The event was held within the framework of the regional meeting on the National Dialogue on Water Policy in Kazakhstan, which was organized with the official support of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in cooperation with the regional project of the European Union for Central Asia.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, interested state bodies, the head of the Secretariat of the Water Convention Ms. Francesca Bernardini, the ambassadors of Switzerland and Slovakia, experts from Central Asia, Russia, China, the Netherlands and Slovakia, international organizations and donors, including the Asian Bank development, the European Union, OECD, OSCE, UNDP and WHO.
The head of the Convention Secretariat Ms. Francesca Bernardini noted that the opening of the IWAC will help ensure the sustainable management of transboundary waters in the region. In addition, IWAC will assist in the development of various initiatives to address water problems.
According to the representative of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the opening of the IWAC office in Astana will be another step towards increasing the effectiveness of the regional dialogue and expanding cooperation with international organizations on water issues. The functioning of the Center in Kazakhstan will allow the country to become an international scientific center on regional and global water issues and contribute to the world community.
Representatives of partner organizations congratulated Kazakhstan on the initiative to host the IWAC and expressed their willingness to cooperate.