Tajikistan leader says new development agenda must learn from past gaps, flaws

Prime Minister Qohir Rasulzoda of Tajikistan addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

25 September 2014 – Taking to the General Assembly podium tonight, Prime Minister of Tajikistan, Qohir Rasulzoda, called on world leaders to establish a new global partnership that will not only advance a future sustainable development plan but will also address the gaps and flaws of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

“Global climate change, ever increasing growth of economies and population, degradation of water sources and deterioration of quality of water resources pose additional and comprehensive tasks for the international community,” he said.

Tajikistan has been consistently increasing its efforts to maximize its capacity to achieve the MDGs. Water management must be regulated based on the principle of co-development. Moving on to energy, Prime Minister Rasulzoda said his country focused on expanding access to modern and affordable sources by developing small to medium-scale hydropower stations and exploring opportunities for the use of wind and solar energy.

Extra measures have also been undertaken to create a favourable climate for investment, balanced budget policy, diversification of the economy and employment. Mr. Rasulzoda pledged that his country will take lessons it has learned during MDG implementation as it moves ahead.

But first, it would be important to address the region’s illicit drug production. In recent years, the Central Asian nation has taken steps to combat drug trafficking including through the establishment of a Drug Control Agency. More must be done, however, to support “fraternal Afghan people” to address their current and upcoming challenges and also include them in regional processes.

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