On February 27, 2023, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan Mr. Muzaffar Huseinzoda delivered a statement in the High-Level Segment of the 52nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.
Deputy Minister reaffirmed Tajikistan’s commitment to cooperation with the United Nations structures, including the special procedures. It was emphasized that under the Government gender policy, women’s activism in the public sphere is being encouraged, and strengthening women’s political participation and increasing the number of women in public service is a priority of the National Development Strategy for the period up to 2030.
In continuation of his speech, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs mentioned the impact of the climate change and its consequences on the effective enjoyment of human rights for millions of people, as well as Tajikistan’s active promotion of an integrated approach to addressing water and climate issues. Particularly, it was highlighted that on 14 December 2022 the UNGA at the initiative of Tajikistan unanimously adopted the resolution to declare 2025 as the «International Year of Glaciers’ Preservation» and March 21 as the «World Day of Glaciers».
At the same time, taking into consideration that human rights to water and sanitation are essential for eradicating poverty and building peaceful and prosperous societies, Mr. Huseinzoda underlined the commitment of the Republic of Tajikistan to fulfil the obligations to improve access to clean drinking water and sanitation. In this regard, the UN Water Conference to be held in March 2023 and co-hosted by Tajikistan and the Netherlands was accentuated.