http://www.undp.org/content/tajikistan/en/home/presscenter/speeches2016-02-11T23:04:48.595ZSpeechesAdobe Experience ManagerSecretary-General's remarks to press after meeting President of Tajikistan Dushanbe email@example.com://www.undp.org/content/tajikistan/en/home/presscenter/speeches/2015/06/09/secretary-general-s-remarks-to-press-after-meeting-president-of-tajikistan-dushanbe-02015-06-15T11:43:44.281Z2015-06-15T11:43:44.281ZHelen Clark's opening speech at UNDP side event on The Critical Importance of Water for Sustainable Development and the SDGsnoemail@noemail.orgsafarbek.solievI am pleased to welcome you to this UNDP side event on “The Critical Importance of Water for Sustainable Development and the SDGs”.
The international community is on the verge of agreeing on an ambitious and transformational development agenda which will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The agenda will be universal in nature, cover all three dimensions of sustainable development, and aim to address the many interlinked challenges our world is facing. The agenda is relevant to countries rich and poor.
Part of what makes the new development agenda so ambitious, is the proposed 6th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG6), which, building on the MDG water access target, calls for water and sanitation for all by 2030. It also goes beyond the MDGs in other important respects, including by encompassing water quality, water use efficiency, and trans-boundary co-operation, and by setting targets for the protection and restoration of critical water ecosystems.
The objective of today’s side event is to look at how we can work together to make this ambitious vision a reality.