Joint letter of intent on low-carbon economies planned
Germany and Iran intend to work together more closely on environmental protection and climate action. State Secretary for the Environment Jochen Flasbarth is to travel to Tehran for three days of political talks for this purpose. Cooperation with Germany will enable Iran to handle key environmental issues such as the current water shortage and serious air pollution in some areas. Beyond this, the Federal Environment Ministry aims to support Iran in its implementation of national climate action targets. Bilateral relations between Germany and Iran have been renewed following the conclusion of the nuclear agreement in July 2015.
State Secretary Flasbarth commented: "The Paris Agreement presents many countries with great challenges. The basic question here is how we can make our economies climate-friendlier and reduce the output of greenhouse gases. In view of this, Germany and Iran intend to cooperate more closely in the areas of climate action and environmental protection."
State Secretary Flasbarth is to meet with the Iranian Vice President Sorena Sattari to sign a joint letter of intent on cooperation in the field of sustainable low carbon economies. In addition, talks with the Iranian Ministry of Energy and Water and local representatives of environmental authorities are planned, as is a visit to a biosphere reserve.
State Secretary Flasbarth will open the Iranian environmental exhibition "IES Enviro 2017" together with Masoumeh Ebtekar, Iranian Vice President and head of the Iranian Environmental Protection Organization. The exhibition is being held for the 16th time, and this year's theme is "Resilient Economy. Green Economy". The three-day event brings together national and international businesses operating in the areas of environmental protection, environmental technology and energy efficiency.