A delegation of Canadians led by Stéphane Dion, Prime Minister Trudeau’s Special Envoy to the European Union and Europe and Ambassador to Germany, participated in the High-Level International Conference on the UN Water Decade for Action that took place in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 20-22 June 2018.
In his keynote address, Dion said Canada is committed to addressing water management as “the challenge of the century” through major investments in climate change adaptation and its targeted feminist international assistance.
The conference included representatives of the UN member countries, ministers, UN institutions, international and regional organizations, civil society and major water stakeholders, gathered to express their support for the International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028.
The main objectives of the Conference were to discuss how the Member States, relevant UN bodies, the specialized agencies, the regional commissions, as well as other relevant partners, including the private sector can contribute to the Decade in order to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Other Canadians who participated included Dr. Jingjie Yu, Commission for Atmospheric Sciences; Marc-André Blanchard, Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations; Dr. Lanhai Li, Waterford Institute of Technology; and Dr. Zafar Adeel, Executive Director of the Pacific Water Research Centre, international steering committee member, and representative of the International Water Decade Alliance (IWDA), a Canada-wide alliance of water-focused research institutions and organizations that aims to directly support the UN Water Decade for Action.
More details on the conference agenda and attendees can be found online.