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UN Chief calls on governments, businesses and people to act to protect nature

TEHRAN, 22 May 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the Interntional Day for Biological Diversity urged governments, businesses and people everywhere to act to protect the nature that sustains us.

The full text of his message reads:

The rich variety of life on Earth is essential for the welfare and prosperity of people today and for generations to come.  That is why, 25 years ago, the world’s nations agreed on the Convention for Biological Diversity.  The Convention has three goals: the global conservation of biodiversity, its sustainable use and the equitable sharing of its benefits.  Achieving these objectives is integral to meet our goals for sustainable development.

Protecting and restoring ecosystems and ensuring access to ecosystem services are necessary for the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger.  Reducing deforestation and land degradation and enhancing carbon stocks in forests, drylands, rangelands and croplands are needed for mitigating climate change.  And protecting the biodiversity of forests and watersheds supports clean and plentiful water supplies.

These are just some of the benefits of biodiversity.  Yet, despite this understanding, biodiversity loss continues around the globe.  The answer is to intensify efforts and build on successes.

This year, Parties to the Convention will begin work on a new action plan to ensure that, by 2050, biodiversity is valued, conserved, restored and wisely used for the benefit of all people.  The entire world needs to join this effort.  On this International Day for Biological Diversity, I urge governments, businesses and people everywhere to act to protect the nature that sustains us.  Our collective future depends on it.

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UNESCO and International Council of Museums (ICOM) commemorate International Day of Museums 2018 in Iran

Tehran, 21 May 2018: UNESCO and the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in collaboration with the Iranian Cultural Heritage Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) commemorated the International Day of Museums 2018 today in a joint ceremony at the Iranian Artist’s Forum. Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, the Director and Representative of UNESCO Tehran Office in her statement to the event underscored the importance of the International Museum Day by saying: "Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples."  
The best Iranian museums received an award at the commemoration of the International Museum Day 2018 in Tehran. Photo by Rasayesh Studio

Tehran, 21 May 2018: UNESCO and the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in collaboration with the Iranian Cultural Heritage Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) commemorated the International Day of Museums 2018 today in a joint ceremony at the Iranian Artist’s Forum.

Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, the Director and Representative of UNESCO Tehran Office in her statement to the event underscored the importance of the International Museum Day by saying: "Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples." 

The International Museum Day is celebrated this year under the theme of "Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics”.

Elsewhere in her statement, the UNESCO Representative expressed that it is impossible to understand the role of museums without taking into account all the connections they make. “They are an inherent part of their local communities, their cultural landscape and their natural environment”, she said.

In November 2015, UNESCO Member States adopted the UNESCO Recommendation concerning the ‘Protection and Promotion of Museums, their Diversity and their Role in Society’; a set of global guidelines for the protection and promotion of museums and collections in a new era of enormous social, economic and technological change.

Yet, UNESCO’s commitment to museums is hardly new. Starting in the 1960s, UNESCO led the way in reimagining the role of museums, engaging in pioneering projects, such as the ‘Imaginary Museum’, to increase access to art through the reproduction of the world’s most famous paintings.

In recent years, UNESCO has intervened to protect and restore collections in post-conflict and natural disaster situations, to save the irreplaceable symbols of humanity’s cultural identities.

In Iran, UNESCO supports ICOM and the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization in strengthening museum management and fight against the illicit trafficking of cultural property.

 

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UNESCO Joins Expert Meeting in Iran on Intellectual Property Rights in Cultural Heritage

Tehran, 20 May 2018: The Research Centre of the Iranian Cultural Heritage Handicrafts and Tourism organization and the International Council of Museums (ICOM) jointly organized an expert meeting in Tehran, that was focused on “Intellectual Property Rights in Cultural Heritage”. Ms Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office in her message to the meeting underscored the importance of recognizing International Property Rights (IPR). “Rapid scientific and technological progress presents challenges to existing copyright law and it is necessary for us to construct a balanced and coherent legal framework that takes into account the fast-changing economic and social context” she said.  
The Research Centre of the Iranian Cultural Heritage Handicrafts and Tourism Organization in Tehran hosted the expert meeting that was attended by representatives from the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and UNESCO.

Tehran, 20 May 2018:The Research Centre of the Iranian Cultural Heritage Handicrafts and Tourism organization and the International Council of Museums (ICOM) jointly organized an expert meeting in Tehran, that was focused on Intellectual Property Rights in Cultural Heritage”.

Ms Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office in her message to the meeting underscored the importance of recognizing International Property Rights (IPR). Rapid scientific and technological progress presents challenges to existing copyright law and it is necessary for us to construct a balanced and coherent legal framework that takes into account the fast-changing economic and social contextshe said.

In the aftermath of the Second World War, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) was founded. Since then, as one its areas of competence, UNESCO has continuously fostered the safeguarding and promoting cultural heritage in all its forms tangible and intangible, cultural and natural- as a key to achieving dialogue, sustainable development and social cohesion.

Since its creation, UNESCO has taken the initiative through its standardsetting instruments that is, conventions, to highlight the convergence and interface between cultural heritage and intellectual property as they are both creations of the mind that have economic value, being species of property.

Two key international conventions are of relevance to copyright protection: the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, which was first adopted in 1886 and last revised in the Paris Act of 1971; and the 1952 Universal Copyright Convention (UCC), adopted under the aegis of UNESCO.

Another milestone in the protection of the intellectual property was the creation of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 1967. The WIPO was founded as a specialised agency of the UN system and collaborates with UNESCO in advancing copyright protection and administering copyright related conventions. While copyright law differs from country to country, the foundation of the WIPO established the importance of intellectual property rights for economic growth in the emerging knowledge economy.

Ms. Kuisch Larochealso mentioned in her message to the meeting, the establishment of a special UNESCO Chair on Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Rights since June 1998 in a leading research institute.

One of UNESCOs aims, as stated in its constitution, is to promote the free flow of ideas, and to facilitate the access of all people to printed and published materials produced by all. UNESCO sets out to do this by encouraging cooperation between nations in all spheres of intellectual activity and by encouraging governments to adopt measures towards promoting creativity and increasing the production of national literary, scientific, musical and artistic works.

To learn more about UNESCO’s work in this field: https://en.unesco.org/creativity/policy-monitoring-platform/intellectual-property-rights-law

 

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School students hold Model United Nations

Some 35 elementary and secondary high school students from Rah-e-Roshd Educational Complex, in cooperation with the UN Information Centre (UNIC) and the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tehran held a Model United Nations (MUN) conference simulating the 2016 UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants. The MUN exercise was held at the UN building on 16 May 2018. UNIC Director Dr. Maria Dotsenko spoke about the usefulness of Model UN exercises. She quoted UN Secretary-General António Guterres: "At Model UN, you broaden your horizons. By learning and networking, you can be part of the UN’s efforts to establish peace, secure human rights and enable all people to live in dignity."  

Some 35 elementary and secondary high school students from Rah-e-Roshd Educational Complex, in cooperation with the UN Information Centre (UNIC) and the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tehran held a Model United Nations (MUN) conference simulating the 2016 UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants. The MUN exercise was held at the UN building on 16 May 2018.

UNIC Director Dr. Maria Dotsenko spoke about the usefulness of Model UN exercises.She quoted UN Secretary-General António Guterres:"At Model UN, you broaden your horizons. By learning and networking, you can be part of the UN’s efforts to establish peace, secure human rights and enable all people to live in dignity."

 

A video message of the former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who was saluting and appreciating young students participating in a MUN session concerning global crisis was screened. MUN is a platform where Ban Ki-moon himself practiced leadership and diplomacy in his early age. Not only Ban Ki-moon but also other world leaders were Model UNers when they were youngsters.   

The simulation committee, where 17 students, who played roles of UN Member States was chaired by a University of Tehran PhD Student of Economics Mr. Moslem Gholipour.

After making statements about the position of their respective countries, the participants had a round of hot debates, negotiations and lobbying and finally succeeded to adopt an agreement by issuing a resolution like the New York Declaration as a plan for addressing large movements of refugees and migrants.

A training was organized on My 13, 2018 to introduce the subject to the participants, train them to play their rolls as representatives of different countries as well as teach how to prepare their position papers.

 

UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami thanked Rah-e-Roshd authorities for their cooperation with UNIC in holding three different MUNs for school students in three years. She also thanked to the Amirsardari family, including Ms. Ronak Amirsardari who initiated this annual MUN. She also appreciated the hard work of Ms. Romina Amirsardari and Ms. Helia Mojahed Yazdi trained the Rah-e-Roshd students.      

Sam Ahadi said: “Participation in an MUN provides us, students, with the opportunity to research on issue of global importance, while at the same time to learn about another country's political and economic positions. We were encouraged to discuss, debate, and find consensus as well as strengthen our leadership skills.”

 

During the pre-session two UNHCR colleagues Associate Protection Officer Mr. Farshid Farzin and Assistant Protection (Community Based) Officer Mr. Hooman Marandi briefed the students on the issues related to refugees including the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees as well as 1967 Protocol.

UN information materials were distributed to the participants.

At the end of the session, certificates and some gifts prepared by UNIC were given to the participants. The best delegates were also chosen.

The students were very happy and satisfied from the MUN and expressed that they learnt a lot during the preparatory sessions and the main exercise. They added that it was a great experience for them to come to the UN office twice.

 

 
 

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Workshop on the International Court of Justice

  
Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) in partnership with UNIC Tehran organized a workshop on “Institution of proceedings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ)” for some 20 graduate students of international law at the UN building on 15 May 2018. The workshop was conducted by the Kharazmi University Professor and consultant to the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Office, Centre for International Legal Affairs Dr Hadi Azari.  
Workshop participants

Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) in partnership with UNIC Tehran organized a workshop on “Institution of proceedings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ)” for some 20 graduate students of international law at the UN building on 15 May 2018.

The workshop was conducted by the Kharazmi University Professor and consultant to the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Office, Centre for International Legal Affairs Dr Hadi Azari.

 

IAUNS President Dr. Nasrin Mosaffa opened the session.  A video on ICJ with Persian subtitles, which was translated by UNIC inters, was screened for the group. Then by navigating through the website of ICJ, the UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani briefed the students on how to find and retrieve information. There was a focus on the five contentious cases organized by Iran as well as current judges ad hoc including Professor Djamchid Momtaz as the ad hoc judge in the case “Certain Iranian Assets (Islamic Republic of Iran v. United States of America)”.

 

Kharazmi University Professor and consultant to the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Office, Centre for International Legal Affairs Dr Hadi Azari

Then Dr Azari briefed on Institution of proceedings before the ICJ. He introduced the different procedures such as application, compromise and framework agreement as well as their differences and impacts.

Later the participants were divided to two groups and tried to prepare different proceedings according to what they had learned.

Ms. Zohreh Safavi one of the PhD students expressed her satisfaction from the workshop and said it has helped her to have a much better understanding of ICJ and its work.

Persian copies of UN Charter and the UN System Chart were distributed among the participants. 

Workshop participants

Workshops “Finding UN Information and Documentation” are regularly organized by the UNIC for all interested groups. For more information about how to attend these workshops and learn how to navigate the UN web site, please contact UN Information Center: Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.'; document.getElementById('cloak43327').innerHTML += ''+addy_text43327+'<\/a>'; //-->  – Tel. No.: 0098 21- 22873837) 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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