On June 27, 2022, within the framework of the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon the High-Level Symposium on Water was held.
The event commenced with the opening speech of the Minister of environment and climate action of Portugal Duarte Cordeiro, the Minister of Energy and Water Resources of the Republic of Tajikistan Daler Juma, Minister of agriculture, livestock, fisheries and cooperatives of Kenya Francis O. Owino, and the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Liu Zhenmin.
D. Juma spoke about the efforts of Tajikistan over the past two decades to include water issues on the world development agenda, the implementation of the fourth initiative of the Leader of the Nation within the framework of the International Decade for Action "Water for Sustainable Development" for 2018-2028, findings of the Second International High-Level Conference on the International Decade for Action "Water for Sustainable Development", 2018-2028 in Tajikistan, the importance of glaciers in preserving and protecting water resources and the next initiative of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan H.E. Emomali Rahmon to declare 2025 the International Year of Glaciers Protection.
The High-Level Symposium on Water is one of the important preparatory meetings for the UN-Water Conference 2023.