ECO Secretary General met with the Vice-president of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Head of the Department of Environment
On April 08, 2014 the ECO Secretary General, H.E. Dr. Shamil Aleskerov paid a formal visit to the Department of Environment (DoE) of the Islamic Republic of Iran and met with H.E. Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar, Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Head of DoE.
During the meeting, the ECO Secretary General underscored that for an organization like ECO whose ultimate goal is the sustainable development of the countries and the people of the Region, environment deserves particular attention and careful planning. He further briefed the high dignitary about the Organization and its various environmental activities, including upcoming ECO events, the ongoing projects and the institutional capacity of ECO in the field of environment. He also appraised positively the contribution by the ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ECO IEST) to the overall ECO environmental profile. The Secretary General sought the continued support of the Islamic Republic of Iran to ECO environmental activities.
The Secretary General also solicited the personal support of Dr. Ebtekar, as the current chairperson of the ECO ministerial meeting on environment, to help ECO Secretariat proceed with its initiative to organize the "ECO Consultative Ministerial Meeting on Environment" on the sidelines of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in June 2014 in Nairobi.
While appreciating the activities done by the ECO Secretariat, H.E. Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar elaborated on the new emerging environmental challenges at the global level that necessitated the environmental governance. She further referred to the huge environmental impacts on the economy and economic development and emphasized on the imperative of the prioritization of the activities within the ECO. She also proposed that a State of Environment (SoE) study for ECO region be conducted which can serve as the basis for any future ECO plan of action on environment. On proposed ministerial meeting in Nairobi, the Iranian Vice-president assured ECO Secretary General of her support and also stressed the need for putting environmental matters on the agenda of other ECO ministerial meetings on trade, transport, energy, agriculture, etc.
Both sides agreed that the upcoming ECO environmental events, including the ministerial meeting in Nairobi would serve as a suitable platform to elaborate further about the future of the environmental cooperation within ECO Region.