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In the name of lasting peace for all, promote and defend human rights-UN Chief

TEHRAN, 21 September 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day of Peace called for all people to promote and defend human rights.

The full text of his message reads:

This year we mark International Day of Peace as we prepare to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This foundational document is a reminder that peace takes root when people are free from hunger, poverty and oppression and can thrive and prosper. 

With the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as our guide, we must ensure the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

I encourage you to speak up. For gender equality.  For inclusive societies.  For climate action. 

Do your part at school, at work, at home. Every step counts.

Let us act together to promote and defend human rights for all, in the name of lasting peace for all.

 

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One-Day workshop on the UN, its Trade and Financial Organizations, Youth and Entrepreneurship

The United Nation Information Centre (UNIC) supported a workshop organized by the NGO “Non-Stop Event”, the Iranian Association for United Nations Studies (IAUNS) and Department for Youth Affairs of Tehran Province Sport and Youth Office, which was held at the UN conference room for some 30 members of the NGOs, students and entrepreneurs. UNIC National Information Officer Mr Mohammad Moghadam opened the session and after his welcoming words, he introduced the UN and its history, the main organs and some basic facts about this international organization.  
Finding UN information and documentation workshop participants

The United Nation Information Centre (UNIC) supported a workshop organized by the NGO “Non-Stop Event”, the Iranian Association for United Nations Studies (IAUNS) and Department for Youth Affairs of Tehran Province Sport and Youth Office, which was held at the UN conference room for some 30 members of the NGOs, students and entrepreneurs.

UNIC National Information Officer Mr Mohammad Moghadam opened the session and after his welcoming words, he introduced the UN and its history, the main organs and some basic facts about this international organization.

Dr Mehdi Ghasemi delivering speech

Then UNIC Reference Assistant Ms Nazanin Ghaemmaghami held “Finding UN information through the UN website” workshop in two separate sessions. She introduced the UN youth forum that was held on 30 May 2018 by the UN General Assembly during which the United Nations representatives and its Member States diplomats listened to the ideas, needs and concerns of young people on bridging education and skills training with employment in the 21st century. Then she introduced International Year of YouthInternational Youth Day as well as World Youth Skills Day.

There was a focus on United Nations Economic and Social Council and Engaging youth: ECOSOC Youth Forum as well as some specialized agencies such as International Labour Organization (ILO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), International Trade Centre (ITC) and World Trade Organization (WTO).    

UNIC Reference Assistant Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani and participants

During the afternoon session, Dr Mehdi Ghasemi from the Iranian Association for United Nations Studies delivered a speech on “UN economic capacities with a focus on Economic and Social Council.” The workshop was concluded with a Q & A session.

The Cultural Deputy of the Department for Youth Affairs of Tehran Province Sport and Youth Office Ms Omolbanin Golmohammadi found the programme very useful for the young Iranians and hoped that her office can have more training sessions with the UNIC. The organizer of the session from “Non-Stop Event” Mr Sajed Nickmehr also thanked UNIC and expressed the satisfaction of his own and the participants.

Persian copies of UN Charter, Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN System Chart were distributed among the 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('cloak1595').innerHTML += ''+addy_text1595+'<\/a>'; //-->  – Tel. No.: 0098 21- 22873837) 

 

 

 
 

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UNIC-Tehran interns win Plural+ video festival award

TEHRAN, 12 September 2018 (UNIC) – The Iranian United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Interns have won the awards of “the Paley Center for Media” as well as “the Media Education Centre” of the Plural+ video festival.

PLURAL+ is a joint initiative between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration(IOM), with a network of over 50 partner organizations, that support the creative efforts of young people and distribute their videos worldwide

PLURAL+ is a youth-produced video festival which encourages young people to explore migration, diversity and social inclusion, and to share their creative vision with the world.

This year the festival received 371 video entries from all around the world.

The Iranian UNIC interns’ video “Life without Borders” will be part of the PLURAL+ 2018 program, and will be showcased around the world in educational, noncommercial, venues (festivals, schools, conferences, etc.). Their video will also be available on PLURAL+ website.

Niousha Vafamanesh, UNIC Intern, editor of the video said: “This festival was a great opportunity for us to express our opinion and now I am happy that many young people will watch it. I am proud that our joint efforts were noticed by the jury and we won this prestigious award.”

PLURAL+ 2018 Awards ceremony will be held on the 19th of November at the United Nations Headquarters in New York; and all PLURAL+ 2018 award winning videos will be showcased at the Paley Center for Media of New York on the 21st of November. 

https://pluralplus.unaoc.org/

https://media.paleycenter.org/

 

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Tackling economic, political inequalities, invigorates democracy – UN Chief

TEHRAN, 13 September 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day of Democracy, 15 September 2018, said by tackling economic and political inequalities, democracy would be invigorated.

The full text of his message reads:

Democracy is showing greater strain than at any time in decades. That is why this International Day should make us look for ways to invigorate democracy and seek answers for the systemic challenges it faces.

This means tackling inequality, both economic and political.  It means making our democracies more inclusive, by bringing the young and marginalized into the political system.  It means making democracies more innovative and responsive to emerging challenges. 

Working for a future that leaves no one behind requires us to consider essential pressing questions.  For example, what impact will migration or climate change have on democracy in the next generation?  How do we best harness the potential of new technologies while avoiding the dangers? How do build better governance so that democracy delivers better lives and fully meets the public’s aspirations?

On this International Day of Democracy, let us commit to joining forces for the future of democracy. 

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‘Direct existential threat’ of climate change nears point of no return, warns UN chief

TEHRAN, 11 September 2018 (UNIC) -- The world risks crossing the point of no return on climate change, with disastrous consequences for people across the planet and the natural systems that sustain them, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned on Monday, calling for more leadership and greater ambition for climate action, to reverse course.

The pledge made by world leaders in the Paris Agreement three years ago to stop temperature rising by less than 2-degree-Celsius and working to keep the increase as close as possible to 1.5-degree-Celsius, “were really the bare minimum to avoid the worst impacts of climate change,” said Secretary-General Guterres, in a landmark speech on climate action, at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday.

“The mountain in front of us is very high but it is not insurmountable. We know how to scale it,” he continued.

“Put simply, we need to put the brake on deadly greenhouse gas emissions and drive climate action,” he added, calling for a shift away from the dependency on fossil fuels towards cleaner energy and away from deforestation to more efficient use of resources.

The UN chief went on to say that such a shift in thinking is where “enormous benefits await humankind.”

“I have heard the argument – usually from vested interests – that tackling climate change is expensive and could harm economic growth. This is hogwash. In fact, the opposite is true,” he stressed.

In his message, Mr. Guterres highlighted the huge economic costs of climate change and the opportunities presented by climate action.

Climate action, socio-economic progress mutually supportive

“Climate action and socio-economic progress are mutually supportive, with gains of 26 trillion dollars predicted by 2030 compared with business as usual, if we pursue the right path,” he said, citing the findings of the recent Climate Economy report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate Change.

The benefits transcend monetary figures.

“Climate-resilient water supply and sanitation could save the lives of more than 360,000 infants every year, clean air has vast benefits for public health [and] in China and the United States, new renewable energy jobs now outstrip those created in the oil and gas industries,” explained Mr. Guterres, noting several examples from across the world of climate action resulting in enormous benefits for countries and communities.

“And for that to happen, the leaders of the world need to step up. The private sector, of course, is poised to move, and many are doing so.

In his remarks, Secretary-General Guterres highlighted the skewed impact of the climate crisis on vulnerable nations and urged richer countries to do more to assist them.

Looking ahead, the UN chief emphasized that he would be reiterating this message at the General Assembly’s high level segment later in the month as well as at other key events, including the G7 and G20 meetings of world leaders; and the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) meetings.

“The time has come for our leaders to show they care about the people whose fate they hold in their hands. We need them to show they care about the future,” he stressed.

 Climate Summit in 2019

 Mr. Guterres further announced that in September 2019, he will convene a Climate Summit to bring climate action to the top of the international agenda and unveiled the appointment of Luis Alfonso de Alba, a former Mexican diplomat, as his Special Envoy to lead its preparations.

The Summit, he said, will focus on the heart of the problem – the sectors that create the most emissions and the areas where building resilience could make the biggest difference – as well as provide leaders and partners the opportunity to demonstrate real climate action and showcase their ambition.

“I am calling on all leaders to come to next year’s Climate Summit prepared to report not only on what they are doing, but what more they intend to do when they convene in 2020 for the UN climate conference and where commitments will be renewed and surely ambitiously increased,” he said.

In the same vein, the Secretary-General called on civil society and young people to push the agenda of climate action.

“There is no more time to waste. We are careering towards the edge of the abyss,” warned Mr. Guterres, adding that though it is not too late to shift course, “every day that passes means the world heats up a little more and the cost of our inaction mounts.”

“Every day we fail to act is a day that we step a little closer towards a fate that none of us wants – a fate that will resonate through generations in the damage done to humankind and life on earth.”

 

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