Statement by H.E. Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen, MP Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh High-level meeting on the “Implementation of the Water-related Goals and Targets of the 2030 agenda, 22 March 2021

Hon’ble President of the General Assembly,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good Evening/Good Morning

Thank you for inviting me to this important high level meeting on water related goals and targets of the 2030 agenda.

  1. The importance of water is multi-faceted. It is essential for basic survival to the economic growth, food security, productivity, health, ecosystem, biodiversity, energy production and education, amongst others. It is only natural that in addition to a specific goal relating to water (goal 6), water related issues are addressed in different goals and targets in the SDGs. Efficient management of water resources remains a fundamental challenge. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has signified the importance of access to safe water and sanitation for improved global health.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

  1. Under the leadership of the Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh has done remarkable progress in ensuring access to drinking water and sanitationfor all over the years.
  2. Given the long-term challenges posed by climate change, natural disasters and other environmental hazards, the government of Bangladesh has formulated Bangladesh Delta Plan-2100 which is a water-centric comprehensive and integrated roadmap. It aims to ensure long-term water and food security, economic growth and environmental sustainability.

 Distinguished guests,

  1. Recognising the success of Bangladesh in water resources management, Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina was nominated as a member to the United Nations High Level Panel on Water in 2016.


  1. To foster the implementation of the water-related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda, we need to scale-up multilateral cooperation, international partnership and to accelerate concrete actions. Similarly, I would like to highlight the urgency of resource mobilisation and enhanced investment in the water infrastructure to build a more resilient future. To ensure sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, it is essential to look at the water cycle in its entirety and take a participatory, pro-planet approach.

I thank you all.