ECO and UNEP Explored Further Cooperation
The ECO delegation headed by Deputy Secretary General attended the high level segment of the first "United Nations Environment Assembly" on 26 and 27 June 2014 in Nairobi. On the sidelines of the Assembly, the ECO delegation also visited the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and held bilateral talks with UNEP officials on the future cooperation. In his different meetings in the UNEP premises in Nairobi, ECO Deputy Secretary General briefed the UNEP officials about the ECO environmental profile and expressed readiness to help UNEP implement its agenda in the ECO Region and its Member States. He also referred to the mandate by the ECO Ministers and requested UNEP to prepare a "Status of Environment" (SoE) Report for the ECO Region which would serve as the basis for any ECO plan of action in the future. He also requested UNEP to recognize "ECO Region" in UNEP studies and publications, including in the "Global Environment Outlook". In return, UNEP officials showed interest to expand the existing cooperation to address areas and challenges such as forest and biodiversity; sustainable consumption and production patterns; dust storms, air quality and air pollution; green industries; sustainable cities and construction; and sustainable transport.