Iran to nom­i­nate Is­lamic cap­i­tal of en­vi­ron­ment and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment

Tehran Times - - SOCIETY -

TEHRAN — Iran is mak­ing plans for nom­i­nat­ing a city as the Is­lamic cap­i­tal of en­vi­ron­ment and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment at the Is­lamic Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion (ISESCO), the deputy ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter for in­ter­na­tional af­fairs has said.

The pos­si­ble in­clu­sion of an Ira­nian city in ISESCO list will make the cities en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly in line with achiev­ing sus­tain­able devel­op­ment goals, Gho­lam­reza Karimi who is also a sec­re­tary gen­eral at ISESCO na­tional com­mis­sion and a mem­ber of ISESCO ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil ex­plained.

The ISESCO plans to an­nounce three cities in three parts of the Mus­lim world (Asia, the Arab re­gion, and Africa), as the Is­lamic cap­i­tal of en­vi­ron­ment and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment each year from 2019 to 2027, Mehr news agency quoted Karimi as say­ing on Sun­day.

Each coun­try must pro­pose a city to ISESCO which should live up to the stan­dards de­clared by the or­ga­ni­za­tion with a 20-page re­port at­tach­ment which pro­vides the in­for­ma­tion about the cho­sen city, its en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tion, waste man­age­ment plans, soil and air pol­lu­tion con­di­tion, trans­port devel­op­ment plans as well as other en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards, Karimi fur­ther ex­plained.

He also added that steps that have been taken so far and what will be done for the next 10 years and the year the city is sup­posed to be the cap­i­tal of the en­vi­ron­ment must also be in­cluded in the re­port.

The city which suc­ceed in win­ning the po­si­tion, will host over 70 in­ter­na­tional events and oc­ca­sions dur­ing the year, Karimi stated.

“We will def­i­nitely choose a city to be nom­i­nated for the cap­i­tal, given that we tend to pro­mote en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards in the cities of the coun­try, as well as en­vi­ron­men­tal cul­ture,” he high­lighted.

The can­di­date city is not yet cho­sen, while the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment is cur­rently car­ry­ing out as­sess­ments to help find the proper can­di­date, Karimi con­cluded.

ISESCO, the largest in­ter­na­tional Is­lamic or­ga­ni­za­tions, was founded by the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion (OIC) in May 1979. With 52 mem­ber states, ISESCO head­quar­ters are in Ra­bat, Mo­rocco.

Ac­cord­ing to the OIC, ISESCO’s ob­jec­tives are to strengthen and pro­mote co­op­er­a­tion among the Mem­ber States in the fields of ed­u­ca­tion, sci­ence cul­ture and com­mu­ni­ca­tion; con­sol­i­date un­der­stand­ing among peo­ples in­side and out­side Mem­ber State; con­trib­ute to world peace and se­cu­rity through var­i­ous means; pub­li­cize the true im­age of Is­lam and Is­lamic cul­ture; pro­mote di­a­logue among civ­i­liza­tions, cul­tures and reli­gions; en­cour­age cul­tural in­ter­ac­tion and foster cul­tural di­ver­sity in the Mem­ber States, while pre­serv­ing cul­tural iden­tity and in­tel­lec­tual in­tegrity.

In Novem­ber 2017, the Is­lamic Con­fer­ence of En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ters adopts var­i­ous doc­u­ments and projects aim­ing to give sub­stance to en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and pro­mote sus­tain­able devel­op­ment in Is­lamic world.

Progress re­port on the cre­ation of the OIC wa­ter coun­cil and its terms of ref­er­ence, the cre­ation of the Is­lamic academy for the en­vi­ron­ment and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment, hon­or­ing the best en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly Is­lamic city, guid­ance doc­u­ment on green cities and their role in achiev­ing sus­tain­able devel­op­ment goals, the cre­ation of an OIC joint com­mis­sion for sus­tain­able devel­op­ment (OIC-CSD), along with the pro­gramme on the cel­e­bra­tion of Is­lamic cap­i­tals of en­vi­ron­ment and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment are among the var­i­ous doc­u­ments adopted in this ses­sion.

Ma­suleh Vil­lage, Gi­lan, Iran, photo by Roserunn/Shutterstock

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