Apr 26, 2015, 10:47 PM

TEHRAN, Apr. 26 (MNA) – The head of Iran's Department of the Environment and Italy’s environment minister met in Tehran on Saturday.

Gian Luca Galletti, Italy's Minister for the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea, met his Iranian counterpart, Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar in Tehran and invited her to participate in Expo 2015 in Milan.

During the meeting, the Head of Iran's Department of the Environment Masoumeh Ebtekar stressed the importance of joint action on climate change and other environmental issues urging countries and regional and international organizations to play a more active role against the dust storm in some West Asian states.

“Iran is preparing to submit its intended nationally determined contributions (INDC) which is the result of comprehensive intersectional efforts,” Ebtekar confirmed.

In preparation to create a new international climate agreement by the conclusion of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris in December 2015, the participant countries have agreed to publicly outline what post-2020 climate actions they intend to take under a new international agreement, known as their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). The INDCs will largely determine whether the world achieves an ambitious 2015 agreement and is put on a path toward a low-carbon, climate-resilient future.

Pointing to the upcoming Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy, Ebtekar expressed hope that the world's fair will provide an opportunity for bilateral exchange of information and experience in the area of environment.

“Biodiversity is one of the country’s priorities and the issue can be an area of cooperation between Tehran and Rome,” commented Galletti.

Ebtekar was named as a key environmental figure listed in 50 people who “represent the stirrings of a remarkable scientific and social revolution” by the UK based Guardian newspaper in 2008.

Officials say the pioneering works that Iran has done with respect to all the environmental challenges it has been facing, can be helpful for other countries in the central and west Asia region.



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