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united-nations-launches-a-new-web-portal-to-commemorate-70th-anniversary-of-the-united-nations www.un.org/un70 - Is an important new element in the commemoration of the United Nations’ 70th anniversary.   It was launched yesterday, 25 March 2015, by the United Nations Department of Public Information.   This web portal www.un.org/un70, is in all six official languages. This site has been designed and structured to reflect...
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the-secretary-general-message-on-the-40th-anniversary-of-the-entry-into-force-of-the-biological-weapons-convention 26 March 2015- Today marks the fortieth anniversary of the entry into force of the Biological Weapons Convention, the first multilateral disarmament treaty to ban an entire category of weapons of mass destruction. Over the past four decades, the Biological Weapons Convention has made an important contribution towards collective...
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“we-have-the-opportunity-to-end-this-epidemic”-says-un-secretary-general-on-world-tb-day 24 March marks World Tuberculosis (TB) Day.   There has been tremendous progress in recent years, and the world is on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal of reversing the spread of TB by 2015.  But this is not enough.  In 2013, globally, 9 million people fell ill with TB and 1.5 million...
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unesco-press-release-urgent-need-to-manage-water-more-sustainably,-says-un-report Paris/New Delhi, 20 March – The planet is facing a 40% shortfall in water supply by 2030, unless we dramatically improve the management of this precious resource. This is the unavoidable conclusion reached in the 2015 United Nations World Water Development Report, “Water for a Sustainable World”, to be launched on 20...
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“in-thirsty-iran,-a-hunt-for-solutions-to-a-shrinking-salt-lake” 22 March marks World Water Day.   In commemoration of the day, the Christian Science Monitorpublished an in-depth article on the situation of Lake Urmia – situated in northwest of Iran.   “Iran's largest salt lake has shrunk by 90 percent over the last decade, one of many endangered water resources. Iran is...
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unesco-director-general,-irina-bokova-peace,-solidarity,-reconciliation-and-good-neighborliness-the-fundamental-values-of-nowruz 20 March 2015- The Director General of the UN's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - UNESCO, Ms. Irina Bokova calls all to embrace the values of Nowruz and carry forward its message of peace, harmony, tolerance and reconciliation.   The full text of her message is as it follows:  Message from Ms Irina...
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nowruz,-an-opportunity-to-celebrate-cultural-diversity,-dialogue-and-mutual-respect-un-chief TEHRAN, 19 March 2015 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day of Nowruz, 21 March 2015, said Nowruz is a wonderful opportunity for people to join together to celebrate cultural diversity, dialogue and mutual respect.   The full text of his message reads:   The annual...
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call-for-proposals-for-the-international-fund-for-the-promotion-of-culture-ifpc-is-now-open 19 March 2015- The International Fund for the Promotion of Culture was established in November 1974 at the 18th session of UNESCO’s General Conference in order to give 'greater prominence to culture in the development of individuals and societies and of strengthening international cultural cooperation,' as well as to...
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iran,-japan-and-the-un-combine-forces-to-preserve-lake-urmia 18 March 2015- Building on a first phase which piloted successful water-saving measures to restore Lake Urmia, the Governments of Iran, Japan and the United Nations today signed into effect a project extension which will add another US$ 1 million to the combined effort.   Speaking at the ceremony, UN Resident...
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unesco-tehran-cluster-office-organizes-media-event-to-promote-the-unesco-asia-pacific-awards-for-cultural-heritage-conservation 16 March 2015- “Throughout Asia and the Pacific, cultural heritage sites are under threat. As heritage buildings and properties are often in private ownership, the role of private individuals and institutions in protecting these vulnerable sites is paramount. Recognizing this, UNESCO seeks to encourage private sector...
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unesco-tehran-cluster-office-organizes-media-event-to-promote-the-unesco-asia-pacific-awards-for-cultural-heritage-conservation-2 15 March 2015- The fourth edition of the UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers has opened the call for nominations.   The prize is awarded every two years and recognizes initiatives that contribute to improving educational practices...
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un-resident-coordinator’s-exclusive-interview-with-asia-daily-newspaper 15 March 2015- Asia Daily Newspaper published an interview with Mr. Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran.   The main focus of the interview was the key development achievements of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) in Iran.   Click here to read the first part...
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concept-of-national-security-is-as-important-as-observing-human-rights-iranian-professor TEHRAN-An Iranian professor of international law said that in the contemporary world, the concept of national security and independence is as important as observing human rights. “In the past, the concept of national security was defined with ideas such as safeguarding national borders, independence, nonintervention in...
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unesco-marks-the-national-week-of-natural-resources-in-iran-with-the-university-college-of-agriculture-and-natural-resources 12 March 2015- The National Week of Natural Resources was celebrated on 10 March at the University College of Agriculture & Natural Resources of the University of Tehran. Several university professors spoke about the importance of the environment and the protection of natural resources and biodiversity.   Ms....
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forests-vital-to-protecting-iran’s-natural-resources-given-the-challenges-of-climate-change By: Serge R. Nakouzi Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to the Islamic Republic of Iran and to the Economic Cooperation Organization This week marks the national Week of Natural Resources in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The designation of this week and its celebration...
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disability-association-of-tavana-in-qazvin-commemorates-international-women’s-day 10 March 2015- Qazvin -- Disability Association of Tavana (DAT) in Qazvin city (west of Tehran) in partnership with the UN Information Center (UNIC) Tehran, commemorated International Women’s Day at the Association’s premises on 10 March 2015. Some 50 mothers who have children with disability, students with disabilities...
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unesco-celebrates-international-women’s-day-in-tehran 11 March 2015- The Iranian National Commission for UNESCO organized an expert meeting on “Women, Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development” on the occasion of International Women’s Day.   The event was attended by Dr. Aminzadeh, Iran’s Vice President for Legal Affairs and several highly accomplished female...
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un-resident-coordinator’s-exclusive-interview-with-tehran-times-newspaper 10 march 2015- Tehran Times Newspaper published an in-depth interview with Mr. Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran.   The topics of discussion: Iran’s environmental challenges, drug control, status of refugees, Non-Communicable Diseases, poverty reduction and disaster risk...
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fao-representative-echoes-supreme-leader’s-call-for-protecting-natural-resources-of-iran 10 March 2015- At a tree-planting ceremony held on Tuesday (10 March 2015) in Tehran under the title “Birthday of the Earth”, the Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to Iran emphasized the importance of adhering to the call made by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic...
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students-from-tehran-university-broaden-their-knowledge-of-the-un 8 March 2015- Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran in cooperation with the UN Information Centre (UNIC) organized a workshop on finding UN information and documentation for some 25 students on 8 March 2015. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami addressed the participants on how to retrieve UN...
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ministry-of-education-and-unicef-iran-office-launch-training-on-minimum-standards-of-education-in-emergencies 8 March 2015- “Disasters and emergencies can strike anywhere, at any time. As gloomy as this may be, we must remember that there is much we can do to plan for disasters, to mitigate the risk, to protect the safety of students and teachers, and to ensure that schools recover quickly. The key, though, is timing." This...
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mofid-university-graduate-students-become-familiar-with-un-websites 2 March 2015 - Mofid University Comparative Law Studies Centre and UN Information Center (UNIC) Tehran held a joint workshop on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” for more than 40 graduate students of the international law and human rights on 2 March 2015 in Qom city.    The UNIC Reference Assistant Ms....
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the-impact-of-oil-for-girls’-education-zeinab’s-story 8 March 2015- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Iran adapted a wise strategy of oil for girls’ education since 1999, a programme with a wide impact on the life of refugees and their future. During the academic year 2013/2014, WFP’s campaign covered all 2,861 primary and secondary Afghan and Iraqi school...
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unesco-dg,-ms-irina-bokova-emphasizes-the-significance-of-equal-opportunities-for-women-and-girls-in-education-and-skills-development "In moving forward, we must support women’s empowerment as a transformational force for human rights, for economic growth, for sustainability – and place gender equality at the heart of all development efforts," says Ms. Irina Bokova, Director General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization -...
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empowered-women-agents-of-development 8 March 2015- “Today I stand here – proud and happy,” says Zahra.  “I have hope again in the future.  I feel empowered.” Zahra – a woman in her mid-twenties – is from Garateh village in Esfarayen Country in North Khorasan Province.   In commemoration of International Women’s Day – a day to reflect upon progress made...
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unleash-the-power-of-women-in-order-to-secure-the-future-for-all-ban TEHRAN, 7 March 2015 (UNIC)—United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2015 called for unleashing the power of women in order to secure the future for all. The full text of his message reads: Twenty years ago, when the world convened a landmark conference on...
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fao-marks-the-national-tree-planting-day-in-iran 6 March 2015- The Representation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in the Islamic Republic of Iran in collaboration with the Forest, Range and Watershed Management Organization (FRWO) of the Ministry of Jihad-e-Agriculture has marked the national Tree Planting Day on 6 March 2015 by...
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2-sep-2014-“nature-means-enjoying-every-bit-of-it”-says-the-head-of-touran-national-park 3 March 2015- Ali-Akbar Ghorbanloo is the Head of Touran National Park in Semnan Province – located in the northern part of Iran.   His dedication as the primary guardian of Iranian biodiversity was acknowledged and praised on 31 August at a ceremony organized jointly by Department of Environment and UNDP....
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4-sep-2014-“the-responsibility-of-protecting-the-environment-and-the-wildlife-has-given-us-a-significant-level-of-pride”-says-the-game-gaurd-from-yazd 3 March 2015- Among the celebrated Game Guards at the ceremony to celebrate outstanding Iranian Game Guards from the Conservation of the Asiatic Cheetah Project was Morteza Azizi Ahmad-Abadi from Yazd Province – located in central Iran.   He has been serving the environment for 13 years and believes that “The...
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7-sep-2014-“we-are-guardians-of-this-nature-and-wildlife”-says-game-guard-from-north-khorasan “We are guardians of this nature and wildlife. We have to act as trustworthy safe keepers and hand this treasure down to our children and the next generations” says Hossein Harati who has been serving as a Game Guard since 2002 in North Khorasan– a province located in northeastern Iran.     His dedication...
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1-sep-2014-“wildlife-is-a-blessing-that-god-has-given-the-iranian-nation”-says-game-guard-from-yazd On 31 August, the Department of Environment and UNDP jointly organized a ceremony to celebrate outstanding Iranian Game Guards from the Conversation of the Asiatic Cheetah Project.   Among the celebrated Game Guards was Seyed Jalal Mousavi from Yazd – one of the central provinces of Iran. He has been serving...
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three-quarters-of-the-world-has-limited-or-no-access-to-pain-relief-medications,-says-incb-report   INCB Annual Report 2014: · calls for ensuring access to essential medicines, including in emergency and conflict situations; · draws attention to the continued threat posed by new psychoactive substances and   · growing use of methylphenidate; · alerts about deviations from the international drug control conventions; and ·...
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“it-is-not-too-late-to-save-the-asiatic-cheetah”-un-resident-coordinator-in-iran 3 Mar 2015 - “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, 3...
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treat-crimes-against-wildlife-as-a-threat-to-all-people’s-sustainable-future-ban TEHRAN, 3 March 2015 (UNIC)—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Wildlife Day, 3 March 2015 urged all consumers, suppliers and governments to treat crimes against wildlife as a threat to all people’s sustainable future.    The full text of his message reads:   The United Nations General Assembly has...
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un-envoy-calls-for-respect-of-human-rights-as-security-forces-make-gains-against-isil-in-tikrit   TEHRAN, 3 March 2015 (UNIC) – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov urges all armed forces in Tikrit to do their utmost to spare civilians and to protect their security and safety in line with international standards.   “Military operations reinforced by...
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un-casualty-figures-for-february-2015 TEHRAN, 2 March 2015 (UNIC) — According to casualty figures released yesterday by UNAMI, a total of 1,103 Iraqis were killed and another 2,280 were wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in February*. The number of civilians killed was 611 (Including 30 civilian police), and the number of civilians injured was 1,353...
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zero-discrimination-day 1 Mar 2015 - The United Nations agency leading the world's HIV/AIDS response has kicked off the 2015 global edition of Zero Discrimination Day as part of the Organization's wider effort to spur solidarity towards ending discrimination.   “Discrimination is a violation of human rights and must not go unchallenged,”...
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zero-discrimination-day-to-be-celebrated-around-the-world 1 Mar 2015 - Discrimination continues to affect the lives of millions of people around the world. On 1 March, Zero Discrimination Day, people from all corners of the world will unite under the theme of Open Up, Reach Out in order to celebrate diversity and reject discrimination in all its forms.   The support...
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national-research-seminar-on-applying-modern-technologies-to-the-teaching-learning-process-opens-in-tehran 25 Feb 2015 - As part of a series of events to mark UNESCO’s Mobile Learning Week, a national research seminar on “Applying Modern Technologies, particularly Mobile Learning Tools, to the Teaching-Learning Process” took place on 25 February 2015 at Shahid Rajaei Teacher Training University in Tehran.   During the...
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“where-there-is-water-there-is-life” 25 Feb 2015 - “Where there is water, there is life…” said my colleague, reflectively and quietly, under his breath, as we were departing Amidabad village.   There was a smile on his face. A change had happened in this place. And it was for the better.   Amidabad is located in Semnan Province – in the north of...
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“access-to-science-and-technology-is-a-human-right”-says-president-rouhani 25 Feb 2015 - With more than 100 member states which account for more than half of the world’s population, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is an international organization that represents the interests and aspirations of developing countries.   The Ministerial Conference of the Ministers of Science and Technology of...
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high-level-meeting-in-tehran-underlines-power-of-mobile-learning-in-advancing-quality-education,-empowering-women Tehran, 23 February 2015 – UNESCO and its national partners marked Mobile Learning Week (23-27 February 2015) in Iran in a high-level meeting today which sought to illuminate how increasingly popular, affordable and powerful mobile technology can be leveraged to accelerate high quality education, especially for women and...
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iraq-un-report-documents-human-rights-violations-of-increasingly-sectarian-nature   TEHRAN, 24 February 2015 (UNIC) – A UN report released in Baghdad on Monday documents widespread human rights violations of an increasingly sectarian nature in Iraq, as well as a deterioration of the rule of law in large parts of the country. The report, produced jointly by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the...
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graduate-students-of-international-law-navigate-the-un-online-at-qom 18 Feb 2015- Department of law of the University of Tehran Farabi Campus at Qom in cooperation with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) held a workshop entitled “Finding UN Information and Documentation” for some 30 graduate students of international law on 18 February 2015. The workshop was conducted by UNIC...
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environmental-diplomacy-a-need-in-the-middle-east-–-un-resident-coordinator 22 Feb 2015 - Environmental diplomacy is a must for the Middle East – and for Iran.    This is a key point for future efforts in the region, noted Mr. Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator in Iran at the Annual Conference of the Iranian Society of Environmentalists which took place today – 22 February – at Tehran...
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unesco-representative-attends-conference-and-workshop-on-sustainable-development-in-rasht 21 Feb 2015 - The city of Rasht organized two events on sustainable development. The first was a conference about “UNESCO’s 70thAnniversary and the Prospects of Sustainable Development”. The conference was attended by Dr. Najafi, State Governor of Gilan; Mr. Mahdavi, Governor of Rasht; the mayor and members of the...
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the-city-of-rasht-is-preparing-its-bid-to-join-unesco’s-creative-cities-network-for-its-gastronomy On 20-21 February Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, visited the city of Rasht to discuss UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network with the municipal authorities.   The Creative Cities Network is a network of cities, working together towards a common mission for...
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unesco-supports-training-on-international-water-conventions 18 Feb 2015- UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office participated and delivered technical lecture at the short course on "the Law of Water" organized byIranian Association for United Nations Studies (IAUNS) on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.   Over 60 graduated and Masters level students in different majors of water management as...
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international-mother-language-day-inclusive-education-through-and-with-language-language-matters 21 Feb 2015 - For 15 years now, the World Mother Langauge Day has been celebrated on 21 February. Below is a message issued by Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization  -UNESCO, on the occasion of this important day:    "2015 marks the 15th...
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lazoor-village-–-a-friend-of-the-un 18 Feb 2015 - About 165 kilometers northeast of Tehran, in the heart of Firoozkooh Province lies the village of Lazoor.   Population: 2,500 people.   History: 4,000 years.   For a small fraction of this history – a mere 20 years – UNDP has, through a joint project with Iran’s Forest, Rangelands and Watershed...
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