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23-oct-2014-seminar-and-film-show-on-the-occasion-of-world-food-day TEHRAN -UNIC NIO Mohammad Moghadam red the SG’s message during a seminar organized here on the occasion of World Food Day by the Science and Research Unit of Islamic Azad (Open) University (IAU) at the university’s Allameh Helli Hall on 18 October 2014. The conference began by the remarks of the Secretary of the Seminar and member of the scientific board of IAU Dr. Javad...
21-oct-2014-international-law-graduate-students-navigate-the-un-online The UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran held a workshop on Finding UN Information and Documentation for some 10 graduate students of international law from University of Tehran, Faculty of Law and Political Science on 21 October 2014 at UNIC Library. One of the students Mr. Farhad Bagheri was the coordinator and organized the workshop.     UNIC Reference Assistant...
19-oct-2014-teaching-students-how-to-find-out-about-the-un-–-2nd-session The second session of “Finding UN Information and Documentation” workshop was held for some professors and 20 graduate students of law at Faculty of Law and Political Science, Allameh Tabataba'i University on 15 October 2014. It was a joint programme between Allameh Tabataba'i University, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations...
world’s-newest-nation-has-unprecedented-opportunity-to-end-sexual-violence-in-conflict    By: Zainab Hawa Bangura   As United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict, I completed my first trip to South Sudan last week to assess the situation of sexual violence in conflict in the country. Three years ago the world celebrated the extraordinary birth of this new nation and the bright future that lay ahead.  People of...
17-oct-2014-art-for-humanity Across the world, one person in nine goes to sleep hungry every night. It is true that according to The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014 Report, the total number of hungry people in the world is down by 37 million, to 805 million. It is also true that a total of 63 countries have reached international hunger-reduction targets before 2015. This is proof of the progress...
16-oct-2014-finding-un-information-and-documentation-workshop-for-graduate-students-of-international-relations The UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran held a workshop on Finding UN Information and Documentation for some 15 graduate students of international relations from University of Tehran, Faculty of Law and Political Science on 14 October 2014. The students’ professor Dr. Nasrin Mosaffa organized and coordinated the programme.   UNIC Reference Assistant Nazanin...
1-22b-people-live-on-less-than--25-a-day-ban   TEHRAN, 16 October 2014 (UNIC)—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 17 October 2014, said despite enormous success in lifting 700 million people out of extreme poverty between 1990 and 2010, still one in every five persons in developing regions -- 1.22 billion people -- live on less than $1.25 a day, and 2.4 billion...
on-world-food-day-un-chief-says-800m-people-do-not-have-enough-healthy,-nutritious-food   TEHRAN, 15 October 2014 (UNIC) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Food Day, 16 October 2014, said more than 800 million people do not have enough healthy, nutritious food to lead active lives.   The full text of his message reads:   Today, and every day, we eat thanks to the labours of family farmers. They run the vast majority of farms in the world. They...
14-oct-2014-feeding-the-world,-caring-for-the-earth Speaking at a ceremony commemorating the World Food Day 2014 in Tehran, the UN’s Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr. Serge Nakouzi underlined the need for a ‘paradigm shift towards healthier and more sustainable food systems’.   We can no longer rely only on an input-intensive model to increase food production....
on-int’l-day-ban-stresses-role-of-rural-women-as-a-driving-force-for-global-progress   TEHRAN, 14 October 2014 (UNIC)—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day of Rural Women, 15 October 2014, said collectively, rural women are a force that can drive global progress.   The full text of his message reads:   My mother has lived her whole life in the countryside.  Although she did not receive much of a formal education, I grew up...
14-oct-2014-“tourists-are-messengers-of-peace”-says-iran’s-first-vice-president Tourism is one of the world’s largest industries and one of the key drivers of socio-economic progress through the creation of jobs, private sector growth and development infrastructure. It is estimated that in 2013, the global economic contribution of tourism was nearly US$ 7 trillion. While some countries are consistently preferred as tourism destinations, other less...
on-int’l-day,-ban-calls-for-disaster-planning-that-takes-into-account-older-persons’-needs   TEHRAN, 12 October 2014 (UNIC)—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day for Disaster Reduction, 13 October 2014, called for a disaster planning that takes into account the needs of older persons.   The full text of his message reads:   As a human family, we are growing older. Globally, approximately 700 million people – 10 per cent of the world’s...
12-oct-2014-resilience-for-life Every year on 13th October, International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) is commemorated worldwide. The objective of the observance is to raise awareness of how people are taking action to reduce their risk to disasters. The theme for this year focuses on older people and disasters: Resilience for life. To commemorate the day, as well as the National Week of Disaster Reduction...
9-oct-2014-unesco-representative-attends-international-intangible-cultural-heritage-festival-and-conference-in-isfahan From 9-11 October, the city of Isfahan successfully hosted the International Intangible Cultural Heritage Festival and the Women’s Forum and General Assembly of the Inter City Intangible Cultural Cooperation Network (ICCN).   The first-ever Women’s Forum discussed the important role of women in safeguarding and inter-generation transmission of intangible cultural heritage,...
7-oct-2014-‘educate-children-with-a-culture-of-peace’-–-un-resident-coordinator-in-i-r-iran TEHRAN, 7 October 2014— ‘To prevent violence, we must develop a culture of peace in the minds of our children.’ This was how Mr. Gary Lewis, the UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran opened his remarks at the private screening of the globally award-winning Iranian movie, ‘Rooster Trademark Paper’. Directed by Ms. Maryam Milani, the movie was shown as part...
end-all-forms-of-violence-against-girls-in-all-parts-of-the-world-un-chief   TEHRAN, 10 October 2014 (UNIC)—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day of the Girl Child,11 October 2014, called on all governments to take action to end all forms of violence against girls in all parts of the world.    The full text of his message reads:   All over the world, an alarming number of adolescent girls are assaulted, beaten, raped,...
worldwide-21m-people-suffer-from-schizophrenia-un-chief   TEHRAN, 9 October 2014 (UNIC)—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2014, while announcing that worldwide, some 21 million people suffer from schizophrenia, urged people suffering from schizophrenia to go for regular health checks and seek advice on healthy living.    The full text of his message reads:   World Mental Health Day is...
7-oct-2014-un4u-and-briefing-session-for-imam-sadeq-u-students As part of UNIC Tehran’s UN4U activities, NIO Mohammad Moghadam briefed some 11 students from faculty of economics of Imam Sadeq University who visited UNIC-Tehran on UN’s history and major organs as well as MDGs. He also briefed them on UNIC-Tehran’s activities and services which were followed by a question and answer session. Copies of the Persian versions of MDGs flyer, UDHR...
6-oct-2014-message-from-ms-irina-bokova,-director-general-of-unesco,-on-the-occasion-of-the-international-day-of-the-girl-child Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence This year, for the third celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child, we focus on the full development of girls and the continued fight against violence to them. Teenage years are particularly delicate moments for girls, from childhood to adulthood. In too many parts...
unfpa-spotlights-population-dynamics-in-muslim-countries   Tehran, 7 October 2014 (UNIC) -- The Islamic Republic of Iran has experienced phenomenal social, economic and demographic changes in recent decades. This is one of the key messages to come out of a two-day event entitled “International Seminar on Population Dynamics in Muslim Countries,” being held on October 6th and 7th, organized by the National Population Studies Institute (NPSI), in...
6-oct-2014-children’s-week-celebrations-officially-kick-off-in-iran-with-the-message-hi,-i’m-a-child The opening ceremony of the national children’s week was held in Tehran’s Milad tower on Monday 06 October with the presence of senior officials and ministers from government and non-government organizations as well as thousands of school children.   8th October is celebrated every year as children’s day in Iran and this year the government decided to hold one week of...
5-oct-2014-message-from-the-heads-of-unesco,-ilo,-unicef,-undp-and-education-international-on-the-occasion-of-world-teachers’-day by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General; Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General; Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director; Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator; and Fred van Leeuwen, General Secretary of Education International. Message from the Heads of UNESCO, ILO, UNICEF, UNDP and Education International on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day, 5 October 2014 5 October 2014 marks the...
2-oct-2014-unesco-representative-attends-annual-qālišuyān-rituals-in-mašhad-e-ardehāl The mayor of Kashan invited Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of UNESCO’s cluster office in Tehran, to attend the seminar on “Intangible Cultural Heritage and Religious Tourism in Kashan”, which took place on 2 October and to take part in the annual Qālišuyān rituals (also referred to as “carpet washing ceremony”) in Mašhad-e Ardehāl the next day. The...
ban-calls-on-governments,-academic-institutions,-ngos-to-give-slum-dwellers-a-voice   TEHRAN, 5 October 2014 (UNIC)—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Habitat Day, 6 October 2014, encouraged governments, businesses, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations to give slum dwellers a voice – and to listen to what they have to say.   The full text of his message reads:   Over the past decade, efforts under the Millennium Development...
2-oct-2014-poverty,-major-cause-of-violence TEHRAN- A University professor said here that poverty is the major cause of violence in the developing and underdeveloped states that can be prevented with social services and supports. Addressing a workshop on the occasion of the International Day of Non-Violence organized by Organization for Defending Victims of Violence (ODVV) at the Organization’s conference hall on 1...
“wave”-is-the-correct-antidote-to-political-extremism-as-represented-by-da’esh-says-mfa-official TEHRAN - A senior official of Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said here that President Rouhani’s proposed “World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE)” is the correct response to counteract the political extremism of Da’esh in the region. Addressing a seminar entitled “Da’esh Terrorism against Peace” on the occasion of International Day of Peace organized by...
ban-calls-for-advancement-of-global-citizenship-based-on-mahatma-gandhi’s-philosophy   TEHRAN, 1 October 2014 (UNIC)—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day of Non-violence, 2 October 2014, called on all people to counter the forces of intolerance, advance global citizenship and forge human solidarity based on Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence.   The full text of his message reads:   On this International Day of Non-Violence,...
30-sep-2014-“a-warmer-climate-will-increase-the-risk-of-flooding”-says-un-resident-coordinator-in-iran According to the 2012 report by United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, disasters are occurring with greater frequency and severity than ever before. Between 1992 and 2012 disasters affected over 4.4 billion people, causing 1.3 million deaths, and resulted in over $2 trillion in economic losses. Floods and damage caused by this natural phenomenon have increased due to...
29-sep-2014-unfpa-and-government-partners-reaffirm-partnership TEHRAN – On September 28th, a meeting of the Steering Committee of the 5th UNFPA Country Programme was held, co-chaired by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and UNFPA.H.E. Mr. Peiman Seadat, Director General, Environment and Sustainable Development Affairs, MFA, and Dr. M. Hulki Uz, UNFPA Representative, presided over the meeting. The Steering Committee meeting was a chance...
2b-older-persons-in-world-by-2050-ban   TEHRAN, 30 September 2014 (UNIC)—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day of Older Persons, 1 October 2014, announced that the number of older persons is expected to more than double, globally, from 841 million people in 2013 to more than 2 billion in 2050.   The full text of his message reads:   Older persons are playing an increasingly significant...
29-sep-2014-univ-of-qom-graduate-students-navigate-the-un-online On 29 September 2014, the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran helped some 22 graduate students of international law from University of Qom to broaden their knowledge of the UN. UNIC Reference Assistant Nazanin Ghaemmaghami addressed them on how to retrieve UN documentation and information from UN and UNIC websites and on the Dag Hammarskjold Library’s (DHL) web page...
29-sep-2014-war-paradigm-must-be-changed-to-peace-paradigm-former-president-khatami Tehran- Head of the International Centre for Dialogue among Civilizations, former President Seyyed Mohammad Khatami said here that paradigm of war and conflict must be changed into paradigm of peace and understanding.      Addressing a ceremony marking the International Day of Peace at Tehran Peace Museum on 21 September 2014, the former President added that this...
29-sep-2014-unesco-pays-tribute-to-the-work-of-master-mahmoud-farshchian On 28 September the Department of Environment, under the patronage of Vice President Dr. Ebtekar, organized a conference on the works of renowned Iranian painter, Mahmoud Farshchian and its impact on the Environment. In her remarks, the Director of UNESCO’s Tehran Cluster Office paid tribute to the work of the 84-year-old Maestro, who attended the event. ”Your work is of great...
24-sep-2014-climate-change-is-the-defining-issue-of-our-age-says-the-un-secretary-general Climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies....
27-sep-2014-unfpa-representative-we-fully-support-action-plan-on-elderly Tehran, September 24, 2014- Dr. Hulki Uz, UNFPA Representative, today encouraged further investment in the elderly, and emphasized UNFPA’s full support for the National Council of the Elderly and their work to develop and implement an integrated national policy for the elderly. In a technical meeting on September 24th, Iran’s draft national policy for the elderly was reviewed...
23-sep-2014-“we-are-glad-to-be-contributing-to-the-restoration-of-lake-urmia”-says-japan’s-ambassador-in-iran Lake Urmia is one of the largest inland lakes. It is situated in North West of Iran. This vast lake – which is a Ramsar Site, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and a National Park which for long contributed to the biodiversity of the region as well as livelihood of local communities – has been shrinking at an alarming rate and a considerable part of it has been lost. Back in March,...
revive-nuclear-disarmament-in-the-interest-of-peace,-security-un-chief   TERHAN, 25 September 2014 (UNIC)—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, 26 September 2014, called for revival of nuclear disarmament as a top international priority, in the interest of the peace and security of all and of future generations.    The full text of his message reads:   The world has long...
teaching-students-how-to-find-out-about-the-un The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) together with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), held a workshop entitled "Finding UN Information and Documentation" for some 30 graduate students of law on 16 September 2014 at Faculty of Law and Political Science, Allameh Tabataba'i University. At the beginning of the session, Head of Faculty Dr. Hamid...
21-sep-2014-peace-bell-rings-in-tehran Tehran – On the occasion of International Day of Peace, Senior Member of the Centre for Great Islamic Encyclopedia (CGIE), Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Mousavi-Bojnourdi and UN Resident Coordinator Gary Lewis rang the peace bell in Tehran on Sunday 21 September 2014. Addressing a seminar on peace organized by CGIE, Ketabraneh (mobile bookstore) and UNIC Tehran at Raizan...
21-sep-2014-“it-is-in-the-minds-of-men-that-the-defences-of-peace-must-be-constructed”-unesco UNESCO Iran and the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO commemorated World Peace Day 2014 yesterday in a joint event held at the Cinema Hall of the Mellat Palace Museum in Sa’adabad Historical and Cultural Complex, Tehran. Members of international organizations, foreign missions based in Tehran, scholars, academia, artists and civil society members participated in this...
21-sep-2014-“promoting-the-culture-of-peace,-a-must-for-preventing-from-future-conflicts”-–-un-resident-coordinator ‘If we wish to prevent future conflicts, we must promote the culture of peace.’ With these words, UN Resident Coordinator in Iran, Mr. Gary Lewis, addressed a gathering of renowned Iranian scholars and academia, representatives of international organizations and foreign missions based in Tehran, artists, and non-governmental organizations. The event was one of several...
ban-seeks-‘vision,-concrete-action’-from-world-leaders-at-un-climate-summit   TEHRAN, 23 September 2014 (UNIC)-- True to his belief that tackling climate change requires “all hands on deck”, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is gathering a new and unique mix of partners at United Nations Headquarters Tuesday – from Government, business, finance and civil society – for a summit to raise ambition, mobilize resources, and generate action towards a universal climate...
21-sep-2014-international-day-of-peace-commemorated-with-call-to-“build-a-culture-of-peace” Every year, the International Day of Peace is celebrated on 21 September. The theme of this year’s International Day of Peace is “Right of Peoples to Peace” in honour of the 30th anniversary of the General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace. The Tehran Peace Museum also celebrated the International Day of Peace on 21 September. The event opened with the...
half-the-world-will-be-online-by-2017   TEHRAN, 22 September 2014 (UNIC) – Over 50% of the global population will have Internet access within three years’ time, with mobile broadband over smartphones and tablets now the fastest growing technology in human history, according to the 2014 edition of the State of Broadband report. Released Sunday in New York at the 10th meeting of the Broadband Commission for Digital...
metro-joins-un’s-call-to-action-on-climate   TEHRAN, 22 September 2014 (UNIC) -- The United Nations and METRO International have established a global partnership on the issue of climate change. On the occasion of the UN Climate Summit, to be held on 23 September at the UN Headquarters in New York City, METRO International will launch the 10th edition of METRO Photo Challenge, the world’s largest photography competition.   The...
21-sep-2014-ozone-layer-success-celebrated-in-iran The Montreal Protocol is arguably the most successful international agreements penned. How can this success be measured? Over the past several years, the Protocol has led to the phase-out of close to 100% of ozone-depleting chemicals. Very-recent findings indicate that the Ozone-layer is beginning to slowly recover from the release of Ozone-depleting gases. As a result, the...
18-sep-2014-government-of-netherlands-enhances-livelihood-capacity-of-vulnerable-afghan-refugee-women Masoumeh, an Afghan refugee living in Tehran province, received equipment provided by UNHCR to begin her hairdressing business. Tehran, 18 September 2014 – In 1981, Masoumeh’s mother and father fled to Iran from their home in Uruzgan in central Afghanistan. She was born a year later in Mashhad, and the family ultimately moved to Eslamshahr in Tehran province where she married...
18-sep-2014-model-un-practice-useful-for-iran-fm-zarif Tehran –Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif said here that from the Islamic Republic of Iran’s point of view, organizing simulations – in particular the Model United Nations Security Council practice – is very important and useful.   In his message addressed to some 38 graduate and postgraduate students of international relations and law of different...
tackle-the-root-causes-of-conflict-ban   TEHRAN, 21 September 2014 (UNIC)—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day of Peace, 21 September 2014, said , we must douse the fires of extremism and tackle the root causes of conflict.   The full text of his message reads:   Today is the International Day of Peace.   Each year, on this day, the United Nations calls for a global ceasefire.    We...
6-sep-2014-international-forum-on-ethics-in-the-environment On 6 September, Tehran hosted the International Forum on Environmental Ethics organized jointly by the Iranian Department of Environment (DoE), the University of Environment (UoE) and ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ECO-IEST). Dr. Sarinya Sophia from the Regional Unit for Social and Human Sciences in Asia and the Pacific (UNESCO Bangkok office,)...