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fao-offers-water-scarce-countries-a-new-satellite-tool-to-boost-agricultural-productivity Measuring how efficiently water is used in agriculture, particularly in water-scarce countries including Iran, is going high-tech with the help of a new tool developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with a fund from the Netherlands. According to a press release published by the FAO Representation in...
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iranian-students-receive-awards-in-the-art-competition-of-world-health-day TEHRAN, 23 April 2017 (UNIC) -- As practiced every year, World Health Day has conducted its regional art competition on the occasion of World Health Day 2017, using the theme of “Depression: let’s talk”. The competition announcement had been shared through the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, as well as the Ministry of Education...
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unesco-celebrates-international-day-of-sports-for-peace-and-development-in-iran In the context of the International Day of Sports for Peace and Development, UNESCO organized a conference with the motto “Sport for Peace, Friendship and Development” on 19 April at Tehran University. The event was organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Sports and Youth of I.R. Iran, the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, and...
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19-april-graduate-students-of-international-relations-learn-more-about-un The UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran held a workshop focused on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” for graduate students of international relations from Tarbiat Modares University on 19 April 2017 at the UN Office in Tehran. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami elaborated on some basic facts about the UN, then...
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seminar-and-roundtable-discussion-on-the-international-day-of-reflection-on-the-genocide-in-rwanda TEHRAN - UNIC Tehran in cooperation with the Iranian International Studies Association (IISA) organized a seminar and roundtable discussion on the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda at the UN conference room on 17 April 2017. The conference began by opening remarks of the IISA Secretary Dr. Seyyed Ziaoddin Saboori....
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commemorating-international-day-of-nowrouz-and-seminar-on-iran-and-the-un-during-last-year TEHRAN - In order to commemorate International Day of Nowrouz, Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) in partnership with UNIC Tehran organized a seminar entitled “Iran and the United Nations during last year” at the House of Humanities Intellectuals (HHI) on 16 April 2017.   Group photo of some participants of the seminar...
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16-april-ph-d-students-of-international-law-navigate-the-un-online The UN Information Centre (UNIC) held a workshop entitled “Finding UN Information and Documentation” for some 20 post-graduate students of international law from the University of Qom and Qom Islamic Azad University on 16 April 2017 at the UN office in Tehran. The workshop was conducted by the UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin...
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global-export-value-of-seafood-products-reaches-2-bln-in-2016 Globally, some 91-93 million tonnes of fish are captured each year, and seafood products are among the world's most widely traded food commodities, with an export value of $142 billion in 2016, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Reported. According to press release published by the FAO Representation in the...
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commemoration-of-international-day-sport-for-development-and-peace TEHRAN – Tehran Peace Museum (TPM) organized a ceremony on the occasion of International Day of Sport for Development and Peace with participation of sportsmen and women at the Museum on 8 April 2017. The event was supported by the UN Information Center. The ceremony began by TPM volunteer Gholam Hashemi’s welcoming remarks. Then...
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new-japanese-grant-gives-hope-for-sustained-recovery-in-lake-urmia   Lake Urmia - Photo by UNDP Iran, February 2017 There is now hope for the sustained restoration of Lake Urmia.  Water – albeit thinly spread – is now covering a significant amount of the lake’s formerly dried-out surface.  Much more than it was two years – or even one year – ago.  And while the lake’s biosphere is still...
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fao-global-food-prices-decline-in-march-as-sugar-and-vegetable-oils-slide Global food prices monitored by FAO fell in March amid large available supplies and expectations of strong harvests. According to a press release published by the FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, the FAO Food Price Index averaged nearly 171 points in March, marking a 2.8 percent drop from the previous month while...
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on-anniversary-of-rwanda-genocide,-guterres-calls-for-assurance-that-such-events-never-occur-again  TEHRAN, 6 April 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day for Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda, 7 April 2017, said the only way to truly honour the memory of those who were killed in Rwanda is to ensure that such events never occur again. The full text of his message...
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fao-conflicts-impose--billion-losses-to-syrian-agricultural-sector In addition to the severe human suffering, war in Syria has imposed more than $16 billion of lost crop and livestock production and destroyed farming assets, FAO’s latest report says. According to a press release published by the FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Fighting in Syria has caused huge damage and losses...
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peace-without-mine-action-is-incomplete-peace-un-chief TEHRAN, 4 April 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, 4 April 2017, while emphasizing that peace without mine action is incomplete peace, urged all Member States to keep this issue at the top of the international agenda when...
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global-food-insecurity-worsening-–-108-million-people-close-to-starvation Despite international efforts to address food insecurity, around 108 million people in the world were severely food insecure in 2016, a dramatic increase compared with 80 million in 2015, according to a new global report on food crises released in Brussels with FAO’s contribution. According to a press release published by the FAO...
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terrorists-killed-548,-wounded-567-iraqis-in-march-2017 TEHRAN, 3 April 2017 (UNIC) – A total of 548 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 567 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in March 2017*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The number of civilians killed in March (not including police) was...
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un-sg-and-fao-dg-announce-appoint-of-new-wfp-executive-director United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva announced their appointment of David Beasley of the United States as Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP). According to a press release published by the FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr Beasley of the...
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the-world-s-largest-lesson On September 25th 2015 the United Nations announced The Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a set of goals for the world that aim to make our planet fair, healthy and sustainable by 2030. The World's Largest Lesson is an initiative for children across the world to learn about the SDGs through their schools.   On...
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based-on-latest-fao-report-conflicts-cause-30-million-food-insecure-people-in-near-east-and-north-africa Food security and nutrition levels in the Near East and North Africa have sharply deteriorated over the last five years, undermining the steady improvement achieved before 2010 when the prevalence of undernourishment, stunting, anemia and poverty were decreasing, a new FAO report said. According to a press release shared by the FAO...
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un-secretary-general-s-remarks-at-nowruz-celebration,-21-march-2017 Happy Nowruz to everyone!I am grateful to the Ambassadors from a dozen countries celebrating Nowruz for bringing us together today. Thank you for enabling the United Nations to be part of this timeless ceremony. Nowruz is a new beginning. A new year. A chance to be with family and friends. The United Nations family celebrates Nowruz because...
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students-of-tourism-learn-more-about-the-un-and-sdgs TEHRAN- UNIC together with Parto Tourism Institute organized “Finding UN Information and Documentation” workshop for some 35 university students of tourism who are members of the institute. The theme of the workshop which was held at the UN building on 14 March 2017 was on tourism, cultural heritage and handicrafts with a focus on...
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lake-urmia-comes-back-to-life-slowly-but-surely Life has returned to the dying Salt Lake in North-West Iran. The effort to restore what had been broken is succeeding. Returning to the barren landscape after almost four years, I was able to see water. Not nearly enough, but much more than last time. The lake is reviving. And this revival is the result of an immensely successful...
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inauguration-of-“iranian-women”-photo-exhibition TEHRAN - UNIC Director Maria Dotsenko, Vice-President for Women and Family Affairs Dr. Shahindokht Molaverdi and Managing Director of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) Dr. Mohammad Khoddadi spoke at the inaugural ceremony of “Iranian Women” photo exhibition at the Milad tower in Tehran on 11 March 2017.   From right to left:...
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the-secretary-general’s-report-on-special-measures-for-protection-from-sexual-exploitation-and-abuse-a-new-approach TEHRAN, 10 March 2017 (UNIC) -- The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres released his report on Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: A New Approach for consideration by the General Assembly on Thursday 9 March 2017.  During his first week in office, in January 2017, the Secretary-General established a...
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discussion-on-issues-of-social-justice TEHRAN – On the occasion of the World Day of Social Justice, International Studies Journal (ISJ) in partnership with Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) and UNIC Tehran held the conference on the Interactions of Transitional Justice and International Humanitarian Law, at IRCS on 9 March 2017. The ISJ Editor-in-Chief Dr. Mehdi Zakerian...
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universal-access-to-sexual,-reproductive-health,-the-key-to-gender-equality TEHRAN, 9 March 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Population Fund (UNFAP) Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin in his message on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017, said universal access to sexual and reproductive health is the key to gender equality. The full text of his message reads: Gender equality is a human right. Women are...
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unama-condemns-attack-on-kabul-hospital  TEHRAN, 9 March 2017(UNIC)- The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan condemns Wednesday’s complex attack on Kabul’s Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital. The hospital treats sick and wounded members of the armed forces and their family members, and is the largest medical military facility in Afghanistan. On Wednesday morning, attackers...
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unesco-organizes-visit-to-isfahan-science-and-technology-town-for-diplomatic-missions-in-tehran On 8-9 March 2017, the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office organized a field visit to Isfahan for representatives of embassies and international organisations in Tehran. The main purpose of the visit was to familiarize the participants with the work of Isfahan Regional Centre for Business Incubators and Science & Technology Parks Development...
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international-women’s-day-commemorated-by-ketabraneh-bookstore TEHRAN - UNIC Director Maria Dotsenko delivered the United Nations Secretary-General’s message on the occasion of International Women’s Day (IWD) during a ceremony on the occasion of IWD organized by Ketabraneh mobile bookstore at Allameh Tabatabaee School on 8 March 2017. Civil society activists, artists, children, women and school...
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international-women’s-day-commemorated-at-alzahra-university TEHRAN - On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism in partnership with the Women and Family Group of Alzahra University and UNIC Tehran organized a conference entitled “Empowering Women Victims of Terror: A necessity for Defending Future of Humanity” at Faculty of Social and...
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briefing-on-un-un4u-for-university-of-tehran-students TEHRAN - A group of some 11 post graduate students from Faculty of World Studies of University of Tehran along with their Professor Dr. Hessamoddin Vaez Zadeh were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs as well as SDGs by UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Rajai-Moghadam at UNIC Library 7 March 2017.   University of...
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closing-gender-gap-in-employment-could-add--trillion-to-global-gdp-by-2025-un-chief TEHRAN, 8 March 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017, said closing the gender gap in employment could add $12 trillion to global GDP by 2025. The full text of his message reads:   Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our...
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unic-workshop-at-dr-shahbazi’s-institute-of-legal-studies UN Information Center briefed members of Dr. Mohammad Shahbazi’s Institute of Legal Studies on how to find UN information and documentation on UN website. The workshop took place on 6 March 2017 at the Institute for some 20 advocates and students of law. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani, who held the...
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role-of-public-private-partnerships-in-promotion-of-sdgs Dizin Ski Resort – Iranian ski resorts with high altitude of mountains, proximity to Tehran, good snow conditions and professional equipment are another gem of this beautiful country. Thousands of skiers learned more about Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the Austrian Charity Ski Race organized by the Commercial Section of the...
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unesco-participates-in-first-national-congress-on-successful-iranian-women On 6 March 2017, Shahid Beheshti University hosted the first “National Congress on Successful Iranian Women” in Tehran, as an opportunity to highlight the crucial role of women in achieving sustainable development and to celebrate the successes of Iranian women. The opening session consisted on several speeches followed by two panel...
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briefing-about-the-un-and-un-iran-partnership-at-kashan-university 28 February 2017 – International Scientific Cooperation Office of University of Kashan and UN Information Centre (UNIC) held another outreach activity to raise awareness on UN, UN-Iran partnership and Sustainable Development Goals on 28 February 2017. During workshop on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” more than 150...
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more-than-1000-iraqis-were-killed,-injured-by-terrorists-in-february TEHRAN, 5 March 2017 – A total of 392 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 613 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in February 2017*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The number of civilians killed in February (not including police) was...
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second-ssar-partners-meeting-convened-at-bafia-premises Over the past five years, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, UNHCR and national and international partners consisting of several NGOs and INGOs have firmly rooted their assistance to Afghan refugees in the regional, multi-year framework of the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR), which is now complemented by the...
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a-resurrection-in-the-middle-east-life-has-returned-to-a-dying-salt-lake-in-northwest-iran By Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment, and Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran Lake Urmia was once the second largest saltwater lake in the world. But years of man-made disruption—from 60 years of dam building to the massive overuse of feeder rivers—has diverted the natural flow of sweetwater from the...
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tourist-guides-learn-more-about-un-through-un-websites UNIC together with Hurland Institute organized “Finding UN Information” workshop for some 15 representatives of different civil society organizations (CSOs) dealing with tourism and cultural heritage with a focus on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UN building on 23 February 2017. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin...
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photo-story-usg-solheim-s-visit-to-iran-at-a-glance USG and Head of UN Environment, Mr. Erik Solheim met with Vice-President and Head of the Department of Environment, Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar and discusses issues such as Iran's water shortage, loss of biodiversity and sand and dust storms   USG Solheim visiting Lake Urmia   USG and Head of UN Environment, Mr. Erik Solheim...
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une-chief-visits-hormod-booth-at-16th-international-environment-exhibition TEHRAN – United Nations Environment Executive Director Erik Solheim and UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran Gary Lewis visited Hormod Sustainable Development Institute’s booth at the Sixteenth International Environment Exhibition (24-27 February 2017) on Friday 24 February 2017.   Solheim (right) and Lewis...
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seminar-on-“role-of-ecosoc-in-fulfilling-un-charter’s-goals” TEHRAN - Iranian Association of United Nations Studies (IAUNS) in partnership with UNIC Tehran organized a seminar on “Role of Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in fulfilling UN Charter’s goals” for university professors, students and researchers at House of Humanities Intellectuals (HHI) on 15 February 2017. The seminar began by IAUNS...
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head-of-un-environment-to-visit-iran TEHRAN, 22 February 2017 (UNIC) – The UN Under-Secretary-General and Head of UN Environment, Mr. Erik Solheim is scheduled to visit the Islamic Republic of Iran from 24 to 26 February 2017. Mr. Solheim is expected to meet senior officials in Tehran and focus on expanding regional cooperation on environmental issues and strengthening the...
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green-development-festival-opens-in-tehran TEHRAN - The 22nd National Conference of the Iranian Society of Environmentalists and the 12th Green Development Festival was opened by Vice President and Head of Department of Environment Massoumeh Ebtekar at the Science and Research Branch of Islamic Azad University on Tuesday 21 February 2017. With a focus on Sustainable Development...
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victims-of-terror-and-their-families-got-acquainted-with-the-un-website Since the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy has framed the current work of the UN to support and show solidarity to victims of terrorism and their families, UN Information Center (UNIC)-Tehran decided to mark jointly with the Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism (ADVT), the World Day of Social Justice (20 February)....
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facing-global-challenges,-finding-hope-in-youth TEHRAN, 16 February 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his speech delivered at Cairo University on Wednesday underlined the importance of young people in addressing the challenges confronting the contemporary world, including those to peace, impacts of climate change and growing inequalities.   “The best...
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together,-we-can-make-the-world-a-happier-place TEHRAN, 15 February 2017 (UNIC) – “The Small Smurfs Big Goals Campaign” runs from 15 February-20 March 2017 in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), culminating with the International Day of Happiness on 20 March. The campaign hashtag #SmallSmurfsBigGoals focuses on the important message that all of us can help accomplish...
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“private-sector-–-and-corporate-social-responsibility-–-key-in-achieving-the-2030-agenda” 15 February marks International Childhood Cancer Day. To commemorate the day, Mahak – a non-profit, non-political, and non-governmental charity organization which supports children suffering from cancer – hosted an event entitled “4th International Congress of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)” focusing on Sustainable Development. The...
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unesco-participates-in-consultative-meeting-on-sustainable-tourism-for-development The United Nations General Assembly declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, recalling the potential of tourism to advance the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Within that framework, the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and...
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