H. E. Mr. Emomali Rahmon, President
25 September 2008
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EMOMALI RAHMON, President of Tajikistan, spoke of current interrelated crises, namely energy, food, climate and finance, and how those crises more severely impacted the millions of people in the developing countries and States with economies in transition, including Tajikistan.
He reminded the Assembly that no country could answer those crises single-handedly and that the United Nations was capable of developing a collective response, specifically regarding food distribution. With 93 per cent of Tajikistan covered by mountains and only 7 per cent suitable for agriculture, the food crises affected two thirds of the country’s households.
He called for continued and expanded support for the United Nations Interagency Task Force on the Global Food Crisis, mandated to develop long-term approaches to ensure food security. The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) work towards advanced technologies and seeds, and financial technical assistance to developing countries should also be supported. Not addressing the food crises would impact the world’s people as severely as terrorism itself, he said, reminding the Assembly that solutions could be created without long discussions.
More than 55 per cent of water resources for the Central Asian region originated in Tajikistan. Tajikistan was committed to contributing to the solutions of worldwide problems by being a major source of ecologically sound electrical energy. Currently, only 5 per cent of the hydropower capacity in Tajikistan was being utilized. He expressed hope that plans for an integrated approach to the utilization of hydropower and other natural resources would support the development of Central Asia, and contribute to the solution of food and ecological problems. Further, the Bretton-Woods institutions and United Nations partners from the private sector should continue their support to that end.
Without those projects, and without support from the United Nations community, partners and Member States, Tajikistan would not be able to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, or ensure its own sustainable growth. Tajikistan had implemented its National Strategy for Development through 2015, a new approach to development, which took into account the country’s history, as well as current circumstances. However, he urged donors to double assistance to all developing countries, so that all Member States could achieve internationally agreed goals. Debt forgiveness would also enable profound progress, freeing resources to fund education, environmental protection and combating HIV/AIDS, among other objectives.
Concluding, he pledged to support the global combat against terrorism, and called for increasing both military presence and economic development assistance in Afghanistan. Countering international illicit drug trafficking was also key. He also heralded the work of the staff of the United Nations peace building forces, especially those who had lost their lives while fulfilling their duties.