ECO Secretary General H.E. Ambassador Halil Ibrahim Akca met with Dr. Will Parks, the Representative of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) in Tehran on 23 July 2017.
The ECO Secretary General appreciated the presence of the UNICEF delegation in the ECO Secretariat and referred to MoU between ECO and UNICEF (signed in January 1994) as well as the recently expanded cooperation between ECO and UN bodies such as FAO, UNIDO, UNEP, UNODC, UNFF, UNFPA, UNFCC and UNISDR. He informed the UN Representative about other specific ECO projects in areas such as transport and transit; trade promotion and facilitation; renewable energy and environment. He also briefed Dr. Parks on the ECO Vision 2025 recently adopted by ECO Summit/Council of Ministers.
ECO Secretary General also welcomed the idea of expanding institutional collaborative linkages between ECO and UNICEF. He further considered the possibility for financial support for joint projects in the ECO Region by financial organizations including Islamic Development Bank.
Both sides agreed to continue contacts with a view to elaborating further the cooperation arrangements and initiatives including in conducting research and studies on children-related fields.