On 14 December the United Nations General Assembly during its 77th session unanimously adopted the resolution “2025 – International Year of Glaciers Preservation” submitted by the Republic of Tajikistan.An important point of this resolution is that on its basis the proposals made by the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, the President of IFAS was supported by the UN member states, including:
• Declaring 21 March as the International Day of Glaciers’ Preservation;
• Declaring 2025 as the International Year of Glaciers Preservation;
• Establishment of a UN Trust Fund in support of activities for glaciers’ preservation;
• In 2025, convening the International Conference on Glacier’s Preservation in Dushanbe.
The resolution highlights the importance of glaciers as an integral component of the hydrological cycle and the serious impact of their accelerated melting on climate, the environment, human health and sustainable development.
The initiative to declare 2025 as the International Day of Glaciers’ Preservation will definitely give a special impetus to a new movement at the global level to take the necessary collective measures and actions to protect glaciers from intense melting and disappearance.
The creation of an international Trust Fund under the UN to promote the glaciers’ preservation will help mobilize financial resources from various sources to take the necessary actions and implement tasks.These initiatives organically fit into the mainstream of the measures currently being taken by the world community under the Paris Agreement to reduce carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere and prevent global temperatures from rising above 2.0 0C.
The unanimous adoption of the resolution once again proves the importance and relevance of this initiative and testifies to the successful policy of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, the President of IFAS, H.E. Emomali Rahmon in promoting water and climate issues in the global Agenda.