Civil society and Youth Voices at the UN-Water Decade Conference in Tajikistan

The International Secretariat for Water (ISW) is mobilizing local, regional, and international civil society – with a strong focus on youth and women – for a major water sector global platform: the 2nd High-Level International Conference on International Decade for Action (June 5th to 9th,2022). 

The Dushanbe Water Process is an official key preparatory event for the United Nations Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the Objectives of the International Decade for Action taking place from March 22nd to March 24th, 2023 at UN HQ in New York. More information about the conference can be found here.

Our action of mobilization and influence for the Dushanbe (Tajikistan) Water Conference is planned to accelerate efforts to meet the most pressing water-related challenges.  Responding to the water crisis requires a tenfold acceleration in efforts by countries and the international community.

With the aim to obtain concrete political decisions, our work in Dushanbe is based on 3 major axes:


ISW has been implementing innovative decentralized models of water governance in Central Asia with the participation of local stakeholders for +20 years. ISW local teams (Ferghana, Uzbekistan and Khujand, Tajikistan) and citizens of the Ferghana Vallee will valorize our experience.


ISW is mobilizing +30 young people from all 5 Central Asian countries to meaningfully participate in the Dushanbe Conference. Most of them are active members of Central Asia Youth 4 Water (CAY4W) – a regional youth water network animated by the ISW.

One highlight of this participation will definitively be the 3-day Youth Basin Dialogue on the Syr Darya Basin organized by CAY4W, ISW, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and their partners in the frame of the Dushanbe Conference.


Bringing local voices to the global is at the heart of the ISW strategy. In Dushanbe, we will ensure that civil society – with a focus on youth and women – can make their voices heard by decision-makers at the highest level.

To this end, we are proud to be able to count on the members of the World Youth Parliament for Water which is an active contributor as a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Dushanbe conference. The 5 members representing the global network will have the opportunity to influence the outcome of the Youth Forum and will speak on various panels of the conference’s official program. Civil society is not left out, with the Butterfly Effect – the global civil society network for water – a member of the drafting committee of the Dushanbe declaration.

Read the  Youth Vision for Water on the road to UN Water Conference 2023.

Read the Butterfly Effect Policy Paper.

You will find them sharing expertise on youth-led solutions and youth role in the water governance, advocating for meaningful youth participation and cooperation in solving the water crisis and networking with other young water leaders and officials.

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