In an address to a Saturday ceremony in the Centre for Peace and Environment in Tehran, Massoumeh Ebtekar said there are lots of such organizations in Iran which should be viewed as national assets.
“Currently in the field of women and family affairs, we have over 2,700 NGOs and in the environment field, there are about 900 active governmental and non-governmental organizations,” she was quoted as saying in a Farsi report by the Vice-Presidency’s official website.
Ebtekar said these organizations play a key role in the development of Iran.
During the ceremony, she also presented the prestigious Dr. Taqi Ebtekar Award to a number of activists and scientists active in the field of environment.
The Centre for Peace and Security is a non-governmental organization active in the field of environment. The organization was established in 2005 by Dr. Taqi Ebtekar, a former advisor to ex-president Mohammad Khatami.
Each year, the centre rewards scientists and environmentalists for their efforts and initiatives to preserve the environment in Iran.