UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative's statement on the occasion of World Environment Day 2013 (English)
Iran Commemorates World Environment Day
Iran commemorates World Environment Day 2013 at Tehran University's main campus.
Amongst the speakers at the conference was the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Gary Lewis.
“Today we celebrate World Environment Day – albeit a few days in advance of its formal observance. On this day – each year – we commemorate the fact that we are alive because our planet is supporting us,” said Mr. Lewis.
The conference, managed and orchestrated by Tehran University’s Virtual Environmental Research faculty, aimed to raise academic awareness on environment-related issues in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
“Food loss and waste is something we all need to address. Infrastructure and technology can reduce the amount of food that perishes after it is harvested and before it reaches the market,” said Mr. Lewis, suggesting the indiscriminate consumption of food as an alarming danger to the environment.
“One way to narrow the hunger-gap, one way to improve the well-being of the most vulnerable, is to address the massive loss and waste in today’s food systems," added Mr. Lewis.
"Consumers can minimize waste by buying only what they need and re-using leftover food,” suggested Mr. Lewis, also calling on businesses to revise their standards for rejecting products as means to reduce environmental damage.
One of the main areas of cooperation between the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran with the United Nations is the strengthening of environmentally sustainable management of natural resources.
Academics, members of media, representatives from NGOs and many students also took part in the one-day conference.