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Energy Charter Secretary General meets with the Vice-President of the Islamic Republic of Iran

On May 31, 2016, the Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Ambassador Urban Rusnák, held a formal meeting with the Vice-President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, H.E. Masoumeh Ebtekar. Secretary General Rusnák briefed the Vice-President on the work of the Energy Charter in promoting and protecting energy investment amidst a heightening global policy setting addressing sustainability, the environment and climate change.

Ambassador Rusnák also elaborated upon the work of the Energy Charter in helping ECT member and observer countries develop coherent energy efficiency strategies. He also briefed Madam Vice-President on the comprehensive vision of the Energy Charter on the concept of global energy security, which embraces supply, demand and transit dimensions, as well as poverty alleviation and energy access.  He welcomed Iran’s increasingly active role as an observer of the Energy Charter, elaborating that he foresaw even closer engagement developing between Iran and the Energy Charter in the ensuing future. 

Vice-President Ebtekar, who is also the head of Iran’s Department of Environment welcomed the official visit of the Energy Charter delegation to the Islamic Republic of Iran and its participation in the 11th Tehran International Energy Conference. She explained that Iran has adopted a low carbon economy strategy and was an active participant in the Paris COP 21 negotiations.

The Vice-President noted the important role of the Energy Charter in promoting a sustainable energy agenda at the global level, particularly in its efforts to bring together key stakeholders in public and private sectors in order to exchange experience and work towards harmonisation of policy. The Vice-President expressed hope that the Energy Charter will further strengthen its environmental dimension and will expand cooperation with Iran in this respect.