This year's Bled Water Forum is dedicated to the topical issue of water security
The Minister for Natural Resources and Spatial Planning Uroš Brežan attended the Bled Water Festival, at which he spoke about the importance of water as a key commodity for life. Slovenia is rich in water resources, and its mission is to manage them in a comprehensive way, with the aim of protecting them and using them sustainably, thereby preserving them for future generations.
Minister Uroš Brežan said, "We are proud of our work in the International Sava River Basin Commission, which is already very well established in the world, and of our participation in the UNESCO Mura, Drava, Danube Biosphere Reserve spanning five countries. This is our past work. But the future brings new challenges for Slovenia and the international community. In December, we will convene a meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention and then chair it until 2025, where we will work with international partners to develop ways to protect the Mediterranean Sea. But this is not the end of our international efforts. Next year, Ljubljana will host the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention, where we expect 700 participants, including high-level guests from 80 countries, with the aim of improving transboundary water cooperation and ensure a better and more secure global water future. Slovenia will also be Chair of the Water Convention from 2024 to 2027. So the challenges are not easy, but by working together they can be achieved."
He pointed out that the United Nations also recognises the importance of water protection. In March, the 2nd United Nations Water Conference focused on accelerating the implementation of Goal 6 of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and thereby improving water security for all. The final document of the conference is the Executive Summary of the UN General Assembly President with recommendations for future action and the UN Water Action Agenda online platform. In it, 825 countries, UN agencies, international organisations and institutions, and non-governmental organisations from around the world voluntarily commit to actions to accelerate the implementation of Goal 6.
With Slovenia's election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, its international role in the field of water is being further strengthened and raised to a new level, as water will be one of Slovenia's priority issues. Understanding water as a natural resource will also be an essential part of these activities.