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susa-and-the-cultural-landscape-of-maymand-have-been-inscribed-on-unesco-s-world-heritage-list 4 July 2015 - The World Heritage Committee this morning approved the inscription of six cultural sites on World Heritage List: Tusi Sites (China), Susa, Cultural Landscape of Maymand (both in the Islamic Republic of Iran), Singapore Botanic Gardens (Singapore), Baekje Historic Areas (Republic of Korea), Great Burkhan Khaldun...
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1,466-iraqis-were-killed-in-acts-of-terrorism,-violence-and-armed-conflict-in-june-2015-unami TEHRAN, 1 July 2015 (UNIC) – According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of 1,466 Iraqis were killed and another 1,687 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in June 2015*.   The number of civilians killed was 665 (including 94 civilian police and 136 in Anbar), and the number of...
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un-in-iran-marks-the-international-day-in-support-of-victims-of-torture TEHRAN - Managing Director of an Iranian NGO Organization for Defending Victims of Violence (ODVV) Mr. Siavash Rahpeyk said his organization practically protects victims of violence in Iran. Addressing a workshop on the occasion of the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture held at Tehran Peace Museum...
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unicef-mena-regional-social-policy-advisor-visits-iran-on-multi-dimensional-child-poverty 30 Jun 2015 - UNICEF Middle East and North Africa Regional Social Policy Advisor, Mr. Arthur Van Diesen, made a one week visit to Iran from 14 to 22 June 2015 as part of a joint cooperation between UNICEF Iran Office and the Ministry of Labour, Cooperatives and Social Welfare (MCLSW) on multi-dimensional child poverty. During...
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third-conference-on-financing-for-development-to-be-held-in-addis-ababa   TEHRAN, 30 June 2015 (UNIC) -- Third Conference on Financing for Development will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 13 – 16 July 2015.   The Conference will gather high-level political representatives, including Heads of State and Government, and Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, as well...
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29-jun-2015-tehran-times-newspaper-conducts-an-exclusive-interview-with-unodc-representative-in-iran On 28 June - on the occasion of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking -  Tehran Times Newspaper published an interview with Mr. Leik Boonwaat, UNODC Representative in the I.R. of Iran.    Click here to read the first part of the interview in English.   Click here to read the second part of...
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28-june-2015-iran-burns-56-tons-of-illicit-drugs-on-the-international-day-against-drug-abuse-and-illicit-trafficking  “Youth are the first victims of drug trafficking” said H.E. Hassan  Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran in a message to the conference for the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking held in Tehran. The message was read by H.E. Mr. Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, Minister of Interior...
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the-un-charter-at-70-towards-a-safer-and-sustainable-future-for-we-the-peoples By United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon   Long before I became Secretary-General, the United Nations occupied a special place in my life.  I was six years old when the Korean War broke out.  I have memories of my village in flames as my family sought refuge in nearby mountains.  But another sight is even more lasting:...
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2015-world-drug-report-finds-drug-use-stable,-access-to-drug-hiv-treatment-still-low UNODC Chief calls number of drug-related deaths worldwide unacceptable; Global opium cultivation highest since the late-1930s. -In 2014, global potential opium production reached 7,554 tons – the second highest level since the 1930s, mainly due to its cultivation increasing significantly in Afghanistan, the main growing...
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stopping-torture-will-benefit-whole-societies-ban TEHRAN, 25 June 2015 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, 26 June 2015 said stopping torture will benefit whole societies.   The full text of his message reads:   The rise of violent extremism and unprecedented levels of forced...
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promoting-int’l-cooperation-essential-to-addressing-today’s-security,-development-challenges-un-chief TEHRAN, 25 June 2015 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on International Day against Drug Abuse and Illegal Trafficking, 26 June 2015 said promoting international cooperation through the UN conventions on transnational organized crime and corruption is essential to addressing today’s security and...
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global-foreign-direct-investment-fell-by-16-per-cent-in-2014,-un-report-says TEHRAN, 25 June 2015 (UNIC) -- Global foreign direct investment (FDI) fell by 16 per cent to $1.23 trillion in 2014, according to the UNCTAD World Investment Report 2015. The report says the drop can be explained by the fragility of the global economy, policy uncertainty for investors and elevated geopolitical risks. New...
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world-refugee-day-commemorated-in-iran 24 June 2015- Refugees are ordinary people living in extraordinary circumstances. This year World Refugee Day (WRD), which is commemorated globally each year on 20 June, draws attention to the resilience of refugees and the challenges they are living through away from their home countries. The Government of the Islamic Republic...
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mun UN Information Centre in Iran invites Iranian students and other interested people to apply for this special opportunity to participate at the Model United Nations Conference at New York in the fall. United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) in New York offers a unique opportunity to students and teachers...
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on-int’l-widows-day-ban-urged-action-to-ensure-widows-enjoy-equal-human-rights TEHRAN, 23 June 2015 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on International Widows Day, 23 June 2015, urged action to ensure that widows of all ages enjoy equal human rights.   The full text of his message reads:   Creating a world with greater equality for generations to come is the defining...
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ban-calls-on-young-people-to-dedicate-themselves-to-noble-cause-of-public-service TEHRAN, 22 June 2015 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on International Public Service Day, 23 June 2015, called upon young people everywhere to consider dedicating themselves to the noble cause of public service for building a future of dignity of all.   The full text of his message...
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tehran-times-newspaper-cites-undp-s-work 21 June 2015- On the occasion of World Day to Combat Desertification - Tehran Times Daily Newspaper - published an article citing UNDP Iran's project that are tackling desertification.  On its 20 June issue, Tehran Times Daily Newspaper cited UNDP Iran's work that is tackling desertification On its 20 June issue...
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unic-tehran-briefs-journalism-students-on-the-united-nations The UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran held “Finding UN information” workshop for some 13 students of journalism from School of Media Studies affiliated to the Islamic Republic of Iran News Agency (IRNA) to broaden their knowledge of the UN on 17 June 2015 at UN Office in Tehran.UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin...
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victory-against-isil-only-way-to-stop-massive-displacement-of-iraqis-un-envoy TEHRAN, 21 June 2015 (UNIC) – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Ján Kubiš said on Saturday that the only way to put a stop to the repetitive occurrence of massive displacement of Iraqis, lies in the eventual victory against so called ISIL.   Today (20 June) marks the annual...
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yoga-for-individual-well-being,-improving-public-health-un-chief   TEHRAN, 21 June 2015 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day of Yoga called for seeing the benefits of this practice in terms of individual well-being as well as our collective efforts to improve public health, promote peaceful relations and usher in a life of dignity for...
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42,500-became-refugees-per-day-in-2014-un-chief   TEHRAN, 20 June 2015 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in  his message on World Refugee Day, 20 June 2015, said 42,500 people became refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced every single day in 2014.   The full text of his message reads:   On this World Refugee Day, let us remember the plight...
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undp-iran-releases-clip-on-carbon-sequestration-project 18 June 2015- Desertification is a phenomenon that ranks among the greatest environmental challenges of our time. Although desertification can include the encroachment of sand dunes on land, it doesn’t refer to the advance of deserts. Rather, it is the persistent degradation of dryland ecosystems by human activities — including...
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azad-university-and-un-habitat-to-cooperate-on-urban-development-and-capacity-building 18 June 2015- United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch (SRBIAU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Tuesday 16 June 2015. At a ceremony held at the SRBIAU Faculty of Social Sciences, Dr. Ali Abbaspour, Chancellor of Islamic Azad University,...
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shahid-mahdavi-teachers-become-more-familiar-with-the-united-nations United Nations Information Centre in Tehran and Shahid Mahdavi International School held a joint workshop entitled, “Introducing the UN system in general and the UN in Iran” for some 12 teachers at Shahid Mahdavi International School in Tehran on 10 June 2015. Ms. Mahdavi, Principal of the school said: “We really...
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iran-commemorates-world-day-to-combat-desertification-and-drought 16 June 2015- The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought – observed each year on 17 June – is a unique occasion to remind everybody that desertification can be effectively tackled, that solutions are possible, and that key tools to this aim lay in strengthened community participation and co-operation at all...
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un-official-emphasizes-on-the-role-media-in-combating-terrorism-in-iraq   TEHRAN, 17 June 2015 (UNIC) – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Ján Kubiš, met Tuesday with a number of senior representatives of the Iraqi media. At the meeting various issues of the current Iraqi situation, including political, military, humanitarian, economic, social and...
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message-from-ms-irina-bokova,-director-general-of-unesco,-on-the-occasion-of-world-day-to-combat-desertification 17 June 2015 - “No such thing as a free lunch. Invest in healthy soil” The theme of the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification underlines the fragility of the world’s dryland areas and the communities they sustain. Since 2000, we have seen significant progress towards the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger –...
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12m-hectares-of-productive-land-are-being-degraded-annually-ban   TEHRAN, 16 June 2015 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Day to Combat Desertification, 17 June 2015, said every year 12 million hectares of productive land are being degraded.   The full text of his message reads:   Land degradation and desertification undercut human rights,...
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we-are-losing-1-of-the-world’s-wetlands-every-year 15 June 2015- “40% of wetlands registered under the Ramsar Convention are at the verge of disappearing” said Dr. Ahmad-Ali Keikha, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Biodiversity. Dr. Keykha said these words during the opening ceremony of the 2nd Conference on Wetlands Management and Engineering which was organized by the...
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“increased-food-production-destroying-nature”-environmentalist Tehran - An expert environmentalist has stated that during the past 50 years, the need for food production has doubled; therefore, land-cultivation, water consumption, and use of fertilizers have vastly increased as well. Addressing a roundtable discussion on the occasion of World Environment Day, Dr. Javad Razmi from Hormod...
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undp-iran-releases-asiatic-cheetah-psa 14 June 2015- Iran is the last habitat of the precious Asiatic Cheetah.  Even up to half a century ago, the species was widespread across the Indian subcontinent and Central and South-West Asia.   Recognizing the problem, the Government of Iran – together with UNDP and a number of concerned and committed national and...
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world-blood-donor-day-thank-you-for-saving-my-life 14 June 2015- Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day.   To commemorate the day, today the UN Resident Coordinator in Iran, Mr. Gary Lewis donated blood at the Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization for research purposes.   The theme of this year’s campaign is "Thank you...
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release-of-un-resident-coordinator’s-tedxkish-talk-on-human-security 14 Jine 2015-  Back in April, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Iran, Mr. Gary Lewis delivered a talk at TEDxKish  on the topic of "Human Security" and environmental challenges threatening the security of humans on ‘Planet Earth’.   The talk was recently released by TEDxKish.   Click here to watch the...
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unesco-organizes-high-level-expert-meeting-in-tehran-on-advances-in-groundwater-management-new-tools-and-strategies-for-coping-with-droughts 14 June 2015- The UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, in collaboration with theRegional Centre on Urban Water Management under the Auspices of UNESCO (RCUWM), has organized a high-level meeting from 13-16 June 2015, which has brought together global experts from two important networks under UNESCO’s International...
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older-persons-to-make-up-more-than-20-per-cent-of-global-population-by-2050-ban   TEHRAN, 14 June 2015 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 15 June 2015 said the ageing of the world’s population has added urgency to promoting and defending the rights of older persons, who are expected to make up more than 20 per cent of the global population...
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iran-to-host-international-confab-on-groundwater-management,-strategy-for-coping-with-droughts   TEHRAN, 11 June 2015 (UNIC)— Experts from the Asian G-WADI Network (Water and Development Information for Arid Lands A Global Network) and the International Drought Initiative will discuss recent advances in groundwater management and innovative strategies for coping with droughts during a one-day international conference at...
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srsg-kubiš-condemns-isil’s-ongoing-terror-campaign-one-year-after-the-fall-of-mosul   TEHRAN, 11 June 2015 (UNIC)  - Since the ISIL took over Mosul a year ago, it has continued to wreak havoc in the lives of millions of Iraqis, through atrocities and crimes, notably against minorities, some of which may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, like in Camp Speicher, through the deliberate destruction of...
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radio-iran’s-interview-with-un-resident-coordinator-in-iran 9 June 2015- On the occasion of Environment Week, Radio Iran interviewed Mr. Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran.   Click on the link above to listen to the full interview.           Statement: Click here to read the...
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tehran-times-newspaper-conducts-an-exclusive-interview-with-fao-representative-to-iran 9 June 2015- During a recent meeting with the Editor-in-Chief of Tehran Timesand a visit to the paper’s headquarters, the FAO Representative to Iran, Mr. Serge Nakouzi, accorded an exclusive interview in which he candidly discussed the various environmental challenges being faced in the country and elaborated on how...
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twenty-new-sites-added-to-unesco’s-world-network-of-biosphere-reserves Paris, 9 June—The International Co-ordinating Council ofUNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) has added 20 new sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, bringing their total number to 651 sites, including 15 transboundary sites, in 120 countries. Myanmar had its first biosphere reserve inscribed this...
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unesco-representative-attends-3rd-international-conference-on-skills-training-and-employment On June 7th, the Iranian Technical and Vocational Training Organization (TVTO) affiliated to the Ministry of Cooperative Labor and Social welfare organized the 4th National and 3rd International Conference on Skills Development and Employment. The Conference was attended by many academia, experts on Technical and Vocational...
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srsg-kubiš-visits-iran-to-discuss-the-situation-in-iraq   TEHRAN ,7 June 2015 (UNIC) -- The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Ján Kubiš, visited Tehran from 6 to 7 June 2015. He met Foreign Minister H.E. Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Advisor on International Affairs to the Supreme Leader, H.E. Mr. Ali Velayati, Deputy Secretary of Supreme...
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changing-the-way-we-view-security-to-emphasize-the-environment 7 June 2015- By Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Each year, we commemorate World Environment Day (WED) on 5 June. Marking the day gives each one of us an opportunity to show our responsibility towards caring for Mother Earth and to becoming agents of change and sustainable development. Our...
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seven-billion-dreams-one-planet-consume-with-care 5 June 2015- World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment.   Over the years it has grown to become a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries.  It also serves as...
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international-law-students-of-azad-university-learned-how-to-navigate-the-un-online United Nations Information Centre in cooperation with the Faculty of Law, Islamic Azad University Central Tehran Branch  held a workshop entitled “Finding UN Information and Documentation” for some 15 graduate students of international law on 31 May 2015.   The workshop was conducted by UNIC Reference Assistant Ms....
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training-course-and-workshop-on-un-bodies-and-specialized-agencies-dealing-with-economic-issues Some 20 members of the Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) learned more about the United Nations Bodies and Specialized Agencies dealing with economic issues during a training course and a “Finding UN Information and Documentation Workshop "organized by the IAUNS in cooperation with the United Nations Information...
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un-official-meets-iran’s-future-diplomats 1 June 2015- United Nations Resident Coordinator Mr. Gary Lewis briefed a group of some 50 students of international law and relations from School of International Relations (SIR) and other universities in Tehran during a question and answer conversation on 1 June. Mr. Lewis' meeting with the students was part of a series of UN...
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consume-with-care TEHRAN, 2 June 2015 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Environment Day, 5 June 2015, called on all people to think about the environmental consequences of their choices.   The full text of his message reads:   The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is “Seven Billion Dreams....
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etemaad-daily-newspaper-conducts-an-exclusive-interview-with-fao-representative-to-iran 30 May 2015- Etemaad Daily Newspaper published on Saturday 30 May 2015 an exclusive interview with Mr. Serge Nakouzi, FAO Representative to the Islamic Republic of Iran. The interview was entitled “Water Crisis is Serious” and focused on FAO’s role and the technical support that the Organization can lend in addressing...
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why,-more-than-ever,-un-peacekeeping-needs-global-support By Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations   Eighteen months ago, Bentiu, like most towns in South Sudan, was bustling with the restlessness of markets, people trading and children going to school.  UNMISS, the UN Mission in South Sudan, was busy supporting...
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