Bishkek, August 11 / Kabar /. Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are among the Central Asian countries that have the least access to safe drinking water per capita, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Dinara Kemelova said speaking at the high-level International Symposium on the sixth objective of Sustainable Development Goals in Dushanbe from 9 to 10 August this year.
First Deputy Minister Kemelova in her presentation informed the participants about national policies, programs and priorities of the Kyrgyz Republic in the sphere of access to drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.
Kemelova drew attention to the fact that according to statistics of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in Central Asia have the least access to safe drinking water per capita in cubic meters per year, despite the fact that they are areas of formation water in the region.
She explained that due to aging infrastructure and limited state budget. In this regard, Kemelova called on international organizations and donors to actively promote the Kyrgyz Republic in the development of infrastructure for water supply and sanitation, especially in rural areas.
Symposium participants were also informed about the problems of managing multiple uranium tailings in Kyrgyzstan inherited from the Soviet era and is a potential threat of water pollution.
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