4th ECO Ministerial Meeting on Environment held in Iran
09 June 2011
The 4th ECO Ministerial Meeting on Environment was held on 9 June 2011 in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran. It was preceded by the Senior Officials meetings (SOM) held on 7-8 June 2011. The delegations of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Azerbaijan, Islamic Republic of Iran (host), Kyrgyz Republic, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of Tajikistan and Republic of Turkey as well as ECO Secretary General with his staff participated at the meeting. H.E. Mr. Sargon Slewa, Environment Minister of Republic of Iraq and Dr. Subrata Sinha, Environmental Affairs Officer, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for Asia and the Pacific also attended the meeting.
The meeting was inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Ali Akbar Salehi, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, H.E. Mr. Mohammad J. Mohammadi Zadeh, Vice President and Head of Department of Environment of the Islamic Republic of Iran and H.E. Mr. Mohammed Y. Maroofi, ECO Secretary General who in their statements stressed on the need of prompt and closer cooperation among the ECO member states in the field of environment.
During the inaugural session, the ECO Green Industry Awards were presented to the representatives of two selected companies one from Islamic Republic of Pakistan and another from Islamic Republic of Iran.
The Ministers/Heads of Delegation delivered their statements on the state of the Environment in their respective countries covering the national policies and programs concerning environmental issues as well as regional cooperation in the field of environment. H.E. Mr. Sargon Slewa, the Iraqi Minister of Environment and Dr. Subrata Sinha, Environmental Affairs Officer, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for Asia and the Pacific also delivered their statements.
The meeting appreciated the activities carried out under the Plan of Action for Cooperation among ECO Member States on Environment (2003 – 2010).The Meeting Adopted the Framework Plan of Action on Environmental Cooperation and Global Warming (2011-2015) and endorsed the Proposed Project Profile for Preparation of Regional Programme for its Implementation.
The Ministers/Heads of Delegation adopted the Tehran Communiqué on Cooperation in the field of Environment in which they stressed the regional cooperation on environment and promotion of environmental awareness in the ECO Region.