UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Gary Lewis, met today with Iran’s newly-appointed Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Head of the Department of Environment, Ms. Masoumeh Ebtekar.
Discussions centred on countering threats to human security posed by environmental degradation. References were made to a number of urgent environmental issues Iran’s facing such as the threat to wetlands like Lake Orumiyeh, the challenge of water scarcity and deforestation as well as the increasing trend of dust and sandstorms coming from countries to the west of Iran.
Ms. Ebtekar extended her gratitude to the UN for its partnership over many years. She emphasized that environmental challenges should not be seen as limited to one nation. They needed to be seen as global challenges which must be tackled through cooperation among nations.
Mr. Lewis, in turn, promised UN readiness to intensify its partnership with the Government of Iran in conserving and preserving its environment while emphasizing the need for speed to tackle those environmental challenges which had already become a clear and present danger.