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Final day of the UN Water Conference

On the final day of the UN Water Conference, Minister Fajon participated in the roundtable entitled “Water Action Decade: Accelerating the implementation of the objectives of the Decade”. She also held a series of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the event.

In her closing address Minister Fajon underlined: “I sincerely hope that the commitments made at this conference will result in a transformational change on our common path towards a more water-secure world,” and added that we must step up our efforts to achieve universal access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Water must change from one of the most underrated resources to what it should be in the first place – a human right for all.

“We cannot afford to wait another 46 years for a third UN Water Conference. Regular high-level intergovernmental meetings on water at the UN, clearly mandated, are needed to keep the momentum, mobilise action, garner new initiatives and ideas, and help transform the practices and narratives that hinder progress,” Minister emphasised in her closing address.

Minister Fajon also held a meeting with a group of female permanent representatives to the UN. She emphasised Slovenia's commitment, alongside with her personal efforts, to fulfil promises and implement practices that ensure gender equality and the empowerment of women.

“Our world must become a world in which every woman and girl has the possibility of choice and can realise her wishes. This is why our ministry has joined the implementation of a feminist foreign policy, which reflects the importance of women as an integral half in political, economic and social processes,” Minister said.

She also highlighted the importance of women playing a greater role in peace processes. “True peace can only be achieved if the voice of everyone is heard. Women have repeatedly shown that they can unite and mend splits in divided societies. The promotion of women in ensuring security, including in climate and environmental challenges, is one of the main topics in Slovenia's efforts to become a non-permanent member of the Security Council,” she stressed.