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Combating SDS needs global action: Iran

New York, Iran's representative to a high-level meeting on dust and sand storms (SDS) said combating the phenomenon requires collective efforts, adding that the country is ready to cooperate with other affected countries in West of Asia.

Director General of Sustainable Development office of Iran's Foreign Ministry Ali-Mohammad Mousavi said, 'Combating this borderless phenomenon requires information sharing, dialogue, cooperation and coordination among the affected countries. Iran is fully ready to cooperate with regional countries. Multi-hazard risk assessment, alert systems and partnerships are among our top priorities.'

Addressing the Monday meeting at UN, Mousavi also proposed the first action plan for taking 'action-oriented steps to address the economic, social and environmental challenges of the affected countries, including ways to improve policy coordination at the global level to address those challenges to be able to implement the sustainable development goals and targets based on their priorities.'

Highlighting the necessity of collective cooperation for combating SDS, in both the adaptation and mitigation aspect of it, he said that the Islamic Republic of Iran at national, regional and international level has used all its capacities to deal with the issue and promote collective moves.

Appreciating the UN cooperation, he noted that 'Tehran hosted the International Conference on Combating Sand and Dust Storms held on July 3-5, 2017. The outcome of this conference, a Ministerial Declaration and set of technical recommendations, circulated here in the UN.'

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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