Problems with water resources discussed in France
Kazakhstan, Astana, March 17 / Trend D. Mukhtarov /
The issues of water resources and problems existing in this area at the global level were discussed in the French city of Marseille during the Sixth World Water Forum.
The forum is being held from March 12-17 with the participation of more than 20,000 people representing over 180 countries world countries.
The Kazakh delegation, which includes employees of the Kazakh Embassy in France, was represented at the forum. The delegation is headed by Chairman of the Committee on Water Resources under the Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture Islam Abishev.
The political process has become a key component of the Forum. The ministerial and parliamentary conferences, as well as a meeting of representatives of local and regional bodies were held within the forum.
The priorities of water resources on the eve of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, "Rio +20": accelerating the implementation of human rights to drinking water and sanitation were determined during the ministerial conference. Moreover, the importance of water issues in the development of "green economy" in the context of sustainable development and poverty reduction, as well as the positioning of the water issues as priorities in the management, funding and cooperation in all spheres of economic, social and environmental planning was stressed.
French Prime MinisterFrançois Fillon, the leaders of several countries in Africa and Asia, as well as Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development A. Gurria and president of the World Water Council L. Fauchon stressed that it is time for the practical implementation of earlier agreements.
The need for including the development of the global water issues and sustainable development in the international policy priorities was stressed. This corresponds to the main theme of the Forum "Time for decision making".
The head of the French government said that it is time for "green revolution", creation of a new model of human development.
The Kazakh delegation also participated in round table meetings on urgent issues for Central Asian countries, management of trans-boundary rivers, the development of "green" economy and sustainable development.