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one-third-of-cancers-can-be-prevented-un-chief TEHRAN, 3 February 2016 (UNIC)—United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Cancer Day, 4 February 2016 said about one third of cancers can be prevented, while others are curable if diagnosed and treated early.  The full text of his message reads:  World Cancer Day, always an opportunity to rally the world, has...
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nidcap-project-spearheads-efforts-to-save-children-lives-in-iran 3 February 2016- Tehran, 3 February 2016 - Elham embraces her daughter Nardis, born at 29 weeks, with love and affection at Post-Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of Valiasr Hospital. Nardis along with her two sisters, Arshida and Gelaris, were born prematurely on 14 December 2015. Arshida and Gelaris were discharged from the Post-NICU...
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fao-leads-global-initiative-on-empowering-youths-in-rural-economy 3 February 2016- FAO welcomed the launch in New York of the UN Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth in the world including Islamic Republic of Iran, which embraces a focus on promoting decent employment opportunities for young people in agriculture and the rural economy. Under the lead of the International Labour Organization (ILO),...
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wetlands-for-our-future-sustainable-livelihood By Gary Lewis UN Resident Coordinator, Islamic Republic of Iran  “About 10 years ago things were very different.  Boats were working these waters.  Fishermen were hauling in their catches.  As far as the eye could see there was water.  Things were green.  It was like a work of art.  The Hamouns was alive,” says Hassan - a resident of the...
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some-2299-iraqis-were-killed,-injured-in-january-un Tehran, 2 February 2016 (UNIC) – A total of 849 Iraqis were killed and another 1,450 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in January 2016*, according to casualty figures released Monday by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The number of civilians killed in January was 490 (including...
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tehran-times-published-an-op-ed-by-gary-lewis-on-the-occasion-of-world-wetlands-day 2 February 2016- Tehran Times published an Op-Ed by Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in I.R. of Iran on the occasion of World Wetlands Day.   Click here to read the Op-Ed in English.        Follow Gary Lewis @GaryLewisUN   Follow UNIC Tehran...
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daneshmand-magazine-published-an-op-ed-by-gary-lewis-on-the-occasion-of-world-wetlands-day 2 February 2016- Daneshmand Magazine published an Op-Ed by Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in I.R. of Iran on the occasion of World Wetlands Day.     Click here to read the Op-Ed in English.   Click here to read the Op-Ed in Farsi.        Follow Gary...
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students-of-international-law-learned-more-about-space-law-and-outer-space The Institute of Public Law Studies of University of Tehran along with Aero-Space Research Centre held a two-day workshop on space law and outer space with participation of some 40 graduate students of international law at the Faculty of Law, University of Tehran on 27 and 28 January 2016 with the support of the UN Information Center in...
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unesco-attends-third-conference-of-iranian-environmental-ngos-in-shiraz On the invitation of the National Network of Iranian Environmental NGOs (NNEN), the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office attended a two-day gathering of pioneering environmental NGOs and environmentalists from different parts of Iran. The conference focused on the impacts of climate change, protection of biodiversity and other environmental...
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iran’s-automotive-industry-a-potential-draw-for-investors Iranian non-oil exports had been growing even before sanctions were lifted by the USA and European Union earlier this month. According to the UNESCO Science Report: towards 2030, released in November last year, ‘companies deprived of oil and gas revenue have shown a propensity to export technical and engineering services to...
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unesco-and-iran-stress-urgency-of-protecting-cultural-heritage 28 January 2016- Praising UNESCO’s unique mandate within the UN, President Rouhani urged that joint solutions be found to protect endangered cultural works and sites. He said the destruction of monuments and sites goes hand in hand with the destruction of different ethnic groups and cultures, stating that extremists are seeking to...
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small-ruminants-safeguard-iran’s-environment 27 January 2016- Commemoration of the National Goat Day on 27 January has provided us with an opportunity to reflect upon the importance of the role that goats play as a small ruminant species, here in the Islamic Republic of Iran as in other countries globally, not only in terms of a nation’s food security, but also in enhancing the...
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fao-appeals-for--million-to-support-3-million-syrians 27 January 2016- With the war in Syria now approaching its sixth year, agricultural production has plummeted and food supplies are at an all-time low, pushing millions of people into hunger. FAO called on governments to provide a boost in funding targeted at helping farmers keep their lands in production to prevent the...
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create-a-world-where-dignity-is-respected,-diversity-is-celebrated,-and-peace-is-permanent-un-chief TEHRAN, 27 January 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, 27 January 2016 called for creation of a world where dignity is respected, diversity is celebrated, and peace is permanent. The full text of his message reads: During...
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tehran-times-cites-work-of-undp-caspian-hyrcanian-project 27 January 2016 - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Forest Rangelands and Watershed Management Organization (FRWO) have an ongoing project entitled Building a Multiple-Use Forest Management Framework to Conserve Biodiversity in the Caspian Hyrcanian Forest Landscape. A recently published article on Tehran Times...
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ministry-of-health-with-unicef-support-spearheads-efforts-to-scale-up-pmtct-programme Tehran, 24-26 January 2016 - The three-day Consultative Workshop on Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) was attended by 80 people from the relevant departments of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, the Representative and specialists of UNICEF Iran office as well as experts from the seven...
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unesco-supports-5th-regional-conference-on-climate-change Tehran, 25 January 2016 – the UNESCO Representative to the I.R of Iran, Esther Kuisch-Laroche, attended the opening session of the 5th Regional Conference on Climate Change held in the Olympic Hotel of Tehran. The theme of this year’s conference is “Global warming, droughts and sandstorms threatening the region.” The conference was...
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anthony-lake-calls-for-education-for-children-living-in-humanitarian-emergencies DAVOS, Switzerland, 25 January 2016 - UNICEF’s Executive Director Anthony Lake discussed the humanitarian obligation to provide education for children living in emergencies as part of media briefing 21 January at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Currently there are 65 million children in 35 countries whose educations have...
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jam-e-jam-newspaper-s-interview-with-unaids-country-director 24 January 2016-  Jam-e-Jam Daily Newspaper published an interview with Dr. Fardad Doroudi, UNAIDS Country Director in the Islamic Republic of Iran.   Click here to read the full interview.        Follow Gary Lewis @GaryLewisUN   Follow UNIC Tehran @UNICTehran...
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fao-ready-to-partner-with-iran-on-urban-food-systems 20 January 2016- Providing healthy diets for the world's growing urban population requires forging stronger links between rural producers and urban markets and building food systems that are more socially inclusive, environmentally sound and less wasteful, FAO Deputy Director-General for Natural Resources, Maria Helena Semedo, said. She spoke at...
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unprecedented-health-insurance-for-refugees-in-iran-saves-their-lives 20 January 2016 (UNHCR) -- When flames burst through the windows of the house of Ibrahim’s son in the middle of the night, he could only think of dragging his son, granddaughter and daughter-in-law out of fire. Shivering in cold, when the ambulances were driving through the alleys of Semnan Refugee Settlement, the only peace of mind for...
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new-unicef-representative-in-iran-presents-his-credentials-to-iran’s-vice-minister-of-foreign-affairs 20 January 2016- New UNICEF Representative in Iran Dr. Will Parks presented his credentials today to Iran’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Morteza Sarmadi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the meeting, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs appreciated UNICEF’s valuable contribution over the past seventy years to help fulfill the...
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uniting-to-prevent-violent-extremism By UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Violent extremism is a direct assault on the United Nations Charter and a grave threat to international peace and security.   Terrorist groups such as Daesh, Boko Haram and others have brazenly kidnapped young girls, systematically denied women’s rights, destroyed cultural institutions, warped the...
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deputy-parliament-speaker-emphasizes-on-un-role-in-supporting-iran’s-efforts-in-fight-against-drugs,-poverty 18 January 2016, TEHRAN - First Deputy Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Hojjatolleslam Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabifard expressed hope that the UN can play a greater role in helping Iran to eradicate poverty, drug prevention and control and improving health. Addressing the inauguration ceremony of the unique exhibition of 70 historical...
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abundant-supplies-and-appreciating-dollar-are-main-reason-for-weakness-of-food-prices-in-2015 19 January 2016- Prices of major food commodities declined for the fourth year in a row in 2015, averaging 19.1 percent below their previous-year's levels, as the dwindling global economy also triggered sharp price falls from metals to energy markets. FAO's Food Price Index averaged 164.1 points over 2015 and ended the year even lower, at...
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ministry-of-interior-and-un-habitat-appreciate-the-best-practices-of-iranian-municipalities In a 3-day event held at Kish Island on 1-3 January 2016, organised by the Municipalities and Rural Management Organization, Ministry of Interior (MRMO/MoI), and attended by hundreds of mayors and rural administrators throughout the country, the best practices of municipalities and rural administrations in 2015 were introduced. This was...
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third-training-on-“sustainable-urban-renewal”,-for-senior-managers-of-tehran-municipality-and-urban-renewal-organization-uro The third training on “Sustainable Urban Renewal” was conducted by UN-Habitat and Urban Renewal Organization (URO) for Senior Managers of Tehran Municipality and URO on 19 January 2016 at Urban Renewal Organization. Twenty three senior and mid level managers participated in this training. The focus of this seminar was on “Evaluation of...
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iran’s-national-urban-campaign-meets-with-ngos Iran’s National Urban Campaign is a platform, which facilitates participation of all partners including citizens, experts, and public and private organizations in a national debate in introducing innovative ideas or practices in urban life and urban management, identifying urban problems and deriving solutions in order to propose “The...
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un-security-council-removes-ban-sepah,-bank-sepah-international-from-2231-list TEHRAN, 18 January 2016 (UNIC)-- On 17 January 2016, the Security Council at UN Headquarters in New York, removed the name below from the 2231 List after concluding its consideration of the de-listing request.   Accordingly, the measures set out in Security Council resolution 2231 (2015) adopted under Article 41 of the Charter of the...
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“i-am-optimistic-about-the-future-of-iran”-says-un-resident-coordinator-after-implementation-day 17 January 2016- This “implementation day” is a historical moment. Historical in many senses. Historical because Iranians will soon start to see the sanctions being lifted one by one – nuclear-related sanctions which have had a very damaging impact. But historical also because professional diplomacy and dialogue have emerged triumphant...
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un-secretary-general-appoints-maria-dotsenko-director-of-unic-in-tehran TEHRAN, 17 January 2016 (UNIC) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Maria Dotsenko of Ukraine as Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Tehran, the Islamic Republic of Iran. Ms. Dotsenko assumed her duties on 15 January. Prior to her new appointment, Ms. Dotsenko served as a Public...
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ban-welcomes-release-of-detainees-in-iran,-us TEHRAN, 17 January 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement attributed to his spokesman issued at UN Headquarters in New York on Saturday, welcomed reports of the release of a number of Americans who had been detained in the Islamic Republic of Iran and of a number of Iranians held by the United States of...
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ban-welcomes-implementation-day-under-jcpoa TEHRAN, 17 January 2016 (UNIC) – The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement attributed to his spokesman issued at the UN Headquarters in New York on Saturday welcomed the achievement of Implementation Day under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between the E3+3 and Iran. The full text of his statement...
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primary-and-secondary-school-students-holding-model-united-nations Rah-e-Roshd Girls Educational Complex in cooperation with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran held a Model United Nations (MUN) conference on the subject of climate change with participation of some 31 primary and secondary school pupils at the UN office on 7 January 2016. The students were accompanied by a group of...
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happy-schools-art-contest 14 January 2016- A happy learner is more likely to be a thriving one – better able to solve problems and apply critical thinking skills, more self-confident and likelier to form and foster positive relationships with others. Happy learners require Happy Schools, those that ensure the holistic development and well-being of students and the...
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un-equator-prize-winner-from-iran-featured-in-sarzamin-man-tv-programme 13 January 2016- At the 2015 Paris Climate Conference – also referred to as COP21 – the Umbrella Group of Naghadeh NGO from Iran was awarded the United Nations Equator Prize. The Umbrella Group of Naghadeh NGO has worked to support the recovery of the satellite wetlands of Lake Urmia, situated in north-west Iran. Their contribution has...
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un-envoy-strongly-condemns-assassination-of-al-sharqiya-journalists Tehran, 13 January 2016 (UNIC) – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Ján Kubiš, strongly condemned the assassination of two journalists from Al-Sharqiya Television in Diyala Province.  “The assassination of Saif Talal and Hassan Al-Anbaki while they were carrying out their duty of reporting...
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deputy-un-chief-presents-new-report-on-global-migrant-trends,-highlighting-rising-numbers-for-2015 TEHRAN, 13 January 2016 (UNIC) - Presenting the key finding of the latest United Nations survey on international migrant trends, the UN Deputy Secretary-General Tuesday stressed that the issue of migration is one of the most challenging and important that the Organization is taking on in the new global landscape.  “When we get into a...
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un-envoy-condemns-bombing-of-mosques,-attack-on-shopping-mall-and-car-bomb-attack Tehran, 12 January 2016 (UNIC) – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Ján Kubiš, condemned the bombing of six mosques in Muqdadiya in the Diyala Province.  “Once again, places of worship are being attacked. The perpetrators want to incite sectarian violence, in a desperate attempt to take...
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war-in-yemen-poses-ever-growing-threat-to-children 12 January 2016- With no end in sight to the deadly conflict in Yemen, nearly 10 million children inside the country are now facing a new year of pain and suffering. Continuous bombardment and street fighting are exposing children and their families to a deadly combination of violence, disease and deprivation. The direct impact of the...
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structural-and-non-structural-hazard-mitigation-of-health-facilities The first national training on “Structural and Non-Structural Hazard Mitigation of Health Facilities” , conducted by UN-Habitat and Department of Disaster and Emergency Health ( Ministry of Health and Medical Education), commenced on 11 January 2016 at Tehran University Medical Sciences Faculty. This Training continues for three days....
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un-secretary-general-to-present-his-plan-of-action-to-prevent-violent-extremism-to-the-general-assembly TEHRAN 12 January 2016 (UNIC) – The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will present his Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism (A/70/675) for the consideration of the General Assembly during an informal meeting of the General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 15 January 2016.  In recent years,...
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global-wood-production-shows-a-record-high-elevation,-fao-states 6 January 2016- Global production of all major wood products is showing its largest growth since the global economic downturn of 2008-2009, according to new data published by FAO. According to the press release published by the FAO Representation in Iran, during 2014 growth in wood products, including industrial roundwood, sawnwood,...
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learning-more-about-the-un-and-un-women 4 January 2016- United Nations Information Centre in cooperation with Iranian Association of Women’s Studies (IAWS) held a workshop on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” with focus on women issues for some 25 participants at the UN building on 4 January 2015. UNIC Reference Assistant Nazanin Ghaemmaghami elaborated on some basic...
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un-envoy-condemns-attacks-on-mosques-in-babylon-province Tehran, 5 January 2016 (UNIC) – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Ján Kubiš, condemned the attacks which took placed against three Sunni mosques in Babylon Province on the evening of 3 January as well as other acts of violence.  “I condemn the attacks on the three mosques in Babylon...
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terrorists-killed,-injured-22,370-iraqis-in-2015-un Tehran, 5 January 2016(UNIC)– According to casualty figures recently released by UNAMI, a total of 980 Iraqis were killed and another 1,244 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in December 2015*. The number of civilians killed was 506 (including 18 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details,...
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statement-attributable-to-the-spokesman-for-the-un-secretary-general-on-executions-in-saudi-arabia TEHRAN, 3 January 2016 (UNIC)-Below is the full text of a statement attributable to the Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, issued at UN Headquarters in New York on 2 January 2016:   The Secretary-General is deeply dismayed over the recent execution by Saudi Arabia of 47 people, including the cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir...
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launch-of-new-sustainable-development-agenda-to-guide-development-actions-for-the-next-15-years TEHRAN, 2 January 2016 – The newyear ushers in the official launch of the bold and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by world leaders last September at the United Nations.  The new Agenda calls on countries to begin efforts to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next 15 years.  “The...
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un-envoy-congratulates-iraqis-on-the-liberation-of-ramadi Tehran, 29 December 2015 (UNIC) – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Ján Kubiš, congratulated the Iraqi people on the liberation of the city of Ramadi in Anbar Province from ISIL terrorists. “I congratulate the Iraqi people on the liberation of Ramadi. This shows that terrorism can and will...
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better-future-for-all-by-reaffirming-our-common-humanity,-defending-our-shared-values-ban TEHRAN, 21 December 2015 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on International Human Solidarity Day, 20 December 2015, called for a better future for all by reaffirming our common humanity and defending our shared values. The full text of his message reads: By adopting the historic 2030 Agenda for...
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