Sustainable water management: Momen concerned by limited int’l financing



Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has expressed concern over the limited international financing available for water-related climate adaptation.

He urged the global community to step up efforts for enhanced international financing for sustainable water management.

“To implement the water action agenda under Sustainable Development Goals, we call upon the development partners and international financial institutions to enhance the international financial support to the countries in need,” Momen said.

He was speaking at the general debate of UN 2023 Water Conference at the UN Headquarters yesterday (Wednesday).

This is the first UN Water Conference in a generation, which aims to mobilise global support to take concerted action towards achieving the internationally agreed water-related goals and targets, including those contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Referring to the national policies of Bangladesh on UN water action agenda, Foreign Minister Momen said Bangladesh attaches high importance to sustainable management of its water resources in order to support its long-term development plan.

He said under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the government has initiated a 100-year plan titled “Bangladesh Delta Plan-2100” and formulated “Bangladesh Water Act 2013” for building a resilient delta through sound integrated water resources management (IWRM).

The UN conference, co-hosted by the governments of Tajikistan and the Netherlands, features an opening and closing ceremony, six plenary meetings and five multi-stakeholder interactive dialogues.

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