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UN Sandstorm Confab in Iran

UN Sandstorm Confab in IranUN Sandstorm Confab in Iran

Iran will host a United Nations conference on dust and sand storms in the first half of the next Iranian year (starts March 21, 2017), according to an official at the Department of Environment. Speaking to ISNA, Majid Shafipour, director of the Center for International Affairs and Conventions at DOE, said representatives of 50 nations will take part in the event, though the date is not yet set. “The aim of the conference is to make decisions on how to proceed in the global campaign against dust storms,” he said. A resolution proposed by Iran and backed by Pakistan and Iraq, which aims to enlist the aid of Middle East countries to tackle dust storms in the region, was approved at the second UN Environment Assembly in May, helping bring international attention to a major regional environmental issue. A UN report earlier this year said the Middle East has been worst hit by the significant rise in sand and dust storms, with major impacts on human health, adding that Iran and Kuwait are the most affected countries, largely because of sand and dust blowing in from Syria and Iraq.


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