Pakistan is facing a water crisis and some forecasts have predicted dire consequences to our socio-economic lifeline unless we urgently devise appropriate strategies on water. As the President of Pakistan, I have chosen water as one of my main areas of focus and keenly support initiatives aimed at providing short and long term solutions to Pakistan’s water problems.
We live in a time, where our children are rightfully holding us accountable for our mistakes in failing to take care of the environment. They expect us to protect natural resources and leave them a legacy on which to build a water sufficient society with equitable rights and obligations. Pakistan’s water problems are part of global trends and I make a special appeal to all the stakeholders , especially the international water experts, academics and professionals to engage with us in open and wide ranging water discourse. Your views and experiences will help us in developing an effective water strategy to cope with Pakistan’s water challenges.
I am pleased to learn that Hisaar Foundation has chosen water linkages with food and energy as the main theme of this conference. I look forward to inaugurating the 4th Karachi International Water Conference – Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Pakistan’s Agenda for the 21st Century – on November 26th and November 27th, 2019.
In particular, we would like to welcome our international delegates and experts to this conference and assure you that you will find the discourse and this event useful and informative.
I congratulate Hisaar Foundation for arranging this biennial conference which has become a signature event in not only Pakistan’s water calendar but also on the global scene.