ECO Secretary General H.E. Dr. Shamil Aleskerov received Mr. Siamak Moghaddam, the new Representative of the "The United Nations Human Settlements Programme" (UN-Habitat) in Tehran on 10th June 2014. The two sides reviewed the existing cooperation between ECO and UN-Habitat and discussed the possible areas of further cooperation especially in the field of disaster risk reduction as a key issue in the Region. Mr. Moghaddam briefed the Secretary General on activities of the UN-Habitat office in Tehran, including improving urban governance, reducing urban poverty and managing disaster mitigation in the region. He further explained about activities of UN-Habitat regarding the urbanization as engine for growth. He also expressed that ECO is a good framework to enhance cooperation in the Region for mitigating disaster and for promoting the capacity of ECO to address all kinds of disasters in the ECO Member States. Mr. Moghaddam also stressed on continuing cooperation on project titled “The State of the ECO-Region Cities 2015: Cities at Risk” as a practical joint project in the future.
Referring to the core ECO activities in disaster risk management and joint activities between ECO and UN-Habitat, Secretary General of ECO H.E Ambassador Shamil Alaskerov expressed readiness to expand cooperation between the two organizations especially in disaster risk reduction in a result oriented and tangible manner. The Secretary General informed the UN-Habitat Representative in Tehran of the 7th ECO International Conference on Disaster Risk Management which was held recently in Gabala, Republic of Azerbaijan with a high level participation of ECO Member States as well as some regional/International organizations and UN Bodies.
Furthermore, both sides agreed to collaborate on addressing disasters risk management in the ECO Region.