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PM Nawaz urges water cooperation to secure world

10:41 AM | 9 Jun, 2015
PM Nawaz urges water cooperation to secure world
DUSHANBE (Web Desk) - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has underlined the need for integrated and coordinated efforts at regional and international level to cope with water and sanitation related issues.

He was addressing the International Conference on Water for Life in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on Tuesday, Radio Pakistan reported.

Nawaz Sharif said water is crucial for many of our goals from poverty eradication and cross-sectoral economic growth to environmental sustainability and food and energy security. He said a balanced approach should be followed to ensure effective use of this source of life.

He said global demand for water is ever increasing. Urbanization and climate change add to the complexities of the challenge. Risks of flooding and drought due to climatic and other factors, threaten lives and livelihoods undermining sustainable economic growth and prosperity.

Appreciating Tajikistan for investing time to further the global water agenda in the past years, he said these efforts have helped promote awareness and catalyze partnerships at all levels.

Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan supports Tajikistan's proposal to launch a New International Decade for Action 'Water for Sustainable Development'. He suggested this initiative should be called International Decade for Enhanced Action 'Water for Sustainable Development for All.

The Prime Minister said that Pakistan being host to some of world's biggest glaciers and water stressed country; we have attached high importance to water related issues.

He said Pakistan has made steady progress in improving access to safe drinking water, in pursuance of the millennium development goals.

Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan is committed to achieving one hundred percent access to improved drinking water and sanitation and sufficient and unhindered supply of water for domestic, agriculture and industrial through implementation of sectoral development plans and strengthening institutional capacities with well-defined human resource development plans.

He said it is our fundamental priority in the water sector to expand existing infrastructure, improve governance and ensure efficient management and use of water resources.

Our Vision 2025 includes the objective of inclusive growth through water security, value addition, research, modernization and best practices of water management.

The conference is also being attended by United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and other world leaders.

The conference is being hosted by Tajikistan in pursuance of the UN resolution which was co-sponsored by Pakistan.

Talking to APP, Pakistan's Ambassador to Tajikistan, Tariq Iqbal Soomro said on the sideline of the conference, the Prime Minister would hold a one-on-one meeting with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, followed by delegation-level talks.

He said both the leaders would discuss bilateral relations and regional as well as international issues.

Fast tracking work on CASA-1000 and promotion of bilateral trade will be on the top of the agenda.

Earlier, the first Tajik deputy prime minister Davlatali Saidov received Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif upon his arrival at the airport.

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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