On the sidelines of the 27th Session of Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, the ECO Secretary General met with Mr. James Grabert, UNFCCC Director of Mitigation.
In this meeting, Ambassador Khusrav Noziri, ECO Secretary General underscored the importance of environment and climate-related issues in the Organization's main vision and perspective. In this context, he clarified that mitigation is a significant issue in climate action, however, as far as developing countries like the ECO member states are concerned, adaptation and means of implementation are the most significant topics which need to be further addressed.
Mr. Noziri expressed ECO’s interest to benefit from UNFCCC expertise and experience in enhancing more enabling environment for climate-related cooperation in the region and assistance of UNFCCC to the countries in the region to further interact and cooperate to promote sustainability and climate action.
In response, Mr. Grabert, UNFCCC Director of Mitigation highlighted the roles and responsibilities of the six UNFCCC regional offices across the world. He articulated the importance of regional offices, especially in Dubai and Bangkok to prepare a sound and appropriate bilateral framework for cooperation in different areas related to climate change in the region. He further mentioned UNFCCC activities and cooperation with a few countries in the region on finance strategy, national adaptation fund, and carbon pricing projects. Mr. Grabert expressed confidence in opportunities for cooperation and interest to collaborate on a regional scale.
The two sides agreed to follow up on the post-COP 27 processes.