Iran urges SCO members to spearhead green development in region

Ali Salajegheh, Iran’s Head of the Department of Environment, emphasized the potential for green development within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and called for stronger ties among members of the Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment (ROPME) to improve the environmental conditions of the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.
Speaking at the SCO Green Development Forum in Qingdao, China, Salajegheh highlighted the opportunity for SCO members to make a significant difference in green development in the region and set a global example for environmental cooperation, IRNA wrote.
Salajegheh also met with Qatari Minister of Environment and Climate Change Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie on the sidelines of the forum.
He emphasized continued cooperation in the field of the International Dust Summit and the exchange of experiences in monitoring the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman with the cooperation of regional countries.
The Iranian official underscored the common responsibility of SCO members in addressing pressing global issues.
Salajegheh also highlighted population growth, industrialization, migration, infectious diseases, water scarcity, and the increase in greenhouse gases as factors disrupting the balance of ecosystems and posing risks to biodiversity, food security, human health, and the environment.
While acknowledging the challenge of balancing environmental measures with development goals, Salajegheh emphasized that developing countries should prioritize social and economic development to address poverty, healthcare, housing, and energy needs.
Regarding ROPME, Salajegheh emphasized that strengthening ties among its members can significantly improve the environmental conditions of the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman. ROPME, established in Kuwait in 1979, coordinates the efforts of eight member states to protect the marine and coastal environment and ecosystems in the ROPME Sea Area. The Kuwait Regional Convention, adopted in 1978, aims to prevent, abate, and combat marine pollution in the region.
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