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Statement by H.E. Idris GULLUCE, Minister of Environment and Urbanisation of Republic of Turkish at 5th ECO Ministerial Meeting on Environment on 17 December 2014 in Istanbul
H.E. Idris GULLUCE at 5th ECO MMEECO-IEST: Statement by H.E. Idris GULLUCE, Minister of Environment and Urbanisation of Republic of Turkish at 5th ECO Ministerial Meeting on Environment on 17 December 2014 in Istanbul:

Distinguished Vice President
Distinguished Ministers
Distinguished Secretary General
Ladies and Gentlemen

It is a great pleasure for me to be hosting you in Istanbul on the occasion of the 5th ECO Ministerial Meeting on Environment and I would like to say welcome to you all. 

Also I would like to express our gratitude’s to the ECO Secretariat and those who contributed, for their contribution in organization of this meeting. 

On the other hand, because of the slaughtering of innocent people and children in Pakistan, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to our friend country, Pakistan. And Allah may have mercy on their souls. 

Distinguished Participants,

Humanity has achieved great in industry, science and technology in last century. Although these advances facilitated human life in many aspects, because of increasing and diversifying demands of humanity we are facing with irreversible threats such as; 

Consuming of natural resources rapidly,
Pollution of water, air and soil as a result of industrialization and urbanization,
Increase of greenhouse gas emission to the atmosphere.
As a result of these progresses we have drought, desertification, deforestation, destruction of agricultural land, decrease in biodiversity, and climate change. 

Of course the ever increasing population of the world is also a great threat and now the today’s generations are facing with these challenges but if we do not take measures, the future generations will face greater challenges. 

Therefore in order to protect the natural resources and environment, each and every step is of great importance. Starting with the individuals, local, national, regional and international communities all actors should place emphasis and prioritize environment.

Distinguished guests,

We, as Turkey, in order to prevent environmental problems and combat again climate change, have carried out many important studies and activities in many sectors such as energy, transportation and urbanization and forestation, with a holistic approach of sustainable development by taking into consideration environment, economic and social factors.

In our country for the last five years we have a growth weight of 5 percent, but together we have also reduced the emissions by 6 percent so we have a climate friendly growth. 

We have made enormous strides in waste management, utilization of climate friendly technologies and energy resources, and improvement of air, water and soil quality.

In energy sector, we are working on transition to especially utilization of renewable energy resources.

As a result of the countrywide urban renewable move we are planning to save round 40 percent of the energy just in houses.

Also we have extended our forests, 1.4 million hectares as field and 45 percent as volume, and until 2023 we will also add 1.3 million hectares.

Distinguished participants;

As ECO we are in a very important geographic position between east and west and we are scattered in 8 km2 and we have a population over 400 million people living in our region.
Therefore, with mutual and common understanding, every action we will do together is going to make the role of our organization on environment stronger, in terms of cross boarder cooperation.

We are here together for the 5th Ministerial Meeting of Environment and it is very important to deliberate certain challenges.

After the deliberations in this meeting;

-"The impacts of environment and climate change” is going to be a cross sectorial priority,

-  Within the framework of sustainable development principles, to combat against the climate change and create a common roadmap.

- On the negotiations on the climate change, our organizations visibility and strength should be increased in international platforms

-In the international climate change negotiations, our organizations possible representation ways should be searched

-We need to cooperate with the international agencies and financial institutions 

-We need to cooperate to minimize the environmental impacts of natural disasters and accidents in our region

Therefore the Istanbul Declaration is going to be a sign that points out our organizations environmental sensitivity and commitment to fight against climate change.

With these ideas in mind, I would like to mention that we are ready to share our experience on environmental problems and I would like to thank to who participate and contribute this meeting.

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