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15-april-2014-“small-bite,-big-threat”    “Every year more than one million people die from diseases carried by mosquitoes, flies, ticks and other insects, such as triatomine bugs.  These vector-borne diseases – which include malaria, dengue, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, Chagas disease and leishmaniasis – cause chronic illness and immense suffering for...
13-april-2014-“climate-change-is-the-defining-issue-of-our-times”-says-the-un-secretary-general     On 11 April, the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon attended the Climate Leaders’ Summit in Washington, D.C., recalling the importance of keeping global warming as a top concern in the development agenda, and urging Governments to reach a universal legal climate deal by the end of the year. Below is the full text of...
officials-visit-the-head-of-department-of-environment-at-hospital-13-april-2014    Iran’s former President along with other officials among which was also the UN Resident Coordinator recently visited the Vice-President and Head of Department of Environment, Ms. Masoumeh Ebtekar at the hospital.   Ms. Ebtekar was injured in a car accident last week in Tehran.  The senior official was injured from the...
10-april-2014-remembering-rwanda-20-years-later    “The survivors have to remember so that they can teach and so that our children will learn about it so they do not make the same mistake that we made. It’s my reason to live. It’s my reason to live… remembrance.” These words, spoken to camera by a Rwandan genocide survivor, to camera, were witnessed in Tehran. The speaker...
8-april-2014-a-world-free-of-violence-and-extremism   It is estimated that more than 110 million active mines are scattered in 70 countries with an equal number stockpiled around the world waiting to be planted. Buried land mines can remain active for over 50 years. The threat they pose thus lingers long after hostilities have ceased. Mines maim and kill tens of thousands of...
8-april-2014-unido-promoting-inclusive-and-sustainable-industrial-development   The global community finds itself at a critical juncture today. While poverty is still the central challenge of our world, we now effectively have the means to eradicate poverty within the next generation.   UNIDO is promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) to harness the full potential of...
8-april-2014-message-from-un-resident-coordinator-on-the-death-of-unodc-staff-in-somalia    Extract from statement by Mr. Lewis: “The UN is simply losing too many good people on too regular a basis.  We held another One Minute of Silence just one month ago for four UN colleagues killed in Kabul. But I think it is important that we remember our fallen colleagues no matter how often our people are targeted. For...
4-april-2014-“climate-change-knows-no-boundaries”-says-un-secretary-general    The UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon recently visited Praque, Czech Republic.  Below are the Secretary-General's remarks at media event on Climate Change.   I am very much impressed by what I have seen for myself, how well prepared the city of Prague is against any possible potential impact by climate change. ...
3-april-2014-effects-of-human-caused-climate-change-are-widespread-confirms-ipcc’s-5th-assessment-report    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to assess scientific, technical and socio-economic information concerning climate change.  The IPCC also reviews the potential effects of climate change and...
31-march-2014-iranian-celebrities-deliver-“free-our-soldiers”-petition-to-un    “On an occasion as important as this, where over 1.5 million Iranians have combined to give us their voices through their computer screens and by SMS, I am honoured to witness this solidarity that has been displayed by the Iranian people in support of the abducted border guards.”   With these words, the United Nations...
29-march-2014-lights-off-in-observance-of-earth-hour-2014    Tonight we celebrate Earth Hour; a worldwide movement for the planet.   Earth Hour is organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and it is a global gesture showing individual’s commitment to action on climate change.   What famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007 has now grown to...
25-march-2014-statement-attributable-to-the-spokesperson-for-the-secretary-general-on-the-killing-of-an-iranian-border-guard   New York, The Secretary-General condemns the killing of one of the five Iranian border guards who were abducted on 6 February in the country's southeast border region by a militant group.   He expresses his solidarity with the Government and people of Iran, who are confronted with this appalling act amid the annual Nowruz...
the-secratary-general-message-for-the-international-day-of-nowruz-21-march-2014   "Nowruz" meaning "The New Day" marks the first day of spring and the first day of Persian New year in the Iranian Solar hijri calendar. Nowruz is celebrated by various people from diverse ethic communities and religous backgrounds for thousands of years. This Festival is celebrated by people all around the Middle East,...
20-march-2014-international-day-of-happiness     The General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 66/281 of 12 July 2012 proclaimed 20 March the International Day of Happiness recognizing the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in...
18-march-2014-government-of-japan-grants-us$-1-million-in-support-of-restoration-of-lake-uromiyeh   he Government of Japan has provided a grant of one million dollars, to aid in the restoration of Lake Uromiyeh. This grant has been provided to UNDP.   The lake, one of the largest salt-water bodies in the world, has been shrinking at an alarming rate.  In the past two decades, the surface area of the lake has shrunk from...
18-march-2014-lakhdar-brahimi-visits-tehran    Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi, the Joint UN-Arab League envoy for Syriarecently visited the Islamic Republic of Iran for talks on Syria crises with Iranian officials. According to IRNA, Mr. Brahimi said that a continuation of the crisis in Syria would "affect the security and stability of the whole region."   While in Tehran Mr....
18-march-2014-friendship-tree-planted-in-milad-tower    With Nowruz – the Persian New Year – just around the corner, and in line with the aim of strengthening friendship between nations, as well as the expansion of green space and environment protection, the Municipality of Tehran organized a tree-planting ceremony yesterday in Tehran.  The occasion was held at the landmark...
17-march-2014-japan,-a-continuous-supporter-to-refugee-protection-in-iran-hands-in-a-plentiful-6-million-dollars   With a recent 6 million dollar donation in 2014, the Government of Japan, one of UNHCR’s biggest donors, supports Afghan refugees in Iran to voluntarily repatriate to Afghanistan in safety and dignity. Also for those who stay in Iran it provides improved access to educational opportunities; health care and community based...
16-march-2014-3-day-wetlands-international-roundtable-begins-in-tehran    Today, national and international experts gathered at Iran’s Department of Environment (DOE) Headquarters in Tehran to begin a three-day wetlands international roundtable.  Organized jointly by DOE and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) the main objectives of the round table are: to review the drivers causing the drying of the two...
doe,-undp-to-hold-international-roundtable-confab-on-iran-s-wetlands-15-mar-2014   TEHRAN, 15 March 2014 (UNIC)—In order to find a solution for Iran’s drying wetlands with focus on Lake Uromiyeh and the Hamoun wetlands, an international technical round table with participation of foreign and Iranian experts will be held here from 16 to 18 March 2014. Organized jointly by Iran’s Department of Environment (DoE)...
ngo-for-disabled-persons-in-qazvin-commemorates-international-women-s-day-13-march-2014   On the occasion of International Women's Day, NGO named Disability Association of Tavana (DAT) in Qazvin (150 Kms west of Tehran) organized a ceremony for appreciating women for their outstanding contributions to the disabled people in the Province.   Addressing the participants, member of Board of...
un-praises-iran’s-campaign-against-drug-trafficking-11-march-2014 BBC Persian recently published an article focusing on Iran’s campaign against drug trafficking in which Mr. Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator’s reflections were also quoted. The article was published on 11 March. Click here to read the article in Farsi.        Follow Gary Lewis @GaryLewisUN...
un4u-and-briefing-session-for-narjes-high-school-students   As part of UNIC Tehran’s UN4U activities, OIC Mohammad Moghadam briefed some 44 students from Narjes high school in district 17 of Tehran along with their three teachers at UN conference room on 10 March 2014. National Information Officer, Mr. Mohammad Moghadam and students from Narjes high school in district 17 of...
workshop-for-neighbourhood-upgrading-programme-experts-10-march-2014    "Urban renewal services office", a private sector affiliated to Tehran municipality invited UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami to hold “Finding UN information and documentation” workshop at their office on 10 March 2014.     Some 14 experts who provide services and consultations on neighbourhood...
commemoration-of-international-women’s-day-5-march-2014   On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2014, Iranian Association of Women’s Studies (IAWS) in cooperation with House of Humanities Intellectuals and UNIC Tehran organized a roundtable discussion on “consultative meeting on violence against women, challenges and solutions” at House of Humanities Intellectuals on 5 March...
graduate-students-navigate-the-un-online-3-march-2014    Another workshop in the series of UNIC-Tehran and Iranian Association of UN Studies activities to broaden the UN knowledge of intellectuals, students and researchers, was held with the participation of 8 graduate students of international law and international relations at the UN conference room on 3 March...
25-27-feb-2014-training-programme-on-un-system Members of the board of directors of Iranian Association of UN studies and Participants in the workshop.   Iranian Association of UN studies with cooperation of UNIC-Tehran held a training programme on UN System for 31 members of scientific associations at UN conference room from 25 to 27 February...
uniting-against-cancer    The Behnam Daheshpour Nowruz Charity Bazaar opened today to raise funds and awareness of the need to unite against cancer.  In commemorating the occasion, Mr. Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran, stated that, “Each year about 8 million people die from cancer worldwide.  They are our...
afghan-students-navigate-the-un-online   In order to help Afghan students who live and study in Iran to further increase their knowledge about the UN System, UNIC Reference Assistant Nazanin Ghaemmaghami held a workshop for some 17 graduate students of different universities in Tehran on how to retrieve needed information from the UN and UNIC websites on...
united-nations-and-a-world-against-violence-and-violent-extremism-wave "What divides us is minuscule compared with what unites us" said the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Gary Lewis   "What divides us is minuscule compared with what unites us. Working together, we can achieve our goals of peace" said the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr. Gary Lewis at a seminar entitled "United Nations and...
international-legal-conference-opens-in-tehran   On the occasion of World Day of Social Justice, the "International Conference on Evolution of Legal Concepts in Light of Evolution of International Criminal Courts and Tribunals" opened at Iranian Centre for International Conference (ICIC) on Thursday 20 February. Addressing the opening session of the seminar, UN Resident...
creating-a-regional-network-of-ngos-who-address-drug-and-hiv-related-issues   Countries of the region – including Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and the Central Asian states are currently working to finalize the constitution for a network of drug demand and harm reduction NGOs. This will strengthen their ability to collaborate and exchange best practices to address the problems of drug abuse and HIV...
unodc-official-praises-iranian-ngos’-efforts-on-drug-demand-reduction   Representative of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Iran, Mr. Leik Boonwaat   Representative of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Iran, Leik Boonwaat's praised the Iranian Non Governmental Organizations’ efforts in drug demand reduction, here on Monday."The active engagement of NGOs...
unic-and-unama-held-a-joint-workshop-for-afghan-students-of-university-of-tehran-farabi-campus   Graduate and post graduate students from University of Tehran- Farabi Campus at Qom   The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) helped some 30 graduate and post graduate students from University of Tehran- Farabi Campus at Qom to broaden their knowledge of the UN at UN conference room on 16 February...
fao-fishery-and-aquaculture-expert-team-in-tehran-for-the-launching-of-a-sectoral-strategic-development-programme   A Team of FAO experts comprising Mr Piero Mannini, FAO Senior Fishery Officer from the FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa and Mr Alessandro Lovatelli, FAO Fishery Officer from the FAO Fisheries Department at FAO Headquarters, travelled to Tehran from 11 to 14 February 2014. The team conducted a review of...
united-nations-refugee-agency-do-not-abandon-the-afghan-people Afghan Student Girls in Rafsanjan Settlement   The Afghan refugee crisis is one of the largest protracted refugee situations in modern history. Millions ofAfghans had to flee their war-stricken country and seek refuge in neighboring countries, namely Iran and Pakistan. Signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967...
iranian-graduate-students-become-familiar-with-un,-un-in-iran-and-unic-websites UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani and some graduate students of international law from different universities in Tehran and across the country   In line with UNIC policy which is connecting the UN with the people it serves, UNIC-Tehran with cooperation of Iranian Association of UN Studies holds a...
unic-adds-important-programme-docs-to-online-library-5-feb-2014 Three e-publications about UN activities in Iran have been added to our online library. Our online library consists of some UN and DPI information materials including some key publications such as UN Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights which are translated to Persian. Some of the latest e-publications of different UN...

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