New Agreement prioritises Iraq’s Environmental Sustainability

(MENAFN – Iraq Enterprise Information) Iraq’s environmental sustainability prioritized in new UNEP/UNDP settlement

The UN Surroundings Programme’s (UNEP) Regional Workplace for West Asia primarily based in Manama, Bahrain, and the UN Growth Programme (UNDP) in Iraq have joined forces, signing a four-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that goals to speed up the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Growth Agenda, significantly the environmental Sustainable Growth Targets (SDGs).

The MOU identifies a number of precedence areas that UNEP and UNDP will collectively tackle together with; environmental coverage, biodiversity and ecosystems, air pollution and waste administration, local weather change, and supporting the Authorities of Iraq in its post-COVID-19 response on areas associated to environmental sustainability.

UNEP and UNDP share a profitable historical past of collaboration on tasks and initiatives on the world, regional and nation ranges. In late 2019, the 2 organizations signed a worldwide strategic partnership which strengthens engagement and collaboration on the institutional degree.

UNEP and UNDP share distinctive and complementary attributes. Whereas UNDP has a robust nation presence and entry to a variety of stakeholders and sectoral coverage, UNEP is the main world environmental authority that units the worldwide environmental agenda, it has a deep-rooted science basis, and a robust normative mandate that promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable improvement.

Since 2009 UNEP in West Asia and UNDP in Iraq have labored on a big portfolio of tasks, together with supporting Iraq with its reporting obligations underneath the United Nations Framework Conference on Local weather Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol, and growing a Nationwide Surroundings Technique and Motion Plan that outlined the dimensions of environmental degradation in Iraq, its root causes and impacts, and vital subsequent steps.

As one of many signatories to the Paris Settlement in 2016, Iraq continues to priorities local weather change adaptation and mitigation measures in its environmental planning and is dedicated to adopting a inexperienced imaginative and prescient and implementing inexperienced programmes.

In the present day’s settlement places UNEP and UNDP firmly on a path to supporting Iraq’s progress in direction of reaching the 2030 Sustainable Growth Agenda.

From his aspect, the Regional Director and Consultant of UNEP in West Asia, Mr. Sami Dimassi, highlighted that:

“UNEP is dedicated to forging a robust collaboration with UNDP in Iraq to help the nation in addressing environmental challenges whereas supporting the Authorities and the folks of Iraq to construct again higher after the COVID-19 pandemic. UNDP has a profitable monitor document in Iraq, and immediately, I’m happy that we’ve joined forces in direction of reaching a sustainable setting for all”.

Resident Consultant of UNDP Iraq, Ms. Zena Ali Ahmad, stated:

“Iraq faces a lot of environmental challenges – from water shortage, to rising temperatures, to air pollution, to environmental degradation as a consequence of years of battle and neglect. Tackling these challenges in a posh setting like Iraq can’t be finished alone, so we’re proud to affix UNEP and help the Authorities of Iraq in securing a wholesome, sustainable setting, now and for future generations.”

Resident Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Irena Vojackova-Sollorano, stated:

“With out growing efforts to decelerate the local weather disaster, the Iraqi inhabitants won’t be able to stay prosperously sooner or later. The aim of the SDGs of leaving nobody behind, particularly SDG 6 on Clear Water and Sanitation, SDG 7 Inexpensive and Clear Vitality, and SDG 13 Local weather Motion are of explicit significance for Iraq. I’m happy to see that UNEP and UNDP are growing their actions so as to assist Iraq and its inhabitants.”

(Supply: UN)

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