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Special advisor: Iran can be main regional center for sustainable development

7 June 2016 21:36

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Ban’s special advisor on SDGs hailed Iran’s active role in the process of negotiations on Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Professor Jeffrey Sachs met with Seyyed Abbas Araghchi, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for International and Legal Affairs, in Tehran on Monday, where he commended Iran for its tremendous efforts during the process of negotiations on Sustainable Development Goals, expressing hope for further progress on the realization of SGDs with active participation of all UN member States.

“Adverse environmental consequences and climate change have been very severe in West Asia and can leave a wide-spread impact on the lives and welfare of the people in this area,” Sachs said.

He went on to add, “as a result, we at the United Nations, are ready to cooperate with regional countries particularly the Islamic Republic of Iran about these issues.”

Iran has the potential to become the major regional center for environmental issues and sustainable development, he noted.

Abbas Araghchi, for his part, said environmental issues and sustainable development are of high significance to Iran, and the country’s general policies and national programs lay a great emphasis on environmental protection and sustainable development in different parts of the country.

He went on to add, “developed countries must provide the necessary means for achieving SDGs in the areas of finance, technology transfer and capacity building so that following up on the measures and activities related to the realization of SDGs would be facilitated and no limitations would be placed on its funding.”

United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Professor Jeffrey Sachs arrived in Tehran on June 5 for a three-day stay in the Iranian capital. Dr. Sachs, who visited Tehran at the invitation of the Iranian Mission at UN Headquarters in New York, is known as one of the world’s leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty.

During his stay, he delivered lectures at Amirkabir University as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) and paid a visit to some United Nations Development Programme’s project sites.

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