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ban-calls-for-advancement-of-global-citizenship-based-on-mahatma-gandhi’s-philosophy   TEHRAN, 1 October 2014 (UNIC)—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day of Non-violence, 2 October 2014, called on all people to counter the forces of intolerance, advance global citizenship and forge human solidarity based on Mahatma...
29-sep-2014-unfpa-and-government-partners-reaffirm-partnership TEHRAN – On September 28th, a meeting of the Steering Committee of the 5th UNFPA Country Programme was held, co-chaired by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and UNFPA.H.E. Mr. Peiman Seadat, Director General, Environment and Sustainable Development Affairs,...
2b-older-persons-in-world-by-2050-ban   TEHRAN, 30 September 2014 (UNIC)—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day of Older Persons, 1 October 2014, announced that the number of older persons is expected to more than double, globally, from 841 million people in 2013 to more...
29-sep-2014-univ-of-qom-graduate-students-navigate-the-un-online On 29 September 2014, the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran helped some 22 graduate students of international law from University of Qom to broaden their knowledge of the UN. UNIC Reference Assistant Nazanin Ghaemmaghami addressed them on how to...
29-sep-2014-war-paradigm-must-be-changed-to-peace-paradigm-former-president-khatami Tehran- Head of the International Centre for Dialogue among Civilizations, former President Seyyed Mohammad Khatami said here that paradigm of war and conflict must be changed into paradigm of peace and understanding.      Addressing a ceremony...
29-sep-2014-unesco-pays-tribute-to-the-work-of-master-mahmoud-farshchian On 28 September the Department of Environment, under the patronage of Vice President Dr. Ebtekar, organized a conference on the works of renowned Iranian painter, Mahmoud Farshchian and its impact on the Environment. In her remarks, the Director of UNESCO’s...
24-sep-2014-climate-change-is-the-defining-issue-of-our-age-says-the-un-secretary-general Climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that...
27-sep-2014-unfpa-representative-we-fully-support-action-plan-on-elderly Tehran, September 24, 2014- Dr. Hulki Uz, UNFPA Representative, today encouraged further investment in the elderly, and emphasized UNFPA’s full support for the National Council of the Elderly and their work to develop and implement an integrated national...
23-sep-2014-“we-are-glad-to-be-contributing-to-the-restoration-of-lake-urmia”-says-japan’s-ambassador-in-iran Lake Urmia is one of the largest inland lakes. It is situated in North West of Iran. This vast lake – which is a Ramsar Site, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and a National Park which for long contributed to the biodiversity of the region as well as livelihood of...
revive-nuclear-disarmament-in-the-interest-of-peace,-security-un-chief   TERHAN, 25 September 2014 (UNIC)—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, 26 September 2014, called for revival of nuclear disarmament as a top international priority, in the interest of the...
teaching-students-how-to-find-out-about-the-un The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) together with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), held a workshop entitled "Finding UN Information and Documentation" for some 30 graduate students of law on 16 September 2014 at Faculty of...
21-sep-2014-peace-bell-rings-in-tehran Tehran – On the occasion of International Day of Peace, Senior Member of the Centre for Great Islamic Encyclopedia (CGIE), Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Mousavi-Bojnourdi and UN Resident Coordinator Gary Lewis rang the peace bell in Tehran on Sunday 21 September...
21-sep-2014-“it-is-in-the-minds-of-men-that-the-defences-of-peace-must-be-constructed”-unesco UNESCO Iran and the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO commemorated World Peace Day 2014 yesterday in a joint event held at the Cinema Hall of the Mellat Palace Museum in Sa’adabad Historical and Cultural Complex, Tehran. Members of international...
21-sep-2014-“promoting-the-culture-of-peace,-a-must-for-preventing-from-future-conflicts”-–-un-resident-coordinator ‘If we wish to prevent future conflicts, we must promote the culture of peace.’ With these words, UN Resident Coordinator in Iran, Mr. Gary Lewis, addressed a gathering of renowned Iranian scholars and academia, representatives of international...
ban-seeks-‘vision,-concrete-action’-from-world-leaders-at-un-climate-summit   TEHRAN, 23 September 2014 (UNIC)-- True to his belief that tackling climate change requires “all hands on deck”, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is gathering a new and unique mix of partners at United Nations Headquarters Tuesday – from Government, business, finance and...
21-sep-2014-international-day-of-peace-commemorated-with-call-to-“build-a-culture-of-peace” Every year, the International Day of Peace is celebrated on 21 September. The theme of this year’s International Day of Peace is “Right of Peoples to Peace” in honour of the 30th anniversary of the General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to...
half-the-world-will-be-online-by-2017   TEHRAN, 22 September 2014 (UNIC) – Over 50% of the global population will have Internet access within three years’ time, with mobile broadband over smartphones and tablets now the fastest growing technology in human history, according to the 2014 edition of the State...
metro-joins-un’s-call-to-action-on-climate   TEHRAN, 22 September 2014 (UNIC) -- The United Nations and METRO International have established a global partnership on the issue of climate change. On the occasion of the UN Climate Summit, to be held on 23 September at the UN Headquarters in New York City, METRO...
21-sep-2014-ozone-layer-success-celebrated-in-iran The Montreal Protocol is arguably the most successful international agreements penned. How can this success be measured? Over the past several years, the Protocol has led to the phase-out of close to 100% of ozone-depleting chemicals. Very-recent findings...
18-sep-2014-government-of-netherlands-enhances-livelihood-capacity-of-vulnerable-afghan-refugee-women Masoumeh, an Afghan refugee living in Tehran province, received equipment provided by UNHCR to begin her hairdressing business. Tehran, 18 September 2014 – In 1981, Masoumeh’s mother and father fled to Iran from their home in Uruzgan in central Afghanistan....
18-sep-2014-model-un-practice-useful-for-iran-fm-zarif Tehran –Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif said here that from the Islamic Republic of Iran’s point of view, organizing simulations – in particular the Model United Nations Security Council practice – is very important and useful....
tackle-the-root-causes-of-conflict-ban   TEHRAN, 21 September 2014 (UNIC)—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day of Peace, 21 September 2014, said , we must douse the fires of extremism and tackle the root causes of conflict.   The full text of his message reads:   Today...
6-sep-2014-international-forum-on-ethics-in-the-environment On 6 September, Tehran hosted the International Forum on Environmental Ethics organized jointly by the Iranian Department of Environment (DoE), the University of Environment (UoE) and ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ECO-IEST). Dr....
16-sep-2014-reversing-the-“silent-earthquake-of-the-century” By Gary Lewis UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Iran Mr. Lewis recently visited Shahid Nasseri Refugee Camp near the city of Saveh in Markazi Province. He contributed this story based on what he observed. According to climate change...
montreal-protocol-prevented-increase-of-atmospheric-levels-of-ozone-depleting-substances   TEHRAN, 15 September 2014 (UNIC) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, 16 September 2014, said without the  Montreal Protocol, atmospheric levels of ozone-depleting substances could have...
14-sep-2014-unicef-iran-office-supports-the-8th-international-addiction-seminar The 8th international congress on addiction science was held from 10-12 September 2014 in Razi convention hall with the presence of government officials and scientists from Iran as well as prominent characters from other parts of the world. Participants were...
11-sep-2014-international-addiction-congress-brings-together-leading-practitioners-in-tehran The 8th International Congress on Addiction Sciences is being held in Tehran at the Iran University of Medical Science from 10-12 September 2014. The Congress is being conducted in cooperation with the Cellular and Molecular Research Centre of Iran University...
11-sep-2014-saving-one-saving-a-community In a country which hosts the second largest long-standing refugee population in the world, it is not easy to seek help for drug treatment services as an undocumented refugee. For some undocumented Afghan refugee drug users who are living in the vicinity of...
9-sep-2014-unodc-supports-monitoring-and-evaluation-leading-to-more-effective-community-based-drug-prevention-in-iran   Tehran, 9 September 2014, The Islamic Republic of Iran has established many successful programmes related to drug prevention, treatment and care. Hundreds of thousands of people have been reported to have benefited from out-reach programmes and Drop-In...
un-special-coordinator-discusses-situation-in-lebanon-with-iranian-officials  TEHRAN ,14 September 2014 (UNIC) -- The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Mr. Derek Plumbly, visited Tehran from 13-14 September during which he met Advisor on International Affairs to the Supreme Leader, H.E. Mr. Ali Velayati, and Deputy Foreign Minister...
ban-calls-on-young-people-to-lead-major-push-for-inclusive-democracy   TEHRAN, 14 September 2014 (UNIC) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day of Democracy, 15 September 2014, called on young people everywhere to lead a major push for inclusive democracy around the world.    The full text of his...
10-sep-2014-unodc-and-unesco-team-up-to-combating-trafficking-in-cultural-property 10 September 2014. About 80 representatives of active non-governmental organizations in the area of cultural property as well as experts of Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) and governmental officials attended the meeting...
7-sep-2014-unhcr-representative-in-iran-meets-kerman-bafia-dg   On 3rd of September 2014 Sivanka Dhanapala, UNHCR Representative in Iran Fathia Adballa, UNHCR Deputy Representative UNHCR, Guiseppe Di Caro, Head of Sub-office Kerman and officials from Kerman Bureau for Aliens & Foreign Immigrants' Affairs (BAFIA)...
3-sep-2014-carbon-sequestration-project-expands-to-10-more-provinces-–-agreement-signed-in-tehran   Iran and the international community took another step today towards tackling the problem of desertification. On 3 September, Mr. Khoda Karam Jalali, Deputy Minister and Head of the Forest, Range and Watershed Management Organization (FRWO), and Mr....
10-sep-2014-together,-we-can-stop-tb   Every year around the globe more than 2 billion people are infected with Tuberculosis – or TB as it is commonly called. Although Iran has witnessed great progress in its fight against TB, but there is still work to be done. While in the year 1964, the...
10-sep-2014-unfpa-iran-ageing-report-launched-in-thailand   Chiang Mai, Thailand – UNFPA Iran’s Kambiz Kabiri, Programme Analyst, launched an in-depth report on ageing in Iran at the HelpAge International’s regional conference held from September 1st- 4thin Chiang Mai, with support from UNFPA and the European...
9-sep-2014-unesco-marks-international-literacy-day-2014   On Sunday 7 September, the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office and the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO jointly organized a Forum on Literacy and Sustainable Development with the participation of Mr. Ali Bagherzadeh, Vice-Minister for Education and Head...
8-sep-2014-foreign-minister-zarif-highlights-importance-of-dialogue-between-cultures   On 6 September 2014, the Director of the UNESCO Cluster Office in Tehran presented her credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mohammad Javad Zarif. During the meeting, Mr. Zarif highlighted the longstanding relationship between UNESCO and...
7-sep-2014-diplomatic-mission-to-khorasan-razavi-province   On 9 to 11 August, representatives from 17 diplomatic missions including ambassadors and heads of UN agencies accompanied the Directorate General of the Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants Affairs (BAFIA), Dr. Aziz Kazemi, and UNHCR’s...
7-sep-2014-ministry-of-health-and-unicef-iran-office-hold-training-workshop-on-hiv-prevention-and-harm-reduction-for-adolescents-and-youth   A training workshop on the best practices of HIV prevention and harm reduction for adolescents and youth using Amphetamine-type Stimulants was held from 1-3 September 2014 in Shiraz in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the UNICEF Iran...
7-sep-2014-“by-people’s-efforts,-kaniborazan-wetland-is-alive”   The contention between human being and environment is a kind of profitability that different generation wants to achieve it. Wetland is still meaningless for some of us and we know it mistakenly as pond, swamp, bog and sewage, which will be destroy by our...
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...
second-session-of-model-un-preparation   To hold a successful “Security Council simulation on Ukraine”, the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran, together with the International Studies Journal (ISJ) decided to have two "Model UN preparation" workshops.     Former Foreign...
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   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...
2-sep-2014-the-islamic-republic-of-iran-wins-2014-unesco-asia‐pacific-award-of-distinction-for-cultural-heritage-conservatio   2 Sep 2014 - A total of 14 projects from 10 countries, including Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, New Zealand and Thailand, have been recognized in this year’s UNESCO Asia‐Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. A panel of...
2-sep-2014-“nature-means-enjoying-every-bit-of-it”-says-the-head-of-touran-national-park   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...
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...
women’s-engagement-in-productive-employment-a-must    The Millennium Development Goals place great emphasis on the role of women in the development process. Goal number 3specifically promotes the empowerment of women. It especially calls for the elimination of gender disparity in primary and secondary...
“iran’s-game-guards-are-heroes”-says-un-head-in-iran    Day and night, our planet and its beautiful natural resources are guarded by individuals who give new meaning to the words sacrifice, courage and compassion.  Game Guards are the dedicated watchers of the environment and the primary guardians of our...
iran’s-water-scarcity    The UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr. Gary Lewis elaborated on the serious water and environmental challenges Iran is facing in an interview with the BBC World Service.   In this interview,...