Central Asian International Environmental Forum 2018 opens in Tashkent

Tashkent (UNA-OIC) � The Central Asian International Environmental Forum (CAIEF 2018) kicked off in the Uzbek capital Tashkent on Tuesday, under the theme of “Strengthening cooperation in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development”.

The four-day event is being organized by the Uzbek government, in collaboration with the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Ecology and Environmental Protection as well as the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia (CAREC).

The Forum aims to formulate a joint strategy for sustainable development of the region and to help strengthen dialogue between the state, international development organizations, the scientific community, civil society and business.

In his opening speech, Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Nodir Otajonov stressed that the challenges faced by the Central Asia countries are of a regional nature. He explained that environmental pollution, climate change, water scarcity and desertification jeopardize sustainable development of the Central Asian region.

Without the appropriate cooperation of efforts, knowledge and resources, according to Otajonov, the countries of the region cannot work out answers to these challenges.

While thanking the forum, the deputy prime minister expressed confidence that the countries will be able to continue the dialogue at a new level. “Active participation in today’s event of leading experts and representatives of the diplomatic corps of Central Asian states will significantly enrich our dialogue. We’ll look at the discussed issues from different points of view and bring together the negotiating positions,” he said.

Attending the forum are delegates from the environmental administrations of the Central Asia countries and representatives of international organizations and a number of countries.

Source: International Islamic News Agency