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collective-action-can-end-poverty,-growing-inequality-ban   TEHRAN, 18 December 2014 (UNIC)—United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on International Human Solidarity Day, 20 December 2014, said only through collective action can we address such far reaching issues as poverty and growing inequality, climate change, chronic poverty and major health challenges, such as the Ebola...
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17-dec-2014-on-the-occasion-of-human-rights-day-students-navigate-un-and-ohchr-websites   Graduate students learned more about human rights and how to navigate web site of UN and Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) during workshop organized jointly by the UN Information Center (UNIC) and the Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) on December 15, in Tehran. UNIC supported this IAUNS’s initiative...
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on-int’l-day-ban-urged-states-to-adopt-comprehensive-migration-policies   TEHRAN, 17 December 2014 (UNIC)—United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on International Migrants Day, 18 December 2014 urged States to adopt comprehensive and human rights-based migration policies that promote legal migration channels.   The full text of his message reads:   On International Migrants Day, we...
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16-dec-2014-biodiversity-for-sustainable-development-delivering-results-for-asia-and-the-pacific   Biodiversity for Sustainable Development: Delivering Results for Asia and the Pacific is both a celebration of biodiversity work in the Asia-Pacific region and a cautionary account of what is happening to the ecosystems that support millions of lives and livelihoods in the region.   Innovations in monitoring endangered species,...
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14-dec-2014-natural-disaster-risk-management-is-one-of-the-5-areas-of-our-joint-development-assistance-framework-says-un-resident-coordinator-in-iran   In the context of the UN and UNDP’s efforts to promote community-based disaster deduction approaches within the overall envelope in of preparedness and response, please see the speech made by the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Gary Lewis at a workshop involving the following entities in Tehran: Government, community-based...
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10-december-2014—-investment-protection-to-respects-the-human-rights   “The United Nations protects human rights because that is our proud mission – and because when people enjoy their rights, economies flourish and countries are at peace,” says the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon in his message on the occasion of the Human Rights Day 2014. The message was read out at a ceremony...
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10-dec-2014-human-rights-day-commemorated-in-iran Some 30 students, university professors and farmers spoke about human rights, focusing on the food and food security, at the event organized by the Iranian Islamic Human Rights Commission.   The UN Secretary-General’s message for the Human Rights Day was delivered by Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami from the UN Information...
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11-dec-2014-‘only-by-acting-together’-will-world-transform-climate-challenge-into-opportunity-–-ban TEHRAN, 11 December 2014 (UNIC) — Only by acting together will world leaders transform the climate challenge into an opportunity to fundamentally rethink how we grow our economies and create a safer, healthier, more liveable world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday.   “I look around and can clearly see efforts to...
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11-dec-2014-on-human-rights-day,-un-official-calls-for-member-states-to-‘stamp-out-torture’  TEHRAN, 11 December 2014 (UNIC) — Governments must ramp up their efforts in eradicating the practice of torture and compensate the victims of this “most vicious of crimes,” the top United Nations human rights official has urged, as he marked the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention against Torture.   In a press statement...
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10-dec-2014-marking-international-observance,-un-declares-‘every-day-is-human-rights’  TEHRAN, 11 December 2014 (UNIC) — The universal reach of human rights should not be restricted to one day alone but extended to every day of the year, top United Nations officials declared yesterday as they marked Human Rights Day – an annual UN-backed event commemorating the date on which the General Assembly adopted the Universal...
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10-dec-2014-unesco-participates-in-first-international-world-against-violence-and-extremism-wave-conference   On 9-10 December, Tehran hosted the first international “World Against Violence and Extremism” (WAVE) Conference. The event, organized by the Institute for Political and International Studies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, brought together representatives of 40 countries. H.E. President Rouhani had first...
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10-dec-2014-message-from-ms-irina-bokova,-director-general-of-unesco,-on-the-occasion-of-human-rights-day “Human Rights 365” UNESCO was created in 1945 to promote cooperation through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information, in order to deepen universal respect for the dignity, equality and mutual respect of all women and men. Almost seventy years later, this mandate has not aged a day. Promoting human rights...
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10-dec-2014-every-day-is-human-rights-day   “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” These words are embedded under Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every...
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10-dec-2014-statement-of-the-high-commissioner-for-human-rights   "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights": in perhaps the most resonant and beautiful words of any international agreement, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights promises, to all, the economic, social, political, cultural and civil rights that underpin a life free from want and fear. These human...
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10-dec-2014-the-un-secretary-general-s-message-for-human-rights-day On Human Rights Day we speak out. We denounce authorities who deny the rights of any person or group. We declare that human rights are for all of us, all the time: whoever we are and wherever we are from; no matter our class, our opinions, our sexual orientation. This is a matter of individual justice, social stability and...
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10-dec-2014-un-refugee-agency-posts-largest-ever-budget-as-funding-pledges-drop-by-a-quarter TEHRAN, 10 December 2014 (UNIC) — Faced with multiple large-scale emergencies in the Middle East and Africa, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees yesterday warned donors at the agency’s annual pledging conference that the world’s humanitarian financing system was “close to bankruptcy.” "More people are fleeing war, violence...
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10-dec-2014-un-agency-requests-0-million-‘lifeline’-for-palestinian-refugees  TEHRAN, 10 December 2014 (UNIC) — The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has yesterday launched an emergency appeal for $414 million to support those living in the occupied Palestinian territory, where demands for “lifeline” services continue to grow. At an event in Geneva, UNRWA Deputy...
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9-dec-2014-ban-calls-on-states-to-honour-their-obligation-to-protect-human-rights-every-day-of-the-year  TEHRAN, 9 December 2014 (UNIC)—United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for Human Rights Day, 10 December 2014, called on States to honour their obligation to protect human rights every day of the year. The full text of his message reads: On Human Rights Day we speak out. We denounce authorities who deny the...
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9-dec-2014-students-of-geography-and-tourism-planning-learn-how-to-navigate-www-un-org   Some 20 graduate students of Geography and Tourism Planning from Azad University gathered at the UN office on 7 December to get more familiar with the UN and how to find information about this international organization from its website.   The Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami from UN Information...
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9-dec-2014-international-day-of-persons-with-disabilities-commemorated   Tehran-United Nations Secretary-General’s message on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities was delivered by National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam during a ceremony marking the Day on3 December 2014.Organized by charity NGO called Rehabilitation Goodwill Complex (RRGC), the ceremony also...
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8-dec-2014-un4u-briefing-session-for-mofid-high-school-students Some 30 students and two teachers from Mofid High School from Tehran learned more about history of the UN, and its main organs as well as Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on 4 December 2014. “I enjoy to talk to young people and answer their questions about UN history and explain how it functions. We organize these sessions...
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8-dec-2014-world-people-can-no-longer-tolerate-corruption-un-chief  TEHRAN, 8 December 2014 (UNIC)—United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on International Anti-Corruption Day,9 December 2014 said the world and its people can no longer afford, nor tolerate, corruption.   The full text of his message reads:   Corruption is a global phenomenon that strikes hardest at the poor, hinders...
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7-dec-2014-tehran-hosts-2-day-international-scientific-seminar-on-women,-sport-and-media   On 6 and 7 December the Third International Scientific and Sport Seminar on Women, Sport and Media took place at the Olympic Hotel in Tehran. The event was organized jointly by the Iranian Sports Journalists Association, the Ministry of Sports and Youth, the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO and the Iranian National...
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6-dec-2014-two-separate-workshops-for-law-students   UNIC held “Finding UN information and documentation workshop” for two groups of law students form Islamic Azad University and Shahid Beheshti University at UNIC library and UN conference room on 1st and 3rd December 2014. International law was the main focus of both sessions. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin...
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5-dec-2014-soil-an-asset-for-life   The Soil Science Society in Iran reports that average annual soil erosion is about 15 tons per hectare which is 3 times the average rate in Asia   If humanity’s need for food, water, and energy security is to be met the maintenance or enhancement of global soil resources is essential.   5th December 2014 marks the first...
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4-dec-2014-“it-is-not-too-late-to-save-the-asiatic-cheetah”-un-resident-coordinator-in-iran     “It is not too late to save the Asiatic Cheetah, whose only remaining natural habitat is here in Iran,” said the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran back in August during a ceremony held to commemorate Iranian Game Guards.   Because today, 4 December marks...
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1-dec-2014-united-to-end-the-aids-epidemic-close-the-gap   Iran highlighted its advances and plans to control HIV and AIDS at a ceremony in Tehran, to mark World Aids Day (WAD) 2014.   In acknowledging this year’s theme, Close the Gap, Dr Sayyari, Iran’s Deputy Minister of Health announced a plan to prevent Mother to Child Transmission of HIV. It will be implemented in 16...
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4-dec-2014-asiatic-cheetah-camera-trap-photo-winner-of-bbc-wildlife-competition   The Asiatic Cheetah is now considered a critically endangered species in its last remaining refuge – Iran   The Asiatic Cheetah – also known as Acinonyx Jubatus Venaticus among specialists in the field –once roamed from the Red Sea to India.   Sadly, it is now considered a critically endangered species in its last...
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3-dec-2014-fao-ready-to-partner-with-iranian-authorities-in-addressing-the-challenges-of-the-lake-urmia-region During his visit to Tabriz and the eastern shores of Lake Urmia, the FAO Representative to the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr. Serge Nakouzi, noted the significant adverse impacts that the continued decline of Lake Urmia was having on surrounding areas and local populations. He stated that FAO was ready to provide technical...
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un-envoy-welcomes-baghdad-erbil-agreement,-considers-it-a-positive-turning-point TEHRAN, 3 December 2014 (UNIC) – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov welcomes the agreement reached between the Federal Government of Iraq and the Government of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) to resolve a number of outstanding issues. “I look forward for the...
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on-international-day-ban-calls-for-accessibility-of-21st-century-technologies-to-persons-with-disabilities TEHRAN, 3 December 2014 (UNIC)—United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2014 called for accessibility of  21st century technologies to persons with disabilities.   The full text of his message reads:    This year’s International Day of Persons with...
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15-nov-2014-tales-of-tb-survivors An important part of helping any patient is educating them about their disease. This means talking to them about the cause of the disease, the way it is spread, how it is diagnosed and how it can be treated. But beyond this, to overcome social stigma it is also important to increase the general public’s knowledge about the...
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18m-slave-labourers-in-the-world-ban TEHRAN, 2 December 2014 (UNIC)—United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December 2014 said according to the UN estimates, there are more than 18 million people kept as slave labourers.   The full text of his message reads:   The United Nations estimates that...
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obituary-ahmad-zangiabadi-1965-2014-chemical-weapons-victim-from-the-iran-iraq-war Introduction to this story by the UN Resident Coordinator in Iran  The United Nations, in its mandate to promote peace, has ardently opposed the use of chemical weapons.    In September 1982, the UN General Assembly accepted the annual report of the Conference on Disarmament, which contained what later became the Chemical Weapons...
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1-dec-2014-“economic-empowerment-of-women-contributes-to-inclusive-economic-growth”-–-un-resident-coordinator-in-iran “Women in our societies must be engaged in productive employment, giving them choices and enabling them to contribute to national growth and development.” This was the key message by UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Gary Lewis, speaking at the Conference on Women’s Economic Empowerment in Islamic Countries, which took place on...
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2-dec-2014-iran-honored-with-fao-award-for-fighting-hunger The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has rewarded Iran for its outstanding progress in overcoming hunger. FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva delivered an honorary diploma to Iran’s ambassador and permanent representative to the FAO, Seyyed Aminollah Taqavi, for the country’s great strides in...
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1-dec-2014-message-of-dr-babatunde-osotimehin,-unfpa-executive-director-on-world-aids-day Today, on World AIDS Day, I join every person around the world who believes the next generation should be free of HIV and AIDS. More than 30 years into the epidemic, we have moved beyond the early devastation wreaked by AIDS and scored many successes. Over the past three years, the rate of new HIV infections has dropped by 13 per...
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1-dec-2014-un-officials-statements-on-the-occasion-of-world-aids-day   World AIDS Day is celebrated around the world on December 1st each year. It has become one of the most recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories, such as increased access to treatment and prevention services. Below you can...
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1-dec-2014-statement-of-the-unodc-executive-director-on-world-aids-day "Millions of people suffering from HIV have for decades seen their needs ignored. Life-saving prevention and treatment that should reach everyone is often non-existent, arbitrary, or dependent on geography, gender, age or background." "Closing the gap" is the theme of this year's World AIDS Day and it focuses on reducing the...
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35m-people-lvining-with-hiv-worldwide TEHRAN, 1 December 2014 (UNIC)—United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2014, while welcoming the tremendous progress the world is making in responding to the AIDS epidemic, warned that there are 35 million people living with HIV today, and some 19 million of them do not know they...
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30-nov-2014-world-aids-day-2014-an-opportunity-to-close-the-gap In the run up to the World AIDS Day (WAD), on 29 November 2014 a media conference was hosted by Khabaronline in which the UN Resident Coordinator in the I.R.Iran, Mr. Gary Lewis, and the UNAIDS Country Director, Dr. Fardad Doroudi participated. The status of the HIV/AIDS in the world and in the Islamic Republic of Iran, national...
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negotiated-and-just-political-solution,-the-only-way-of-ending-conflict-between-palestinians-and-israelis-ban TEHRAN, 29 November 2014 (UNIC)—United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, 29 November 2014, said that an end of the conflict will only come through a negotiated and just political solution, based on the relevant United Nations resolutions.   The full...
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26-nov-2014-competition-announcement-role-of-people-in-conservation-and-restoration-of-lake-urmia   Conservation of Iranian Wetlands Project and the Department of Environment together with local authorities and NGOs as well as Lake Urmia restoration national committee has initiated a public festival which will be held by mid-January 2015. The main theme of the festival is “role of people in conservation and restoration of...
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26-nov-2014-unesco-organizes-two-day-science-journalism-workshop-in-tehran The UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office organized a two-day Science Journalism Workshop on 26-27 November in cooperation with the Iranian Association for the Popularization of Sciences and the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO. The workshop was part of a series of events related to the 2014 World Science Day for Peace and...
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28-nov-2014-joint-workshops-between-iauns-and-unic   The third workshop during the period of Fall/Winter 2014 as a joint activity between Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) and United Nations Information Center (UNIC) was held on 24 November with the participation of some 15 Ph.D. and master’s degree students at the UN Conference Room.   UNIC Reference...
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iran-ngo-wins-red-ribbon-award-for-efforts-on-aids    23 July 2014 - Ten exceptional community based organizations, including one from the Islamic Republic of Iran under category two, have won the 2014 Red Ribbon Award for their inspiring work in reducing the impact of the AIDS epidemic. Click here to read the complete article printed by Iran Daily Newspapers on 10 July...
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25-nov-2014-violence-against-women-is-global-scandal   The United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women calls for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world. UNiTE brings together a host of UN agencies and offices to galvanize action across the UN system to prevent violence against women. Through...
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25-nov-2014-unite-to-end-violence-against-women   Worldwide, more than 700 million women alive today were married as children, 250 million of whom were married before the age of 15. Girls who marry before the age of 18 are less likely to complete their education and more likely to experience domestic violence and complications in childbirth.   “From 25...
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everyone-has-a-responsibility-to-prevent-and-end-violence-against-women-and-girls-ban TEHRAN, 24 November 2014 (UNIC)—United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2014, said  everyone has a responsibility to prevent and end violence against women and girls, starting by challenging the culture of discrimination that allows it...
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23-nov-2014-millennium-development-goal-number-6 Millennium Development Goal 6 is to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. UNAIDS is the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS which brings together the efforts and strengths of eleven UN system organisations to the global AIDS response. UNDP supports the implementation of the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Iran. UNAIDS...
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