Executive Committee of the International Fund
for saving the Aral Sea

Presidents of Tajikistan and Turkmenistan discussed cooperation in the framework of IFAS

On 4-5 August 2021, the state visit of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, Leader of the Nation, H.E. Emomali Rahmon to Turkmenistan took place.

In a joint statement, the Heads of State noted the importance of strengthening mutually beneficial socio – economic bilateral cooperation, as well as readiness for further development of cooperation under the current chairmanship of Tajikistan in the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS).

The heads of state noted the progress achieved within the framework of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea during the presidency of Turkmenistan and the efforts of the current chairmanship of the Republic of Tajikistan to further revitalize the Fund, including improving its organizational structure and legal framework. It was also noted that the recently adopted Aral Sea Basin Program (ASBP-4) will serve as an important tool for the development and implementation of national and regional projects to improve the water management, environmental and socio-economic situation in the region.

The parties also welcomed the adoption of the UN General Assembly resolution “UN Conference on the Mid-Term Comprehensive Review of the Progress towards the Goals of the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development”, 2018-2028”

The document also notes that the President of Turkmenistan supports the initiative of the President of Tajikistan to declare 2025 the International Year for the Preservation of Glaciers and the establishment of a special International Fund for the Preservation of Glaciers.

The Tajik side expressed support for the initiative of the President of Turkmenistan to develop a UN Strategy aimed at implementing measures to develop low-carbon energy, as well as to create, under the auspices of the UN, an international “Roadmap” for the development of hydrogen as one of the priority areas in the energy sector.