The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Secretariat and the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) co-organized the "Tehran Workshop on Harnessing Climate Change Financing for Sustainable Forest Management in the ECO Region" from 29 April-1 May 2014 in Tehran. The representatives of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Azerbaijan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Turkey and Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as representatives from UN Forum on Forest Secretariat, UNDP, FAO, Secretariat of Low Forest Cover Countries (LFCCs) and ECO Institute for Environmental Science and Technology also attended the Workshop.
Following extensive discussions and series of national, regional and global presentations, the Workshop was concluded on the common understanding on possible joint actions. The Workshop agreed on range of key actions to be implemented by United Nations, ECO and other stakeholders to ensure proportionate financial resources, from existing global ones, for the sustainable forest management in the ECO Region. Establishment of a "joint inter-agency group" with the participation of the UN, ECO, FAO, Global Environment Facility (GEF) and other regional and global relevant stakeholders is among the recommendations of the Workshop.
Tehran workshop was the first UN regional workshop on the topic. Two more regional workshops will be organized by UN in Africa and the Pacific region.