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un-official-calls-on-parties-to-protect-civilians-in-operations-to-liberate-fallujah,-praises-assuring-statements TEHRAN, 26 May 2016 (UNIC)- As operations are underway to liberate Fallujah, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, strongly urges all parties to undertake every effort to protect the lives of civilians and preserve the city’s infrastructure in accordance with the relevant principles of international...
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iranian-photographers-win-top-prizes-in-unesco-photo-competition-“show-us-the-afghanistan-you-are-proud-of” In October 2015, UNESCO together with the Afghan government initiated an awareness-raising campaign entitled, “The Afghanistan We Are Proud Of” to promote a sense of national identity and belonging through Afghanistan’s rich cultural heritage. As part of this campaign, a nation-wide photo competition invited Afghans and non-Afghans alike...
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unesco-joins-tehran-university-in-celebration-of-6th-international-festival 25 May 2016- On the occasion of the law enactment anniversary of the establishment of Tehran University, UNESCO joined the University in celebrating its 6th International Festival. The Festival with the motto “University: A Rainbow of Cultures” brought together Iranian and international lecturers, international student representatives,...
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un-at-3rd-europe-iran-forum-in-zurich-“focusing-on-environment-is-our-top-priority” 25 May 2016- In early May, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Iran, Mr. Gary Lewis participated in a panel discussion at the 3rd Europe-Iran Forum in Zurich, Switzerland. His topic was "Strategies for Environment Management" where he covered the environmental challenges threatening Iran and how the private sector can contribute...
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what-we-need-from-the-humanitarian-summit By Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator At the first ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, leaders from Governments, international agencies, the private sector and civil society will gather to announce their commitments to address some of the most critical challenges we face today. The needs for...
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al-monitor-special-report-on-how-leonardo-dicaprio-became-unlikely-champion-in-iran 23 May 2016- Al-Monitor recently published a special report titled: "How Leonardo DiCaprio became unlikely champion in Iran" in which Gary Lewis, the UN Resident Coordinator in Iran is quoted. Click here to read the full report in English.  Disclaimer: All the articles or news stories posted here portray the views and opinions of...
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iran-pays-tribute-to-unesco-avicenna-prize-laureate On 23 May 2016, the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology paid tribute to Pakistani scientist Prof. Dr. Zabta Khan Shinwari – the 2015 laureate of the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science. Established in 2003 by the Executive Board of UNESCO at its 166th session on the initiative of the Islamic Republic of Iran, this...
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iran-focuses-on-its-heritage-of-historical-churches-during-cultural-heritage-week-celebrations On 23 May 2016, the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) organized a celebration focused on the historical churches of Iran, as part of a series of events to mark Cultural Heritage Week. The gathering, with the theme of “Cultural Heritage and Peace” took part in the museum of the Armenian Church of Holy...
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biological-diversity-vital-part-of-our-compact-with-each-other-and-the-planet-that-nurtures-us-ban TEHRAN, 22 May 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day for Biological Diversity, 22 May 2016, while urging all Governments and stakeholders to preserve and sustainably manage the variety of life on Earth for the benefit of current and future generations said preserving biological...
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sustainable-development-goal-13-climate-action The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets that the world committed to achieving by 2015. The MDGs, adopted in 2000, aimed at an array of issues that included slashing poverty, hunger, disease, gender inequality, and access to...
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un-agencies-in-iran-at-the-29th-tehran-international-book-fair 19 May 2016- UNIC-Tehran has been coordinating the participation of the UN Agencies at the Tehran International Book Fair for thirteen years. This year Book Fair took place for the first time at the Shahr-e Aftab (Sun City), on the outskirts of Tehran from 4 to 14 May 2016. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated the 29th...
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unesco-celebrates-world-day-of-cultural-diversity-for-dialogue-and-development-in-tehran On 18 May 2016 UNESCO celebrated the World Day of Cultural Diversity in cooperation with the Non-Aligned Movement Center for Human Rights and Cultural Diversity; the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO); the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO; and the embassies of Bangladesh, Mexico and...
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un,-iom-hold-youth-film-festival-on-migration,-diversity-and-social-inclusion TEHRAN, 19 May 2016 (UNIC) -- PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival invites the world’s youth to submit dynamic and forward-thinking videos focusing on themes of migration, diversity and social inclusion.  Organized by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in collaboration...
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unesco-participates-in-aiesec-youth-speak-forum-in-tehran 17 May 2016- The first ever AIESEC Youth Speak Forum in Iran took place on 17 May at Tehran University. AIESEC is the world’s largest student-run organization, active in over 2400 universities across more than 124 countries and territories. The Youth Speak Forum in Tehran was centered on the Sustainable Development Goals, and Ms. Esther...
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screening-of-gef-sgp-undp-documentary-films-in-5th-green-film-festival-of-iran 17 May 2016- The Green Film Festival of Iran has invited SGP to showcase some of its project documentaries as a model for participatory and sustainable development projects. The documentary films are on GEF SGP/UNDP work done on Marine in Qeshm, Local Farming in Chale Sonbak, Aran Bidgol, an entry to the Biodiversity in Lut Desert,...
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harness-the-power-of-technology-to-create-a-better-future-for-all-ban TEHRAN, 17 May 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, 17 May 2016, called for harnessing the power of technology to create a better future for all.   The full text of his message reads: The international community is now mobilized around the 2030...
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training-course-for-women-at-school-of-international-relations 17 May 2016- Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ School of International Relations (SIR) in cooperation with Vice President’s Office for Women and Family Affairs are holding a training course on enabling women to participate in international forums. President of SIR Dr. Mohammad Hassan Sheikholeslami invited Reference Assistant Nazanin...
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iran-is-a-pioneer-country-in-the-region-to-eliminate-malaria 16 May 2016- Malaria is a life-threatening blood disease caused by parasites transmitted to humans through the bite of the Anopheles mosquito. To combat malaria in the Islamic Republic of Iran a strong, trusted and efficient partnership between the Center for Communicable Disease Control, the Global Fund, WHO, Universities of Medical...
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unesco-supports-3rd-comprehensive-conference-on-disaster-management-and-health,-safety-and-environment-in-tehran The 3rd Comprehensive Conference on “Disaster Management and Health, Safety and Environment with the approach of Disaster Risk Reduction, Resiliency and Sustainable Development” started on 16 May 2016. The two-day gathering brought together disaster managers, scientists, urban planners and academics to discuss topics such as risk...
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conference-on-preventing-domestic-violence-on-the-occasion-of-international-day-of-families TEHRAN - On the occasion of International Day of Families, Organization for Defending Victims of Violence (ODVV) held a conference on “Self-awareness and its role in preventing domestic violence” on 16 May 2016. The conference began by the United Nations Secretary-General’s message read by the UNIC National Information Officer Mr....
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learning-more-about-the-un-and-human-rights 16 May 2016- United Nations Information Centre in cooperation with Organization for Defending Victims of Violence (ODVV) held a workshop on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” with focus on human rights for some 24 civil society activists at the UN building on 16 May 2016. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami...
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iran’s-experts-of-pediatric-medicine-are-trained-to-receive-global-certification-on-pediatric-advanced-life-support Tehran, 15 May 2016- A group of Iran’s pediatric medicine specialists including pediatricians, pediatric emergency experts and anesthesiologists are going through a five day training course on Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) held in Tehran and facilitated by instructors from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. This training is part...
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advance-sustainable-development-with-the-help-of-families-ban TEHRAN, 15 May 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day of Families, 15 May 2016, called for advancing sustainable development by creating a supportive environment where all family members of all ages can realize their potential to contribute to the world. The full text of his...
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model-un-security-council-on-rwanda-genocide 15 May 2016- On the occasion of the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda, Iranian International Studies Association (IISA), Faculty of Law and Political Science of Islamic Azad University in Karaj, Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) in partnership with UNIC organized a Model UN Security Council...
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international-day-of-families-commemorated More than 50 civil society activists and students together with UNIC and Modern Attitude Mothers Institute (MAMI) marked the of International Day of Families in Tehran. UNIC National Information Officer Mr. Mohammad Rajai-Moghadam read the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message on the occasion of International Day of...
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iran-celebrates-designation-of-hamoun-as-a-unesco-biosphere-reserve 14 May 2016- In March 2016, the International Co-ordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme added 20 sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves during its meeting in Lima, Peru. Among those sites was Hamoun, located in the southeast of Iran. On 14 May 2016, Iran celebrated the designation of Hamoun as a...
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unesco-supports-12th-sheikh-bahai-technopreneurship-festival-and-renews-agreement-for-isfahan-regional-centre-on-science-parks-and-technology-business-incubators The 12th Sheikh Bahai Technopreneurship Festival kicked off in Isfahan on 12 May 2016. The Festival, which has been held annually since 2005, is a unique annual event to foster and praise the culture of technopreneurship; motivate and develop technology-based economies; improve creativity and innovation; and enhance cooperation between...
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finding-un-information-workshop-for-students-of-law-from-ferdowsi-university-of-mashhad 12 May 2016- United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Tehran held a workshop on how to find UN information and documentation for some 16 students of law from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad on 12 May 2016 at the UN office in Tehran. The workshop was conducted by the UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani. Students...
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new-unic-director-presents-letter-of-appointment-to-fm-zarif Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif and UNIC Director Dr. Maria Dotsenko TEHRAN, 12 May 2016 (UNIC) – New Director of United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran Dr. Maria Dotsenko presented her Letter of Appointment to Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif at the Ministry on Wednesday 11 May...
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un-envoy-condemns-bomb-attacks-in-sadr-city-and-baquba-calls-them-cowardly TEHRAN, 12 May 2016 (UNIC)– The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Ján Kubiš, strongly condemned the car bomb attack which occurred Wednesday in a busy market in Sadr City claiming many lives and leaving scores injured.  This latest attack comes after a car bomb was detonated near a restaurant...
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fao-highlights-role-of-local-communities-on-integrated-forest-fire-management-in-iran Tehran – 11 May 2016 : The FAO Representative to Iran highlighted the significance of the role of local communities in applying effectively the voluntary guidelines for saving forests from fire outbreaks at the opening session of the First national roundtable and training course (9-12 May 2016) on “Integrated Forest Fire Management”...
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impossible-choices 11 May 2016- Every day more than 100 million people affected by crises and natural disasters face impossible choices: Do you flee to escape war, leaving behind everything you know and everyone you love? With a cyclone about to hit, do you risk your life and stay to save your belongings? Our leaders have only once choice: Humanity. And we...
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first-national-conference-on-urban-rivers-restoration-takes-place-in-iran 11 May 2016- The Regional Center on Urban Water Management under the Auspices of UNESCO (RCUWM) organized the First National Conference on Urban Rivers Restoration on 9 May 2016. The Conference brought together some 600 participants representing a wide variety of stakeholders, including Tehran Municipality, the Ministry of Energy, Iran...
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international-conference-on-simulation-of-extremism-and-dialogue-among-civilizations 10 May 2016, TEHRAN - On the occasion of World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, International Studies Journal (ISJ) and United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) held the International Simulation Conference on Extremism and Dialogue among Civilizations at the Iranian Centre for International Conference (ICIC) on...
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un-envoy-says-iraqi-political-forces-must-work-together-to-resolve-the-current-political-crisis-based-on-the-constitution,-law-and-principles-of-democracy TEHRAN, 10 May 2016 (UNIC) – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, discussed on Friday, 6 May with the Security Council the situation in Iraq. In his statement issued at UN Headquarters in New York, the SRSG outlined the current political, military, security, humanitarian and...
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sustainable-development-goal-12-responsible-consumption-and-production 10 May 2016- The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets that the world committed to achieving by 2015. The MDGs, adopted in 2000, aimed at an array of issues that included slashing poverty, hunger, disease, gender inequality,...
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ph-d-students-of-international-law-navigate-the-un-online 9 May 2016- United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) held a workshop entitled “Finding UN Information and Documentation” for some 10 post-graduate students of international law from the University of Qom, Faculty of Law on 9 May 2016 at the UN office in Tehran. The workshop was conducted by UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin...
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refugees-and-migrants-a-crisis-of-solidarity By United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon This September, the United Nations General Assembly will bring together world leaders to address one of the leading challenges of our time: responding to large movements of refugees and migrants. War, human rights violations, underdevelopment, climate change and natural disasters are leading...
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terrorists-killed-741-iraqis-injured-another-1,374-in-april-2016 Terrorists killed 741 Iraqis injured another 1,374 in April 2016   TEHRAN, 8 May 2016 (UNIC) – A total of 741 Iraqis were killed and another 1,374 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in April 2016*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The...
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photo-story-tange-sayad-and-sabzkuh-are-registered-as-unesco’s-world-network-of-biosphere-reserve 8 May 2016- Biosphere reserves are nominated by national governments and remain under the sovereign jurisdiction of the states where they are located. Their status is internationally recognized. There are 669 biosphere reserves in 120 countries.Since 1960, Iran has been a pioneer member of Man and Biosphere committee (MAB) and has already...
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national-disaster-management-organization-ndmo-and-unicef-hold-workshop-on-emergency-preparedness-and-response-with-a-focus-on-children 8 May 2016- A workshop on emergency preparedness and response with a focus on Children was launched in Kish Island on Sunday 8th May within the framework of a joint cooperation agreement signed between the Ministry of Interior’ NDMO and UNICEF. Participants ranged from different government organizations including provincial officials from...
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united-nations-agencies-participate-in-the-29th-tehran-international-book-fair 5 May 2016- UN’s participation in the Tehran International Book Fair is a unique opportunity not only to get some fresh UN publications and multimedia materials, but also to find out about its work in Iran. UN system in Iran for the 13th year is participating in the Tehran International Book Fair from 4 to 14 May 2015. This year the...
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5-may-2016-midwives-health-heroes-for-women,-adolescent-girls-and-newborns On this International Day of the Midwife, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, salutes the contribution of midwives to saving the lives of women, adolescent girls and newborns, sometimes under very difficult circumstances, in hard-to-reach communities, in humanitarian emergencies, and in fragile and conflict-torn countries....
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finding-un-information-workshop-for-students-from-garmsar Some 10 graduate students of Political Geography and Tourism Geography from Azad University-Garmsar branch gathered at the UN office on 28 April 2016 to get more familiar with the UN and how to find information about this international organization from its website. The Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami from UN Information...
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fao-launches-international-summit-on-global-soil-threats-in-iran Tehran – 4 May 2016: The FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran has launched today the “International Summit of Health and Lifestyle: Global Soil Threats” hosted by the Faculty of Geography of University of Tehran with participation of global experts from the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS). The two-day...
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heroes-in-small-villages Malaria is known to be a disease associated with the level of local development. In Iran malaria is predominantly prone in Sistan & Baluchestan province in the southeast of the country with a population of 2.5 million. In order to increase protection against this disease particularly among marginalized people in remote areas, the...
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unfpa-chief-midwives,-health-heroes-for-women,-newborns TERHAN, 4 May 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin in a statement on the occasion of International Day of the Midwife, 5 May 2016, called Midwives health heroes for women, adolescent girls and newborns.  The full text of his message reads:  On this International Day of the...
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unesco-supports-capacity-building-on-cultural-property-law On 3 May 2016, ICOM-Iran and the Research Institute of the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) jointly organized a training session on cultural property law. The event took place in the Holy Defense Museum in Tehran and brought together museum staff and other professionals working in the field of...
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do-you-believe-the-sustainable-development-goals-can-be-achieved The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets that the world committed to achieving by 2015. The MDGs, adopted in 2000, aimed at an array of issues that included slashing poverty, hunger, disease, gender inequality, and access to...
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ban-urges-politicians,-citizens-to-nurture,-protect-free-media TEHRAN, 2 May 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2016, urged all Governments, politicians, businesses and citizens to commit to nurturing and protecting an independent, free media.  The full text of his message reads: Human rights, democratic societies and...
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