The Secretary General of the Economic Cooperation Organization, H.E. Ambassador Hadi Soleimanpour held a meeting with the UN Resident Coordinator to the Islamic Republic of Iran, H.E. Ms. Ugochi Daniels on January 24, 2019. At the very outset, the UN Resident Coordinator welcomed the ECO Secretary General at the UN Resident Office in Tehran.
During the meeting, the ECO Secretary General briefed H.E. Ms. Ugochi Daniels about the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and its main areas of activity, including trade, transport, agriculture, energy, social welfare, tourism, environment and drugs control. The ECO Secretary General apprised the UN Resident Coordinator about ECO Vision 2025 and highlighted the main initiatives being pursued by ECO in order to materialize the Vision.
The UN Resident Coordinator expressed keen interest in the activities and projects of ECO in different sectors and expressed willingness to promote cooperation between the UN and the ECO especially in the areas of sustainable development and drugs control. She also informed the ECO Secretary General that ECO being a regional organization can provide an excellent platform to implement various UN programs especially under the umbrella of South-South Cooperation and Country Exchange Program.
The Secretary General informed the UN Resident Coordinator that ECO gave special importance to its relations with UN due to the shared objectives and goals of the two organizations. The Secretary General briefed about the ongoing ECO-UN cooperation in different sectors and emphasized the importance of technical and financial assistance of UN Agencies for ECO’s programs and activities. He also underlined the significance of UN assistance in transforming ideas into well defined project proposals and asked the UN Resident Coordinator to arrange a training workshop on Project Management for the relevant staff of ECO.
The UN Resident Coordinator, while expressing her readiness to arrange such training course and stated that she would be looking forward to working together with ECO and its member countries to address the regional challenges and to reinforce regional economies. She thanked the Secretary General for his visit to UN Resident Office expressed her confidence that cooperation between the two organizations would further enhance in the coming period.