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ichhtointroduces-creativecities-to-oic    22 July 2014 - Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) has introduced Tabriz in northwest Iran and Yazd in central Iran as creative cities to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), said a senior official of ICHHTO. Mohammad Reza Pouyandeh added that UNESCO’s Cultural Department has...
iran-hosts-largest-number-of-afghan-refugees    16 July 2014 - Iran has been hosting the largest number of Afghan refugees since past 30 years, said the deputy representative of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Office in Iran Fathia Abdalla. Speaking in a meeting with Hossein Esmaeili, governor of Ardekan city in Yazd province, Abdalla expressed...
unhcr-representative-to-iran,-mr-sivanka-dhanapala-submitted-a-copy-of-his-credentials-to-minister-of-foreign-affairs,-dr-javad-zarif-on-21-july-2014-in-a-subtle-reference-to-the-situation-in-iraq-and-neighboring-countries-dr-zarif-stressed-that-unhcr-has    UNHCR Representative to Iran, Mr. Sivanka Dhanapala submitted a copy of his credentials to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Javad Zarif on 21 July 2014. In a subtle reference to the situation in Iraq and neighboring countries Dr. Zarif stressed that UNHCR has a critical role to play in the region and the Islamic Republic...
finding-un-information-workshop-for-journalists   The UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran held “Finding UN information” workshop for some 18 journalists from different media to broaden their knowledge of the UN on 17 July at UN Conference Room.  UNIC Reference Assistant Nazanin Ghaemmaghami addressed the journalists on how to retrieve UN information from UN, UNIC and...
19-million-of-the-35-million-people-living-with-hiv-today-do-not-know-that-they-have-the-virus,-says-unaids-gap-reportA new report unveiled by UNAIDS in Geneva today shows that people who find out their HIV-positive status will seek life-saving treatment.    A new report unveiled by UNAIDS in Geneva today shows that people who find out their HIV-positive status will seek life-saving treatment. The UNAIDS Gap Report  exposes that, in...
the-potentials-of-tourism-in-competition-with-oil    On 12 July,  Donyaye-Eqtesad Daily published an interview with the UN Resident Coordinator in Iran, Mr. Gary Lewis.   In this interview, Mr. Lewis said, “If Iran does wish to embrace tourism as a significant generator of income and jobs, it should plan well.  Its planning should ensure that, firstly, there is no adverse...
unfpa-executive-director’s-messages-on-world-population-day-2014    July 11th is World Population Day, and the theme of this year is “Investing in Youth.” To mark the day, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UNFPA Executive Director, has released the following messages:   • Today’s 1.8 billion young people are a powerful force, individually and...
unodc-and-iran-continue-their-cooperation-on-the-witnesses-and-victims-protection-programme    10 July 2014 - The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) both contain important provisions for the protection and support of witnesses and victims, requiring that each State Party take appropriate measures to provide effective protection from...
graduation-ceremony-of-afghan-refugee-children-in-mashhad   17 July 2014 -  These children had missed out on formal public education, but have undergone schooling as part of a project by the Bureau of Aliens and Foreign Immigrants Affairs (BAFIA) of the Ministry of Interior supported by the UNICEF Iran Office and implemented by HAMI, an Iranian NGO providing services to refugee...
un4u-and-un-briefing-session-for-members-of-iranian-association-of-international-law   17 July 2014 -  As part of UNIC Tehran’s UN4U activities, NIO Mohammad Moghadam briefed some 24 members of Iranian Association of International Law at UNIC library on 17 July 2014. The briefing was about UN’s history and major organs, UN agencies stationed in Tehran and MDGs. Then he briefed them on UNIC-Tehran's activities...
unfpa-and-unaids-celebrate-youth-at-joint-event   9 July 2014: UNFPA and UNAIDS hosted a joint event to celebrate World Population Day, launch the #WPD2014 Selfie Campaign, and encourage young people to sign the Protect the Goal pledge. 35 young UN staff members, volunteers and interns attended the informal event, at which Dr. M. Hulki Uz, UNFPA Representative, and Dr....
are-you-a-young-person-living-in-the-i-r-iran-if-so,-unfpa-invites-you-to-participate-in-our-wpd-selfie-campaign   9 July 2014: The Selfie Campaign is a digital petition to show global support for young people to be placed at the very centre of the post-2015 development agenda. The campaign will culminate in a handover at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2014 of a creative product reflecting all of the selfies gathered...
the-lives-of-game-guards-a-struggle-to-protect-iran’s-biodiversity    9 July 2014: It’s a job that can go unnoticed, and, to many it may seem ordinary. But it calls for extraordinary devotion and courage, as it could cost you your life.   Game guards – wardens of Iran’s wildlife and natural resources – work ceaselessly to protect the country’s biodiversity against tremendous odds. In...
united-nations-resident-coordinator-and-undp-resident-representative-s-exclusive-interview-with-ettelaat-newspaper    Ettelaat Newspaper published an in-depth interview with Mr. Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative focusing on Iran's environmental issues. The interview was published on 15 June 2014.   Click here to read the interview in Farsi.        Follow Gary...
iran-trying-to-save-asiatic-cheetah-from-extinction    The Associated Press recently shed light on Iran’s efforts to save the Asiatic Cheetah.  The UNDP Resident Representative was interviewed and quoted in the article.    The Conservation of Asiatic Cheetah Project (CACP) is a long standing initiative between Iran’s Department of Environment, UNDP and a number of committed...
donya-e-eqtesad-daily-the-need-to-restore-iran’s-qanats    On June 28th Donyaye-Eqtesad Daily published an Op-ed written by UN Resident Coordinator in Iran, Mr. Gary Lewis.   In this Op-ed, Mr. Lewis stated: "Over one-quarter of all land in Iran is covered by two harsh deserts. But the ancient Persians were among the first to find a solution to overcome the challenge of...
local-media-coverage-of-undp-assistant-administrator-s-visit-to-lake-uromiyeh    UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Mr. Haoliang Xu recently visited the Islamic Republic of Iran.   During his mission, Mr. Xu visited Uromiyeh in order to observe the status of the Lake’s condition and the progress made in reversing the decline as a result of...
unhcr-lauds-iranˈs-hosting-of-highest-no-of-refugees-worldwide    On June 26, the UNHCR Iran Representative, Sivanka Dhanapala announced that Iran has been successful in hosting the highest number of refugees in the world.   Click here to read related artcile featured in IRNA. Disclaimer: All the articles or news stories posted here portray the views and opinions of their respective...
“millions-of-refugees-have-lost-everything-and-millions-dream-of-going-home”    In 2001, June 20th was marked as World Refugee Day by the United Nations General Assembly; a day to remember refugees, reflect on the hardships they have endured, recognize their efforts and resilience and see how we can all join hands to assist them.   Records show that 51.2 million people were forcibly displaced by the...
iran,-un-discuss-cooperation-in-rehabilitation-of-3rd-largest-saltwater-lake-on-earth    On its June 26 issue – Fars News Agency – featured UNDP Iran.       "The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Iranian officials conferred on ways to cooperate in saving the dying Orumiyeh lake in Northwestern Iran" reported Fars News Agency. UN Assistant Secretary General and the UNDP Regional Director for...
helping-refugees-help-themselves    “Life skills can transform lives as they reduce domestic violence”, says Nemat who participated in the 2013 peer-based program on Gender Based Violence (GBV) run by one of UNHCR’s partners, the Association for Protection of Women and Children (HAMI). Focusing on prevention and life skills training, courses were developed...
secretary-general’s-message-on-world-refugee-day    Around the world, conflict has forced a record number of people to flee their homes. More than 50 million people are currently displaced by war and violence, some 33.3 million in their own country and some 16.7 million as refugees, mostly in neighbouring countries. Last year alone, more than 10 million people were newly...
hamshahri-daily-newspaper-cites-undp-s-work    On its June 25 issue –Hamshahri Daily Newspaper – featured work of UNDP Iran.   The Sustainable Management of Land and Water Resources (SMLWR) is UNDP’s instrument for poverty-environment linkages. Our partners for this project are Ministry of Jihad-e-Agriculture (Forest, Range and Watershed Organization) and Ministry...
iran-receives-fao-award-for-qanats    Following the recognition of the Kashan Qanat Irrigation Agriculture System in Iran by the GIAHS Steering Committee as a globally important agricultural heritage system, the Ministry of Jihad-e-Agriculture organised a high-level ceremony on Tuesday, 24 June 2014, for the official bestowment of the GIAHS certification by...
50th-anniversary-of-g77-at-the-un-commemorated    A few days after the  Commemorative Summit on the 50th Anniversary of the Group of 77 at Santa Cruz, Bolivia on 14-15 June 2014, Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) in cooperation of UNIC held a seminar followed by a consultative-educational workshop on the 50th Anniversary of G77 at the UN building on Thursday 19...
allameh-tabatabai-university-students-at-unic-library     On 24 June 2014, the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran helped some 8 graduate students of international law from Allameh Tabatabai University to broaden their knowledge of the UN at UNIC Library.     UNIC Reference Assistant Nazanin Ghaemmaghami addressed the students on how to retrieve...
tehran-peace-museum-commemorates-public-service-day    On the occasion of the United Nations Public Service Day Tehran Peace Museum with the cooperation of UNIC-Tehran held a “Finding UN information and documentation” workshop for some 25 students and researchers of different fields of study at the Museum on 23 June 2014.     After the opening remarks of Dr. Shahriar Khateri...
op-ed-by-un-secretary-general-“the-crisis-in-syria-–-civil-war,-global-threat”    The horrific war in Syria continues to worsen and bleed beyond its borders. A cold calculation seems to be taking hold: that little can be done except to arm the parties and watch the conflict rage. The international community must not abandon the people of Syria and the region to never-ending waves of cruelty and...
25-june-2014-mini-dublin-group-ambassadors,-iran-minister-of-interior,-and-unodc-iran-discuss-revamping-dialogue-and-drug-control-cooperation   26-Jun-2014-The Ambassadors of the Mini-Dublin Group (MDG) in Tehran and the Minister of Interior and Secretary General of Drug Control Headquarters (DCHQ) of Iran, H.E. Mr. Rahmani Fazli, met to restore trust and open afresh drug control dialogue, through UNODC Iran facilitation. The meeting was a follow-up to the...
embassies-of-bosnia-hercegovina,-nigeria,-argentina-and-brazil-sign-pledge-to-‘protect-the-goal’    The Heads of Missions of Bosnia & Hercegovina, Nigeria, Brazil, and Argentina have signed pledges to ‘Protect the Goal’, thereby making a commitment to raise awareness about HIV prevention on the occasion of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Through pledges, the campaign encourages people to get actively involved in...
ircs-youth-organization-head-pledges-to-‘protect-the-goal’-signs-joint-work-plan-with-unfpa   Dr. VahidGhobadi Dana, the Head of the Youth Organization of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) today signed a pledge to Protect the Goal, a joint UNAIDS/UNFPA campaign. On the same occasion, Dr. Ghobadi Dana also signed the newjoint work plan for 2014 with UNFPA.   Protect the Goal raises awareness of HIV prevention...
aiming-towards-women’s-empowerment-at-unhcr’s-annual-3-day-consultations-with-ngos    "The key question for the world to be able to become more peaceful, to be more effective, with more solidarity and with better capacity for humanitarians to deliver [aid] in accordance with our principles is the involvement of women," said UN High Commissioner Mr. Antonio Guterres, opening UNHCR’s annual three-day...
20-june-2014-world-refugee-day    World Refugee Day was established back in 2001 by the United Nations to honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.   Millions need our help. War has forced more than 40 million to flee their homes. Every...
unfpa-and-the-ministry-of-cooperatives,-labour-and-social-welfare-sign-joint-work-plan    TEHRAN – On 22 June, 2014, UNFPA Iran and the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour, and Social Welfare (MoCLSW) of the I.R. of Iran signed their first Letter of Understanding and joint Annual Work Plan. Dr. M. Hulki Uz, UNFPA Representative in Iran, and His Excellency, Dr. Mohammad Taghi Hosseini, Acting Minister for...
undp-assistant-administrator-and-director-of-regional-bureau-for-asia-and-the-pacific-official-visit-to-islamic-republic-of-iran    Tehran, 21 June 2014 (UNDP) – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Administrator and Director of Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Mr. Haoliang Xu’s official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran began today and will continue until 26 June.    During his stay Mr. Xu will meet and confer with a...
education-opens-doors-for-afghan-refugees-in-iran   TEHRAN, Islamic Republic of Iran, June 16 (UNHCR) – Afghan refugee Nasibah is now an obstetrics surgeon in Iran, an achievement she and her family never felt possible. The 32-year-old faced tremendous obstacles in pursuing her dream. "Travelling long distances to reach school; money shortages; long periods away from...
geneva-meeting-seeks-continued-international-support-for-afghan-refugees,-hosts-in-iran    A high-level consultation in Geneva on Monday acknowledged Iran’s decades-long hospitality for Afghans, while seeking international community’s continued support for the refugees and their generous hosts. The event, co-hosted by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Swiss Confederation, reviewed progress of the...
team-melli-captain-to-present-bioball-to-his-argentinian-counterpart    At a ceremony held on the occasion of the International Day for Biodiversity at Iran’s Department of Environment (DoE), the unique BioBall was unveiled. Vice-President and head of the DoE, Ms. Masoumeh Ebtekar, and Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP, Mr. B. Murali were present at this ceremony. The ball is designed to...
“climate-change-the-greatest-collective-challenge-facing-humankind-–-and-iran”-says-un-head-in-iran    Climate change is THE greatest collective challenge facing humankind – and facing Iran.”   This is how the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Iran opened his remarks in a speech to mark the first conference on Climate Change, towards Sustainable Future.   The event was held on 10 June in Tehran. ...
unite-for-the-asiatic-cheetah    There is an old Iranian saying which goes “khastan tavanestan ast” – it means “where there’s a will there’s a way”.    This is the simple slogan behind the two Asiatic Cheetah Public Service Announcements (PSA) which UNDP together with Iran’s Department of Environment (DoE) produced to urge the citizens of the world –...
iranian-artists-come-together-to-support-wfp    100 prominent Iranian artists have donated artworks to support the United Nations World Food Programme in its fight against hunger. The collection will be exhibited on World Food Day in October 2014 and will be displayed for a week before being soldto raise funds for WFP activities in Iran.   Parviz Tanavoli, Abbas...
unfpa-boosts-collaboration-with-department-for-women-and-family-affairs    Iranˈs Vice President and Head of the Department for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Mowlaverdi and UNFPA Representative Dr. M. Hulki Uz signed an agreement to improve the status of female headed households and deprived women on Wednesday, 12 June 2014 in Tehran. This agreement has been signed within the framework of...
4-june-2014-javad-nekoonam-and-carlos-queiroz-join-unaids-and-unfpa-to-“protect-the-goal”    TEHRAN – As part of the worldwide UNAIDS/FIFA “Protect the Goal” campaign, joint by UNFPA globally, Dr. Fardad Doroudi, UNAIDS Iran Country Director and Dr. M. Hulki Uz, UNFPA Iran Country Representative, visited the Iranian National Football Team on 2 June, just before its departure for Brazil, and introduced the campaign...
3-june-2014-salamat-news’-exclusive-interview-with-the-un-resident-coordinator-in-the-i-r-of-iran    On 2 June, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr. Gary Lewis was invited to visit Salamat News Headquarter in Tehran to explore areas of cooperation.   During the visit Mr. Lewis was also interviewed on the topic of Iran’s environmental issues.   The interview...
unhcr-provision-of-working-tools,-pathway-to-self-reliance   29 May 2014- “The Technical and vocational training courses have had an immense impact on my life and my children’s life”says Marzieh, Afghan refugee single mom of 3. UNHCR in partnership with the Technical and Vocational Training Organization provide more than 40 skills training courses for refugees ranging from...
commemoration-of-international-day-of-un-peacekeepers-at-tehran-peace-museum    On the occasion of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, UNIC Reference Assistant was invited by Tehran Peace Museum to hold a workshop on “Finding UN information and documentation” for some 35 graduate students and researchers of international law at the Museum on 28 May 2014. The workshop began by remarks of Dr....
disabled-ngo-commemorates-international-day-of-families-in-qazvin    UN Secretary-General’s message on the occasion of the International Day of Families 2014 which was translated by UNIC Tehran,  were distributed among some 35 disabled children and their mothers at Shahid Babaee Camp in Yanes Abad village in the Qazvin Province (west of Tehran) on 23 May 2013. The ceremony was organized...
1-june-2014-unfpa-iran-co-has-launched-web-based-i-r-iran-info    On 1st June, 2014, after months of hard work, UNFPA Iran CO has launched web-based I.R. Iran Info - customized from Dev.Info 6.1 (http://iran.unfpa.org/iraninfo). It consists of comprehensive data and information to monitor the current Country Program’s and other relevant indicators. I.R.Iran info is a user-friendly tool...
1-june-2014-diplomatic-missions-visit-unhcr-mashhad    Deputy Head of Missions from the Embassies of New Zealand, Australia, & Sweden who were recently travelling in Mashhad requested to hold a meeting with UNHCR Mashhad sub-office on the 28th of May 2014. Accordingly missions were briefed regarding UNHCR operations in Mashhad and joint UNHCR Governmental projects and...
education,-support-are-needed-for-families-iranian-expert   Tehran, 18 May 2014-Rapid social changes, consumerism, influx of unusual, false and damaging models of social behaviors, show families’ increasing need to have more education and support, said Manager of Mardaran Emrouz (Today’s Mothers) Institute Maryam Ahmadi during a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of International...
21-may-2014-healthy-afternoon   UN Cares is designed to reduce the impact of HIV in the UN workplace by supporting “universal access” to a comprehensive range of benefits for all personnel and their families, known as the UN Cares 10 Minimum Standards.   The UN Cares 10 Minimum Standards include all personnel and their families having access to...
21-may-2014-khabar-online-joins-unfpa-and-unaids-to-protect-the-goal    TEHRAN – As part of the Protect the Goal campaign - a joint initiative between UNAIDS and UNFPA Iran - senior editors of the Iranian news agency Khabar Online have signed the Protect the Goal pledge. By signing the pledge, advocates commit to supporting efforts of ‘Getting to Zero’ through zero new HIV infections, zero...
former-iranian-president-called-on-all-intellectuals-to-do-their-best-for-international-peace    Tehran, 15 May 204 - Former President Mohammad Khatami called on all intellectuals and benevolent people from across the globe to do their best and unite efforts for achieving sustainable peace in the world.   In his message to the International Conference on Dialogue for Peace, Security and Human Rights held on the...
two-groups-of-shahid-beheshti-graduate-students-navigate-the-un-online   On 19 and 21 May 2014, the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran helped two separate groups of Shahid Beheshti graduate students of international law to broaden their knowledge of the UN.      UNIC Reference Assistant Nazanin Ghaemmaghami addressed the students on how to retrieve UN documentation and information...
12-may-2014-research-reports-on-population-issues-in-iran-launched    TEHRAN – On May 11th, the University of Tehran hosted a press conference for the launch of four reports on emerging population issues in the I.R. Iran, namely ageing, youth, urbanization/internal migration and female-headed households (FHH). Iran is experiencing rapid socio-economic and demographic changes, and these...
19-may-2014-unfpa-featured-in-iran-daily-on-international-day-of-families    On the occasion of International Day of Families on March 15, UNFPA’s Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and UNFPA Iran Representative, Dr. M. Hulki Uz, were featured in Iran Daily, one of Iran’s largest English-language newspapers.   Click here to read the article on Iran Daily...
19-may-2014-christian-science-monitor-interviews-unfpa-representative    On May 16, 2014, the Christian Science Monitor, a renowned international news organization, interviewed UNFPA Representative, Dr. M. Hulki Uz, on I.R. Iran’s new population policy. Excerpt from the article:   “‘On reproductive health, this country has really great achievements,’ says Mehmet Hulki Uz, the Iran...
workshop-at-university-of-guilan    “Finding UN information and documentation” workshop for some 80 professors, researchers and students of international law, international relations and political science was held at University of Guilan on 8 May 2014. UNIC-Tehran, was invited by Iranian International Studies Association and University of Guilan to hold...
un-participates-in-27th-tehran-international-book-fair   UNIC-Tehran, for the eleventh year coordinated the participation of the UN System in Iran in the 27th Tehran International Book Fair, held from 30th April till 10th May 2014.   Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati along with a number of international diplomats...
15-may-2014-statement-on-the-international-day-of-families,-unfpa-executive-director,-dr-babatunde-osotimehin    Twenty years ago, at the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development, the world community recognized that families, in their various forms, should be strengthened and enjoy comprehensive protection and support. As we prepare a roadmap for development beyond 2015, it is particularly fitting that the theme...
international-contest-a-wish-for-the-planet    As part of a Cultural Diplomacy Initiative developed in collaboration with the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) and the Estate of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the Education Outreach Section, Outreach Division, DPI is organising an International Contest: "A wish for the planet", for young people between 5 and...
13-may-2014-more-and-more-refugee-children-empowered-to-read-and-write    Having no school in their vicinity, the refugee inhabitants of Dasht-e-Zahmatkeshan -a high refugee populated area in Kerman- would rarely send their children to school as the nearest schools to them were in villages kilometers away from their houses.    In 2012, UNHCR in cooperation with the Bureau for Aliens...
10-may-2014-envoy-un-ready-to-assist-iran-with-natural-disasters   TEHRAN (Tasnim) - UN resident coordinator in Iran voiced the global body’s preparedness for providing Iran with whatever assistance needed in the face of possible natural disasters, particularly earthquakes.   In a visit to the Tasnim News Agency office in Tehran, Garry Lewis said the United Nations office in Iran has...
8-may-2014-government-of-japan’s-contributes-to-undp-to-help-restore-lake-urmia “The scientific evidence tells us that much of the water which enters the Urmia basin can still be allowed to flow naturally to the Lake – re-charging it and re-energizing its communities while we set aside enough to feed agriculture and industry,” said the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative at a signing...
5-may-2014-recommendations-for-saving-iranian-wetlands   Iran’s Department of Environment (DoE) and UNDP jointly launched an expert Report today containing solutions for Iran’s drying wetlands. In March of this year, and at the request of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran the UNDP Iran Country Office invited a number of eminent international and national experts to...
5-may-2014-iran-celebrates-international-day-of-the-midwife    On May 5th, the International Day of the Midwife was celebrated at Milad Tower in Tehran, in a large-scale ceremony organized by the Midwifery Office at the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME), with support from UNFPA, amongst others. Over 2,000 midwives and guests took part in the event, which celebrated the...
29-april-2014-fao-registers-qanat-irrigated-agricultural-heritage-systems-of-kashan    Rome, Italy – During the GIAHS Scientific and Steering Committee Meeting which took place on 28 and 29 April 2014 at FAO Headquarters, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations officially registered the Qanat Irrigated Agricultural Heritage System of Kashan, Isfahan Province, as a Globally Important...
29-april-2014-“the-human-soul-should-no-longer-tolerate-war-as-a-solution”-un-resident-coordinator-in-iran    Each year, around the globe a memorial Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare is observed on 29 April. This is the day when the Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force in 1997.   This year, in Iran, the day was commemorated at the Tehran Peace Museum. Among the attendees were chemical weapons...
29-april-2014-rouhani-unesco-should-encourage-moderation,-violence-free-world    Tehran, April 29, IRNA – President Hassan Rouhani said in Tehran on Tuesday that the UNESCO should prepare the ground for moderation and a world free from violence.   Speaking to the UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, President Rouhani said the world today is in need of peace and stability.   He said, “The first...
27-april-2014-unesco-dg-stresses-international-cooperation-on-science-and-teacher-training-during-iran-visit    In continuing her official visit to Iran, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, met with H.E. Prof. Reza Faraji Dana, Minister of Science, Research and Technology, and ex-officio Chairman of the Iranian National Commission to UNESCO. Also attending were H.E. Mr. Ahmed Jalali, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Iran...
26-april-2014-iranian-fm-and-unesco-head-agree-critical-role-of-culture-in-promoting-peace-in-me    On 26 April 2014, the Director-General was received by H.E. Mr Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Minister reaffirmed his country's readiness to strengthen and expand further cooperation with UNESCO.   "We see in UNESCO the possibility to address the very roots of the problems of our time," said the...
26-april-2014-irina-bokova-speaks-of-the-raison-d’être-of-unesco-at-the-university-of-tehran   On the first day of her visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Director-General gave a speech at the country’s oldest and most prestigious university on the theme “the role and raison d’être of UNESCO in contemporary societies”. “In these complex and challenging times, it is important to review and to renew the...
25-april-2014-director-general’s-official-visit-to-the-islamic-republic-of-iran      From 25 to 30 April, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, will undertake her first official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran. During this visit, she is expected to meet with the President of the Islamic Republic, Hassan Rouhani, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Minister of Education, Ali...
training-programme-on-united-nations-and-civil-society    Following the training programme on UN System from 25 to 27 February 2014, Iranian Association of UN studies with cooperation of UNIC-Tehran held another training programme on “UN and civil society” for some 25 members of scientific associations at UN conference room on 24 April 2014. The programme began with the...
24-april-2014-international-mother-earth-day    22 April marks International Mother Earth Day.  It is a day to reflect on human’s relationship with the planet that supports them.  The air, the water and the soil are part of a delicate global ecosystem that is increasingly under pressure from human activities.   The theme for Earth Day 2014 is Green Cities which aims...
23-april-2014-unesco-director-general-due-in-iran-on-friday   IRNA: Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Irina Bokova, is due to arrive in Tehran on Friday for a five-day visit, Deputy Minister of Science, Hossein Salar Amoli said on Wednesday.  This is the first visit to Iran by a UNESCO director-general in ten years. Speaking to...
23-apr-2014-refugee-protection-in-emergencies   “Emergency Management Workshop on Refugee Protection” is currently taking place at the Tehran Milad Tower co-organized by the Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants Affairs (BAFIA) from the Ministry of Interior of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the UNHCR Office in Tehran from the 20-24th of April 2014. The workshop hosts...
joint-workshop-for-shahid-beheshti-university-professor-and-phd-students     The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) held a joint workshop for a professor and three PhD students of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and Health Services- School of Health, Safety and Environment to broaden their...
sir-graduate-students-with-their-renowned-professor-at-un-building     A workshop for some 24 graduate students of Ministry of Foreign Affairs' School of International Relations (SIR) on “Finding UN information and documentation” was held on 21 April 2014 at UN conference room. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami briefed the students who were accompanied...
23-april-2014-united-nations-resident-coordinator-and-undp-resident-representative-s-exclusive-interview-with-ettelaat-newspaper    Ettelaat Newspaper published an in-depth interview with Mr. Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative focusing on the status of human development in the Islamic Republic of Iran as well as the country’s environmental challenges.     The interview was published on International Mother Earth...
unodc-representative-tours-southern-war-fronts-of-iran-22-april-2014   The UNODC Regional Representative Centre for East Asia and the Pacific has toured Iran’s southern war fronts along with his wife and two daughters. Gary Lewis visited for two days war fronts in Abadan and Khorramshahr. Their visit was commissioned by attempts of war invalids in Tehran Museum of Peace. The first visit...
22-april-2014-iran-air-inflight-magazine-cites-undp-gef-small-grants-programme’s-work  In its 97th issue for March and April, the Iran Air inflight publication –Homa Magazine – featured the work of the UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme in Iran.   In this article the following UNDP-GEF/SGP projects were cited:   Onshore preservation of Hawksbill turtle eggs through community participation; Promoting and...
21-april-2014-experts-search-for-answers-to-help-save-iran’s-drying-wetlands    ollowing the international technical wetlands roundtable which was held in Tehran from 16 to 18 March, the experts who attended the roundtable have publicized their presentations. In order to find a solution for Iran’s drying wetlands with focus on Lake Uromiyeh and the Hamoun wetland, Iran’s Department of Environment...
15-april-2014-“small-bite,-big-threat”    “Every year more than one million people die from diseases carried by mosquitoes, flies, ticks and other insects, such as triatomine bugs.  These vector-borne diseases – which include malaria, dengue, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, Chagas disease and leishmaniasis – cause chronic illness and immense suffering for...
workshop-for-shahid-beheshti-university-students-16-april-2014   Some 10 students of international law from Shahid Beheshti University gathered together at the UN Conference Room on 16 April 2014 to participate in “Finding UN information and documentation” workshop.  UNIC Reference Assistant Nazanin Ghaemmaghami addressed them on how to retrieve UN information from UN  and UNIC...
15-april-2014-commission-on-population-and-development    From 7 to 11 April 2014, the 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) took place at UN Headquarters in New York. The focus of this year’s session was on assessing the progress made in implementing the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). It has...
13-april-2014-“climate-change-is-the-defining-issue-of-our-times”-says-the-un-secretary-general     On 11 April, the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon attended the Climate Leaders’ Summit in Washington, D.C., recalling the importance of keeping global warming as a top concern in the development agenda, and urging Governments to reach a universal legal climate deal by the end of the year. Below is the full text of...
officials-visit-the-head-of-department-of-environment-at-hospital-13-april-2014    Iran’s former President along with other officials among which was also the UN Resident Coordinator recently visited the Vice-President and Head of Department of Environment, Ms. Masoumeh Ebtekar at the hospital.   Ms. Ebtekar was injured in a car accident last week in Tehran.  The senior official was injured from the...
10-april-2014-remembering-rwanda-20-years-later    “The survivors have to remember so that they can teach and so that our children will learn about it so they do not make the same mistake that we made. It’s my reason to live. It’s my reason to live… remembrance.” These words, spoken to camera by a Rwandan genocide survivor, to camera, were witnessed in Tehran. The speaker...
8-april-2014-a-world-free-of-violence-and-extremism   It is estimated that more than 110 million active mines are scattered in 70 countries with an equal number stockpiled around the world waiting to be planted. Buried land mines can remain active for over 50 years. The threat they pose thus lingers long after hostilities have ceased. Mines maim and kill tens of thousands of...
8-april-2014-unido-promoting-inclusive-and-sustainable-industrial-development   The global community finds itself at a critical juncture today. While poverty is still the central challenge of our world, we now effectively have the means to eradicate poverty within the next generation.   UNIDO is promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) to harness the full potential of...
8-april-2014-message-from-un-resident-coordinator-on-the-death-of-unodc-staff-in-somalia    Extract from statement by Mr. Lewis: “The UN is simply losing too many good people on too regular a basis.  We held another One Minute of Silence just one month ago for four UN colleagues killed in Kabul. But I think it is important that we remember our fallen colleagues no matter how often our people are targeted. For...
4-april-2014-“climate-change-knows-no-boundaries”-says-un-secretary-general    The UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon recently visited Praque, Czech Republic.  Below are the Secretary-General's remarks at media event on Climate Change.   I am very much impressed by what I have seen for myself, how well prepared the city of Prague is against any possible potential impact by climate change. ...
3-april-2014-effects-of-human-caused-climate-change-are-widespread-confirms-ipcc’s-5th-assessment-report    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to assess scientific, technical and socio-economic information concerning climate change.  The IPCC also reviews the potential effects of climate change and...
31-march-2014-iranian-celebrities-deliver-“free-our-soldiers”-petition-to-un    “On an occasion as important as this, where over 1.5 million Iranians have combined to give us their voices through their computer screens and by SMS, I am honoured to witness this solidarity that has been displayed by the Iranian people in support of the abducted border guards.”   With these words, the United Nations...
29-march-2014-lights-off-in-observance-of-earth-hour-2014    Tonight we celebrate Earth Hour; a worldwide movement for the planet.   Earth Hour is organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and it is a global gesture showing individual’s commitment to action on climate change.   What famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007 has now grown to...
25-march-2014-statement-attributable-to-the-spokesperson-for-the-secretary-general-on-the-killing-of-an-iranian-border-guard   New York, The Secretary-General condemns the killing of one of the five Iranian border guards who were abducted on 6 February in the country's southeast border region by a militant group.   He expresses his solidarity with the Government and people of Iran, who are confronted with this appalling act amid the annual Nowruz...
the-secratary-general-message-for-the-international-day-of-nowruz-21-march-2014   "Nowruz" meaning "The New Day" marks the first day of spring and the first day of Persian New year in the Iranian Solar hijri calendar. Nowruz is celebrated by various people from diverse ethic communities and religous backgrounds for thousands of years. This Festival is celebrated by people all around the Middle East,...
20-march-2014-international-day-of-happiness     The General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 66/281 of 12 July 2012 proclaimed 20 March the International Day of Happiness recognizing the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in...
18-march-2014-government-of-japan-grants-us$-1-million-in-support-of-restoration-of-lake-uromiyeh   he Government of Japan has provided a grant of one million dollars, to aid in the restoration of Lake Uromiyeh. This grant has been provided to UNDP.   The lake, one of the largest salt-water bodies in the world, has been shrinking at an alarming rate.  In the past two decades, the surface area of the lake has shrunk from...

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