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High-level project launch event, press conference and technical meetings in Uzbekistan

14 - 15 March 2024
Online and Tashkent Uzbekistan

More information about the project can be found in the press release  
Photos of the event 

The event was organized as part of the Project on strengthening action in Uzbekistan on water and sanitation and protection of water resources from accidental pollution in the face of climate change (2024-2026), funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The project aims to improve governance and build capacity in Uzbekistan in the areas of water and sanitation, prevention of accidental water pollution, and resilience to climate change, including through transboundary cooperation and regional exchange. The implementing entities are the Protocol on Water and Health, and the Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents at UNECE. 

The high-level launch event took place in the morning of 14 March and aimed to kick-off the work on the new project in Uzbekistan. It also featured a high-level press conference, among others, to celebrate Uzbekistan’s recent accession to the Protocol on Water and Health. In the afternoon, parallel technical meetings delved deeper into project activities under the UNECE Industrial Accidents Convention and the Protocol on Water and Health. A first technical meeting on the revision of wastewater standards in Uzbekistan was held on 15 March 2024.

The high-level launch event was attended by representatives from national authorities in Uzbekistan, including but not limited to the Ministry of Ecology, Environmental Protection and Climate Change, Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Sanitary Epidemiological Welfare and Public Health Service. The event was also attended by representatives from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, United Nations in Uzbekistan and UNECE as well as by partners and civil society representatives.

Presentations - Technical workshop to facilitate Uzbekistan’s accession to and implementation of the UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents