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Publish Date: 17 December 2014 - 14:21
5th ECO Ministerial Meeting started Wednesday Morning, 17 December 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey.
5th ECO Ministerial Meeting on EnvironmentECO-IEST: 5th ECO Ministerial Meeting started Wednesday Morning, 17 December 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. During this meeting Ministers and heads of delegations of ECO Member States will focus, among others, on the state of ECO environmental agenda; national environmental policies and efforts to enhance regional cooperation and synergy; the emerging regional and environmental challenges; and strengthening ECO cooperation with relevant international organizations.

Prior to the Ministers meeting, Senior Officials Meeting was held on 15 and 16 December where inter alia, status of the Framework Plan of Action on Environment Cooperation and Global Warming (2011-2015),  Regional Project to Combat Desertification with a Special Emphasis on Dust Haze and Sand Storm in the Region, Status of Membership of the Organization to the International and Regional Environmental Conventions, Enhanced ECO environmental cooperation, etc. were discussed and "Istanbul Declaration on Climate Change and Green Economy" was prepared by the Drafting Committee for further submission to the Ministerial Meeting for final adoption.

Dr. Massoumeh Ebtekar in 5th ECO MME 

At the beginning of the opening session, H.E. Dr. Massoumeh Ebtekar, Vice President of the State and Head of Iran's Department of Environment, as the Chair of the 4th Ministerial Meeting, in her opening address, while reminding some environmental priorities in the ECO Region, put emphasis on the importance of taking harmonized regional actions for combating the adverse effects of uncontrolled and unsustainable development policies on the environment among ECO Member States.

Ebtekar also appreciated the valuable contributions made by the ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology to the environment of the Region and while underscoring the importance of developing this institute, expressed the full support of the government of Islamic Republic of Iran of this important regional institute.

Head of Iran's Department of Environment described developing a regional reporting system for the state of environment in the ECO Member States, establishing the ECO Environment facility and moving from brown economy to green economy as key steps ahead of the Member States and requested the ECO Secretariat to put environmental issues at the high of their agenda.

Then, the Iranian Vice President delivered the Chairpersonship of the meeting to H. E. Mr. İdris Güllüce, Minister of Environment and Urbanization of the Republic of Turkey as the host country.

Mr. İdris Güllüce in 5th ECO MME

Mr. İdris Güllüce, in his welcoming remarks appreciated all the delegations for attending this important regional meeting and referring to the issue of energy as a challenging matter for the whole region, emphasized on developing regional cooperation as one of commitments of the Turkish administration.  

5th ECO Ministerial Meeting on Environment

After that Mr. Shamil Aleskerov, ECO Secretary General; and ministers and heads of Delegation of the ECO Member States started presenting their Statements. Dr. Asghar Mohammadi Fazel, President of the ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology also delivered a statement to Ministerial Meeting. 

More than Delegations of ECO Member States, representatives of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), the D8 Group, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BCEC), The Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), etc. were also present at this meeting. The meeting was held in İstanbul Dedeman Hotel.

It should be noted that at the beginning of the Meeting, ministers and heads of delegations of the Member States conveyed their most deep condolences to the Government and People of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in view of appalling terrorist act in a public school in Peshawar and called upon the global community, in line with United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution on Efforts pertinent to the World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE) to take necessary measures to avoid the repeat of such devilish and horrendous acts. . 
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