a mechanism, that would be placed under the UN auspices, and coordinate the activities of international organizations and donor agencies relating to the resolution of the Aral Sea basin problems. We also appeal to the UN to declare this basin as a “high priority pilot region” for the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals.
We support the initiative of the Republic of Tajikistan on preparation of the agreement on partnership of all stakeholders for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the second phase of the Aral Sea Basin Programme up to 2010 with adoption of concrete obligations and creation of favorable conditions for investments.