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2017-internship-for-local-international-students-un-information-center-in-i-r-iran,-tehran-part-time-with-flexible-schedule,-unpaid The United Nations Information Center (UNIC) is the public voice of the UN and the principal source of information about the United Nations system. It promotes global awareness and greater understanding of the work of the UN, using various communication tools including press, electronic and new media. More information about UNIC activities is available at www.unic-ir.org. The incumbents will work under the general supervision of the UNIC Director and under direct supervision of the UNIC Reference Assistant. The purpose of internships at UNIC is not to lead to further employment with...
un-secretary-general-s-remarks-at-nowruz-celebration,-21-march-2017 Happy Nowruz to everyone!I am grateful to the Ambassadors from a dozen countries celebrating Nowruz for bringing us together today. Thank you for enabling the United Nations to be part of this timeless ceremony. Nowruz is a new beginning. A new year. A chance to be with family and friends. The United Nations family celebrates Nowruz because this holiday has meaning for the whole world. Nowruz is a reminder of all that we have in common – and the richness of our diversity.   President of the General Assembly, Ambassadors, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Happy Nowruz to...
students-of-tourism-learn-more-about-the-un-and-sdgs TEHRAN- UNIC together with Parto Tourism Institute organized “Finding UN Information and Documentation” workshop for some 35 university students of tourism who are members of the institute. The theme of the workshop which was held at the UN building on 14 March 2017 was on tourism, cultural heritage and handicrafts with a focus on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghmi elaborated on basic facts about the UN, UN General Assembly and its resolutions on UN observances including the one which named 2017 as the International Year of...
lake-urmia-comes-back-to-life-slowly-but-surely Life has returned to the dying Salt Lake in North-West Iran. The effort to restore what had been broken is succeeding. Returning to the barren landscape after almost four years, I was able to see water. Not nearly enough, but much more than last time. The lake is reviving. And this revival is the result of an immensely successful collaborative effort involving many players – some Iranian, some foreign. Lake Urmia was once Iran’s largest lake. In its prime, it was the second largest saltwater lake in the world. But years of man-made disruption – from the frenzy of 60 years of...
inauguration-of-“iranian-women”-photo-exhibition TEHRAN - UNIC Director Maria Dotsenko, Vice-President for Women and Family Affairs Dr. Shahindokht Molaverdi and Managing Director of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) Dr. Mohammad Khoddadi spoke at the inaugural ceremony of “Iranian Women” photo exhibition at the Milad tower in Tehran on 11 March 2017.   From right to left: Ms. Molaverdi, Ms. Rafati from IRNA and Ms. Dotsenko inaugurating the Iranian Women photo exhibition TEHRAN - UNIC Director Maria Dotsenko, Vice-President for Women and Family Affairs Dr. Shahindokht Molaverdi and Managing Director of the...
the-secretary-general’s-report-on-special-measures-for-protection-from-sexual-exploitation-and-abuse-a-new-approach TEHRAN, 10 March 2017 (UNIC) -- The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres released his report on Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: A New Approach for consideration by the General Assembly on Thursday 9 March 2017.  During his first week in office, in January 2017, the Secretary-General established a diverse High-Level Task Force, led by his Special Coordinator Jane Holl Lute, to develop as a matter of urgency a strategy to achieve visible and measurable improvements in the way the Organisation prevents and responds to sexual exploitation and abuse....
discussion-on-issues-of-social-justice TEHRAN – On the occasion of the World Day of Social Justice, International Studies Journal (ISJ) in partnership with Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) and UNIC Tehran held the conference on the Interactions of Transitional Justice and International Humanitarian Law, at IRCS on 9 March 2017. The ISJ Editor-in-Chief Dr. Mehdi Zakerian greeted the audience. UNIC Director Maria Dotsenko said that social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. “We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the...
universal-access-to-sexual,-reproductive-health,-the-key-to-gender-equality TEHRAN, 9 March 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Population Fund (UNFAP) Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin in his message on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017, said universal access to sexual and reproductive health is the key to gender equality. The full text of his message reads: Gender equality is a human right. Women are entitled to live in dignity and in freedom from want and fear, without discrimination. Gender equality is also vital to sustainable development, peace and security. It’s not just a women’s issue. It’s an issue for all of humanity. Sadly, despite some...
unama-condemns-attack-on-kabul-hospital  TEHRAN, 9 March 2017(UNIC)- The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan condemns Wednesday’s complex attack on Kabul’s Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital. The hospital treats sick and wounded members of the armed forces and their family members, and is the largest medical military facility in Afghanistan. On Wednesday morning, attackers reportedly disguised as medical doctors detonated a suicide vehicle borne IED at the entrance gate to the hospital, after which several attackers armed with AK-47s, grenades and suicide vests entered the facility. The armed attackers proceeded to target...
unesco-organizes-visit-to-isfahan-science-and-technology-town-for-diplomatic-missions-in-tehran On 8-9 March 2017, the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office organized a field visit to Isfahan for representatives of embassies and international organisations in Tehran. The main purpose of the visit was to familiarize the participants with the work of Isfahan Regional Centre for Business Incubators and Science & Technology Parks Development (IRIS) under the Auspices of UNESCO, located in Isfahan’s Science and Technology Town (ISTT).   The guests were welcomed by the Mayor of Isfahan. On 8-9 March 2017, the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office organized a field visit to Isfahan...
international-women’s-day-commemorated-by-ketabraneh-bookstore TEHRAN - UNIC Director Maria Dotsenko delivered the United Nations Secretary-General’s message on the occasion of International Women’s Day (IWD) during a ceremony on the occasion of IWD organized by Ketabraneh mobile bookstore at Allameh Tabatabaee School on 8 March 2017. Civil society activists, artists, children, women and school teachers and school managers were among the audience. Ms. Sarvenaz Heraner one of founders of Ketabraneh read her poem entitle “Woman”:   Some of the participants at IWD ceremony with SDGs poster TEHRAN - UNIC Director Maria Dotsenko...
international-women’s-day-commemorated-at-alzahra-university TEHRAN - On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism in partnership with the Women and Family Group of Alzahra University and UNIC Tehran organized a conference entitled “Empowering Women Victims of Terror: A necessity for Defending Future of Humanity” at Faculty of Social and Economic Science of Alzahra University on 8 March 2017. The seminar began with United Nations Secretary-General’s message, delivered by UNIC NIO Mohammad Rajai-Moghadam.   Participants at IWD conference TEHRAN - On the occasion of...
briefing-on-un-un4u-for-university-of-tehran-students TEHRAN - A group of some 11 post graduate students from Faculty of World Studies of University of Tehran along with their Professor Dr. Hessamoddin Vaez Zadeh were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs as well as SDGs by UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Rajai-Moghadam at UNIC Library 7 March 2017.   University of Tehran students listening to UNIC's Moghadam TEHRAN - A group of some 11 post graduate students from Faculty of World Studies of University of Tehran along with their Professor Dr. Hessamoddin Vaez Zadeh were briefed on the UN, its history...
closing-gender-gap-in-employment-could-add--trillion-to-global-gdp-by-2025-un-chief TEHRAN, 8 March 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017, said closing the gender gap in employment could add $12 trillion to global GDP by 2025. The full text of his message reads:   Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed. Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential. Historic...
unic-workshop-at-dr-shahbazi’s-institute-of-legal-studies UN Information Center briefed members of Dr. Mohammad Shahbazi’s Institute of Legal Studies on how to find UN information and documentation on UN website. The workshop took place on 6 March 2017 at the Institute for some 20 advocates and students of law. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani, who held the workshop elaborated on some basic facts about the UN and explained how to find and retrieve UN information on the bilingual UNIC, and the UN websites.   Finding UN information and documentation workshop participants UN Information Center...
role-of-public-private-partnerships-in-promotion-of-sdgs Dizin Ski Resort – Iranian ski resorts with high altitude of mountains, proximity to Tehran, good snow conditions and professional equipment are another gem of this beautiful country. Thousands of skiers learned more about Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the Austrian Charity Ski Race organized by the Commercial Section of the Austrian Embassy/ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA and Raika Tose’eh Kish Company at the Dizin Ski Resort on 4 March 2017.   Dizin Ski Resort – Iranian ski resorts with high altitude of mountains, proximity to Tehran, good snow conditions and...
unesco-participates-in-first-national-congress-on-successful-iranian-women On 6 March 2017, Shahid Beheshti University hosted the first “National Congress on Successful Iranian Women” in Tehran, as an opportunity to highlight the crucial role of women in achieving sustainable development and to celebrate the successes of Iranian women. The opening session consisted on several speeches followed by two panel discussions on “Women at Political and Management Levels” and “Artists”. Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, delivered a speech at the opening session. “No country, no nation on earth, can grow and...
briefing-about-the-un-and-un-iran-partnership-at-kashan-university 28 February 2017 – International Scientific Cooperation Office of University of Kashan and UN Information Centre (UNIC) held another outreach activity to raise awareness on UN, UN-Iran partnership and Sustainable Development Goals on 28 February 2017. During workshop on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” more than 150 professors and students of law and some other fields learned how to navigate UN web site. The UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani, who conducted this workshop, elaborated on some basic facts about the UN and briefed the audience...
more-than-1000-iraqis-were-killed,-injured-by-terrorists-in-february TEHRAN, 5 March 2017 – A total of 392 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 613 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in February 2017*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The number of civilians killed in February (not including police) was 385, while the number injured (not including police) was 609. Ninewa was the most affected Governorate, with 451 civilian casualties (201 killed, 250 injured). Baghdad Governorate followed with 120 killed and 300 injured, and Salahadin had 09 killed...
second-ssar-partners-meeting-convened-at-bafia-premises Over the past five years, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, UNHCR and national and international partners consisting of several NGOs and INGOs have firmly rooted their assistance to Afghan refugees in the regional, multi-year framework of the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR), which is now complemented by the addition of the Resilience and Solutions Measures. A quadripartite multi-year regional strategy between the governments of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran together with UNHCR, the SSAR, was launched in 2012. The strategy aims to ensure the protection of...
a-resurrection-in-the-middle-east-life-has-returned-to-a-dying-salt-lake-in-northwest-iran By Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment, and Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran Lake Urmia was once the second largest saltwater lake in the world. But years of man-made disruption—from 60 years of dam building to the massive overuse of feeder rivers—has diverted the natural flow of sweetwater from the surrounding basin into the salty lake. As a result, the lake simply dried out. It died at the hands of humans.   Lake Urmia, Iran By Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment, and Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of...
tourist-guides-learn-more-about-un-through-un-websites UNIC together with Hurland Institute organized “Finding UN Information” workshop for some 15 representatives of different civil society organizations (CSOs) dealing with tourism and cultural heritage with a focus on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UN building on 23 February 2017. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghmi elaborated on basic facts about the UN, UN General Assembly and its resolutions on UN observances including one which named 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development as well as World Tourism Day (27 September)....
photo-story-usg-solheim-s-visit-to-iran-at-a-glance USG and Head of UN Environment, Mr. Erik Solheim met with Vice-President and Head of the Department of Environment, Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar and discusses issues such as Iran's water shortage, loss of biodiversity and sand and dust storms   USG Solheim visiting Lake Urmia   USG and Head of UN Environment, Mr. Erik Solheim (center) met with Foreign Minister of Iran, Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) and Vice-President and Head of Department of Environment, Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar along with the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Gary Lewis (left) prior to the inauguration ceremony...
une-chief-visits-hormod-booth-at-16th-international-environment-exhibition TEHRAN – United Nations Environment Executive Director Erik Solheim and UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran Gary Lewis visited Hormod Sustainable Development Institute’s booth at the Sixteenth International Environment Exhibition (24-27 February 2017) on Friday 24 February 2017.   Solheim (right) and Lewis TEHRAN – United Nations Environment Executive Director Erik Solheim and UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran Gary Lewis visited Hormod Sustainable Development Institute’s booth at the Sixteenth International Environment...
seminar-on-“role-of-ecosoc-in-fulfilling-un-charter’s-goals” TEHRAN - Iranian Association of United Nations Studies (IAUNS) in partnership with UNIC Tehran organized a seminar on “Role of Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in fulfilling UN Charter’s goals” for university professors, students and researchers at House of Humanities Intellectuals (HHI) on 15 February 2017. The seminar began by IAUNS Secretary-General Dr. Pooriya Asgari’s remarks and then UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam briefed on ECOSOC functions, its membership, subsidiary bodies and its work with civil society as well as its important role in SDGs.   ...
head-of-un-environment-to-visit-iran TEHRAN, 22 February 2017 (UNIC) – The UN Under-Secretary-General and Head of UN Environment, Mr. Erik Solheim is scheduled to visit the Islamic Republic of Iran from 24 to 26 February 2017. Mr. Solheim is expected to meet senior officials in Tehran and focus on expanding regional cooperation on environmental issues and strengthening the partnership between Iran and the neighboring countries to solve the environmental problems in the region. During his stay, Mr. Solheim will attend the “The 16th Iran International Environment Exhibition” and visit the Lake...
green-development-festival-opens-in-tehran TEHRAN - The 22nd National Conference of the Iranian Society of Environmentalists and the 12th Green Development Festival was opened by Vice President and Head of Department of Environment Massoumeh Ebtekar at the Science and Research Branch of Islamic Azad University on Tuesday 21 February 2017. With a focus on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the two-day conference, in addition to Iranian environmentalists, hosted speakers from the United Nations.   Vice President and Head of Department of Environment Massoumeh Ebtekar TEHRAN - The 22nd National Conference of the...
victims-of-terror-and-their-families-got-acquainted-with-the-un-website Since the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy has framed the current work of the UN to support and show solidarity to victims of terrorism and their families, UN Information Center (UNIC)-Tehran decided to mark jointly with the Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism (ADVT), the World Day of Social Justice (20 February). More than 25 civil society activists from ADVT took part in the round table discussion at the UN building on 16 February 2017.   Finding UN information and documentation workshop participants Since the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy...
facing-global-challenges,-finding-hope-in-youth TEHRAN, 16 February 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his speech delivered at Cairo University on Wednesday underlined the importance of young people in addressing the challenges confronting the contemporary world, including those to peace, impacts of climate change and growing inequalities.   “The best hope to address these challenges is with the new generations, we need to make sure that we are able to strongly invest in those new generations,” said the Secretary-General, urging the international community to be fully engaged in addressing a key...
together,-we-can-make-the-world-a-happier-place TEHRAN, 15 February 2017 (UNIC) – “The Small Smurfs Big Goals Campaign” runs from 15 February-20 March 2017 in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), culminating with the International Day of Happiness on 20 March. The campaign hashtag #SmallSmurfsBigGoals focuses on the important message that all of us can help accomplish big goals, whether we are a small Smurf, young child, or individual. And as a team, we can achieve all of the SDGs. Why do Smurfs like the Sustainable Development Goals?   TEHRAN, 15 February 2017 (UNIC) – “The Small Smurfs Big Goals...
“private-sector-–-and-corporate-social-responsibility-–-key-in-achieving-the-2030-agenda” 15 February marks International Childhood Cancer Day. To commemorate the day, Mahak – a non-profit, non-political, and non-governmental charity organization which supports children suffering from cancer – hosted an event entitled “4th International Congress of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)” focusing on Sustainable Development. The event was sponsored by the Iran and Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture. The event was attended by directors and managers of enterprises and management decision-making bodies. Speakers Seyed Mohammad Hadi Ayazi, Deputy...
unesco-participates-in-consultative-meeting-on-sustainable-tourism-for-development The United Nations General Assembly declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, recalling the potential of tourism to advance the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Within that framework, the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) called for a consultative meeting to discuss what can be done in the Islamic Republic of Iran to mark the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The meeting brought together a wide variety of tourism...
unesco-supports-30th-khwarizmi-international-award On 13 February 2017, the Iranian Minister of Science, Research and Technology, Dr. Farhadi, presented the 30th Kharazmi International Award to this year’s distinguished laureates. The Kharazmi International Award, administered by the Iranian Research Organisation for Science and Technology (IROST), was created in 1987. Since its inception, UNESCO has supported the honorary prize, which has been awarded annually with an aim to encourage and reward research performance, production and innovation.   The Minister of Science, Research and Technology delivers his speech On 13...
statement-on-the-attack-against-the-ihec-electoral-office-in-basra TEHRAN, 13 February 2017 – UNAMI condemns the attack that took place early morning on Sunday, 12 February against the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) Governorate Electoral Office in Basra, in which unknown gunmen fired gunshots at the facility. The use of force and any threats of violence against IHEC and its staff are not acceptable and should not be allowed to happen. IHEC is an institution that is one of the core elements of the democratic and constitutional order in Iraq. UNAMI calls on the authorities to do their utmost to investigate the incident and to take...
un-statement-on-the-violent-demonstrations-in-baghdad  TEHRAN, 12 February 2017 (UNIC) – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq is concerned that demonstrations in Baghdad yesterday resulted in casualties among protestors but, as reported, also among security forces. UNAMI notes the statement of Prime Minister Abadi in which he affirmed the right of citizens to demonstrate peacefully while abiding by the law and acknowledged the Government’s responsibility to protect demonstrators while protecting the safety and security of citizens. The right of freedom of peaceful assembly is the cornerstone of democracy and must be...
formula-1-tv-show-interview-with-the-un-resident-coordinator-in-iran-part-3 The host of the TV show Formula 1 – broadcasted from IRIB1 – recently sat with the UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr. Gary Lewis for a friendly interview. The focus of the interview was Mr. Lewis’ experience about living in Iran. The interview was divided into different segments and today the third part of the interview was aired. Click on the above picture to watch this part. Click on the below picture to watch the second part of the interview which was broadcasted on 1st February.   The host of the TV show Formula 1 – broadcasted from IRIB1...
members-of-bar-association-from-alborz-province-navigate-the-un-online UN Information Center briefed members of the Alborz Bar Association on how to find UN information and documentation on UN websites. The workshop took place on 7 February 2017 at the UN Office for some 20 advocates mostly from Karaj city, from the Alborz Province. “Promoting the rule of law at the national and international levels is at the heart of the United Nations’ mission,” said UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani, who led the workshop. She also elaborated on some basic facts about the UN and explained how to find and retrieve UN information on the...
fao-global-sugar-and-cereals-prices-climb-in-january The FAO Food Price Index rose notably in January, led by sugar and cereals, even as global markets remain well supplied. According to a press release published by the Representation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in the Islamic Republic of Iran, the FAO Food Price Index averaged 173.8 percent in January, its highest value in almost two years, marking a 2.1 percent increase from its revised December value and 16.4 percent above its 2016 January level   Photo credit: FAO The FAO Food Price Index rose notably in January, led by sugar...
a-continent-of-hope  By United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres Far too often, the world views Africa through the prism of problems.  When I look to Africa, I see a continent of hope, promise and vast potential.  I am committed to building on those strengths and establishing a higher platform of cooperation between the United Nations and the leaders and people of Africa.  This is essential to advancing inclusive and sustainable development and deepening cooperation for peace and security.  That is the message I carried to the recent African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia -- my first...
un-calls-on-parties-to-take-urgent-measures-to-halt-civilian-casualties,-as-numbers-for-2016-reach-record-high Tehran, 7 February 2017 – The United Nations called on all warring parties in Afghanistan to take urgent steps to halt the killing and maiming of civilians, as a new UN report issued Monday recorded the highest ever number of civilian casualties in a single year, including record figures for children killed and injured in 2016. The report documents 11,418 conflict-related civilian casualties, including 3,498 killed and 7,920 injured. Of these, 3,512 were children - 923 dead and 2,589 injured, up 24 per cent on the previous highest recorded figure. The figures, recorded by UN Assistance...
students-in-qom-city-learn-more-about-un 6 February 2017 - Mofid University Human Rights Centre and UN Information Center (UNIC) Tehran on 6 February 2017 held a series of outreach activities aimed to raise awareness on UN and Sustainable Development Goals. During workshop on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” more than 45 graduate students of the international law and human rights, political science and other fields from different universities across Iran in Qom city learn how to navigate UN web site.   UNIC Director, Dr. Maria Dotsenko and UNIC Refrence Assistant, Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami briefing about the...
navigating-information-on-peace-and-security-through-the-un-website In a joint event held by the Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) and United Nations Information Center (UNIC)-Tehran, some 14 graduate students were briefed about retrieving the UN-related information and documentation. The discussion focused on peace and security and it was held on 2 February 2017 at the UN building.   Finding UN information and documentation workshop participants In a joint event held by the Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) and United Nations Information Center (UNIC)-Tehran, some 14 graduate students were briefed about retrieving the...
experts-from-statistical-centre-of-iran-learn-more-about-un-website-and-sdgs United Nations Information Centre per request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ School of International Relations held a workshop on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” for experts of Statistical Centre of Iran at the UN building on 31 January 2017. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami elaborated on some basic facts about the UN such as the main organs including General Assembly and its resolution on World Statistics Day as well as Economic and Social Council, UN Statistical Commission as one of its subsidiary bodies and UN Statistics Division and its...
kubiš-briefs-security-council-daesh-days-numbered-but-tough-fight-ahead,-urges-international-support TEHRAN, 5 February 2017 – Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq Mr. Ján Kubiš briefed the UN Security Council on the situation in Iraq on 02 February 2017, foreseeing the inevitable demise of Daesh’s so-called caliphate but warning that a tough fight lies ahead as Iraqi security forces advance towards western Mosul and urging robust international support for post-conflict recovery. “This steady progress should not conceal that fighting has been and will be a massive challenge, in particular inside the old city in western Mosul,” the Special...
1,327-iraqis-were-killed,-injured-by-terrorists-in-january-2017 TEHRAN, 5 February 2017 – A total of 403 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 924 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in January 2017*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).   The number of civilians killed in January (not including police) was 382, while the number injured (not including police) was 908.   Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate with 572 civilian casualties with 128 killed and 444 injured.  Ninewa followed with 187 killed and 285 injured, and Salahadin had 30...
un-chief-calls-for-global-action-against-female-genital-mutilation TEHRAN, 5 February 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day for Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February 2017 said called for global action against this heinous human rights violation. The full text of his message reads: Female genital mutilation denies women and girls their dignity, endangers their health, and causes needless pain and suffering, with consequences that endure for a lifetime and can even be fatal. Sustainable development demands full human rights for all women and girls. The 2030 Agenda for...
“together-for-sdgs”-campaign-at-the-35th-fajr-film-festival The United Nations Information Centre in Tehran is proud to cooperate with the 35th Fajr Film Festival, in line with actions to support efforts of the Islamic Republic of Iran authorities on promotion and achievement of SDGs in Iran towards 2030. Film industry and media professionals as well as cinemagoers are kindly requested to pay attention to the “Together for SDGs” stands located at the Milad Tower. On 13 September 2016, a number of renowned Iranian artists officially launched the Campaign aiming to introduce the SDGs to the Iranian public.   The United...
iranist-interview-with-un-resident-coordinator The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Iran spoke to The Iranist about climate change, preservation efforts to save Lake Urmia, and what might surprise you about the Islamic Republic. THE IRANIST: You’ve worked in numerous countries before arriving in Tehran, what surprised you most about Iran? GARY LEWIS: The first surprise that hits you when you arrive is how clean the streets in Tehran are! In fact, I have traveled to 29 out of Iran’s 31 provinces and have found this cleanliness to be almost universal—with the sad exception of the Caspian Sea area, which is bestrewn with...
role-of-wetlands-in-safeguarding-food-security-op-ed-by-serge-nakouzi-fao-representative-in-iran On the 2nd of February 1971, the international Convention on Wetlands was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar. As we commemorate today the forty-sixth anniversary of the adoption of the convention, it is noteworthy that the wetlands in the country which first drew global attention to the need to safeguard these important geographic land areas harboring distinct ecosystems, are facing unprecedented challenges.   By Serge R. Nakouzi, The FAO Representative to Iran and to ECO On the 2nd of February 1971, the international Convention on Wetlands was adopted in the...
formula-1-tv-show-interview-with-the-un-resident-coordinator-in-iran-part-2 The host of the TV show Formula 1 – broadcasted from IRIB1 – recently sat with the UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr. Gary Lewis for a friendly interview. The focus of the interview was Mr. Lewis’ experience about living in Iran. The first part was broadcasted on 18 January. The second part of the interview was aired today - 1st February. Click on the above picture to watch the second part.   The host of the TV show Formula 1 – broadcasted from IRIB1 – recently sat with the UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr....
unesco-attends-17th-wftga-convention-in-tehran The 17th Convention of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) is taking place in Tehran from 28 January to 1 February. The opening ceremony on 28 January was attended by H.E. President Rouhani, H.E. Vice-President Ahmadipour, Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization and other dignitaries. H.E. President Rouhani stressed the importance of tourism for peace, intercultural dialogue and fostering greater understanding and harmony between peoples. "Tourism serves as a bridge between nations", said the President.   H.E. President Rouhani...
unesco-kicks-off-3-day-training-workshop-for-museum-managers On 29 January, UNESCO kicked off a three-day capacity building workshop on the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, with a focus on documentation and inventorying at museums. The workshop was organized jointly with the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO), ICOM and the Research Center of ICHTTO.   Dr. Beheshti delivers his speech at the opening of the workshop On 29 January, UNESCO kicked off a three-day capacity building workshop on the...
no-room-for-intolerance-in-the-21st-century-un-chief TEHRAN, 26 January 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, 27 January 2017, said after the horrors of the 20th century, there should be no room for intolerance in the 21st. The full text of his message reads: Today, we honour the victims of the Holocaust, an incomparable tragedy in human history. The world has a duty to remember that the Holocaust was a systematic attempt to eliminate the Jewish people and so many others. It would be a dangerous error to think...
unesco-organizes-a-consultative-expert-meeting-on-development-of-a-national-plan-of-action-to-introduce-ict-accessibility-for-persons-with-disabilities On 24 January 2017, UNESCO embarked on a two-day consultative expert meeting on the development of a national policy to introduce ICT accessibility for persons with disabilities. The meeting was a joint initiative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office and the Iranian National Commission of UNESCO. It brought together experts and representatives from the Ministry of Education, ICT Organization, the Social Welfare Organization, academia and NGOs working in the field of disabilities. Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office welcomed the participants and...
unesco-representative-discusses-cooperation-in-culture-and-tourism-with-vice-president-ahmadipour On 23 January 2017, Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, met with H.E. Ms. Zara Ahmadipour, Vice-President and Head of the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organisation (ICHHTO). The two parties discussed the ongoing cooperation between ICHHTO and UNESCO in the fields of management and conservation of cultural heritage sites, underwater archeology, safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage, promotion of creative industries through the Creative Cities Network, and the development of sustainable tourism....
promotion-of-peace,-culture-of-peace,-moral-and-intellectual-solidarity Tehran – Some 45 professors, intellectuals, researchers, students and civil society activists from the NGO “Ambassadors of Peace and Friendship Association”, with support of the National Commission of UNESCO and United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) learned more about peace, culture of peace, moral and intellectual solidarity at the workshop on 17 January 2017. At the beginning of the session, UNIC Director Dr. Maria Dotsenko welcomed the participants and thanked the organizer. Then she read former UN Secretary-General’s message on the occasion of International Day of Peace...
experts-discuss-the-new-urban-agenda-of-habitat-iii-conference TEHRAN- An expert meeting for discussing the achievements of The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat III, which took place in Quito, Ecuador from 17-20 October 2016, was held at the Association of Iranian Architects on 17 January 2017. The meeting was held by UN HABITAT Office in Tehran with cooperation of Association of Iranian Consulting Engineers, Association of Iranian Sociology, Association of Iranian Architects and UN Information Centre (UNIC) which discussed the New Urban Agenda, adopted at Habitat III conference....
formula-1-tv-show-interview-with-the-un-resident-coordinator-in-iran The host of the TV show Formula 1 – broadcasted from IRIB1 – recently sat with the UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr. Gary Lewis for a friendly interview. The focus of the interview was Mr. Lewis’ experience about living in Iran. The interview has been divided into different segments, the first of which was broadcasted on Wednesday, 18 January. Click here to watch the first segment. The second part is scheduled to be aired on 25th January. Stay tuned.   The host of the TV show Formula 1 – broadcasted from IRIB1 – recently sat with the UN...
diversity-‘is-richness,-not-a-threat,’-un-chief-guterres-tells-forum-on-combatting-anti-muslim-discrimination TEHRAN, 18 January 2017 (UNIC) – In a message to an event spotlighting the growing challenges of anti-Muslim discrimination as well as hatred in various contexts, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appealed for drawing strength from the principles of inclusion, tolerance and mutual understanding to recognize the value of diversity. The high-level event was organized by the Permanent Missions of Canada and the United States to the UN and the Delegation of the European Union and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday 17 January...
un-supports-implementation-of-jcpoa TEHRAN, 17 January 2017 (UNIC) -- Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Farhan Haq said at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday that the United Nations welcomes the first anniversary of the achievement of “Implementation Day” under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (or JCPOA), which marked a significant milestone in the historic agreement reached by the E3/EU+3 and Iran on 14 July 2015 and endorsed by the Security Council in its resolution 2231 of 2015. He added that the agreement underscores the importance of diplomacy in ensuring that Iran’s nuclear programme remains...
iranian-photographer-wins-unicef-photo-of-the-year Each year, UNICEF Germany grants the “UNICEF Photo of the Year Award” to photos and photo series that best depict the personality and living conditions of children worldwide in an outstanding manner. Here are the winner 2016. Arez Ghaderi, Iran Iran: Defending the right to smile Smiling against all odds. A brave smile, maybe even a moment of real joy. It is the resilience, the radiance of a girl in an Iranian garbage dump which turns this photo by Arez Ghaderi, a photographer still not well known in the West, into a symbolic image: the “UNICEF Photo of the Year 2016”. An expression...
call-for-entries-through-young-eyes-photo-competition-for-un-world-wildlife-day-2017 Geneva, 14 January 2017 – The United Nations World Wildlife Day 2017 (WWD2017) will be celebrated on 3 March under the theme “Listen to the young voices”. The CITES Secretariat, as the facilitator for the global celebration of the Day, launched today a photo competition for the youth around the world titled “Through young eyes”. CITES Secretary-General, John E. Scanlon, said: “World Wildlife Day 2017 is a day when we actively engage with the world’s youth in how to better protect the world’s wildlife. It provides an opportunity for the youth to express themselves and to take actions...
undp-expert-supports-iran-in-preparation-for-forthcoming-sustainable-development-goals-report-in-un-new-york Following its decision to deliver its own self-assessment report, in July 2017, on progress made on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Iran has engaged in consultations on the way in which the report will be prepared. On 9 January, here in Tehran, Iran’s National Committee on Sustainable Development (NCSD) – the entity overseeing SDG implementation in Iran – consulted extensively with civil society organizations, academia, the private sector and the United Nations, on the contents of the report and how Iran would, in future, hold itself accountable to the international...
finding-un-information-and-documentation-on-women-issues United Nations Information Centre in cooperation with Iranian Association of Women’s Studies (IAWS) held a workshop on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” with focus on women issues for some 25 participants at the UN building on 9 January 2017. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami elaborated on some basic facts about the UN such as the main organs including General Assembly and its resolutions as well as declarations and conventions on women; Security Council and its landmark resolution 1325 adopted in 2000 on Women, Peace and Security; Economic and Social Council...
school-students-holding-model-united-nations Some 25 selected students from Rah-e-Roshd Educational Complex, Allameh Tabatabaei High School and Alzahra University in cooperation with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran and Department of Environment (DoE) held a Model United Nations (MUN) conference on the subject of Basel Convention: Controlling transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and their disposals at the Sarv conference room of Natural Environment and Biodiversity Division of DoE on 4 January 2017.   Ms. Romina Amirsardari, Ms. Ronak Amirsardari (MUN Chair), and Ms. Helia Mojahed Yazdi...
action-to-counter-violence-against-women-and-girls-in-iran TEHRAN – The National Conference on "Violence against Women: Challenges and Solutions" was held in Tehran this week. One objective was to give a push to the Bill on violence against women and girls (VAW) now being finalized for submission to the national parliament (Majlis). The conference took place in Shahid Beheshti University on Tuesday 3 January. Addressing a large number of lawyers, human and women rights activists, government officials including women members of the Majlis, journalists, university professors and students, UN Resident Coordinator Gary Lewis said we must shatter...
un4u-and-briefing-on-un-for-via-skype-for-members-of-materials-and-energy-research-centre TEHRAN - UNIC NIO Mohammad Moghadam briefed via Skype some 60 members of Materials and Energy Research Centre (MERC) in Karaj (Capital of the Alborze Province) on the UN, its history and main organs as well as some UN agencies stationed in Iran on 4 January 2017. He also answered the participants’ questions.   Members of MERC listening to Moghadam TEHRAN - UNIC NIO Mohammad Moghadam briefed via Skype some 60 members of Materials and Energy Research Centre (MERC) in Karaj (Capital of the Alborze Province) on the UN, its history and main organs as well as some UN agencies...
un4u-and-briefing-on-un-for-district-5-of-tehran-municipality-volunteers A group of some 15 volunteers along with Manager for Disaster Management Headquarters and Deputy Mayor of District 5 of Tehran Municipality, Mr. Mohammad Baqer Hosseinian and In Charge of Training Office of District 5, Mr. Hossein Mansouri were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs as well as SDGs by UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam at UNIC library on 19 December 2016. He also answered the participants’ questions. Copies of the Persian version of UN System Chart, UDHR, and UN Charter were given to the participants.   Volunteers from District 5 of...
un-envoy-in-iraq-strongly-condemns-baghdad-bombings TEHRAN, 3 January 2017 (UNIC) – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, strongly condemned Monday’s triple bombings in Baghdad in which large numbers of civilians were killed and injured. “This is outrageous. Terrorists of Daesh who are steadily losing ground in Iraq are now trying to sow terror and discord. They will fail here as they are failing at the frontlines,” Mr. Kubiš said in Baghdad on Monday. “I call on the authorities to do their utmost in order to speedily bring the perpetrators to justice,” he added. “My...
terrorists-killed,-wounded-1,452-iraqis-in-december-2016 Tehran, 3 January 2017 – A total of 386 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 1,066 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in December 2016*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The number of civilians killed in December (not including police) was 385, while the number injured (not including police) was 1,060. Ninewa was the worst affected Governorate with 719 civilian casualties with 208 killed and 511 injured.  Baghdad followed with 109 killed and 523 injured, and Kirkuk had 64 killed...
antónio-guterres-biography TEHRAN, 2 January 2017 (UNIC) -- António Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, took office on 1st January 2017. Having witnessed the suffering of the most vulnerable people on earth, in refugee camps and in war zones, the Secretary-General is determined to make human dignity the core of his work, and to serve as a peace broker, a bridge-builder and a promoter of reform and innovation. Prior to his election as Secretary-General, Mr. Guterres served as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015, heading one of the world’s foremost...
the-appeal-for-peace-by-un’s-new-sg-antonio-guterres TEHRAN, 1 January 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, at UN Headquarters in New York on Sunday, appealed to all people to join him in committing to peace, today and every day. The full text of his New Year’s Appeal reads: On my first day as Secretary-General of the United Nations, one question weighs heavily on my heart. How can we help the millions of people caught up in conflict, suffering massively in wars with no end in sight? Civilians are pounded with deadly force. Women, children and men are killed and injured, forced from their homes,...
photo-competition-on-intangible-cultural-heritage TEHRAN 28 December 2016 (UNIC) – In order to promote the concept of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) and introduce its instances to wider groups of people in the area of west and central Asia, Regional Research Centre for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in West and Central Asia (Tehran ICH Centre) under the auspices of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO) intends to organize an international photography competition, with title of “Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Context”.   In this regard, all amateur and professional...
un4u-and-briefing-on-un-for-shahid-beheshti-university-students A group of some 13 political science students from Shahid Beheshti University were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs by UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam at UNIC library on 19 December 2016. He also answered the participants’ questions. Copies of the Persian version of UN System Chart, UDHR and UN Charter were given to the participants.   Political science students from SIR attending UN briefing session at UNIC Tehran A group of some 13 political science students from Shahid Beheshti University were briefed on the UN, its history and main...
un4u-and-briefing-on-un-for-students-of-school-of-international-relations TEHRAN - A group of some 32 political science students from Foreign Ministry’s School of International Relations (SIR) were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs as well as UN founds, programmes and specialized agencies stationed in the Islamic Republic of Iran and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam at UNIC library on 19 December 2016.   Political science students from SIR attending UN briefing session at UNIC Tehran TEHRAN - A group of some 32 political science students from Foreign Ministry’s School of...
human-solidarity-builds-lives-of-dignity-for-all-–-un-chief TEHRAN, 20 December 2016 (UNIC) –United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on International Human Solidarity Day, 20 December 2016, emphasized on the role of human solidarity in building lives of dignity for all on a healthy planet. The full text of his message reads: The world has achieved significant progress in human development over the past two decades. The global poverty rate fell by more than half.  People are living longer and healthier lives, and are better educated. Despite these and other advances, prosperity has not been shared by all. Inequalities,...
unicef-turns-70 This year marked UNICEF's 70th anniversary. The above video was released on the occasion of UNICEF's 70 years of inspring hope for children all over the world.   This year marked UNICEF's 70th anniversary. The above video was released on the occasion of UNICEF's 70 years of inspring hope for children all over the world.       Follow Gary Lewis @GaryLewisUN   Follow UNIC Tehran @UNICTehran  
human-rights-day-commemorated TEHRAN-Human Rights Day was commemorated at conference room of the Islamic Human Rights Commission of Iran (IHRCI) on Monday 12 December 2016. The theme of the conference was that all human beings are equal and their rights and freedoms at national and international levels must be defended. The ceremony began by the Secretary of the IHRCI Dr. Mohammad Hassan Ziaeefar’s welcoming remarks followed by the UN Secretary-General’s message, delivered for the participants by UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad R. Moghadam.   Dr. Mohammad Hassan Ziaeefar TEHRAN-Human...
unesco-participates-and-talks-at-the-second-comprehensive-event-on-crisis-management 13 December 2016, Tehran – On the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office participated in the scientific workshop of the Second Comprehensive Event on Crisis Management, held at Sahahr-Aftab exhibition hall. The most recent advancements of Iran in the field of crisis management and disaster response were exhibited at a three days’ fair. Sophisticated, locally-designed technologies were presented at the exhibition, including emergency mobile shelters, water purification technologies, fire extinguishers, field hospitals, bullet-proof...
unesco-and-irna-organize-joint-training-workshop-for-journalists-on-intangible-cultural-heritage On 13 December, UNESCO and IRNA organized a joint training workshop for journalists on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) with the support of the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO). The workshop was held in the central office of IRNA in Tehran. Mr. Mohammad Khoddadi, Managing Director of IRNA, opened the workshop by welcoming the journalists from different mass media outlets. He stressed the importance of quality coverage of issues related to cultural heritage in Iranian media.   After a Q&A session, the participants engaged in a...
students-of-international-relations-learned-more-about-the-un-website Some Ph.D students of International Relations from University of Tehran, Faculty of Law and Political Science participated in a “Finding UN Information and Documentation” workshop held by UN Information Centre in Tehran on 12 December 2016. The University Professor Dr. Nasrin Mosaffa organized with UNIC support this programme, which was focused on peace and security. UNIC Reference Assistant Nazanin Ghaemmaghami addressed the participants on how to retrieve UN documentation and information from UN and UNIC websites and on the Dag Hammarskjold Library’s (DHL) web page during the...
unesco-and-unicef-support-high-level-national-consultation-meeting-on-sdg4 On 11 December 2016, the Ministry of Education of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, the UNICEF Country Office in Iran and the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO jointly organized a High-Level National Consultation Meeting on Sustainable Development Goal 4 at the Talash Complex in Tehran. The meeting brought together representatives from various ministries, government agencies and institutions, UN agencies, civil society organizations, research institutes and academia, as well as the private sector.   The Minister of Education delivers his key...
unesco-and-unicef-jointly-launch-the-2016-global-education-monitoring-report-in-i-r-iran On 11 December 2016, the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, the UNICEF Country Office in Iran, the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO co-organized the national launch of the 2016 Global Education Monitoring or GEM Report, with the theme Education for people and planet: Creating sustainable futures for all. The event was hosted by the Shahid Rajaee Teacher Training University in Tehran. The national launch was attended by policy makers and decision makers from the Ministry of Education and the Literacy Movement Organization, as well as representatives from UN agencies, international...
unesco-participates-in-first-international-conference-on-women-and-urban-life On 10 December 2016, UNESCO participated in the International Conference on Women and Urban Life, held in Tehran’s iconic Milad Tower. The conference, organized by the Office of the Vice-President of Women and Family Affairs and the Tehran Urban Planning and Research Center brought together a large number of national and international participants, and covered ten broad themes: Public Places & Urban Vitality; Family & Urban Health; Social Capitals & Sustainable Development; Social Safety & Vulnerability of Urban Life; Education & Citizenship Rights; Urban...
students-of-human-rights-and-international-law-navigate-the-un-online United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) held a workshop “Finding UN Information and Documentation” for some 22 graduate students of human rights and international law from the Allameh Tabataba'i University, Faculty of Law and Political Science on 8 December 2016 at the UN office in Tehran. The workshop was conducted by the UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani. Students learned about some basic facts about the UN, and how to find and retrieve UN information on the UNIC, and the UN websites as well as Dag Hammarskjold Library (DHL) page on the web. While...
international-day-of-solidarity-with-the-palestinian-people-commemorated TEHRAN- International Studies Journal (ISJ) in cooperation with UNIC Tehran commemorated International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People by holding a workshop and simulation on UN Partition Plan for Palestine at UN office on 8 December 2016. After welcoming remarks by ISJ Editor-in-Chief and Professor of International Law and Political Science at Azad University Dr. Mehdi Zakerian, UNIC Director Dr. Maria Dotsenko delivered the UN Secretary-General’s message on International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People for 25 graduate and post graduate students from...
stand-up-for-someone’s-rights-today TEHRAN, 10 December 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2016, said all of us can – and must – act in our daily lives to advance the human rights of the people around us. The full text of his message reads: As United Nations Secretary-General over the last decade, I have repeatedly stressed the interdependence of the three pillars of the United Nations -- peace, sustainable development and human rights.  Together, they form the basis of resilient and cohesive societies rooted in inclusion, justice and the rule of...
every-country-bears-a-responsibility-to-end-corruption-un-chief TEHRAN, 9 December 2016 (UNIC)—United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on International Anti-Corruption Day, 9 December 2016, said  no country is immune of corruption and every country bears a responsibility to end it. The full text of his message reads: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the world’s inspiring new manifesto for transforming our world and building a better future for all.  But as we undertake this crucial journey of implementation, a broad barrier stands in our path: corruption. No country is immune, and every country bears a...
on-this-international-day,-the-world-is-unitedagainstcorruption TEHRAN, 8 December 2016 (UNIC) – Friday 9 December is the International Anti-Corruption Day, with UNODC and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) calling for people across the globe to join a worldwide campaign to raise awareness about corruption and encouraging people from all walks of life to take action against this crime. The slogan ‘United against Corruption, for development, peace and security’ urges Governments, the private sector and the general public to jointly tackle this issue by changing their attitudes and taking action against the problem.   The campaign...
housing-finance-construction-technology-challenges-the-way-forward Tehran, 7 December 2016 – UN-Habitat and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Tehran and Iran’s Ministry of Roads and Urban Development, held a joint workshop on “Housing Finance & Construction Technology: Challenges and the Way Forward” at IRIB International Conference Center. This workshop was sponsored by the Embassy of Korea and Korean Contractors’ Association in Iran. The morning session focused on housing finance, and in the afternoon session, the subject of construction technologies and new towns were discussed.  Tehran, 7 December 2016 – UN-Habitat and...
disability-association-of-tavana-commemorated-int’l-day-of-persons-with-disabilities TEHRAN – On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, DPI accredited NGO Disability Association of Tavana (DAT) organized a ceremony with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. More than 100 participants, including officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Parliament Deputies, Head of Welfare Department Anoushirvan Mohseni Bandpey, NGO members, UN representatives, Ambassadors and diplomats from 20 countries, persons with disabilities and journalists gathered at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Club on 4 December 2016.   Ms. Fatemeh Salehi...
members-of-raad-rehabilitation-goodwill-complex-commemorated-int’l-day-of-persons-with-disabilities TEHRAN- Raad Rehabilitation Goodwill Complex (RRGC) commemorated International Day of Persons with Disabilities at its auditorium on Saturday 3 December 2016. During the ceremony which was all carried out by disabled persons from RRGC, one of the disabled persons Mr. Seyyed Mehdi Mousavi referred to some of the problems disabled persons face in cities such inappropriate public passages and said suitable passages and proper public transportation in urban areas would further increase mobility and dynamism of disable people.   A scene of ceremony marking Int'l Day of Persons with...
radio-iran’s-interview-with-unaids-country-director-in-iran Source: Iran Seda website On the occasion of World AIDS Day 2016, Radio Iran interviewed Dr. Fardad Doroudi, UNAIDS Country Director in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Click here to listen to the full interview. Click here to listen to the full interview.       
world-politics-review-interview-with-un-resident-coordinator-in-iran The World Politics Review recently published an interview with the UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr. Gary Lewis. The topic of the interview was climate change. Below you can read the full text of the interview: WPR: What impact will mitigation efforts, both within Iran and abroad, have on Iran’s energy sector and development potential?   The World Politics Review recently published an interview with the UN Resident Coordinator The World Politics Review recently published an interview with the UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of...
unesco-organizes-3-day-consultative-meeting-on-development-of-a-national-sustainable-tourism-strategy-in-i-r-iran On 6 December 2016, UNESCO and the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organisation (ICHHTO) embarked on a three-day consultative meeting to discuss the development of a national sustainable tourism strategy for Iran. The meeting brought together national tourism experts from ICHHTO, the private sector and NGOs to discuss issues ranging from tourism planning, destination management, marketing and branding, public-private partnerships, product development, to local community involvement.   The UNESCO Representative stressed the important tourism potential that...
unesco-and-unicef-jointly-organize-sub-regional-workshop-on-education-statistics On 5 December 2016, UNESCO and UNICEF kicked-off a 4-day sub-regional training workshop on Education Statistics. The workshop, organized in cooperation with the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO and the University of Tehran, brought together participants from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. Last month, the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office organized a similar training in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.   The three-day workshop, facilitated by experts from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, will cover a wide range of topics, including: national data collection, processing and...
ban-praises-un-volunteers-for-their-commitment-to-building-a-future-of-peace,-prosperity-and-dignity-for-all TEHRAN, 5 December 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on International Volunteer Day, 5 December 2016, praised UN Volunteers for their commitment to building a future of peace, prosperity and dignity for all. The full text of his message reads: Volunteers work tirelessly to create a better future for all. They contribute to national well-being and show global solidarity at times of crisis.   We see this in action all over the world, most notably over the past year as volunteers have provided shelter and wide-ranging support to millions of...
on-int’l-day,-ban-calls-for-greater-attention-to-the-pressing-issues-affecting-soils TEHRAN, 5 December 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Soil Day, 5 December 2016, called for call for greater attention to the pressing issues affecting soils, including climate change, antimicrobial resistance, soil-borne diseases, contamination, nutrition and human health.   In a modern world where the population is growing, cities are expanding, the climate is changing and more food is needed, we urgently need healthy soils to ensure the essential services they provide. Sustainable management systems and practices will unlock the...
unesco-organizes-three-day-international-training-workshop-for-journalist-educators-on-climate-change-and-water-management On 4 December 2016 UNESCO embarked on a three-day international workshop on “Climate change and water management, using UNESCO Model Curricula” with participants and trainers from Canada, Iran, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Turkmenistan and the United States. The workshop was jointly organized by the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, the Regional Center on Urban Water Management under the auspices of UNESCO (RCUWM), the International Center of Qantas and Hydraulic Structures under the auspices of UNESCO (ICQHS), the Iran Water Resources Management Company, the Iranian National Committee on...
unesco-supports-international-conference-on-water-and-environment-in-the-new-millennium-education-and-capacity-building-at-university-of-tehran Tehran 3 December 2016- The UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office supported the University of Tehran in holding the “International Conference on Water and Environment in the New Millennium: Education and Capacity Building”. The three-day conference was a joint effort of the University of Tehran, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and UNESCO. Over 200 participants from Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Iran, Japan, the Netherlands, Pakistan and the United States attended the opening ceremony on the 3rd of December. Dr. Hamid Pezeshk, Secretary of the Conference, informed the audience...
unami-statement-in-response-to-criticism-on-reporting-military-casualties TEHRAN, 4 December 2016 (UNIC) – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has taken note of the statement issued by the War Media Cell of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, critical of UNAMI’s reporting of military casualty figures that formed part of the Mission’s report on casualty figures for November, issued on 01 December 2016. UNAMI in Baghdad acknowledges that the military figures were largely unverified. In relation to military casualty figures reported by the Mission, owing to the fact that places where conflict is taking place, and where military casualties...
terrorists-killed,-injured-4,265-iraqis-in-november TEHRAN, 4 December 2016 (UNIC) – A total of 2,885 Iraqis were killed and another 1,380 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in November 2016*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The number of civilians killed in November was 926 (including 07 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities protection police, fire department), and the number of civilians injured was 930 (including 18 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities...
ban-calls-for-full,-equal-participation-of-persons-with-disabilities-in-an-inclusive,-sustainable-world TEHRAN, 3 December 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2016, called for the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in an inclusive and sustainable world that embraces humanity in all its diversity. The full text of his message reads: Ten years ago this month, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  One of the most widely ratified international human rights instruments, with 169 Parties, the...
hiv-prevention-goes-beyond-access-to-services-–-it’s-about-more-inclusive-societies Statement by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2016    It is past time to get serious about HIV prevention. We cannot hope to end the AIDS epidemic when every day almost 6,000 people are infected with HIV. Progress on prevention has stagnated. Since 2010, the annual number of new infections among adults has remained unchanged. Antiretroviral treatment has reached more than 18 million people in 2016 and has saved millions of lives and reduced the risk of new infections. But treatment alone...
18m-hiv-positive-people-have-access-to-life-saving-medicines-un-chief TEHRAN, 1 December 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2016, said the number of people with access to life-saving medicines has doubled over the past five years, now topping 18 million.  The full text of his message reads:  Thirty-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community can look back with some pride but we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. There has been real progress in tackling the the disease. More people than ever...
with-access-to-treatment,-people-living-with-hiv-are-living-longer-unaids-chief TEHRAN, 1 December 2016 (UNIC) -- Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibé in his message on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2016, said with access to treatment, people living with HIV are living longer. The full text of his message reads: Today, we commemorate World AIDS Day—we stand in solidarity with the 78 million people who have become infected with HIV and remember the 35 million who have died from AIDSrelated illnesses since the first cases of HIV were reported. The world has committed to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. We are seeing...
int’l-community-to-help-palestinians,-israelis-to-have-meaningful-negotiations-un-chief TEHRAN, 29 November 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, 29 November 2016 called for the international community’s commitment to helping Palestinian and Israelis to rebuild trust and create the conditions for meaningful negotiations. The full text of his message reads: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not just one of many conflicts in the region.  It is in many ways a long-standing, gaping wound that has fed tension and conflict throughout the Middle East. Israeli and...
violence-against-women,-girls-imposes-large-scale-costs-on-families,-communities-and-economies-un-chief TEHRAN, 27 November 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for the International Day to End Violence against Women and Girls, 25 November 2016, said violence against women and girls imposes large-scale costs on families, communities and economies. The full text of his message reads:  At long last, there is growing global recognition that violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development.  Yet there is still much more we can and must do to turn this awareness into...
discussion-on-un-peacekeeping-efforts-with-iranian-association-of-un-studies Students Committee of the Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) in cooperation with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) held a discussion on UN Peacekeeping efforts and film screening for some 50 students and members of the Association at the UN Office on 17 November 2016. A film on UN peacekeeping “United Nations Last Station Before Hell” was followed by discussion, led by three university professors Dr. Mohsen Abdolahi from Shahid Beheshti University, Dr. Pouria Askari from Allameh Tabatabaei University and Dr. Amir Saed Vakil from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs...
“sdgs-can-provide-a-blueprint-to-tackle-global-issues,-including-health”-un-resident-coordinator According to the World Health Organization “Cancers figure among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide and It is expected that annual cancer cases will rise from 14 million in 2012 to 22 within the next two decades.” On 19th November, Vice-President and Head of Iran’s Department of Environment, Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar along with medical professionals and the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr. Gary Lewis attended the “West Asia Cancer Conference” to discuss global experiences and providing solutions on diagnosis and treatment for different types of cancer....
message-of-un-secretary-general-ban-ki-moon-on-the-report-of-the-high-level-panelon-access-to-medicines,-“promoting-innovation-and-access-to-health-technologies” Despite great scientific progress, all countries, from the poorest to the most prosperous, are facing challenges related to the costs of many medicines, diagnostics, medical devices and vaccines.  Since rising costs of health technologies can push people into poverty, we have a shared duty to find solutions to ensure access to these technologies for all. Soon after Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, I convened an independent High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines to “recommend solutions for remedying the policy incoherence between the justifiable...
unama-condemns-attack-at-the-baqer-ul-ulom-mosque-in-kabul  TEHRAN, 22 November 2016 (UNIC) – The UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns Monday’s attack at the Baqer-ul Ulom mosque in Kabul that killed at least 32 civilians and injured more than 50 others, many of them children. A suicide attacker detonated his body-borne improvised explosive device at the mosque killing and maiming worshipers from the country’s Shia Muslim community. The attacker deliberately targeted a group of civilians at the mosque, which had a particularly large congregation as worshippers gathered to observe Arbaeen, a commemoration on the 40th day after...
unesco-organizes-three-day-workshop-on-underwater-archeology-in-kong-port,-hormozgan-province On 21 November 2016, UNESCO in cooperation with the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organisation (ICHHTO) kicked-off a three-day training workshop on underwater archeology with a focus on the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage. The workshop focuses on the 2001 Convention and seeks to clarify what Underwater Cultural Heritage (UCH) actually is, what maritime archeologists do and how to preserve UCH. The mayor of Kong opened the workshop by talking about the historical importance of his port city as a crossroads of merchants and...
“iran-ready-to-cooperate-with-regional-countries-to-tackle-sand-and-dust-storms”-iran-vice-president-at-cop22 his is the view of Iran’s Vice-President and the Head of Department of Environment, Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar. She was speaking at the UNDP and UN Environment side-event taking place at the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Marrakech. The aim of the side-event was to both raise awareness and serve as a call to action for West Asian countries to find a way to tackle this transboundary human development challenge. Other speakers at the event included UNDP Administrator, Ms. Helen Clark, Head of UN Environment, Mr. Erik...
for-the-first-time-in-iran,-25-pediatrics-experts-are-certified-as-pals-instructors-in-a-joint-ministry-of-health-unicef-programme In a joint collaboration between the Ministry of Health’s Children’s Health Department and UNICEF Iran Office, 25 Iranian pediatric experts were officially certified as instructors and 50 as providers of Pediatric Advanced Life Support, PALS, an internationally recognized methodology of child resuscitation and rescue of the American Heart Association. A team of senior experts from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine conducted this training from 6-8 November 2016 in Tehran for a group of pediatric medical experts including pediatricians, pediatric nurses, pediatric anesthesiologists and...
0-billion-is-lost-each-year-to-the-effects-of-poor-sanitation,-unsafe-water-un-chief TEHRAN, 19 November 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Toilet Day, 19 November 2016, said approximately $260 billion is lost each year to the effects of poor sanitation and unsafe water.  World Toilet Day aims to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis – a topic often neglected and shrouded in taboos. This year’s observance focuses on ‘toilets and jobs’ and the impact of sanitation -- or the lack of it -- on livelihoods and work environments. Toilets play a crucial role in creating a strong economy. ...
un-habitat-holds-expert-meeting-on-housing-finance-construction-technology-in-tehran Growth of cities has been the single largest influence on development in the 21st century. With this in mind, housing the citizens receives such importance that UN-Habitat claims to put it at the center of the urbanization. To fulfill the notion of “Adequate Housing for All”, housing finance and construction technology are two pivotal issues that planners should consider. A house is not adequate if its cost threatens the occupants’ enjoyment of other human rights as well as not being able to guarantee the physical safety and energy efficiency.   Growth of cities...
summary-report-on-undp-and-un-environment-sand-and-dust-storm-side-event-at-cop22 Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator, Iran, moderated the event. He described the drivers of sand and dust storms (SDS) as the “perfect storm” combining anthropogenic causes, such as land and water management, and those induced by climate change, such as hotter and drier weather. He underscored the economic, health and environmental impacts of SDS. Lewis noted a growing international consensus on SDS in 2016, including General Assembly Resolution 70/195, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Resolution 72/7 and UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) Resolution...
world-food-programme-and-the-iranian-red-crecent-society-renewal-of-a-joint-letter-of-intent Tehran - Negar Gerami, Representative of World Food Programme (WFP) in Iran and Mansooreh Bagheri, Director General for International Operation & Humanitarian Programs of the Iranian Red Crescent Society )IRCS (renewed a bilateral Letter of Intent for cooperation this month. The Letter of Intent between the IRCS and WFP guides coordination efforts between the two agencies in preparedness and emergency response phases. According to this agreement first signed in 2015, in case of a large scale emergency where WFP’s assistance is requested by the Government of Islamic...
some-422-m-people-live-with-diabetes-un-chief TEHRAN, 14 November 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Diabetes Day, 14 November 2016, said some 422 million people now live with diabetes.  Diabetes is a leading cause of poor eyesight and blindness worldwide.  Because the changes are painless and gradual, people often only realize they have a problem when their eyesight finally begins to fail.  At that point, it can be too late to improve or restore vision.  It is therefore vital that all people with diabetes have their eyes examined regularly by trained personnel who know what to...
unido-to-assist-iran-in-assessing-impact-of-energy,-environmental-policies-on-industrial-development TEHRAN, 13 November 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director General Li Yong in an article exclusively written for the Iranian media on the occasion of 50th Anniversary of UNIDO (1966-2016) said UNIDO is going to assist the Government of Islamic Republic of Iran in assessing the impact of energy and environmental policies on industrial development, job creation and the environment, and establishing the basis for behavioural change and resource mobilization required to deliver sizeable impacts, thereby achieving inclusive and sustainable...
unesco-celebrates-2016-world-science-day-at-tehran-university On 10 November 2016 UNESCO, in partnership with the Iranian Association for the Popularization of Sciences and the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, held a gathering at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Tehran to mark the 2016 World Science Day for Peace and Development. The theme for this year was “Celebrating Science Centers and Science Museums.” A large group of scholars, government officials, students, representatives of embassies, and individuals active in popularizing sciences attended the event, which focused on the importance of the popularization of...
announcement-undp-and-un-environment-to-hold-a-joint-event-on-dust-and-sand-storms-at-cop22-in-marrakech The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) jointly with the United Nations Environment will hold a side-event on the “Sand and Dust Storms” at COP22 in Marrakech on 15th November from 11:00 – 12:00 at UNDP Pavilion – Blue Zone. Speakers at this event include: Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Head of Department of Environment, Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar, UNDP Administrator, Ms. Helen Clark, and Head of United Nations Environment, Mr. Erik Solheim will speak.   UNDP and UN Environment’s will have joint event on Dust and Sand Storms at COP22 The United...
un4u-and-briefing-on-un-for-shahid-beheshti-u-students A group of some 13 political science students from Shahid Beheshti University were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs by UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam at UNIC library on 7 November 2016. He also answered the participants’ questions. Copies of the Persian version of UN System Chart, UDHR and UN Charter were given to the participants.   Participants at UN4U session A group of some 13 political science students from Shahid Beheshti University were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs by UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad...
ban-urges-governments,-businesses-and-citizens-around-the-world-to-prioritize-environmental-care TEHRAN, 6 November 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, 6 November 2016, urged governments, businesses and citizens around the world to prioritize environmental care and the sustainable management of natural resources for preventing conflict, building peace and promoting lasting prosperity.  The full text of his message reads: This year, the world began implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  With 17 universal and...
helen-clark-s-exclusive-message-for-un-day-celebration-in-iran Helen Clark, Chair of United Nations Development Group and UNDP Administrator, recorded an exclusive message for United Nations Day celebration in Iran. "We are the last generation which can head off the worst effects of climate change, and the first generation which has the wealth and knowledge to eradicate poverty forever. The UN has committed to ensuring the 2030 agenda makes a real difference for everyone everywhere." Said Helen Clark in her message. Click here to watch the full message on Aparat.   Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator Click here to watch the full...
unesco-organizes-three-day-training-workshop-on-transboundary-aquifers On 5 November 2016, water authorities from different provinces of Iran gathered together at Safayihe Hotel in Yazd to start a three-day training workshop on “Technical and Legal Principles and Concepts of Transboundary Aquifers” - the first of its kind. The workshop is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Energy of Iran, the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, and the International Center on Qantas and Historic Hydraulic Structures (ICQHS). The training is aimed at addressing the challenges of managing transboundary aquifers, using international water conventions.   The workshop is a...
250,900-people-have-died-in-21-countries-affected-by-30-tsunamis-since-1996  TEHRAN, 5 November 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Tsunami Awareness Day, 5 November 2016, said since 1996, 250,900 people have died in 21 countries affected by 30 tsunamis. The full text of his message reads: Today marks the first observance of World Tsunami Awareness Day.  On this day, in 1854, a Japanese village leader recognized the signs of an approaching tsunami and improvised a remarkably effective early warning system – he set fire to his rice sheaves, saving the lives of the many villagers who saw the smoke and ran uphill...
fao-assists-iran-to-improve-aquatic-genetic-resources The FAO Representative to Iran and the Head of Iran Fishery Organization (SHILAT) signed today (Wednesday, 2 November 2016) a project agreement to improve genetic resources of Rainbow Trout fish in the country. Signing of the project document by Mr. Serge Nakouzi, the Representative to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to the Islamic Republic of Iran and Dr. Hassan Salehi, the Deputy Minister of Jihad-e Agriculture and the Head of Iran Fisheries Organization (SHILAT) is considered as the formal launch of the FAO project.   Mr. Serge Nakouzi, the...
iranian-red-crescent-society-and-unicef-join-hands-to-put-child-protection-at-the-heart-of-emergency-preparedness-and-response “We need to train our children on self-rescue in emergencies and improve their self-confidence” said Dr Habibi, Head of the Youth organization of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) at the opening session of a five-day training workshop on Child Protection in Emergencies organized jointly by IRCS and UNICEF Iran office in Tehran on 30th October. He added: ”the Youth Organization of the Red Crescent Society is currently active in 3500 kindergartens and pre-schools training 5-7-year-olds on basics of rescue and help in emergencies using songs, playing and painting. We are also...
let-journalists-operate-free-from-any-form-of-harassment-or-intimidation-un-chief TEHRAN, 2 November 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, 2 November 2016, called on all countries to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists with concrete actions to ensure that all media personnel are guaranteed the space they need to operate free from any form of harassment or intimidation. The full text of his message reads: Attacks on journalists violate the human rights of individuals and undermine freedom of information and expression...
terrorists-killed-and-injured-3,150-iraqis-in-october TEHRAN, 1 November 2016 – A total of 1,792 Iraqis were killed and another 1,358 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in October 2016*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The number of civilians killed in October was 1,120 (including 15 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities protection police, fire department), and the number of civilians injured was 1,005 (including 08 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities protection...
“i-am-lake-urmia”-petition-delivered-to-the-un-resident-coordinator-in-iran “Periodic droughts, lack of awareness, lack of coordination and cooperation among countries of the region and wrong policies have resulted in shortage of water in the region including Iran” states the introduction of the “I am Lake Urmia” signed by over 1.7 million Iranians addressed to the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon. “I am Lake Urmia” campaign was launched at the end of August 2016 and quickly amassed a huge level of popular support.   UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Gary Lewis (left) and well-know Iranian actor, Mr. Reza Kianian (center) and Head of Javan...
un-day-commemoration-ceremony-one-minute-video-clip On 30th October the United Nations family in Iran celebrated UN Day in the presence of Vice-President and Head of the Depart of Environment, Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar and Deputy Foreign Minister, Dr. Abbas Araghchi. A one minute video clip highlighting some moments of the event was released by the UN Iran in collaboration with Mr. Kamyar Minoukadeh. Click here to watch the clip on Aparat.   On 30th October the United Nations family in Iran celebrated UN Day Click here to watch the clip on Aparat. On 30th October the United Nations family in Iran celebrated UN Day in the...
71st-anniversary-of-un-celebrated-in-tehran The UN Day commemoration took place on 30 October at the National Library in the presence of Vice-President and Head of Iran’s Department of Environment, H.E. Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar, Deputy Foreign Minister, Ambassador Dr. Abbas Araghchi, Director-General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, other government officials, UN partners, ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps, representatives from the media and UN staff working in Iran. UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. The partnership between the UN and Iran goes back to the inception of...
un-iran-releases-a-clip-on-sustainable-development-goals On the occasion of United Nations 71st anniversary, UN Iran released a video clip on Sustainable Development Goals with Special messages from Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar, Vice president and Head of the Department of Environment, Dr. Abbas Araghchi, Deputy Foreign Minister, Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General and Helen Clark, Chair of United Nations Development Group and UNDP Administrator. Click here to watch the full clip on Aparat.   UN Iran releases a video clip on Sustainable Development Goals Click here to watch the full clip on Aparat.   On the occasion of United...
sustainable-urbanization-to-eliminate-poverty-and-achieve-development,-prosperity-for-all-un-chief  TEHRAN, 31 October 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Cities Day, 31 October 2016 said new global frameworks and agendas including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will put sustainable urbanization at the centre of the efforts to eliminate poverty and achieve development and prosperity for all. The full text of his message reads: Cities are increasingly the home of humanity. They are central to climate action, global prosperity, peace and human rights. More than half of all people live in cities and human settlements, and...
tafresh-university-professors-briefed-on-the-un UNIC together with Tafresh University held a session on “Finding UN Information” for some 25 professors from different faculties such as Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering and Faculty of Physics on 26 October 2016 at the UN conference room. At the beginning, UNIC Director Dr. Maria Dotsenko welcomed the audience and hoped for mutual cooperation. She suggested the idea of exhibiting the UN Historic Photos at Tafresh University. The next speaker was University of Tehran professor Dr. Nasrin Mosaffa who organized the programme. She...
un-day-commemorated-at-azad-university TEHRAN - Islamic Azad University’s Science and Research Branch in cooperation with UNIC Tehran commemorated UN Day at the University’s Ibn Sina Building on 23 October 2016. It was one of a series of events, marking the 71 anniversary to UN establishment. Chancellor of Islamic Azad University’s Science and Research Branch Dr. Ali Abbaspour in his speech said the university has constructive cooperation with many UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes in Iran such as having the chair of UNESCO’s clean air, research and training cooperation with UN HABITAT, cooperation on “Caspian...
un-iran-historic-photo-exhibition-inaugurated-in-guilan-province-on-the-eve-of-un-day More than 300 students, artists, civil society activists, journalists, teachers and university professors and children on the eve of the United Nations Day, visited an exhibition of historic photos and documents illustrating 71 years of UN-Iran partnership. It was held at Koche-Bagh Art Gallery in Gourabjir Sahra village at Anzali Free Zone, Guilan province on October 20-21, 2016. Dr. Khojasteh Arefnia, the owner of the gallery organized the programme jointly with UNIC.   Visitors learned more about UN-Iran partnership and enjoyed the collection of historic photos...
statement-attributable-to-the-spokesman-for-the-secretary-general-on-the-museum-for-the-united-nations The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement today of the creation of the "Museum for the United Nations – UN Live." This new, global museum, headquartered in Copenhagen, will engage audiences on the work and values of the United Nations through on-line and other exhibits in locations around the world. The Secretary-General is appreciative of the many partners, including the Government of Denmark, whose support of this project helps the United Nations by making its work accessible to a broader global public. The Secretary-General looks forward to cooperation between the...
mun-exercise-on-selecting-un-secretary-general TEHRAN - A Model UN Conference (MUN), simulating a session of the UN Security Council on “Appointment of the Next UN Secretary-General”, was held on 19 October 2016. The event was organized jointly by the Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) and United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) at the UN’s conference room. UNIC Director Dr. Maria Dotsenko greeted the participants and wished a successful session for all the MUN participants. Then the president of IAUNS Dr. Nasrin Mosaffa welcomed the audience and thanked UNIC for its continuous cooperation. Also, Ms. Ghaemmaghami, UNIC...
un-official-in-afghanistan-renews-call-for-parties-to-protect-civilians TEHRAN, 25 October 2016 (UNIC) -- The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) renews its call for all parties to refocus their efforts on preventing harm to civilians, as latest figures released today by UNAMA for the first three quarters of 2016 show continuing high numbers of civilian casualties from the armed conflict.   Between 1 January and 30 September, UNAMA documented 8,397 conflict-related civilian casualties (2,562 deaths and 5,835 injured) representing a one per cent decrease compared to the same period in 2015. Ground engagements remained the leading cause of civilian...
the-city-iranians-need-is-disclosed-in-the-habitat-iii-conference Iran’s National Urban Campaign Disclosed “The City Iranians Need” booklet on 20 October 2016, the last day of the United Nations third Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito, Ecuador. The City Iranians Need is the outcome of an intensive period of activity by UN-Habitat Office in Iran with minimal resources and great voluntary and outstanding contribution of Iranian individuals, NGOs, and particularly young professionals. In this ceremony which was held at “Urban Library”(Case de la cultura Hall in Quito), The City Iranians Need, the only citizenship report...
unama-human-rights-special-report-on-23-july-kabul-attack TEHRAN, 24 October 2016 (UNIC) - The fundamental human rights of all Afghans must be respected, including the rights of religious and ethnic communities, said UNAMA in a Human Rights special report recently released on the 23 July 2016 attack in Kabul that killed 85 civilians and injured more than four hundred.  The report, entitled “Attack on a Peaceful Demonstration in Kabul, 23 July 2016,” reviews the challenging context of the demonstration, the planning and preparedness of Afghan Security Forces, their behavior during the demonstration and immediate response to the attack and its...
international-conference-on-“water-and-environment-in-the-new-millennium-education-and-capacity-building”,-3-5-december-2016,-tehran   UNESCO Tehran in collaboration with RCUWM-Tehran and Iran National Commission for UNESCO will hold a special round table on “Water Journalism” in the first day of the Conference. Water education and capacity building are considered as the main keys in today’s most pressing water challenges. They are also among the most important elements of strategies for sustainable development. Good water governance in a changing environment needs skilled and capable water scientists (hydrologist), engineers and managers.   More than ever, we need professional water experts...
in-his-last-un-day-message-ban-urged-all-people-to-give-their-full-backing-to-new-secretary-general TEHRAN, 23 October 2016 (UNIC) – Below is the full text of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s last message on United Nations Day, 24 October 2016, while thanking people across the world for their support, urged all to give their full backing to Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres. The full text of his message reads: This year’s observance of United Nations Day occurs at a time of transition for the world and for the United Nations. Humanity has entered the era of sustainability – with a global commitment to fulfil the great promise of the 2030 Agenda for...
roundtable-discussion-on-new-york-declaration-for-refugees-and-migrants From right to left: Dr. Nasrin Mosaffa and Dr. Safinaz Jadali TEHRAN-Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) in partnership with UNIC Tehran organized a round table discussion on the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants at the House of Humanities Intellectuals (HHI) on 19 October 2016. The roundtable began by President of IAUNS Dr. Nasrin Mosaffa’s welcoming remarks and later UNIC Director Dr. Maria Dotsenko read major parts of the New York Declaration for the participants.      From right to left: Professor Said Mahmoudi, Dr. Maria Dotsenko and...
some-47,700-girls-at-risk-of-early,-forced-marriage,-every-day-unfpa TEHRAN, 20 October 2016 (UNIC) -- Executive Director of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin in his statement on the on the occasion of the launch of The State of World Population 2016 said every day, 47,700 girls, many of them as young as age 10, are at risk of early and forced marriage. The full text of his statement reads: This year’s report is entitled, “10: How our future depends on a girl at this decisive age.” In some parts of the world, age 10 can be a time of exploration, rapidly expanding horizons and new possibilities. But in other parts...
unami-urges-iraqi-unity-behind-mosul-operation TEHRAN, 18 October 2016 (UNIC) - With the start of the operation to liberate Mosul from Daesh terrorists, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is calling on the Iraqi people to unite in support of their country’s armed forces and is urging that every step be taken to avoid civilian casualties.       “The long-anticipated operation to liberate Mosul is under way. At this fateful juncture in Iraq’s history, all Iraqis are urged to unite behind their armed forces in this battle to free their fellow citizens from the Daesh terrorists,” said the Deputy Special...
irna’s-exclusive-interview-with-gary-lewis,-united-nations-resident-coordinator-in-iran 17 October 2016 - Click here to read the full interview in English. Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) recently interviewed the UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr. Gary Lewis. Among topics of discussion were: UN activities in Iran, water shortage, dust and sand storms and other environmental challenges that Iran faces. Click here to read the full interview in English. Click here to read the interview on IRNA's website.   Disclaimer: All the articles or news stories posted here portray the views and opinions of their respective publications or news...
fao-observes-world-food-day-2016-in-iran-focusing-on-climate-change The Representation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in the Islamic Republic of Iran observed the World Food Day 2016 in a two-day commemoration ceremony (16 -17 Oct. 2016) at Vahdat (Roudaki) Hall and Padisan Park in Tehran. The nationally – focused events were conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, the Ministry of Jihad-e-Agriculture and the Federation of the Iranian Food Industries Association, focusing on FAO’s global message for World Food Day 2016 which is “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must...
op-ed-by-mr-serge-nakouzi,-fao-representative-in-iran-on-the-occasion-of-world-food-day-2016 16 October is a date on which the global community commemorates every year World Food Day. As depicted by its title, this day has been designated to raise awareness of the significance of food security in enabling individuals to lead healthy and productive lives as well as for the well-being of societies as a whole. Over the past decades, its commemoration has provided an opportunity for profound reflection on the plight of the hundreds of millions of people who are afflicted by hunger and malnutrition across the world. Notwithstanding the efforts that have been undertaken to address...
unami-strongly-condemns-baghdad-suicide-bombing TEHRAN, 16 October 2016 (UNIC) --The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) strongly condemns the suicide bombing yesterday in northern Baghdad and other terrorist attacks in other areas of the country which killed or injured many civilians.   The Mission offers its condolences to the families of those killed and wishes the victims a speedy recovery.   “This cowardly terrorist attack against the innocent, targeting a tent where people were holding a religious commemoration, and other attacks aims first and foremost at weakening Iraqi unity and undermining the people’s...
un-chief-urges-governments-to-take-holistic-collaborative,-integrated-approach-to-food-security TEHRAN, 16 October 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Food Day, 16 October 2016, urged all Governments and their partners to take a holistic, collaborative and integrated approach to climate change, food security and equitable social and economic development. The full text of his message reads: As the global population expands, we will need to satisfy an increasing demand for food.  Yet, around the world, record-breaking temperatures, rising sea levels and more frequent and severe droughts and floods caused by climate change are already...
unesco-and-irna-sign-mou-for-joint-cooperation On 10 October 2016, UNESCO signed a memorandum of understanding with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). According to the agreement, UNESCO and IRNA will develop joint activities such as capacity-building workshops for journalists and media professionals, as well as events related to media literacy of the public. The MoU was signed by Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, and Mr. Mohammad Khoddadi, Managing Director of IRNA. During the signing ceremony, which took place at IRNA Headquarters in Tehran, both sides pointed out the crucial role of...
help-rural-women-to-thrive-un-chief TEHRAN, 15 October 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on International Day for Rural Women, 15 October 2016, called for helping rural women to thrive, and to access the support and information they need, so that they can fulfil their potential without leaving their communities.  The full text of his message reads: Rural women make up nearly half the agricultural labour force around the world. They grow, process and prepare much of our food. They are the backbone of rural communities, and in many households they have the key responsibility for...
move-from-managing-disasters-to-managing-risk-ban TEHRAN, 13 October 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day for Disaster Reduction, 13 October 2016, called on all Governments to work with civil society and the private sector to move from managing disasters to managing risk.  The full text of his message reads: Last year, Governments adopted the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and embedded its objectives in the 2030 Development Agenda.  Today, we launch the “Sendai Seven Campaign: Seven Targets, Seven Years”, which highlights how we can all contribute to...
investing-in-girls-is-both-the-right-and-the-smart-thing-to-do TEHRAN, 10 October 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on International Day of the Girl, 11 October 2016, said investing in girls is both the right thing to do, and the smart thing to do. The full text of his message reads: The theme of this year’s International Day of the Girl is based on the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. The slogan is: Girls’ Progress equals Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls. The wellbeing, human rights and empowerment of the world’s 1.1 billion girls are central to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development...
on-world-mental-health-day,-ban-calls-on-all-people-to-show-compassion,-empathy-for-crisis-survivors TEHRAN, 10 October 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2016, called on all people to show compassion and empathy for those who have survived a crisis and make sure they can access the help they need, for as long as they require it. The full text of his message reads: On World Mental Health Day, the United Nations highlights the importance of making mental health care available to all people who need it, whatever their circumstances and wherever they live.  This year, we are drawing attention to the urgent...
abolish-death-penalty-in-all-circumstances,-places-ban TEHRAN, 10 October 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the World Day against the Death Penalty, 10 October 2016,called for abolishing of the death penalty in all circumstances and places.  The death penalty is a cruel and inhumane practice.  It has no place in the 21st century. This year’s World Day Against the Death Penalty focuses on terrorism-related offenses.  Around the world, 65 countries retain the death penalty for such crimes.   To be legitimate and effective, counter-terror measures, like all security operations, must be anchored...
the-english-version-of-“the-city-iranians-need”-has-been-published Iran’s National Urban Campaign (INUC) one-year activity resulted in The City Iranians Need(TCIN) booklet. TCIN is a vision prepared through a voluntarily contribution of more than 1000 citizens from 48 cities and 10 organizations representing 12 constituent groups: women and men, youth and children, aging populations, and people with disabilities, research and academia, civil society organizations, grassroots organizations, social activists, artists, urban professionals, and the media. This booklet is the production of a 3-step process of INUC since 5 October 2015: (i) data gathering...
a-decade-of-tests,-an-era-of-opportunity-by-ban-ki-moon By Ban Ki-moon  Our world faces formidable challenges. Gulfs of mistrust divide citizens from their leaders.  Extremists push people into camps of “us” and “them”.  The Earth assails us with rising seas and record heat.  One hundred and thirty million people need life-saving assistance, tens of millions of them children and young people -- our next generation already at risk. Yet after ten years in office, I am convinced that we have the power to end war, poverty and persecution, close the gap between rich and poor, and make rights real in people’s lives.  With the 17 Sustainable...
united-nations-security-council-simulation-pre-session A training session on Model UN Conference was organized in Tehran by the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in cooperation with the Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS). The Model UN Conference will simulate a session of the Security Council on “The appointment of the next UN Secretary-General”. The full day session was held for more than 20 participants at the UN Office in Iran on 28 September 2016. The main session is supposed to be held in the end of October. At the beginning of the traning a video clip on the “Selecting the Next UN Secretary-General” was screened for the...
early-malaria-diagnosis-in-bushehr-through-multi-sectoral-approach In the south of the Islamic Republic of Iran, one of the main obstacles to early malaria diagnosis is the population movement of foreign seasonal building workers from endemic neighboring countries. This population movement causes reintroduction of malaria transmission in cleared-up foci where environmental condition is convenient for malaria transmissions. Building construction rate is growing. In 2015, it was estimated that about 3,000 new apartments in Bushehr port came under construction and foreign workers from malaria endemic countries played a significant role in these...
dana-insurance’s-second-contribution-to-conservation-of-the-asiatic-cheetah-project TEHRAN, 5 October 2016 (UNIC) -- “Today is an important day for a beautiful creature with whom we share this country.  We have gathered here to strengthen our partnership by receiving a second generous contribution from Dana Insurance. This second contribution of 100 million Rials validates Dana’s position as the foremost national conservation champion in Iran and will mark yet another milestone in the implementation of the Conservation of the Asiatic cheetah Project.”, said Ms. Anne Marie Sloth Carlsen, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative. The agreement between UNDP and Dana...
commemorating-29-years-of-world-food-programm-wfp-presence-in-iran On 29 September about 400 of WFP supporters including Ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps from 25 countries and Representatives of United Nation agencies in Iran as well as a number of Iranian celebrities gathered at Eyvan-e-Shams Cultural Center to commemorate 29 years of WFP presence in Iran. WFP first opened an office in Iran in 1971 and was active in development projects such as establishment of Mother and Child Health Centers until 1979 and the Islamic Revolution. In 1987 and upon the request of the Government, WFP resumed its activities – this time to provide food...
closing-ceremony-of-the-international-red-ribbon-festival The award ceremony of the first International Red Ribbon Festival took place yesterday in Melall Culture Center with wide participation of artists, youth, and relevant stakeholders. The jury consisted of UNAIDS CO Iran, Ministry of Health, Payam Avaran Hamyari NGO, AIDS activists, People Living with HIV, and eminent International Artists from across the world. This festival which had started in Feb 2016 with organization of a workshop for Iranian Artists, organization of a domestic and international competition, which received more than 600 works from the Netherlands, Hungary,...
more-than-1000-iraqis-were-killed-in-september-unami TEHRAN, 3 October 2016 (UNIC) – A total of 1,003 Iraqis were killed and another 1,159 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq, including Anbar, in September 2016*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The number of civilians killed in September was 609 (including 19 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities protection police, fire department), and the number of civilians injured was 951 (including 29 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security...
keep-“housing-at-the-centre”-ban TEHRAN, 3 October 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban KI-moon in his message on World Habitat Day, 3 October 2016, while saying that guaranteeing dignity and opportunity for all depends on people having access to affordable and adequate housing, urged national and local governments, city planners and communities everywhere to keep “Housing at the Centre”.  The full text of his message reads: Later this month, Governments and their partners will meet in Quito, Ecuador, for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III).  Held...
7th-international-conference-on-integrated-disaster-risk-management-takes-places-in-isfahan On 1 October 2016, the 7th International Conference on Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM 2016) kicked off in the city of Isfahan. The theme for this year’s conference is “Disasters and Development: Towards a Risk Aware Society”. The three-day conference is co-organized by the International Earthquake Engineering Association (IEEA) and the Integrated Disaster Risk Management Society (IDRiM). UNESCO was one of the co-sponsors of the conference. Professor Mohsen Ashtiany opened the conference by underlining the importance of the involvement of all parts of society- not...
1-4b-older-persons-by-2030-ban TEHRAN, 1 October 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on International Day of Older Persons, 1 October 2016, said the global population of older persons is expected to rise from just over 900 million in 2015 to 1.4 billion by 2030 and 2.1 billion by 2050, when there will be roughly the same the number of older persons and children under 15.   The full text of his message reads The International Day of Older Persons is our chance to take a stand against the destructive problem of ageism. While older persons are often said to enjoy particular...
iran-celebrates-the-international-day-of-universal-access-to-information 2016 is the first year of UNESCO marking 28 September as the “International Day for Universal Access to Information” (IDUAI). On 17 November 2015, UNESCO Member States adopted a resolution (38 C/70) declaring 28 September of every year as International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI). More than 20 countries are commemorating this very first #AccessToInfoDay by organizing conferences and public activities to discuss and raise awareness about freedom of information, promotion of open access and the importance of adopting right to information laws, among some of the...
millions-of-passengers-at-tehran-railway-station-will-learn-about-sdgs TEHRAN – Banners promoting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are now on display at Tehran Railway Station sending the message about SDGs for millions of passengers who travel to different parts of Iran. These banners are erected in the framework of “Together for SDGs” public awareness campaign, which was launched in September 2016. The campaign was initiated by Iranian celebrities (famous movie and theatre actors and film directors) who advocate on SDGs in their video messages. The banners at the Railway Station are result of cooperation and partnership between UNIC Tehran and...
the-transformative-force-of-population-ageing TEHRAN, 29 September 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, in his message on International Day of Older Persons, 1 October 2016, said that population ageing is a transformative force in every country that will test the existing structures of our economies, households and societies.   The full text of his message reads:   Population ageing – one of the most significant trends of the 21st century – represents both a cause for celebration and a challenge. To ensure that everyone’s well-being is enhanced through this...
ketabraneh,-allameh-tabatabaee-school-commemorate-international-day-of-peace TEHRAN-Ketabraneh Bookstore in cooperation with Allameh Tabatabee School and UNIC Tehran commemorated International Day of Peace at the bookstore on Sunday, 25 September 2016. The ceremony began by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message on the occasion International Day of Peace which was delivered by the UNIC Director Maria Dotsenko for some 40 students and their parents, school management. Then musician Omid Hojjat’s latest video clip on peace was screened.   From left to right: Omid Hojjat, Mehid Yazdani from Ketabraneh, Mohammad Moghadam from UNIC, Maria Dotsenko,...
a-time-of-high-ambition 29 September 2016- The story of the Asia-Pacific region in recent years is the story of remarkable change. From widespread poverty to increasing prosperity, from mainly rural communities to urban megalopolises, development has boomed, and that trend is expected to continue. Progress is the hallmark of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 SDGs, which commit to transformative development that leaves no one behind. This report charts the breadth of our support to Asia Pacific governments and people in 2015-2016. Click here to download the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)...
fao-joins-unhcr-to-improve-livelihood-of-afghan-refugees-in-iran 28 September 2016 - The FAO Representative to Iran received a Note of Appreciation on Wednesday (28 Sep. 2016) from his UNHCR counterpart that welcoming the Organization as the latest partner to the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR). The Note handed over to Mr. Serge Nakouzi, the Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to the Islamic Republic of Iran, by Mr. Sivanka Dhanapala, who represents the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the country, highlights the contributions to be made by FAO towards SSAR...
fao-stresses-criticality-of-marine-cage-culture-for-iran The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is conducting a four-day technical workshop on Marine Cage Culture in Tehran thought which the Organization will lend its technical assistance to build a framework aimed to develop Iran’s mariculture industry. The four-day workshop (26-29 September 2016) entitled "Technical Workshop on Marine Cage Culture in the Islamic Republic of Iran" has been organized by the Iran Fisheries Organization (SHILAT) of the Ministry of Jihad-e Agriculture with support of FAO’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Department. In his opening...
iran-celebrates-world-tourism-day On 26 September 2016, the Islamic Republic of Iran celebrated World Tourism Day with a conference in the IRIB International Conference Center in Tehran. The conference was organized by Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHTHO) and attended by H.E. Dr. Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, many high-ranking Government officials, foreign ambassadors, heads of international organisations, and tourism professionals. During the opening ceremony, H.E. Dr. Soltanifar, Vice-President and Head of ICHTO talked about the Government’s strategies and...
segaam-magazine-gives-visibility-to-sdgs We are pleased to announce that Segaam Magazine is raising awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals. The new issue of the magazine was recently released and it can be purchased from news stands. Segaam Magazine is giving visibility to the Sustainable Development Goals   Cover of the new issue of Segaam Magazine We are pleased to announce that Segaam Magazine is raising awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals.  The new issue of the magazine was recently released and it can be purchased from news stands.   Segaam Magazine is giving visibility to...
summit-on-refugees-and-migrants-begins-as-iom-joins-the-united-nations The United Nations Summit on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants which took place on Monday in New York, provides a singular opportunity for the global community to forge a greater consensus on managing the world’s movements of migrants and refugees. IOM considers migration to be a mega-trend of the 21st Century representing unprecedented human mobility with one of every seven persons worldwide living or working somewhere other than their place of birth. “We are gathered here today for an historic Summit—the first ever to assemble Heads of State from around the world to address...
unesco-celebrates-international-day-of-university-sports In 2015, the International University Sports Federation (FISU) proposed to UNESCO to internationally recognize a day dedicated to university sport. The proposal was endorsed by UNESCO’s Member States at the 38th session of the General Conference in Paris in November 2015, and 20 September was declared the International Day of University Sport. This date coincides in most countries around the world with the beginning of the academic year, and it is also the date of the first Student World Championships in 1924. The University of Tehran marked the very first celebration of this...
one-step-forward-to-practically-understand-the-international-water-laws-examining-the-applicability-of-the-un-transboundary-water-law-to-a-locally-shared-aquifer-in-iran Transboundary shared waters are vital sources of fresh water supply for many regions of the world especially in arid and semi-arid countries where transboundary waters are top on their agenda of regional negotiations and diplomacy. Being aware of the necessity of sustainable solutions to either impending or ongoing challenges over the shared waters, many international efforts took place in order to improve cooperation between countries in terms of sustainable development and effective management of transboundary waters. There have been lots of valuable experience in which the...
“saving-our-ship-a-global-response-to-refugees-and-migrants” By Ban Ki-moon,Secretary-General of the United Nations Perhaps no issue on the global agenda is more susceptible to manipulation by grandstanding demagogues than refugees and migrants. ‘Us’ versus ‘them’ is a timeless if irresponsible unifier, used throughout history to obscure our common humanity by those with dangerously self-serving interests. The difference now is that more people are on the move than ever before, and in an era when storylines spread with viral speed, we see xenophobia rising and too often erupting into violence. This week’s United Nations Summit for Refugees and...
sdg’s-banner-displayed-in-tehran TEHRAN 21 September 2016 (UNIC) - Sustainable Development Goal’s (SDGs) banners in Persian are displayed in crowded streets of District 6 of Tehran, in order to inform people about SDGs. These billboards are displayed in the framework of the UN campaign “Together for SDGs”, aimed to raise public awareness on SDGs in Iran.  Billboards are result of close cooperation between the Mayor of District 6 of Tehran city, Mr. Azim Babai, Legal Consultant for Housing Union of District 6 of Tehran Municipality Mr. Ali Ahmadi Dastjerdi and UN Information...
international-day-of-peace-commemorated 18 September 2016, TERHAN - Member of Board of Directors of Tehran Peace Museum (TPM) Dr. Hamid Salehi said while commemorating International Day of Peace today, TPM works to promote peace and various aspects of it such as peace with oneself and with the others, peace with the environment and finally peace with the world. “These concepts of peace are the necessities of having a sustainable peace as the common goal of the humanity,” he told the participants of a ceremony marking the Day at TPM on Sunday 18 September 2016. “Our methods for approaching peace is based on scientific and...
sustainable-development-is-essential-for-lasting-peace-un-chief TEHRAN, 18 September 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day of Peace, 21 September 2016 said sustainable development is essential for lasting peace, and both depend on respect for human rights. The full text of his message reads: Every year on the International Day of Peace, the United Nations calls on warring parties to lay down their arms and observe a 24-hour global ceasefire. The symbolism of a day without fighting is a crucial reminder that conflict can and must come to an end. But peace is about much more than putting...
europe-and-the-refugee-crisis-a-real-challenge-to-our-civilization On 19 September the United Nations General Assembly will host its first ever High-Level Summit to Address Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach to addressing the worst refugee crisis since the end of WWII. The summit provides an historic opportunity to develop a blueprint for a better international response. On the occasion of this meeting, UNAI has asked researches at UNAI member institutions to submit articles highlighting their research and its implications in helping to solve the issue....
migration-dynamics,-refugees-and-internally-displaced-persons-in-africa On 19 September the United Nations General Assembly hosted its first ever High-Level Summit to Address Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach to addressing the worst refugee crisis since the end of WWII.  The summit provided an historic opportunity to develop a blueprint for a better international response. On the occasion of this meeting, UNAI asked researches at UNAI member institutions to submit articles highlighting their research and its implications in helping to solve this issue....
iranian-celebrities-launch-“together-for-sdgs”-campaign Tehran, 15 September 2016 (UNIC) – The “Together for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” campaign was launched in Tehran on Tuesday 13 September by renowned Iranian artists. Its purpose was to introduce the newly-adopted SDGs to Iranian public. The SDGs are a set of goals which were adopted by 193 UN Member States a year ago and are aimed to ensure that the world as a whole changes course to embrace development approaches that are sustainable. The SDGs are universal and apply to all countries regardless of their level of development. There is strong recognition that now all...
“pen-–-peace-–-pace”-exhibition-video-clips On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, United Nations in Iran in collaboration with Shirin Art Gallery and Eghtesad Novin Bank organized an exhibition entitled “Pen – Peace – Pace” which showcased the works of Amirali Izadi and Reza Abedini. Click here to watch a clip from a meeting between the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Gary Lewis and the artists. Click here to watch a one minute clip from the opening ceremony of this exhibition which took place on Friday, 9 September.   On the occasion of the International Day of Peace a group exhibition was held at Shirin Art...
unesco-implements-three-day-training-on-sustainable-tourism-strategy-development-for-world-heritage-site-managers-in-the-islamic-republic-of-iran The UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office and the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organisation (ICHHTO) organized a three-day training workshop on Sustainable Tourism Strategy Development for World Heritage Site Managers in the Islamic Republic of Iran from 7-9 September 2016. The training took place at the Bisotun World Heritage Site in Kermanshah Province and brought together some 40 participants from the 21 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Iran, as well as other national heritage sites. The workshop was generously supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom Spain in the...
fao-launches-a-four-year-holistic-programme-to-save-urmia-lake-in-iran FAO has signed an agreement today (Tuesday 6 September 2016) with the Urmia Lake Restoration Commission (ULRC) in Tehran at Sharif University of Technology to lend substantive technical assistance for the execution of an integrated programme that aims ultimately to secure sustainable water resources management in the Urmia Lake basin. At the ceremony, Mr. Serge Nakouzi, the FAO Representative to the Islamic Republic of Iran and to the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) , and Dr. Issa Kalantari, Adviser to the Iranian President on Water, Agriculture and Environment and Secretary...
750m-illiterate-adults,-including-115m-young-people TEHRAN, 8 September 2016 (UNIC) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on International Literacy Day, 8 September 2016, while announcing that more than 750 million adults are illiterate, including 115 million young people called on governments and their partners to join forces for universal literacy. The full text of his message reads: This year, the world has embarked on implementing the ambitious and transformational 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  With its 17 universal, integrated and interdependent Sustainable Development Goals, the 2030 Agenda is an action...
international-day-of-charity On the occasion of International Day of Charity United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in cooperation with Roshd Charity Foundation held a workshop on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” with a focus on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for some 12 members and volunteers of Roshd at the UNIC Library on 1st September 2016. Department of Public Information has recently accredited Roshd Foundation as a non-governmental organization. During May 2016 Roshd as an NGO in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has submitted a statement to The UN...
un-to-hold-first-high-level-summit-on-refugees,-migrants TEHRAN, 7 September (UNIC) -- The UN General Assembly will host a high-level summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach at UN Headquarters in New York on 19 September 2016. This is the first time the General Assembly has called for a summit at the Heads of State and Government level on large movements of refugees and migrants and it is a historic opportunity to come up with a blueprint for a better international response. It is a watershed moment to strengthen governance of...
the-republic-of-korea-supports-protection-and-humanitarian-assistance-to-afghan-refugee-girls-in-iran The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of Korea has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting Afghan refugees in the Islamic Republic of Iran through the signing of a new Letter of Understanding with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Iran on Monday 5 September 2016. MOFA of the Republic of Korea will provide a voluntary financial contribution of 6 million US dollars (USD 6,000,000) to the UNHCR project “Protection and Humanitarian Assistance to Afghan refugee Girls in Iran”. In collaboration with the Bureau for Aliens and Foreign...
darugheh-house-in-mashhad-wins-unesco-conservation-award TEHRAN, 5 September 2016 (UNIC) – The conservation of Darugheh House in Mashhad, the Khorasan Razavi Province, was among the 13 winning projects of UNESCO 2016 Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. A total of 13 winning projects from six countries – Australia, China, India, Iran, Japan and Pakistan – have been recognized in this year’s Heritage Awards. A panel of international conservation experts met in Bangkok to review the 40 Heritage Awards entries, including 34 in the Conservation category and six for New Design.  According to UNESCO, the conservation of...
p5$-2-nfx-lma_b TEHRAN, 5 September 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day of Charity, 5 September 2016, said charity is one of the best investments for human beings’ common future. The full text of his message reads: Every year, the International Day of Charity serves as a call to every person to act with solidarity and compassion in the face of human suffering. For this year’s observance, the world has a new focus for volunteering and giving: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This new universal framework, with 17 Sustainable...
unesco-participates-in-2016-silk-road-mayors-forum The historical city of Qazvin, Iran, hosted the 11th Silk Road Mayors Forum from 3-4 September 2016. The Forum, organized by World Citizens Organization (WCO), aimed at improving tourism, as well as cultural, economic and social ties between cities along the ancient Silk Roads. Ms. Kuisch Laroche, Director of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office and UNESCO Representative to I.R. Iran and Turkmenistan, delivered a speech on the second day of the Forum regarding the importance of the Silk Roads for cultural dialogue and exchange. “Perhaps the most lasting legacy of the Silk Roads has been...
shahram-nazeri-performs-for-unesco On Saturday 3 September, Iranian musical legend Shahram Nazeri held a unique performance for UNESCO at Sa’adabad Cultural and Historical Complex. Close to 700 guests, including prominent Iranian artists, diplomats, government officials and staff of international organisations, attended the special evening under the motto “Building Peace in the Minds of Women and Men”. Shahram Nazeri, who was born in a Kurdish family, is one of the most famous and illustrious Iranian musicians in modern history. His works represent in many ways the richness and diversity of Persian culture and...
terrorists-killed-691,-injured-1016-iraqis-in-august-2016 TEHRAN, 1 September 2016 (UNIC) – A total of 691 Iraqis were killed and another 1,016 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq, excluding Anbar, in August 2016*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The number of civilians killed in August was 473 (including 16 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities protection police, fire department), and the number of civilians injured was 813 (including 21 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details,...
model-united-nations-on-security-council-and-terrorism A Model UN Conference (MUN), simulated session of the UN Security Council under the theme “Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts”, with a focus on refugees and migrants crisis on August 25, 2016. The MUN was organized jointly by International Studies Journal (ISJ) and United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) at the Tehran Peace Museum. UNIC Director Dr. Maria Dotsenko greeted the participants and said “Many of today’s world leaders in government, business and the arts have-in the past-participated in Model UN as students. This includes UN...
civil-society-managers-and-representatives-learn-more-about-un-websites UNIC together with the Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) and Naghshe Javid Institute organized “Finding UN Information” workshop for representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs) dealing with cultural heritage and tourism issues. Six workshops in this series were held in 2014-2015 by UNIC. This, seventh one, was held on 23 August 2016. More than 60 managers and representatives of cultural heritage CSOs from Tehran, Kerman, Maraghe, Hamedan and Qazvin provinces of Iran participated.   Participants in the workshop UNIC together...
un-humanitarian-chief-to-visit-iran TEHRAN, 30 August 2016 (UNIC) -- UN Humanitarian Chief Stephen O’Brien is scheduled to visit Islamic Republic of Iran from 4 to 5 September 2016. The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator is expected to meet senior officials in Tehran and focus on expanding regional cooperation on humanitarian assistance and strengthening the partnership between Iran and the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Middle East. The visit will also be an opportunity to draw attention to Iran’s considerable experience and...
ban-calls-on-all-countries,-people-to-work-for-nuke-test-ban TEHRAN, 29 August 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day against Nuclear Tests, 29 August 2016, called on all countries and peoples to work for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty’s entry into force as soon as possible for a nuclear-weapon-free world. The full text of his message reads: For nearly a decade as United Nations Secretary-General, I have witnessed many of the worst problems in the world as well as our collective ability to respond in ways that at times seemed impossible. Our ambitious new 2030 Agenda for...
irna’s-exclusive-interview-with-gary-lewis,-un-resident-coordinator-in-iran Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) recently interviewed the UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr. Gary Lewis. Among topics of discussion were: UN activities in Iran, water shortage, dust and sand storms and other environmental challenges that Iran faces. Click here to read the first part of the interview. Click here to browse through the interview session’s photo gallery.   Disclaimer: All the articles or news stories posted here portray the views and opinions of their respective publications or news agencies. UN does not necessarily endorse or approve...
iran-ranked-second-in-the-percentage-of-graduates-in-science,-engineering TEHRAN, 24 August 2016 (UNIC) -- According to the Global Innovation Index 2016, the Islamic Republic of Iran, among 128 countries and economies, ranked second in the percentage of graduates in science & engineering, fourth in tertiary education, 26 in knowledge creation, 31 in gross percentage of tertiary enrolment, 41 in general infrastructure, 48 in human capital as well as research and 51 in innovation efficiency ratio. Cornell University, INSEAD Business School and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) recentlyreleased the Global Innovation Index 2016, which...
a-call-to-empower-youth By UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon   The 2016 Olympics have already shattered records, but even before the first competition began, these Games made history by giving athletes who have no country to call home a place on the starting line. I expressed my appreciation to the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, for his compassionate leadership in forming the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team, whose members I had the privilege of meeting. Their strength in surviving the horror of displacement and the pain of loss was remarkable. Although nothing can change the...
unesco-participates-in-provincial-meeting-on-education,-research-and-sustainable-development-in-hamedan The Iranian Department of Environment organized a two-day provincial meeting from 16-17 August on Education, Research and Sustainable Development, in the historic city of Hamedan. The meeting brought together provincial government officials from Hamedan, DoE staff from Tehran and provinces across Iran, and local NGOs to take stock of existing policies and plans; achievements made to date; challenges around implementing the SDGs, needs in terms of training, research, statistics, education and awareness-raising   During the opening ceremony, Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director of...
we-are-succeeding-in-our-path-to-reaching-“one-humanity”  By Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator in Iran In today’s world of regional conflict and disaster, more than 130 million people are dependent on humanitarian assistance simply in order to survive. Around the world, there are brave women and men who follow their humanitarian impulse to go to the aid of their fellow human beings.  Every day, they are prepared to face danger – and to meet – and resist – adversity. August 19th is designated as World Humanitarian Day (WHD).  This is the day when we honour – specifically – all humanitarian aid workers.  These are our sisters and...
a-record-130-million-people-are-dependent-on-humanitarian-assistance-un-chief TEHRAN, 18 August 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Humanitarian Day, 19 August 2016, said a record 130 million people are dependent on humanitarian assistance to survive. The full text of his message reads: A record 130 million people are dependent on humanitarian assistance to survive.  Grouped together, these people in need would comprise the tenth most populous nation on Earth. These figures are truly staggering, yet they tell only a fraction of the story.  Hidden behind the statistics are individuals, families and communities...
un-official-condemns-killing-of-kurdish-journalist TEHRAN, 16 August 2016 (UNIC) - The Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (DSRSG) for Iraq, Gyorgy Busztin, strongly condemned the brutal killing of a journalist in Dohuk City in Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and called on the Government of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to implement urgent measures to guarantee the safety of all journalists and media professionals. On 13 August 2016, Mr. Widad Hussein Ali, a journalist working with a news website and freelance reporter was abducted by unknown armed persons in Dohuk city. He was found hours later on the side...
iran-s-business-leaders-must-do-more-to-protect-the-environment-says-the-un-resident-coordinator On 15 August, Bourse and Bazaar published an Op-Ed by the UN Resident Coordinator in Iran, Mr. Gary Lewis entitled "Iran's Business Leaders Must Do More to Protect the Environment". The focus of the piece is on Corporate Social Responsibility. In the Op-Ed Mr. Lewis states: "In today’s energized, almost-post-sanctions-era Iran, so much has become possible. But as growth takes place, and as increased capital flows into the country, we need to expect more from our business community as contributors to human development."  Bourse and Bazaar published an Op-Ed on 16 August by the UN...
imagine-a-world-in-which-the-rights-of-every-child-are-realized Imagine this scene. You are taking a walk through your neighbourhood. Background sounds are the chatter of children's laughter. They are happy. They are playing. You stop and watch the next generation playing. They are free. They are secure. In this world, these children are living out their full potential. They have a decent place to sleep, enough food, a classroom filled with sensory inputs which will allow them to learn, and grow and thrive. This is a world where the rights of every child are realized.   On 11 August, a group of children from Qazvin province came to Tehran...
announcement-small-narrators-festival On the occasion on International Day of Peace, 21 September 2016, Ambassadors of Peace and Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in partnership with UNIC Tehran will hold Small Narrators Festival. This festival is scheduled to be held from 16-20 September 2016 in Tehran, Iran. Interested children can participate in this festival by sending a short story about their countries and their lifestyle. Requirements: Children of over 5 years and under 18 years Sending a 3 minutes video which you have to tell your story In 1 minute introduce yourself, your country and the subject...
on-int’l-day,-ban-calls-for-empowerment-of-youth-for-lasting-change-in-world TEHRAN, 11 August 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on International Youth Day, 12 August 2016, called for empowerment of young people with the resources, backing and space they need to create lasting change in our world. The full text of his message reads: The world’s young people – who make up the largest generation of youth in history – can lead a global drive to break the patterns of the past and set the world on course to a more sustainable future. Young people are directly affected by the tragic contradictions that prevail today: between...
commemorating-70-years-of-iran-un-partnership TEHRAN-On 7 August, the Islamic Republic Agency (IRNA) and UNIC mounted a display of historical photos and documents depicting the history of Iran’s relationship with the United Nations at the House of Artists in downtown Tehran. “This is a very good initiative by the Islamic Republic News Agency and the United Nations Information Centre to organize this exhibition which exhibits 70 years of ups and downs between the United Nations and Iran” said Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Abbas Araghchi at the inauguration ceremony of the UN-Iran Partnership Historic Photos and Documents...
mandela,-big-fan-of-iran-south-african-ambassador TEHRAN- A senior South African diplomat praised Iran’s manner to honor Nelson Mandela’s wisdom in its relations with the world and said “Mandela was a big fan of Iran”. “I am inspired by the way that Iran has honored Mandela’s wisdom in its relations with the world,” said South Africa’s Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran Archie Whitehead on 9 August 2016 at Ketabraneh Bookstore in Tehran. Then he added what better gift to celebrate Mandela’s birthday - and what better monument to Mandel’s legacy – than the message of peace, hope and reconciliation that Iran and the P5 plus 1...
terrorists-killed-759-iraqis,-injured-1,207-in-july-2016  Tehran, 2 August 2016 (UNIC) – A total of 759 Iraqis were killed and another 1,207 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq, excluding Anbar, in July 2016* according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The number of civilians killed in July was 629 (including 10 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities protection police, fire department), and the number of civilians injured was 1,061 (including 13 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details,...
germany-boosts-wfp-assistance-to-refugees-in-iran-especially-school-girls 1 August 2016- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed an unprecedented contribution of €2 million (approximately US$2.3 million) from the Federal Republic of Germany to provide food assistance to Afghan and Iraqi refugees in the Islamic Republic of Iran and promote education for refugee girls. “We are extremely grateful to the people and Government of Germany for this timely contribution. These funds will help us serve extremely vulnerable refugees, especially women and children,” said WFP Iran Country Director Negar Gerami. “We hope the international community...
ban-calls-for-observing-truce-during-rio-olympic-games TEHRAN, 28 July 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message issued on the occasion of Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro called for worldwide cessation of hostilities. The full text of his message reads: I call for a worldwide cessation of hostilities in observance of the Olympic Truce during the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. While such an ambitious vision may seem impossible to realize, the Olympic spirit calls on us to rise to the challenge. The Games are all about shattering records of human ability. They motivate...
un-security-council-simulation-pre-session A training session on Model UN Conference was organized in Tehran by the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in cooperation with the International Studies Journal (ISJ), with support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Iran. The Model UN Conference will simulate the session of the Security Council on “Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts”. The full day session was held at the UN Office in Iran on 21 July 2016 with the participation of more than 30 graduate students, participants of the Model UN Conference. In her opening statement, the UNIC Director,...
un-resident-coordinator-visits-asia-daily-newspaper The UN Resident Coordinator, Gary Lewis was recently invited to visit Asia Daily Newspaper Headquarters in Tehran where he was asked to share his experiences about living and traveling in Iran as well as the work of the United Nations in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Below you can read the coverage of this visit.   Asia Daily Newspaper The UN Resident Coordinator, Gary Lewis was recently invited to visit Asia Daily Newspaper Headquarters in Tehran where he was asked to share his experiences about living and traveling in Iran as well as the work of the United Nations...
iranian-student-wins-multilingual-essay-contest TEHRAN, 25 July 2016 (UNIC) – “ELS Educational Services, Inc”., is pleased to announce that 60 students from around the world have been selected as winners of the 2016 Many Languages, One World international essay contest. 2016 is the third year ELS Educational Services, and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) have organized Many Languages, One World. The 60 winners were selected from a pool of over 3,600 entrants. The winners, among them Ph.d student Pooya Naderi from Iran,  have been invited to attend the Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum at Hofstra University in...
fao-strengthens-statistical-systems-within-eco-countries 24 July 2016- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) has organized a five-day (24-28 July 2016) refresher training of focal points on the CountrySTAT system for ECO countries including Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Iran. In his opening remarks, Mr. Ibrahim Khalil Akca, Secretary General of ECO highlighted that the CountrySTAT project and other related initiatives have matured into a valuable resource in strengthening the FAO Statistics Division’s capacity to provide technical...
tehran-positive-club-receives-red-ribbon-award-for-outstanding-community-leadership-on-aids TEHRAN, 21 July 2016—Ten exceptional community-based organizations have won the 2016 Red Ribbon Award for their inspiring work towards ending or reducing the impact of the AIDS epidemic. They were presented with the prize in a special session at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa on Tuesday 19 July 2016.  “Across regions and cultures, communities are showing the world that ending AIDS is possible. Their courage, innovation and leadership is helping us overcome barriers and better respond to the needs of those most affected by the epidemic.” said...
un-chief-launches-first-report-to-track-sdgs TEHRAN, 20 July 2016 – Launching the first-ever Sustainable Development Goals report on the new global development agenda adopted last year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday said that the 15-year undertaking is “off to a good start” but will require all parts of the UN family and its partners to work together. “We have embarked on a monumental and historic journey,” the Secretary-General told the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which opened on 11 July and ends on 20 July, at the UN Headquarters in New York. “We must all learn, in national governments, in...
“environment-and-security-are-interrelated”-says-vice-president-and-iran’s-head-of-department-of-environment 20 July 2016- From Germany’s North Sea coast to the deserts of Iran, both countries are exposed to the potentially devastating effects of climate change. Despite varying scenarios and predictions on its future development, the influence of mankind on global warming is almost universally recognized. In line with this and to discuss the role of the international community and what Iran and Germany can do to stop - or at least reduce - the pace of global warming, an event was jointly organized by the Department of Environment and the Germany Embassy in Iran entitled, “Climate Change,...
mandela-international-day-commemorated-in-tehran 18 July 2016, TEHRAN- On the occasion of Nelson Mandela International Day, Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Janati inaugurated a photo exhibition by Meysam Shahbabaee entitled “Nelson Mandela for Ever” at Negarestan Museum on Monday 18 July 2016. Organized jointly by Iranian International Studies Association (IISA) and Negarestan Museum in partnership with UNIC Tehran, the exhibition is held simultaneously in five cities of Tehran, Los Angles, Pretoria, Paris and Brisbane in five continents. After the inauguration of the photo exhibition, United Nations Information...
in-kenya,-ban-calls-for-broader-partnerships,-sustainable-investments-to-drive-global-development TEHRAN, 18 July 2016 (UNNIC) – At a United Nations intergovernmental forum opening in Nairobi, Kenya on Sunday UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged participants to focus on strong collaboration, equality and inclusion in trade, finance and investment in order to better align action with agreed-upon sustainable development targets and help restore trust in the global economy. “The successful actions we will need over the next 15 years – especially in the area of trade, investment, technology and finance – require that we tap the full potential of all actors, promote innovation and correct...
syrian-ministry-of-health-experts-learn-from-iran’s-successful-immunization-programme-supported-by-iran’s-ministry-of-health-and-unicef-iran-office 18 July 2016- A group of 18 Ministry of Health experts from Syria and two experts from UNICEF Syria Office completed a training course on vaccine and cold chain management in Hamedan from 10 to 18th July 2016 in a joint cooperation between UNICEF Iran, UNICEF Syria and Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education. The training was based on a request from Syria’s Ministry of Health to learn from the successful experiences of the immunization programme in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Syrian delegation received their certificates for successfully accomplishing the course in a...
continue-being-inspired-by-mandela’s-lifelong-example-ban TEHRAN, 18 July 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for Nelson Mandela International Day, 18 July 2016, called on all people to continue being inspired by Nelson Mandela’s lifelong example and his call to never cease working to build a better world for all. The full text of his message reads: Nelson Mandela International Day is an opportunity to reflect on the life and work of a legend who embodied the highest values of the United Nations. Madiba was a model global citizen whose example continues to guide us in our work to build a better world...
iranian-woman-wins-unesco-competition TEHRAN, 17 July 2016 (UNIC) --  Ms. Sara Mardani from Iran was among one of the winners of UNESCO international photo competition, which aimed to promote books as well as reading and spread the message of tolerance. The competition was launched alongside World Book and Copyright Day, celebrated by UNESCO every 23 April. Ms. Mardani’s photo from Tehran is amongst the top five entries. She illustrated Roman philosopher, politician, lawyer, and orator, Marcus Tullius Cicero’s quote "A room without books is like a body without a soul". People from all over the world were invited to...
new-report-finds-that-stronger-bridge-between-science-and-policies-is-needed-to-achieve-sdgs TEHRAN, 17 July 2016 (UNIC)—Understanding of the scientific basis for action will be needed to achieve the ambitious and transformative goals of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, according to a new report issued by the United Nations today during the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. According to the Global Sustainable Development Report 2016, key elements of the 2030 Agenda–such as what it will take to ensure that no one will be left behind—have yet to be thoroughly scientifically researched. The Report finds that the new Agenda requires asking...
many-developing-countries,-unable-to-climb-the-economic-ladder,-trapped TEHRAN, 13 July 2016 (UNIC) –Many low-and middle-income economies are not catching up with rich-world counterparts, according to recent UNCTAD analysis, showing that even as extreme poverty has declined, wider development gains have stalled and “income traps” remain intractable for billions of people. The problems of these economies and a package of policies needed to escape income traps will be discussed at a round table on 20 July 2016 during the fourteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development–UNCTAD 14, the four-yearly ministerial meeting taking place in...
where-next-for-global-trade-and-development TEHRAN, 11 July 2016 (UNIC) -- A strong and vibrant international enabling environment and the biggest coordinated investment push in history will be essential if the new, ambitious, universal and multidimensional 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to be achieved. Kick-starting growth and tackling the factors holding down global trade growth – one of the most urgent issues affecting the world economy today – will be addressed by decision makers in public policy, international organizations, civil society and the private sector at the UNCTAD four-yearly ministerial conference...
support-teenage-girls-un-chief TEHRAN, 11 July 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Population Day, 11 July 2016, urged all Governments, businesses and civil society to support and invest in teenage girls.  The full text of his message reads: The international community has committed to a new sustainable development agenda built on the principles of equity and human rights.  A central objective of the Sustainable Development Goals is to leave no one behind. Despite significant gains made in reducing poverty and improving opportunity and well-being for many people...
teenage-girl-whose-rights-are-respected-likely-to-contribute-to-economic,-social-progress-of-her-nation-unfpa-chief TEHRAN, 10 July 2016 (UNIC) -- United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director  of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in his message on World Population Day, 11 July 2016, said a teenage girl whose rights are respected and who is able to realize her full potential is a girl who is more likely to contribute to the economic and social progress of her community and nation. The full text of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin’s message reads: The teenage years are for some girls a time of exploration, learning and increasing autonomy. But for many others, it is a time of...
restoring-the-economy’s-ability-to-deliver-prosperity The Sustainable Development Goals must become the yardstick for judging inclusive growth By Mukhisa Kituyi Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development   Millions of people around the world have lost faith that the world economy can improve their lives. Instead of seeing value in open borders and the free exchange of information and ideas, they see only uncertainty about their futures, growing inequalities and weak productivity gains. Too few people benefit from new technologies that connect us and make the world smaller, and too many face the...
sustainable-development-goal-16-peace,-justice-and-strong-institutions 5 July 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, and access to water and sanitation. Enormous progress has been made on the MDGs, showing the value of a unifying agenda underpinned by goals and targets. Despite this success, the indignity of poverty has not been ended for all.   Peace, justice...
ban-urged-governments-to-create-an-enabling-environment-for-2-6m-cooperatives-worldwide-to-thrive,-grow TEHRAN, 3 July 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day of Cooperatives, 2 July 2016 urged Governments to create an enabling environment for 2.6m cooperatives to thrive and grow. The full text of his message reads: Cooperative endeavour is about empowerment, inclusion and sustainability.  It is designed to uphold the principles of equality and democratic participation.  It embodies the principle of the Sustainable Development Goals that no-one should be left behind. Cooperatives play an important role in many societies.  The...
662-iraqis-were-killed,-1,457-injured-in-june TEHRAN, 3 July 2016 (UNIC) – A total of 662 Iraqis were killed and another 1,457 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in June 2016*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The number of civilians killed in June was 382 (including 28 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities protection police, fire department), and the number of civilians injured was 1,145 (including 23 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities protection police,...
training-session-on-employment-relations-within-the-united-nations United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) held a training session entitled “Employment relations within the United Nations” for some 20 UN staff and interns on 29 June 2016 at the UN office in Tehran. The organizer was UNIC Intern Mr. Amir Arsalan Eskandari and the instructor was the University of Tehran Ph.D. student of international law Mr. Mehdi Ghasemi. At the beginning of the session, a short video prepared by UNIC-Tehran on the occasion of the 26th of June and signing of the UN Charter was screened. Then UNIC Reference Assistant Nazanin Ghaemmaghami started the morning...
united-nations-iran-launches-its-new-website Tehran, 29 June 2016 (UN) – The United Nations in the Islamic Republic of Iran is pleased to announce that it has launched its new and enhanced website. The new site is designed to inform national and international partners – as well as the general public –the UN’s development and humanitarian work in Iran – and how this work will help Iran achieve its Sustainable Development Goals.  The site represents an important platform for presenting the joint achievements of the Government of Iran and the UN under the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2017-2021) which will...
iran-commemorating-the-international-day-against-drug-abuse-and-illicit-trafficking 28 June 2016- This year, Iran celebrated the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking with the participation of high level officials from different organizations active in the field of drug control as well as representatives from international community and UN agencies, including UNFPA, UNODC as well as UN Resident Coordinator Office in Iran. The event was organized by the Drug Control Headquarters. In his opening remarks, Minister of Interior and Secretary General of the Drug Control Headquarters Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli stated that Iranian Police Force and...
sustainable-development-goal-15-life-on-land TheSustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as theGlobal Goals, build on theMillennium 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 water and sanitation. Enormous progress has been made on the MDGs, showing the value of a unifying agenda underpinned by goals and targets. Despite this success, the indignity of poverty has not been ended for all.   Sustainably manage forests,...
stopping-the-crime-of-torture-will-benefit-whole-societies-ban TEHRAN, 26 June 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, 26 June 2016, said assisting victims of torture and stopping this crime will benefit whole societies and help provide a future of safety and dignity for all.   The full text of his message reads:  Around the world, in every region, men, women and children are still being tortured by non-State actors and under direct State policy.  Despite its absolute prohibition under international law, this dehumanizing practice remains pervasive and,...
unami-condemns-explosion-targeting-rudaw-media-network-offices TEHRAN, 26 June 2016 (UNIC) – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) deplores the grenade attack that targeted the offices of Rudaw Media Network in Erbil during the night of Friday 24 June 2016.   The Mission wishes those injured in this attack a speedy recovery.    In a statement issued today in Baghdad, UNAMI expresses solidarity with Rudaw and all media in Iraq who are performing their work under difficult circumstances. The Mission urges the authorities to ensure that freedom of expression is safeguarded. ***
ban-calls-for-supporting-some-245m-widows-around-the-world TEHRAN, 23 June 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on International Widows’ Day, 23 June 2016, while announcing that there are some 245 million widows around the world, called for supporting them in living productive, equal and fulfilling lives. The full text of his message reads: There are some 245 million widows around the world, and nearly half are living in poverty. Widows are often stigmatized by their families and communities. Many suffer discrimination based on age and gender and have lived lives marked by physical and sexual abuse. Older...
iran-commemorates-world-refugee-day 20 June 2016- To commemorate his first ever World Refugee Day as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Filippo Grandi has chosen to visit the Islamic Republic of Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. This was combined with his will to show respect to the holy month of Ramadan, and his solidarity with the millions of Afghan refugees in the region. He launched his tour with a visit to Iran - hosting close to one million refugees - where World Refugee Day was commemorated on 18 June  United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Filippo Grandi To...
yoga-can-help-to-cultivate-healthier-lifestyles-ban TEHRAN, 21 June 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day of Yoga, 21 June 2016 said Yoga can help to cultivate healthier lifestyles. The full text of his message reads: Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India and is now practiced in various forms around the world.  The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Yoga balances body and soul, physical health and mental well-being.  It promotes harmony among people,...
nine-out-of-ten-refugees-are-today-living-in-poor-and-middle-income-countries-ban TEHRAN, 20 June 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Refugee Day, 20 June 2016, said nine out of ten refugees are today living in poor and middle income countries close to situations of conflict.   The full text of his message reads:   Forced displacement has reached unprecedented levels, with more than 65 million people uprooted from their homes globally. New and recurring conflicts, and ever-more disturbing forms of violence and persecution, are driving people to flee in search of safety within their own countries, or to cross...
unhcr-releases-a-short-clip-of-mr-grandi’s-visit-to-iran 19 June 2016- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Filippo Grandi visited the Islamic Republic of Iran on 17th to 19th June. During his missionMr. Grandi had the opportunity to meet with Afghan refugees who have benefited from UNHCR’s projects and initiatives in Iran. Iran hosts almost one million Afghan refugees. Click here to watch a short clip of Mr. Grandi’s interaction with refugees on Aparat.  UNHCR releases a short clip of Mr. Grandi’s visit to Iran The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Filippo Grandi visited the Islamic...
sexual-violence,-a-threat-to-international-peace-and-security-ban TEHRAN, 19 June 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, 19 June 2016, called  sexual violence as a threat to international peace and security.   The full text of his message reads:   The world continues to witness appalling levels of sexual violence in wartime. No region is immune to this scourge, which continues to affect women, girls, boys and men. There has also been clear progress and unprecedented political momentum to address these crimes. Sexual violence is now...
a-turning-point-for-humanitarian-action By United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon   At the recent World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, more than 9,000 participants made a three-fold commitment to people in crisis all over the world. We pledged to improve our response to people caught up in natural disasters and conflicts; to empower them as the agents of their own recovery; and to summon greater political will to prevent and end the wars which are causing so much suffering. The challenge we face is unprecedented. Around the world, 130 million people need humanitarian aid. More than 60 million people have been...
afghan-refugee-in-iran-feels-lucky-to-have-done-training-course QOM, Iran, June 17 (UNHCR) – Asra’s story illustrates both the progress and the limits to progress for the enormous population of refugees in Iran today. The 23-year-old Afghan refugee, born in Iran after her parents fled the fighting in their country, counts herself lucky. She is one of 730 to have done the vocational training course set up three years ago in Qom supported by UNHCR. That’s 700 in a refugee population of 70,000 in the city of one million people. 63,000 of them are Afghan.  UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi speaks with Afghan refugee Saahebeh...
sustainable-development-goal-14-life-below-water 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 water and sanitation. Enormous progress has been made on the MDGs, showing the value of a unifying agenda underpinned by goals and targets. Despite this success, the indignity of poverty has not been ended for all.   Conserve and sustainably use...
land-degradation-to-increase-food-prices-by-30-in-future-ban TEHRAN, 15 June 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, 17 June 2016,said over the next 25 years, land degradation could reduce global food productivity by as much as 12 per cent, leading to a 30 per cent increase in world food prices.  The full text of his message reads:  Desertification, land degradation, drought and climate change are interconnected.  As a result of land degradation and climate change, the severity and frequency of droughts have been increasing, along with floods and extreme...
wfp-releases-clip-on-its-activities-in-iran 12 June 2016- World Food Programme in the Islamic Republic of Iran recently launched a video clip which highlights some of its activities in the country. Click here to watch the clip on Aparat.   Video clip highlighting WFP activities in Iran World Food Programme in the Islamic Republic of Iran recently launched a video clip which highlights some of its activities in the country.   Click here to watch the clip on Aparat.       Follow Gary Lewis @GaryLewisUN   Follow UNIC Tehran @UNICTehran...
un-helps-iran-protect-its-environment-in-five-main-areas 9 June 2016, TEHRAN – Celebrating World Environment Day (WED) here in Tehran, UN Resident Coordinator Gary Lewis said United Nations is helping Iran’s authorities protect its environment in five main areas. These are water security, reversing desertification and deforestation, making energy consumption more efficient, minimizing the impact of air and water pollution (including efforts to counter sand and dust storms) and, finally protecting endangered wild life and species.The focus of this year’s WED was protecting wildlife under the banner “Wild for Life”. In this area, Mr. Lewis...
healthy-oceans-essential-for-a-healthy-planet,-healthy-future-ban TEHRAN, 9 June 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Oceans Day, 8 June 2016 emphasized that healthy oceans are essential for a healthy planet and a healthy future for all. The full text of his message reads: Healthy oceans are critical to sustaining life on Earth. They regulate the climate and provide a wide range of services, including natural resources, nutritious food and jobs that benefit billions of people. In order to protect the health of our oceans, it is crucial for us to know their current state, and understand the impact that...
first-international-red-ribbon-poster-festival The first int'l red ribbon poster festival - supported by UNAIDS CO Iran - has been inaugurated on Sunday 5th of June 2016 in Mellat Gallery & Cineplex in Park Mellat and will continue its work till 12 June 2016. This festival started in Feb 2016 with organization of a workshop for Iranian Artists, organization of a domestic and international competition, which received more than 600 works from the Netherlands, Hungary, Poland, France, USA, Greece, Mexico, Italy, South Korea, Russian, China, Ecuador, Iraq, Switzerland, Kyrgyzstan and Iran.   Red ribbon festival...
iran-marks-world-oceans-day-2016 Every year, World Oceans Day is celebrated on 8 June to mobilize society and raise awareness about the ocean, its biodiversity and its resources. This year, Iran celebrated World Ocean’s Day on the 5th of June with an event organized jointly by the Iranian National Committee for Oceanography and the Iranian National Institute for Oceanography and Atmospheric Science, in Tehran. After the opening remarks by Dr. Hajizadeh, Director of the Iranian National Institute for Oceanography and Atmospheric Science, Mr. Ali Osat Hashemi, Governor of Sistan and Baluchestan Province, delivered a...
srsg-kubiš-in-ramadan-greetings-wishes-iraqis-peace-and-unity TEHRAN, 6 June 2016 (UNIC) – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Ján Kubiš, sends his warmest greetings to the Muslims of Iraq and to all Iraqis on the advent of the holy month of Ramadan. “This is a month of spiritual reflection, peace and compassion. It is when families get together, and is also a time to remember those who are suffering and who are less fortunate”, Mr. Kubiš said in Baghdad on Monday. “On this holy month, my thoughts are with the families who lost their loved ones and those Iraqis who were injured from the violence, as well as the...
un-official-welcomes-ayatollah-al-sistani’s-call-for-protection-of-fallujah-civilians TEHRAN, 6 June 2016 (UNIC) - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, welcomes the call by His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani for the protection of civilians and their property during the ongoing military operations to liberate Fallujah. The SRSG reiterates his call on all parties to the conflict to do their utmost to protect civilians and to adhere strictly to international humanitarian law, and ensure that they have unhindered access to medical facilities and humanitarian assistance, and are able to leave areas affected by violence...
unesco-celebrated-world-environment-day-in-tehran On the 6th of June, UNESCO celebrated World Environment Day with the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and the Department of Environment. The event took place in Niavaran Cultural and Historical Complex under the theme of “Environment, Youth and Social Participation”, and brought together a wide range of participants, including high-ranking Government officials, NGOs, artists, sport federations, academics, and youth. “Today’s meeting is trying to take an interdisciplinary look at the issue of the environment and calls upon different...
iran-newspaper-interviews-unic-librarian-ms-ghaemmaghami 5 June 2016- “Iran” daily newspaper published an interview with UNIC Librarian/Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami about United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) and her contribution to dissemination of UN information in Iran. Ms. Ghaemmaghami speaks about impact of her popular workshops on “Finding UN Information and Documentation”, about her career at the UN, UN values and how to get engaged with the UN. Readers will be interested to learn about her more than 22 years of experience as the Librarian with UNIC. She also shares her memories from her work at the Islamic...
ban-deeply-saddened-by-passing-of-mohammad-ali,-world-champion-for-equality-and-peace TEHRAN, 5 June 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mohammad Ali, and extended his condolences to the Ali family and the many millions of fans mourning his death in every corner of the world. “Mr. Ali was far more than a legendary boxer; he was a world champion for equality and peace. With an incomparable combination of principle, charm, wit and grace, he fought for a better world and used his platform to help lift up humanity,” Mr. Ban highlighted in a statement issued by his spokesperson on Saturday. Named...
“we-have-not-felt-so-fragile-in-the-world-as-we-do-now”-–-special-advisor-to-un-secretary-general-on-the-sdgs-said-in-iran 5 June 2016 -- Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) started his three-day visit to Iran this morning. Dr. Sachs first met with Vice-President and the Head of Department of Environment (DoE), Madam Ebtekar. The two exchanged ideas on areas of joint collaboration between the Government of Iran and the United Nations in achieving the SDGs. At this meeting, Madam Ebtekar said: “In Iran, political will from the highest ranking government officials exists to achieve the SDGs. We hope to move forward strongly....
on-world-environment-day-ban-urged-people,-governments-to-preserve-natural-heritage TEHRAN, 4 June 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Environment Day, 5 June 2016, urged people and governments everywhere to overcome indifference, combat greed and act to preserve our natural heritage for the benefit of this and future generations. The full text of his message reads: This year’s observance of World Environment Day shines a much-needed spotlight on the illegal trade in wildlife.  There is grave cause for alarm.  Elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory, rhinos for their horns, and pangolins for their scales.  From...
un-secretary-general’s-special-advisor-on-sdgs-to-visit-tehran TEHRAN, 4 June 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Professor Jeffrey Sachs will visit Tehran from 5 to 7 June 2016. During his stay, Professor Sachs will deliver lectures at Amir Kabir University as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) and will pay a visit to some United Nations Development Programme’s project sites. Dr. Sachs, who arrives in Tehran at the invitation of the Iranian Mission at UN Headquarters in New York, is a renowned American economist...
unesco-supports-parvaz-international-film-festival On 2 June 2016, Parvaz International Film Festival in cooperation with the UNESCO, screened a selection of films from last year’s Festival, dedicated to raising public awareness of disability issues and dispelling negative stereotypes, myths and prejudices regarding people with disabilities. The movie screening took place in Niavaran Palace in the presence of Iranian film directors, actors, NGOs, UN agencies, and people with disabilities. In her opening speech, Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, said: “About 15 per cent of the...
dat-honors-international-day-of-families On the occasion of International Day of Families, Disability Association of Tavan (DAT) held a ceremony in the presence of some 51 families at the camp of Yanesabad in Qazvin, capital of the Qazvin Province on the 2 June 2016. Director General of Social Office of the Governor of Qazvin Province Mohsen Qasemi, Expert on Exceptional Children’s Education Mohamed Abdi, Family Psychologist Hussain Jannatiha, Chairman of Board of Directors of DAT Seyyed Mohammad Mousavi, teachers and members of DAT attended the ceremony.   Participants in International Day of Families On the...
irna-chief,-unic-head-call-for-expansion-of-media-cooperation Tehran, June 1, IRNA - Managing Director of the Islamic News Agency (IRNA) Mohammad Khoddadi and new Director of United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran Maria Dotsenko reviewed ways to develop media cooperation, it was reported on Wednesday. During the meeting held in IRNA central office in Tehran, the two officials also discussed the ways to exchange media products. Khodadi also voiced IRNA readiness to dispatch several reporters, photographers and cameramen to UN bases in foreign countries aimed at covering media reports of this international organization.   Left to...
fao-invites-iranian-youth-to-take-part-in-a-poster-and-video-contest-for-world-food-day-2016 1 June 2016- As part of a global call for submission, the Representation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Iran invites all creative Iranian children and youth to take part in the World Food Day 2016 international poster and video contest. The theme of this year’s World Food Day (WFD) is "Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must change too," and talented youth with skills in painting, graphic design and videography are encouraged to take part.   To give young minds added inspiration, FAO has teamed up with the well-known Italian...
children-from-shahid-mahdavi-international-school-are-eager-to-learn-more-about-united-nations Tehran – 31 May 2016. More than 100 children from kindergarten to grade eight received special certificates for outstanding performance in various activities, which were organized jointly with the UN Information Center. Certificates were awarded to students at an end of the year performance at the school and during another ceremony at the United Nations Information Center. Children participated in events aimed to promote knowledge of mother languages and learned about benefits of multilingualism and diversity of cultures and traditions, during the event dedicated to the International...
cigarettes,-tobacco-kill-6m-people-every-year-ban TEHRAN, 31 May 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2016, said that cigarettes and other tobacco products kill almost 6 million people every year. The full text of his message reads: Cigarettes and other tobacco products kill almost 6 million people every year.  Sustainable Development Goal 3 aims to “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”.  As part of that approach, governments have committed to strengthen the implementation of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco...
ngo-representatives-learn-more-about-the-un-and-civil-society 30 May 2016- The UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Peace and Democracy of Shahid Beheshti University together with United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) held a workshop on “Finding UN Information and Documentation through the UN website” with emphasis on the civil society for some 30 NGO representatives at the Salam Hall of the UNESCO Chair on 30 May 2016. The organizer of the workshop Professor Maryam Afshari, in her opening remarks mentioned that last year she had participated in such a workshop at UNIC. Since she found it useful, she decided to organize one at the UNESCO Chair for...
unesco-and-un-habitat-hold-induction-capacity-building-workshop-on-seismic-hazard-and-risk-analysis On 30 May, UNESCO and UNHABITAT kicked off a 3-day capacity building workshop, as part of a joint sub-regional project on Seismic Hazard and Risk Analysis, covering Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Turkmenistan. The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and the International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES) have been major partners of the project from the beginning. The capacity building workshop is taking place at the ECO secretariat in Tehran and brings together four participants from Pakistan, four from Turkmenistan, four from Afghanistan, plus several...
a-package-of-kindness 30 May 2016- Many years of conflict and insecurity in Afghanistan has resulted in mass movements of entire families from Afghanistan to Iran. Most often girls did not get a chance to go to school and benefit from an education due to cultural barriers and traditions. WFP has been advocating for refugee girls’ education ever since it started its assistance program in Iran in the late ‘80s and through an education incentive has encouraged parents of several thousand girls to send their girls to school and have them educated- a project that has been extremely successful in changing the...
fao-calls-for-promoting-partnership-on-water-resource-management-in-iran Tehran – 29 May 2016 : FAO and Urmia Lake Restoration Program (ULRP) have today (29 May 2016) organized an international meeting in Tehran on “Promoting Partnership on Water Resource Management” to expand collaboration between UN Agencies and donor countries with the aim of strengthening efforts to save Urmia Lake in Iran. According to a press release published by the Representation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the Islamic Republic of Iran, by underscoring that water shortage in Iran has become more visible and tangible in recent years, in his opening remarks,...
on-int’l-day,-ban-honors-1m-un-peacekeepers TEHRAN, 29 May 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, 29 May 2016 honoured more than one million men and women who have served under the UN flag with pride, distinction and courage since the first deployment in 1948 and paid tribute to the more than 3,400 peacekeepers who have lost their lives while in service during that period. The full text of his message reads: The confidence that the world places in United Nations peacekeeping is reflected in its massive growth in recent years, in terms...
unesco-and-bel-rouzaneh-dairy-company-hand-over-family-health-booklet-to-the-literacy-movement-organization 29 May 2016- UNESCO and the Literacy Movement Organisation (LMO) have been working together on the development of a family health booklet for literacy learners over the past few months. The project was generously supported by Bel Rouzaneh Dairy Co. - a Bel subsidiary in Iran. The booklet offers practical lessons on proper nutrition and water consumption and is the fruit of hard work and a very inclusive consultation process that included many national and international experts. During the official ceremony in which the first printed copies of the booklet were handed over to LMO and a...
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 human rights and humanitarian law. He calls on all parties to the conflict to adhere strictly to international humanitarian law, including the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution in the conduct of hostilities, and to ensure...
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 to submit photos of Afghanistan’s cultural and natural heritage, which makes them proud of the country. The competition was launched on 21 October 2015 and ended on 21 March 2016.   The winning photo by Iranian photographer Ali Hamed-Haqdust...
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, university authorities, ambassadors, and other dignitaries. International students showcased their cultures in a dedicated exhibition space and through musical and artistic performances. Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the...
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 solutions. The 3rd Europe-Iran Forum was held in Zurich on 3-4 May 2016. This landmark gathering welcomed over 450 business leaders, policymakers, and journalists from over 30 countries to consider Iran's future business prospects.   Mr. Gary...
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 the Summit are clear: conflicts that know no end causing untold suffering, mass displacement, and political and economic turmoil; flagrant violations of international humanitarian law; eye-watering levels of hunger and child malnutrition; more severe...
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 their respective publications or news agencies. UN does not necessarily endorse or approve any content or position. They have been republished here solely for the purpose of visitor reviews and comments Al-Monitor recently published a special...
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 Prize, awarded every two years, is intended to reward the activities of individuals and groups in the field of ethics in science.  Prof. Shinwari addresses Iranian scientists and policy-makers at the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology...
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 Mary in the center of Tehran, and was attended by Dr. Beheshti, Head of the ICHHTO Research Center; Dr. Talebian, Deputy Head of ICHHTO; Mr. Biglerian; Armenian Representative in Parliament; representatives of the Armenian Embassy in Tehran, and...
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 diversity is a vital part of our compact with each other and the planet that nurtures us. The full text of his message reads: Biodiversity and the ecosystem services it supports are the foundations for life on Earth and the livelihoods and well-being...
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 water and sanitation. Enormous progress has been made on the MDGs, showing the value of a unifying agenda underpinned by goals and targets. Despite this success, the indignity of poverty has not been ended for all.   Take urgent action to combat...
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 annual Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF), where Iranian and foreign publishers offered their latest book titles with the motto of “Tomorrow is late for reading”. “Tehran International Book Fair is a unique opportunity for both publishers, businessmen...
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 Turkmenistan. The grand celebration took place in Niavaran Palace in Tehran and consisted of a series of cultural performances from Turkmenistan and different provinces of Iran, as well as a cultural exhibition and a traditional food festival with dishes from...
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 with many partners.  PLURAL+ supports young people’s expression of their opinions by providing them with a variety of media platforms and distribution networks, including broadcasts, video festivals, conferences and events around the world. PLURAL+...
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 Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office was invited as a keynote speaker to talk about the critical role of youth in achieving SDG 4.   The YSF took place at Tehran University The first ever...
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, Waste Management in Mazandaran, Lorestan Samandar in Zagros, Biodiesel from Waste Cooking Oil, Integrated Pest Management in Bam Date Gardens. You are all invited to the 5th Green Film Festival of Iran which will show our documentaries on Tuesday 17...
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 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which recognizes the great potential of information and communication technology (ICT) to accelerate human progress, bridge the digital divide and advance knowledge. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals specifically...
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 Ghaemmaghami to brief some 50 participants of the training course on how to find UN information from the UN website on 17 May 2016. During her presentation, Ms. Ghaemmaghami introduced UNIC website and the 18 UN agencies in Iran and then through the UN...
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 Sciences (UMSs) and UNDP has formed since 2008. Together we have achieved a great deal to eliminate malaria. Our effective partnership towards malaria elimination in collaboration with national and international partners has demonstrated to be a...
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 management of climate hazards; information management in disasters; risk assessment and disaster risk reduction; and health management in disasters.   Ms Kuisch Laroche delivers her keynote speech The 3rd Comprehensive Conference on “Disaster...
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. Mohammad Rajai-Moghadam. Then Dr. Jaleh Afshari Monfared, Dr. Morteza Goharipor, Dr. Mirsaeed Ja’fari and Dr. Alireza Rahim discussed different aspects of self-awareness and its role in preventing domestic violence with some 15 psychology students and ODVV...
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 elaborated on some basic facts about the UN such as the main organs including General Assembly and its third committee, Security Council; Economic and Social Council and Commission of the Status of Women as one of its subsidiary bodies as well as Office of...
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 of the joint work plan of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education and UNICEF on improving child survival. Over the course of this five day training which runs from 15 to 20th May 2016 in Tehran, participants will benefit from the most recent...
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 message reads: This year’s International Day of Families falls at a time of upheaval and tragedy for families around the world. The rise of violent extremism, the effects of forced displacement, extreme weather events and other challenges are taking a...
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 on the question of Rwanda genocide at IPIS in Tehran on Sunday 15 May 2016. Addressing more than 70 graduate and post graduate students of international law and relations, UN Resident Coordinator Gary Lewis, after reading the UN Secretary-General’s...
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 Families during a ceremony marking the Day organized by MAMI at their building on 14 May 2016.   From left to right Mohammad Moghadam, Maryam Ahmadi Shirazi and Maria Sasannejad More than 50 civil society activists and students together...
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 UNESCO biosphere reserve with a festive ceremony in Zabol University. The ceremony was attended by Dr. Ebtekar, Vice-President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Head of the Iranian Department of Environment (DOE); Ms. Hashemi, Governor General of...
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 technoprenuers and investors. UNESCO has been supporting the Festival since the very beginning and this year the event also coincided with the 20th anniversary of Isfahan Science and Technology Town (ISTT) and the renewal of the agreement between...
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 learned about some basic facts about the UN, UN values, and how to find and retrieve UN information on the UNIC, and the UN websites. Overview through UN News Centre and the issues in focus such as Syria, Yemen as well as migration and refugees and...
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 2016. During the meeting Foreign Minister Dr. Zarif welcomed her to Iran and discussed cooperation between UNIC and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Dotsenko expressed her appreciation by the MFA’s support to UNIC work in Iran and briefed the Minister on...
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 in Baquba on 9 May which also left large numbers of casualties.  “These are cowardly terrorist attacks on civilians who have done nothing but going about their normal daily lives”, Mr. Kubiš said in Baghdad.  “Such acts of terrorist violence are...
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” (IFFM) being conducted in Kelarabad, Mazandarn Province. “FAO has supported the design of IFFM framework, especially using the concept of roundtables on Fire Management for defining the participatory approach in fire management which now is being...
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 need to make sure they choose responsibly. The Impossible Choices campaign aims to trigger a groundswell of public pressure on global leaders to:   The World Humanitarian Summit, happening on 23 and 24 May is the UN Secretary-General's call to...
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 Water Resources Management Company, NGOs, the private sector, and several foreign guests from Japan, Korea and Germany. The participants exchanged best practices and lessons learned, and discussed the technical, legal, institutional and socio-economic...
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 Tuesday 10 May 2016 During the one-day simulation programme, the participants mocked an international UN Conference. The delegates of states presented their position papers on Extremism via Dialogue among Civilizations.   Participants at the...
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 human rights situations in the country.  He strongly urged “the Government, constitutional and political leaders and civil society to work together in constructive dialogue that will not only resolve the political impasse but give a clear perspective...
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, and access to water and sanitation. Enormous progress has been made on the MDGs, showing the value of a unifying agenda underpinned by goals and targets. Despite this success, the indignity of poverty has not been ended for all.  Ensure...
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 Ghaemmaghami-Farahani. Students learned about some basic facts about the UN, and how to find and retrieve UN information on the UNIC, and the UN websites as well as Dag Hammarskjold Library (DHL) page on the web. Overview and searching through some of DHL...
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 more people to leave their homes than at any time since we have had reliable data.  More than 60 million people -- half of them children -- have fled violence or persecution and are now refugees and internally displaced persons.  An additional 225...
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 number of civilians killed in April was 410 (including 11 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities protection police, fire department), and the number of civilians injured was 973 (including 20 federal police, Sahwa...
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 10 registered Biosphere reserves which covers important protected areas such as Touran, Arjan & Parishan, Urumiyeh and Miankaleh. All of these sites cover important biodiversity, wetlands and forests altogether. During the 27th MAB ICC meeting...
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 Tehran, Alborz, Qazvin, Zanjan, Gilan, Mazandaran and Qom, the Ministry of Interior’s National Disaster Management Organization, Ministry of Health, State Welfare Organization, Ministry of Education, Iranian Red Crescent Society, Imam Khomeini...
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 agencies representing in the UN booth are UN Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Educational, Scientific and cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), UN-Habitat, UN Information Centre (UNIC), United Nations Industrial...
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. Well-trained and supported midwives working in communities are uniquely positioned to provide the compassionate, respectful and culturally sensitive care a woman needs during pregnancy and childbirth. Midwifery is equally important for newborns during the...
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 Center in Tehran elaborated on basic facts about the UN, structure and organization, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and ecotourism, UNESCO and cultural tourism and UNWTO. UN in Iran and UNIC websites were also introduced.   Finding UN...
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 summit (4-5 May 2016) that has been organized in a collaborative framework between the Representation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in the Islamic Republic of Iran, University of Tehran and Secretariat for the...
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 involvement of the local communityy members was planned and practiced in National Malaria Elimination Program and supported by Global Fund malaria project of UNDP.   Dr. Beheshti spoke about the importance of cultural property law Click...
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 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,...
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 cultural heritage. During the opening ceremony, Dr. Tabatabaei (Director of ICOM-Iran) and Mr. Khazraei (Director of the Holy Defense Museum) welcomed the participants. Then Dr. Beheshti, Director of the Research Institute of ICHHTO spoke of the...
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 water and sanitation. Enormous progress has been made on the MDGs, showing the value of a unifying agenda underpinned by goals and targets. Despite this success, the indignity of poverty has not been ended for all.   Youth Speak Forum - 17 May...
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 sustainable development depend on the free flow of information.  And the right to information depends on press freedom.  Each year, we observe World Press Freedom Day to emphasize these fundamental principles, to protect the independence of the media and to...
graduate-students-of-women’s-studies-learn-more-about-the-un-and-un-women United Nations Information Centre in cooperation with Tarbiat Modares University held a workshop on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” with focus on women issues for some 20 professors including the Head of the University’s Women’s Studies Department and the graduate students at the UN building on 19 April 2016. UNIC Reference Assistant Nazanin Ghaemmaghami elaborated on some basic facts about the UN such as the main organs including General Assembly and its women presidents during 70 years, its recent resolutions on gender equality as well as its 23rd Special Session on...
ketbaraneh-and-unic-commemorate-world-book-and-copy-right-day TEHRAN-Ketabraneh(mobile bookstore) and UNIC Tehran jointly in presence of some 15 boy students from Allameh Tabatabaee Primary School and their parents commemorated World Book and Copy Right Day at Ketabraneh Book Store on 25 April 2016. Addressing the participants UNIC Reference Assistant Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani briefed them on the international “Words of Tolerance” contest. She invited the students to choose a quotation from their favorite author, one who inspires them, in one the six UN official languages namely English, French, Russian, Spanish, Chinese as well as Arabic...
un-urges-government,-political-leaders-to-work-together-to-restore-security-and-to-engage-in-dialogue TEHRAN, 1 May 2016 (UNIC) - The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is gravely concerned by recent developments in Baghdad, including the storming of the Council of Representatives premises by demonstrators after they entered the International Zone. According to a statement issued in Baghdad on Saturday, the Mission condemns the use of violence, including against elected officials, and urges calm, restraint and respect for Iraq’s constitutional institutions at this crucial juncture. UNAMI calls on the Government, all political leaders and civil society to work together...
un-official-condemns-baghdad-suburb-terrorist-bombing TEHRAN, 1 May 2016 (UNIC) - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, strongly condemns the suicide bombing that targeted pilgrims and shoppers at a livestock market in the southeastern Baghdad suburb of Nahrwan on Satursday, killing or wounding many civilians. The SRSG offers condolences to the families of the victims and wishes the injured speedy recovery. “The terrorists have once again targeted with premeditated and wanton aggression pilgrims who were on their way to exercise their religious duty and other civilians seeking to provide a...
free-the-world-from-chemical-weapons—un-secretary-general TEHRAN, 28 April 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the occasion of the Remembrance Day for All Victims of Chemical Warfare, 29 April 2016,  called on all people to renew efforts to rid the world of chemical weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. The full text of his message reads: The Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare is an occasion to reflect upon the terrible toll of these weapons and to pay tribute to those who suffered.  It is also an opportunity to take stock of our efforts to chart a course to a world...
unesco-attends-“summit-30-–-the-integrity-of-urge” Tehran, 25 April 2016 - On the 25th of April, the Neurological Society of Iran and the Attar Foundation opened a two-week scientific-literary symposium, which gathered renowned neurosurgeons, artists and psychologists from around the globe to highlight the inseparable link between the psyche and the human body. Summit 30 aspires to sow the seed of friendship and unity between different branches of knowledge, in particular art and science. Mrs. Zarif, wife of Foreign Minister Dr. Zarif, opened the symposium by conveying the message of her husband to the international...
close-the-immunization-gap-un TEHRAN, 26 April 2016 (UNIC) – The theme of this year’s World Immunization Week, 24-30 April is “close the immunization gap”. In 2014, some 115 million infants worldwide received diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine. In 2014, about 85% of the world's children received one dose of measles vaccine by their first birthday. Today, only 2 countries (Afghanistan and Pakistan) remain polio-endemic, down from more than 125 in 1988. Immunization averts 2 to 3 million deaths annually; however, an additional 1.5 million deaths could be avoided if global vaccination coverage improves. Today,...
commemoration-of-signing-ceremony-of-paris-agreement On the occasion of the signing ceremony of Paris Climate Change Agreement, the Faculty of Environment and Energy of Science and Research Unit of Islamic Azad University and Association of Environment Excerpts of Iran in partnership with United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Tehran organized a seminar on reviewing Paris Climate Change Agreement at the Conference Hall of Science and Research Unit of Islamic Azad University on 19 April 2016.   Participants in the Commemoration of signing ceremony of Paris Agreement On the occasion of the signing ceremony of Paris...
malaria-killed-400,000-in-2015-ban  TEHRAN, 25 April 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Malaria Day,  25 April 2016 while announcing that last year, there were 214 million new malaria cases and more than 400,000 deaths called on everyone involved to redouble efforts to reach the 2030 malaria goals.  The full text of his message reads:  Worldwide, new malaria cases have fallen by 18 per cent since 2000. In Africa, where the burden of malaria is greatest, the mortality rate has fallen by two-thirds. Between 2000 and 2015, an estimated six million deaths from malaria...
sustainable-development-goal-10-reduce-inequality-within-and-among-countries 25 April 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, and access to water and sanitation. Enormous progress has been made on the MDGs, showing the value of a unifying agenda underpinned by goals and targets. Despite this success, the indignity of poverty has not been ended for all.  Reduce...
unesco,-unep-and-the-iranian-department-of-environment-organize-“second-international-seminar-on-environment,-culture-and-religion-–-promoting-intercultural-dialogue-for-sustainable-development” Tehran, 23 April 2016 - This morning, the Second International Seminar on Environment, Culture and Religion started in Iran. The two-day gathering, organized jointly by UNESCO, UNEP and the Iranian Department of Environment, brings together religious scholars, scientists, prominent academics, community leaders, NGOs and UN agencies to discuss how culture and religion can contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Participants representing different cultural and religious backgrounds, including Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Shi’a and Sunni Muslims...
united-by-religion-to-save-the-environment 24 April 2016- “Promoting culture and encouraging partnership between tribal and religious leaders and members of the United Nations could be a solution to achieve a healthy environment and sustainable development.” This thought was shared by Ms. Esther Kuisch-Laroche, Director and Representative of UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office at the Second International Seminar on Environment, Religion, and Culture.  Second International Seminar on Environment, Culture and Religion “Promoting culture and encouraging partnership between tribal and religious leaders and members of the...
international-mother-earth-day-trees-for-the-earth 22 April 2016 - The world has been slow to respond to the emergencies posed by global warming and the damage human activities are causing the planet. International Mother Earth Day promotes a view of the Earth as the entity that sustains all living things found in nature. It honors the Earth as a whole and our place within it. It does not seek to replace other events, such as Earth Day, which has been celebrated by many people around the world on 22 March since the 1970s, but rather to reinforce and reinterpret them based on the evolving challenges we face. This year, Earth Day...
unicef-brings-climatechain-to-the-signing-of-the-paris-agreement On Friday April 22nd world leaders met at the General Assembly Hall to sign the environmental accord – a record 197 countries pledging their commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and start adapting for the effects of climate change. Meanwhile, UNICEF worked to make sure children are front and center of this occasion.   Starting on 20 March 2016 #ClimateChain was a month-long campaign to unite voices from around the world in taking action on climate change and protecting children Thanks to all the excellent work by Country Offices, #ClimateChain has gathered...
unhcr-assistant-high-commissioner-george-okoth-obbo-commends-iran-on-stabilising-refugee-communities-in-the-country Tehran, 20 April 2016 –Visiting the Islamic Republic of Iran as part of his tour to the region to review the situation of Afghan refugees, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Operations, Mr George Okoth-Obbo commended Iran for its generosity and exemplarily role in relation to refugees. He noted UNHCR’s commitment to continue and further enhance its support towards Iran. Citing numerous examples of the generosity of the Iranian government, Mr. Okoth-Obbo said: “For over 30 years, Iran has demonstrated a humanitarian commitment to protect millions of refugees. This is heart-warming,...
sustainable-development-goal-9-industry,-innovation-and-infrastructure 19 April 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, and access to water and sanitation. Enormous progress has been made on the MDGs, showing the value of a unifying agenda underpinned by goals and targets. Despite this success, the indignity of poverty has not been ended for all.   Build...
students-of-the-university-of-tehran-are-learning-more-about-the-un-website-and-international-law United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Tehran held a workshop on how to find UN information and documentation for graduate students of international law from the faculty of Law and Political Science of the University of Tehran on 13 April 2016 at the UN building in Tehran. The workshop was conducted by the UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani. Students learned about some basic facts about the UN, UN values, and how to find and retrieve UN information on the UNIC, and the UN websites. Overview through UN News Centre and the issues in focus such as Syria,...
proud-to-present-un-assistance-mission-in-afghanistan-unama-in-iran-factsheet 18 April 2016- UNAMA is a political mission, directed and supported by the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Its headquarters is in Kabul. Within Afghanistan, it has 8 regional and 23 provincial offices. In addition, UNAMA has liaison offices in Islamabad (Pakistan), Ashgabat (Turkmenistan) and here in Tehran. The UNAMA office in Tehran was actively involved in preparations for the Bonn Agreement (2001), the Emergency Loya Jirga (2002), the Constitutional Loya Jirga (2004), and the Presidential elections (2004).   UNAMA in the I.R. of Iran Factsheet UNAMA is a...
iran-celebrates-the-international-day-of-sports-for-development-and-peace On 17 April, Iran celebrated the International Day of Sports for Development and Peace with an event at the National Olympics Academy of Iran, in which many accomplished athletes and artists participated. The event was jointly organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, the National Olympics Academy of Iran and the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO. In his opening remarks, Dr. Nasiri, Secretary-General of the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, talked about the role of the National Commission and the important efforts that have been made to promote quality...
unique-colleague-at-unic-tehran I am proud and privileged to work with many bright, talented and well educated Iranians, but I would like to share the unique personal story of one of my UNIC colleague: Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani. It is not about more than 23 years of her dedicated work at UNIC, promoting UN values of peace, security and human rights in Iran, but it is about how proudly she continues family traditions, serving her beloved motherland, Iran. She is a great-granddaughter of Mirza Abolghasem Ghaem Magham Farahani (1779-1835), who was one of the well-known politicians in the Qajar Dynasty,...
roundtable-discussion-for-kurdistan-region-parliamentarians-on-promoting-and-protecting-human-rights Tehran, 14 April 2016 (UNIC) – The Human Rights Office (HRO) of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) conducted a one-day roundtable discussion for Members of Parliament of the Kurdistan Region on promoting and protecting human rights in Erbil on 12 April 2016.  Fifteen Parliamentarians representing three committees - Human Rights, Legal and Defending Women Rights - discussed law-making, oversight and representational functions of Parliament as well as the importance of human rights-based approach in fulfilling these roles.  Deputy Speaker of the Kurdistan...
fao-world-cereal-production-in-2016-sets-to-2521-mln-tons 13 April 2016- World cereal production in 2016 is set to amount to 2 521 million tonnes, just 0.2 percent off last year's large output and the third-highest global performance on record, FAO's first forecast for the new season indicates. The small decline in 2016/17 world cereal production portended by FAO would largely result from a lower worldwide wheat production, which is now expected to amount to 712.7 million tonnes, some 20 million tonnes less than in 2015.   Collective rice planting by female farmers in Gilan province, North of Iran. © FAO/ Photo: Mostafa...
sustainable-development-goal-8-decent-work-and-economic-growth 13 April 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, and access to water and sanitation. Enormous progress has been made on the MDGs, showing the value of a unifying agenda underpinned by goals and targets. Despite this success, the indignity of poverty has not been ended for all.   Promote...
international-drug-policy-is-not-an-end,-it-is-the-means-to-put-people-first By Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, UN Office on Drugs and Crime  Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once famously said that consensus was “the process of abandoning all beliefs.” I beg to disagree. Recently, I sat in a packed Vienna auditorium in the early hours of the morning as countries raced against the clock to reach agreement on an outcome document on drug policy. The document now goes to the UN General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem—UNGASS—in New York in April.   Before the Vienna meeting, a series of other events were held in...
fao-global-sugar-and-palm-oil-prices-jump-in-march 11 April 2016- The FAO Food Price Index for March rose by 1.0 percent compared to February, as soaring sugar prices and continued increase in palm oil quotations more than offset plunging dairy product prices. The Index averaged 151.0 points in March, its highest level in 2016, but still some 12.0 percent below its level of a year earlier. The FAO Food Price Index is a trade-weighted index tracking international market prices for five key commodity groups: major cereals, vegetable oils, dairy, meat and sugar.   FAO Food Price Index in Nominal and Real...
who-should-lead-the-united-nations By Mogens Lykketoft, President of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly  This year, the United Nations will choose its next Secretary-General.  We need the best possible candidate for the job. It is often spoken of as the most impossible job in the world. And given the files that the next United Nations Secretary-General will take over on 1 January 2017, it is easy to see why: appalling conflicts and human suffering in parts of the Middle East, Africa and Europe; violent extremism that is threatening us all; continued discrimination against women and girls; a worrying rise in...
sustainable-development-goal-7-affordable-and-clean-energy 10 April 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, and access to water and sanitation. Enormous progress has been made on the MDGs, showing the value of a unifying agenda underpinned by goals and targets. Despite this success, the indignity of poverty has not been ended for all.   Ensure access...
“globe-to-globe-hamlet”-performs-in-tehran On Thursday 7 April, Shakespeare’s Globe performed “Hamlet” in Iranshar Theatre Hall in Tehran, under the patronage of UNESCO. On the 23rd of April 2014 – the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth – Shakespeare’s Globe embarked upon a two-year global tour of Hamlet to every country in the world. It is a completely unprecedented theatrical adventure, with sixteen extraordinary men and women travelling across seven continents, and performing in a huge range of unique venues. The tour was granted UNESCO patronage for its engagement with local communities and its promotion of cultural...
south-south-cooperation-train-on-rail TEHRAN – On April 07th, UNFPA hosted the second meeting of the Health and International Cooperation Group of the Iranian Academy of Medical Sciences on South-South Cooperation (SSC). In his welcome remarks, H.E. Dr. S.A. Marandi, President of the Iranian Academy of Medical Sciences and the Head of the Health & International Cooperation Group acknowledged UNFPA’s efforts in support of SSC efforts. Dr. M. H. Nicknam, Acting Head of the Health & International Cooperation Group then took the floor and defined SSC as a broad framework for collaboration among countries in...
tehran-times-publishes-editorial-by-fao-representative-on-world-health-day-2016 7 April 2016-  Tehran Times has published an Opinion Editorial (Op-Ed) by the FAO Representative to Iran, Mr. Serge Nakouzi entitled “Beating Diabetes by Promoting Healthy Diets in Iran” on the occasion of World Health Day 2016. Mr. Nakouzi in his editorial on Diabetes, as the focused theme for this year, and its impact on millions of lives around the globe, elaborates how different forms of malnutrition as part of food insecurity co-exist within most countries. “High energy intake, poor dietary habits and faulty metabolism lead to an entirely different set of problems....
on-rwanda-genocide-day-ban-calls-on-governments,-judiciary,-ngos-to-stand-firm-against-those-inciting-division,-violence TEHRAN , 7 April 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda, 7 April 2016, called on governments, the judiciary and civil society to stand firm against hate speech and those who incite division and violence. The full text of his message reads: In 1994, more than 800,000 people were systematically murdered throughout Rwanda.  The vast majority were Tutsi, but moderate Hutu, Twa and others were also targeted.  On this Day, we remember all who perished in the genocide and renew our resolve to...
on-world-health-day-ban-says-diabetes-kills-1-5m-people-annually TEHRAN, 7 April 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Health Day, 7 April 2016, said even though the tools to prevent and treat diabetes exist, currently the disease causes some 1.5 million deaths a year.  The full text of his message reads: Diabetes is an ancient disease that is taking a growing toll on the modern world.  In 1980, 108 million adults were living with diabetes.  By 2014, that number had risen to 422 million – 8.5 per cent of adults -- reflecting a global increase in risk factors such as being overweight or obese.  Even...
ban-urges-governments,-all-actors-to-harness-values-of-sport-to-support-sdgs TEHRAN, 6 April 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, 6 April 2016 urged Governments, organizations, businesses, and all actors in society to harness the values and power of sport to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The full text of his message reads: Sport is a unique and powerful tool for promoting dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of every member of the human family.  It is a driving force for positive social change.  That is why some of the...
photo-story-lake-urmia-third-phase-signing-ceremony 5 April 2016- Photo story - Lake Urmia third phase signing ceremony.... Satellite image of Lake Urmia in 2015 (left) and 2016 (right)     Farmers being introduced to new agricultural methods in villages near Lake Urmia     UNDP’s Conservation of Iranian Wetlands project was initiated in Iran in 2005     The technique being supported by the project and being used by local farmers is Urmia is called Integrated Participatory Crop Management (IPCM)     UNDP, Department of Environment and The Government of Japan officials visiting the...
japan-makes-third-contribution-to-support-restoration-efforts-in-lake-urmia 5 April 2016- Water shortage is one of the greatest global environmental threats. Here in Iran, the devastating situation in Lake Urmia is now one of the most serious environmental challenges. The surface of Lake Urmia – Iran's largest salt lake – has shrunk by 90 percent over the last decade. The result is an exposed bed of salt which endangers the economy and health of the residents of the surrounding areas. Over 5 million people live in the Urmia basin. During the past two years, the Government of Japan has generously contributed US$ 2 million to the United Nations Development...
un-official-strongly-condemns-bombings-in-basra,-nasiriya-and-killing-of-cleric-in-baghdad TEHRAN, 5 April 2016 (UNIC) – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, strongly condemned the two terrorist bombings today at a restaurant south of Nasiriya and in downtown Basra in southern Iraq which left scores of people dead or injured.   “These are yet another example that terrorists will stop at nothing in their attempts to achieve their objectives.  But I am confident that the resolve of the Iraqi people will never allow them to do so”, Mr. Kubiš said in Baghdad.   SRSG Kubiš also condemned the fatal attack on Sheikh...
un-casualty-figures-for-iraq-for-the-month-of-march-2016 Tehran, 4 April 2016 (UNIC) – A total of 1,119 Iraqis were killed and another 1,561 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in March 2016*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The number of civilians killed in March was 575 (including 45 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities protection police, fire department), and the number of civilians injured was 1,196 (including 50 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities protection...
help-free-iraq-from-the-threat-of-mines-and-unexploded-remnants-of-war Tehran, 4 April 2016 (UNIC) - This year’s commemoration of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action comes at a critical time, when hundreds of thousands of people displaced by ISIL in Iraq are returning to their homes, anxious to rebuild their lives.  The United Nations is deeply worried that their ability to return safely is impeded by widespread contamination of improvised explosive devices (IED) in many newly liberated towns and villages.  The United Nations deplores ISIL’s booby-trapping of homes and public buildings, including schools and health...
on-mine-awareness-day-ban-calls-for-a-world-free-of-mines,-unexploded-ammunitions TEHRAN, 4 April 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, 4 April 2016, called for a world free of the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war.   The full text of his message reads:   Mine action is critical for an effective humanitarian response in conflict and post-conflict situations.  This is a central message of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.  Yet in far too many places around the world, new or re-emerging conflicts are...
sustainable-development-goal-6-–-clean-water-and-sanitation 3 April 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, and access to water and sanitation. Enormous progress has been made on the MDGs, showing the value of a unifying agenda underpinned by goals and targets. Despite this success, the indignity of poverty has not been ended for all.   Ensure...
undp-iran-releases-project-one-pagers 31 March 2016- UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. UNDP’s current work in the Islamic Republic of Iran focuses on four areas: Inclusive Growth and Poverty Reduction Health and development Environment and Sustainable Development Disaster risk reduction and mitigation Have a read through the following One Pagers to learn more about our projects, the locations we work in and what we hope to achieve through our work.  UNDP Iran...
sustainable-development-goal-5-–-gender-equality 29 March 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, and access to water and sanitation. Enormous progress has been made on the MDGs, showing the value of a unifying agenda underpinned by goals and targets. Despite this success, the indignity of poverty has not been ended for all.  SDG GOAL 5:...
sustainable-development-goal-4-–-quality-education 27 March 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, and access to water and sanitation. Enormous progress has been made on the MDGs, showing the value of a unifying agenda underpinned by goals and targets. Despite this success, the indignity of poverty has not been ended for all.  SDG GOAL 4:...
world-tuberculosis-day 24 March marks World Tuberculosis Day (TB) Day. As a fatal infectious disease, TB has been a scourge of the humankind from time immemorial. In recent years, as a result of the joint efforts of countries and international organisations “between 2000 and 2015, tuberculosis prevention, diagnosis and treatment saved 43 million lives” as reflected in the statement of the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon on the occasion of World TB Day. In Iran, by 1964, the reported incidence rate had soared to 143 cases per 100,000 people.   World TB Day is observed on annually on 24 March....
sustainable-development-goal-3-–-good-health-and-well-being 23 March 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, and access to water and sanitation. Enormous progress has been made on the MDGs, showing the value of a unifying agenda underpinned by goals and targets. Despite this success, the indignity of poverty has not been ended for all.  SDG GOAL 3:...
un-secretary-general-s-nowruz-message-broadcasted-on-irib 22 March 2016- On the occasion of Nowruz, Mr. Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran was invited to deliver the UN Secretary-General's Nowruz message which was broadcast on Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting Channel 4. The program had over 4.5 million viewers Click here to watch the full video.  Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator in Iran delivering the UN Secretary-General's Nowruz message   Click here to watch the full video.   On the occasion of Nowruz, Mr. Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran was...
an-environmental-alert-–-plus-ways-to-solve-current-water-challenges-in-lake-urmia 22 March 2016- Today, we face insecurity in the region, including what comes from the barrel of a gun. But although the threats posed by the emergence of Da’esh and others are truly terrifying – and we must strongly condemn and countermand them – I believe that another form of insecurity will confront the Middle East in the near future. Indeed, it is already in our midst. This security threat comes from an angry environment. This is threat to human security. And it will last much longer. This threat of an angry environment comes from two sources. The first is the way we are managing...
on-int’l-day-of-nowruz,-ban-calls-for-spreading-its-message-of-hope,-renewal-around-the-world TEHRAN, 19 March 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day of Nowruz, 21 March 2016, called for spreading Nowruz’s essential message of hope and renewal around the world.  The full text of his message reads:  I am delighted to offer best wishes for a happy Nowruz to all those celebrating around the world – and to the many others who can benefit from this rich cultural heritage. Nowruz is an ancient tradition with modern relevance. Its spirit of friendship, solidarity and respect for the natural environment resonates powerfully...
20-sites-added-to-unesco’s-world-network-of-biosphere-reserves 19 March 2016- Lima, 19 March—The International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of UNESCO added 20 sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves during its meeting in the capital of Peru on 18 and 19 March. The newly adopted sites include 18 national site and one transboundary site shared between Spain and Portugal. The Council also approved 9 extensions to existing Biosphere Reserves. Following the withdrawal of two sites at the request of Austria, this brings the total number of biosphere reserves to 669 sites in 120 countries, including 16...
nowruz-mobarak-–-from-the-un-family-in-iran 17 March 2016- Please click here to watch the Nowruz video message of the UN Resident Coordinator. The ancient New Year tradition of Nowruz coincides with the arrival of spring. Nowruz is celebrated as the beginning of the New Year by more than 300 million people all around the world and has been celebrated for over 3000 years. Celebrating Nowruz means the affirmation of life in harmony with nature. As people gather around the haft sin table, Mr. Gary Lewis, the UN Resident Coordinator in Iran – on behalf of the UN Family in Iran – wishes each and every one of you a peaceful, healthy...
training-course-on-economic-aspects-of-sdgs Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) with cooperation of UNIC and UNDP held a three-day training course on economic aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on 1-3 March 2016 in the UN office. Some 20 members of the Association participated in this event, organized on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Declaration on the Right to Development. After the opening statement of the President of IAUNS, Dr. Nasrin Mosaffa, UNDP’s Head of Inclusive Growth and Development Cluster Dr. Ali Farzin spoke about role of SDGs. Two professors of University of Tehran,...
un-habitat-publishes-persian-version-of-int’l-guidelines-on-urban-and-territorial-planning TEHRAN, 15 March 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Habitat Office in Tehran has translated into Persian and published the 2015 edition of International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning.  International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning: Towards a Compendium of Inspiring Practices (2015) comprises a sample of 26 international experiences in urban and territorial planning that have been developed by the Guidelines Expert Group and its associated networks. It provides a cross section of inventive, ambitious and unique cases that address common issues of urban and...
2030-deadline-for-asian-countries-to-eliminate-gender-inequalities-government-official TEHRAN – Director General of International Affairs Office of Presidential Department for Women and Family Affairs, Dr. Leila Falahati said on Wednesday 9 March 2016 that all Asian countries including Iran have an opportunity to eliminate some inequalities in the gender areas by the year 2030. “A lot of challenges exits in this regard of which lack of data for appropriate decision making is the most important one,” she added. The government official while referring to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which were approved in 2015 by all the United Nations Member States, said...
un-honors-iranian-artist-for-disarmament-poster TEHRAN, 14 March 2016 (UNIC) -- The United Nations honored Kazem Bokaei form the Islamic Republic of Iran for his poster designed for United Nations Disarmament Poster Contest. Three winners as well as nine honorable mentions were recently announced by the UN Poster for Peace Contest. The competition was sponsored by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the first UN General Assembly resolution, which established the goal of eliminating nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction. The contest aimed to raise...
sustainable-development-goal-1-–-no-poverty 14 March 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, and access to water and sanitation. Enormous progress has been made on the MDGs, showing the value of a unifying agenda underpinned by goals and targets. Despite this success, the indignity of poverty has not been ended for all. The new SDGs, and...
navigating-peace-and-security-issues-on-the-un-website Some Ph.D. students of Azad University participated in “Finding UN Information and Documentation Workshop” focusing on the subject of Peace and Security held by UNIC Tehran on 9 March 2016 at the UNIC Library. After introducing UNIC website to the participants, UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami elaborated on an overview of Peace and Security as a Global Issue, its related links such as University for Peace, as well as International Peace and Security as a UN key issue. Then the participants navigated through the webpage of “Maintaining International Peace and...
unesco-and-unicef-co-lead-national-consultation-on-sdg-4-in-turkmenistan In Turkmenistan, the Government and the United Nations Country Team have launched a series of consultations to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), becoming one the first countries initiating a structured process to discussing the nationalization of the global SDGs. The purpose of the structured process is to discuss each of the global sustainable development goals, the targets and corresponding indicators with representatives of the relevant ministries, agencies and departments, in order to agree on the targets and indicators to be adopted by Turkmenistan over the next...
persian-translation-of-un-charter-is-printed-and-available-at-unic Tehran - UN Information Center printed Persian translation of UN Charter. Hard copies are available at the UNIC officeThe Charter of the United Nations was signed on 26 June 1945, in San Francisco by 50 of the 51 original Member States. Iran was among these UN founding Member States. It was signed at the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on International Organization, and came into force on 24 October 1945. The Statute of the International Court of Justice is an integral part of the Charter.   Tehran - UN Information Center printed Persian translation...
students-of-university-of-qom-learned-how-to-navigate-the-un-website Faculty of Law of University of Qom in cooperation with UNIC Tehran held a workshop on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” for some 45 faculty members and graduate students of international law at Qom on 7 March 2016. The workshop was conducted by UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani. Students learned some basic facts about the UN, and how to find and retrieve UN information on the UNIC, and the UN websites as well as Dag Hammarskjold Library (DHL) page on the web. Overview and searching through some of DHL resources and databases including UNBISNET,...
university-of-qom-inauguration-of-exhibition-of-historic-photos-and-documents-on-partnership-between-un-and-iran Qom, 7 March – Historic exhibition of photos and documents illustrating 70 years of cooperation between the United Nations and Iran was brought to Qom for the first time and was inaugurated at the University of Qom. More than 70 photos and 70 documents were carefully selected by UN Information Centre in Tehran and the MFA Centre for Documents and History of Diplomacy with support of IRNA news agency and UN photo archive. This special photo exhibition was unveiled during the celebration of the UN Day in Tehran by the UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson and the Deputy...
women’s-empowerment-means-society’s-empowerment-university-professor TEHRAN – A university professor Dr. Aramesh Shahbazi at Allameh Tabatabaee University said women’s empowerment means society’s empowerment and the issue of sustainable development in any community is tied to women’s empowerment. Dr. Shahbazi made her remarks during the expert meeting and roundtable discussion on evaluating UN’s performance on women victims of terror, held on the occasion of International Women’s Day at Faculty of Law and Political Science of Allameh Tabatabaee University on 6 March 2016. Referring to UN’s mechanisms and capacities for supporting women victims of...
republic-of-korea-to-host-un-ngo-conference TEHRAN, 9 March 2016 (UNIC) -- The United Nations Department of Public Information is pleased to announce that the Republic of Korea has confirmed its desire to host the sixty-sixth Department of Public Information (DPI)/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference in Gyeongju from 30 May to 1 June 2016. Organized in cooperation with the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, the NGO community, the Government of the Republic of Korea and the National Organizing Committee of Korea, the Conference will be held under the theme “Education for Global Citizenship:  Achieving the Sustainable...
japan-donates-3-7-million-us-dollars-to-fao-on-saving-urmia-lake-in-iran 9 March 2016- The FAO Representative and Ambassador of Japan to Iran have exchanged notes today (9 March 2016) at the Embassy of Japan in Tehran on donation of 436 million Japanese Yen (approx. 3.7 million USD) by the Government of Japan to FAO on “the Integrated Program for Sustainable Water Resources Management in the Lake Urmia Basin”. “Through its generous contribution, Japan will enable FAO to lend its technical expertise, as a multidisciplinary specialized international technical agency, to partner with the Lake Urmia Restoration Programme and national stakeholders”, said the...
international-women-s-day-commemorated-in-qazvin QAZVIN- On the occasion of International Women's Day (8 March 2016) Disability Association of Tavana (DAT) held a ceremony at the Islamic Propagation Hall in Qazvin, the Capital of Qazvin Province) on 14 March 2016. Women who has been cooperating with DAT for many years and also mothers with disabilities were honored at the ceremony. The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s message were distributed among the audience. Chairman of the Board of Directors of DAT Mr. Mohammad Mousavi congratulated the women with disabilities and mothers who have disabled children on the...
islam-supports-protection-of-natural-environment-sr-cleric TEHRAN-A senior Iranian cleric said in Qazvin city on Wednesday, 2 March 2016 that protecting environment is responsibility of all Iranian people. Addressing the seminar on World Wildlife Day at City Hall in Qazvin, the Capital of the Qazvin Province, Secretary-General of Ahl al-Bayt World Assembly, Hojjatolesalm Mohammad Hassan Akhtari said Islam and the Holy Quran strongly support protection of environment and wildlife. “There are many verses in the Holy Quran which deal with natural environment and God’s creations”, he added. Hojjatoleslam Akhtari said, that unfortunately in our...
students-can-apply-for-the-prizes-and-scholarship-aimed-to-promote-sustainable-development-goals TEHRAN, 8 March 2016 (UNIC) - As part of effort of United Nations to promote student involvement in realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) is working with its member Seton Hall University's School of Diplomacy and International Relations, in inviting high school students to be part of the solution and serve the greater good by participating in a Sustainable Development Challenge designed to engage students in thinking about the needs of society and the planet — encouraging them to be agents of change and embrace the...
new-un-digital-library-launched TEHRAN, 8 March 2016 (UNIC) -- United Nations Publications is pleased to announce the launch of the United Nations iLibrary (http://www.un-ilibrary.org), the first comprehensive global search, discovery, and dissemination platform for digital content created by the United Nations. Available from February 2016, the United Nations iLibrary provides librarians, information specialists, scholars, policy makers and the general public with a single online destination for seamlessly accessing knowledge products created by the United Nations Secretariat, and its funds and programs. To begin...
29th-khwarizmi-international-award-goes-to-outstanding-scientific-achievements-from-researchers,-innovators-and-inventors-from-around-the-world-2 On 7 March 2016, the award ceremony took place of the 29th Khwarizmi International Award for outstanding scientific achievements. The award, attributed by the Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST) covers a wide horizon of scientific endeavors, from mechanical engineering, medicine, basic sciences and chemistry to computer electronics, agriculture, natural resources, as well as nanotechnology. During the award ceremony, Ms. Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, read out a message from UNESCO’s Director-General, Ms....
on-int’l-women’s-day-ban-calls-for-gender-equality-around-the-world TEHRAN, 6 March 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2016, called for solid funding, courageous advocacy and unbending political will to achieving gender equality around the world. The full text of his message reads: As a boy growing up in post-war Korea, I remember asking about a tradition I observed: women going into labour would leave their shoes at the threshold and then look back in fear. “They are wondering if they will ever step into those shoes again,” my mother explained. More than a half-century later,...
un-habitat-and-ministry-of-health-jointly-hold-the-third-national-training-on-structural-and-non-structural-hazard-mitigation-of-health-facilities 3 March 2016- The third national training on “Structural and Non-Structural Hazard Mitigation of Health Facilities” , conducted by UN-Habitat and Department of Disaster and Emergency Health ( Ministry of Health and Medical Education), commenced on 29 February 2016 at Tehran University Medical Sciences Faculty and continued for three days. Iran’s National Institute of Health Research, Disaster Risk Management office at Health Ministry, Health Working Group on Unexpected Hazards, Iran’s Hazards Management and Medical Emergencies Centre, Physical Resource Development and Reconstructive...
unic-tehran-educates-graduate-students-of-alzahra-university “Finding UN Information and Documentation” workshop was held by the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran for students of sociology from Alzahra University on 29 February 2016 at the UN Office in Tehran. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami elaborated on some basic facts about the UN, then she addressed the participants on how to retrieve UN documentation and information from UN and UNIC websites. She introduced the main bodies of the UN and focused on the Economic and Social Council and its subsidiary bodies such as Statistical Commission, Commission for Social...
29th-khwarizmi-international-award-goes-to-outstanding-scientific-achievements-from-researchers,-innovators-and-inventors-from-around-the-world Paris, 2 March–Almost 16 million girls between the ages six and 11 will never get the chance to learn to read or write in primary school compared to about 8 million boys if current trends continue, according to a new report from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS).* In the run-up to International Women’s Day on 8 March, the UNESCO eAtlas of Gender Inequality in Education shows that girls are still the first to be denied the right to education despite all the efforts and progress made over the past 20 years. Gender disparities remain highest in the Arab States, sub-Saharan...
fao-advocates-collective-partnership-in-combating-water-scarcity-in-iran 3 March 2016- The Representation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Iran, through collaboration with UNESCO and the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, has celebrated the first National Water Day on 2nd of March 2016 in Tehran, that leads up to the commemoration of the International Water Day to be held on 22nd of March on the theme of “Water and Jobs”. On this occasion, Mr. Serge Nakouzi, the FAO Representative to the Islamic Republic of Iran by highlighting the fact that currently agriculture uses about 70% of all fresh...
terrorists-kill-670-and-injure-1,290-iraqis-in-february Tehran, 3 March 2016 (UNIC)– A total of 670 Iraqis were killed and another 1,290 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in February 2016*, according to casualty figures verified by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The number of civilians killed in February was 410 (including 11 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities protection police, fire department), and the number of civilians injured was 1,050 (including 34 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities...
the-international-drug-control-treaties-do-not-mandate-a-“war-on-drugs”,-says-incb-report  In the run-up to the special session of the General Assembly on the world drug problem to be held in April 2016, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), in its 2015 Annual Report: • Recalls that the ultimate goal of the drug control treaties is to ensure the health and welfare of mankind • Cites a balanced and humane approach as key to meeting health and welfare aims • Encourages Governments to devise practical and realistic measures to protect the public from the harms posed by the increasingly large number of new psychoactive substances • Calls on Governments to ensure...
the-future-of-wildlife-is-in-our-hands 3 March 2016- World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. At the same time, the day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts. Wildlife has an intrinsic value and contributes to the ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic aspects of sustainable development and human...
unhcr’s-scholarship-program-paves-way-towards-a-brighter-future-for-a-young-afghan-woman 3 March 2016- TEHRAN, Islamic Republic of Iran, February 2016 (UNHCR) -Rozhan is a bright 30 year old young Afghan woman and the eldest among the three siblings in her family. Born and educated in Iran, she repatriated 3 years ago, taking with her the knowledge and skills she acquired, to work and help reconstruct her homeland. Her parents, both from Herat, were single when they fled the war in Afghanistan. They met each other in Iran and eventually settled in Tehran. Her father was a security guard of an apartment building and occasionally did gardening whenever there was an...
graduate-students-of-international-relations-learn-more-about-un The UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran held a workshop on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” for some 15 graduate students of international relations from the University of Tehran, Faculty of Law and Political Science and from School of International Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 24 February 2016 at the UN Office in Tehran. The students’ professor Dr. Nasrin Mosaffa organized the programme in cooperation with UNIC.   Finding UN information and documentation workshop participants The UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran held a workshop on...
iran-partnership 2 March 2016- Click here to watch a newly released video by UNDP Iran. UNDP Iran released a video highlighting its activities in partnership with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. UNDP has had a representative office in Iran since 1966. Click here to watch the video on Aparat.  UNDP – Iran partnership video Click here to watch a newly released video by UNDP Iran. UNDP Iran released a video highlighting its activities in partnership with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. UNDP has had a representative office in Iran since 1966.   Click here...
iran-moves-up-6-ranks-in-human-development-index-in-a-single-year-undp 2 March 2016- According to the 2015 Human Development Report (HDR), The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Human Development Index (HDI) value for 2014 is currently 0.766. This places Iran in the “high human development” category. Its rank is 69th out of 188 countries and territories. Iran’s HDI value for 2013 was 0.749 positioning the country at 75 out of 187 countries and territories. Thus Iran has moved up six places in its HDI – this represents one of the highest increases for any country in the past 8 years. Today in Tehran, UNDP jointly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the...
srsg-kubiš-strongly-condemns-‘outrageous’-bombings,-calls-on-iraqis-to-unite-to-prevent-isil-from-stoking-sectarianism Tehran, 2 March 2016 (UNIC) -- The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, strongly condemns the suicide bombings which targeted a funeral in Muqdadiya in Diyala Governorate and another in Abu Ghraib on Monday 29 February 2016. The SRSG expresses his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the Government and people of Iraq, and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. “These outrageous attacks in Muqdadiya against the funeral, the bombing in Abu Ghraib and at a market in Sadr City as well as places of worship in the...
on-world-wildlife-day-ban-calls-on-all-people-to-protect-world’s-wild-animals,-plants TEHRAN, 2 March 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Wildlife Day, 3 March 2016 called on all citizens, businesses and governments to play their part in protecting the world’s wild animals and plants. The full text of his message reads: Global efforts to protect wildlife are gathering force.  Last year, United Nations Member States adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, which include specific targets to end poaching.  The General Assembly also unanimously agreed a resolution to limit illicit trafficking in wildlife.  These powerful...
iran-celebrates-world-water-day-2016 On 2 March 2016, Iran celebrated its National Water Day as well as the World Water Day at the Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture. The event was attended by UN agencies, including FAO, representatives of embassies in Tehran, and numerous artists and academics. In his opening speech, Mr. Jalalpour, President of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce, talked about the water-related challenges that the Islamic Republic of Iran is currently facing. Dr. Nasiri, Acting Secretary General of the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO stressed that in order to address those challenges,...
un-special-representative-condemns-suicide-attack-in-sadr-city Tehran, 1 March 2016 (UNIC) – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Ján Kubiš, strongly condemned the vicious twin suicide attacks in Sadr City on Sunday.  “This is a particularly vicious and cowardly terrorist attack on peaceful civilians who were going about their daily business in a market. It is clearly aimed at inflaming sectarian strife,” SRSG Kubiš said in Baghdad on Monday 29 February 2016.  ***
cap-and-trade-seminar-was-held-in-iran 1 March 2016- The second seminar on cap and trade (carbon trading) have been held by UNIDO with cooperation of IFCO in their premises. This seminar have been organized according to industrial energy efficiency project. This project is funded by the GEF and implemented by the UNIDO in cooperation with IFCO to improve energy efficiency in Iron and Steel, Cement, Brick, Petrochemical and Oil Refinery industries in Iran. Dr. Lashkari, the UNIDO international consultant on carbon trading, in a half day seminar, explained the concept and main components of carbon trading for Iranian policy...
rouhani’s-government-acts-against-trafficking-of-women,-girls-vice-president 25 February 2016- TEHRAN – Focusing on one dimension of human rights challenges in Iran, Vice-President for Women and Family Affairs Dr. Shahindokht Mowlaverdi said that since the election of President Rouhani’s government, her office had prepared a bill which seeks to reduce various forms of exploitation of women. According to the bill, any act under the pretext of temporary marriage, residency, adoption and education that could pave the way for taking women, girls and children abroad in order to exploit them, would be considered human trafficking and criminal acts. “I hope this...
women-and-higher-education-management On 24 February 2016, the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO and the Islamic Azad University organized a conference on ‘Women and Higher Education Management’. The conference took place in Islamic Azad University and the opening ceremony was attended by Dr. Mirzade, Head of Islamic Azad University; Dr. Taha Hashemi, Cultural Deputy of Islamic Azad University; Dr. Nasiri, Acting Secretary General of the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO; Ms. Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, and many prominent Iranian academic scholars. In his...
undp-50th-anniversary-looking-forward-people,-planet,-and-prosperity 24 February 2016- Early in 1966, United Nations leaders fighting poverty came together to form UNDP. Since that time, we’ve played a transformational role in reducing poverty, empowering women, creating jobs, protecting the environment, and lots more in the nearly 170 countries and territories where we work. On the occasion of our 50th anniversary, UNDP is looking towards the future of people and planet. That future is uncertain. On the one hand, climate change, economic inequality, and other challenges. On the other hand, technological advances, tremendous economic growth, and an...
unesco-chair-on-clean-and-renewable-energies-is-officially-inaugurated-in-tehran On 22 February 2016, the office of the UNESCO Chair on Clean and Renewable Energies at the Science and Research Branch of Islamic Azad University in Tehran was officially inaugurated by Dr. Majid Abbaspour, Director of the Iranian Society of Environmentalists and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Research, and Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Mr. Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator I.R. Iran, among other guests. The new UNESCO Chair plans to organize international seminars and...
environment-–-much-progress-since-2015,-but-is-it-enough 22 February 2016 - Iran and Iranians are coming to recognize the important of putting the environment at the centre of development planning. The question is whether is happening fast enough. This was one of the main discussion points today at the 21st National and Regional Conference of the Iranian Society of Environmentalists held at Azad University in Tehran. Speaking at the event, UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Gary Lewis pointed to a number of positive changes in the global and Iranian policy environment since the same event last year.   From left to right: Mr. Gary Lewis, UN...
united-nations-information-center,-tehran-supports-iran’s-national-urban-campaign United Nations Information Center (UNIC) staff in Tehran joined Iran’s National Urban Campaign. This Campaign is an affiliate of World Urban Campaign and is jointly organized by UN-Habitat* and Iran’s National Habitat Committee. Its objective is to engage all interested Iranians of all ages; children, men, women, youth, elderly people and disables to develop their ideas in drawing their future city or more precisely, “The City They Need”. Joining Iran’s National Urban Campaign, UNIC Tehran staff described the city they need as a “healthy city with more parks, trees and better...
iran’s-health-ministry-addresses-the-problem-of-amphetamine-use 23 February 2016- While opium use has been identified as the main drug problem in Iran for centuries, since a decade ago the country has encountered an emerging trend of stimulant use. The main stimulant of use in Iran is methamphetamine – a potent psychostimulant drug which its use is associated with increased risk of HIV transmission, psychosis and cardiovascular problem and stroke. In line with this, piloting prevention programmes for amphetamine users has been included in the HIV/AIDS New Funding Model of the Global Fund. One of the activities under this initiative was the...
fao-assists-iran-on-tenure-of-land,-fisheries-and-forestry 22 February 2016- FAO has conducted a three-day technical workshop (21-23 February 2016) in Tehran focusing on the responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries, forestry and cross-cutting issues in the country aimed at enhancing national food security. The workshop has been organized through the collaboration between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Iran’s Land Affairs Organization entitled “Technical Workshop Awareness Raising on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the...
joining-forces-to-save-iran’s-drying-wetlands 21 February 2016 - The future security and wellbeing of humanity is being challenged by a number of things relating to the environment. The concept of human security equates security with people rather than territory – with development rather than arms. In this sense, our security to have access to food and water, to breathe clean air as well as our security to have jobs are all under threat. This is simply because the environment is at risk. Here in Iran the story is no different from the rest of the world. From north to south, east to west Iran’s wetlands are drying up at an...
an-agenda-for-humanity By Ban Ki-moon More people desperately need humanitarian assistance than at any time since the founding of the United Nations.  More warring parties are brazenly violating international humanitarian law.  More resources than ever are needed to meet sharply escalating humanitarian needs.  Yet we face the largest-ever funding shortfalls. For these reasons and more, I am convening the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, on 23 and 24 May in Istanbul.  I am urging global leaders, international organizations and others to commit to deliver more and better for those in greatest need. ...
faculty-members-and-students-of-“materials-and-energy-research-centre”-navigate-the-un-online UN Information Centre held a workshop on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” for 25 faculty members and students of Materials and Energy Research Centre (MERC) affiliated to the Ministry of Culture and Higher Education on 7 February 2016 at the UN office in Tehran. The participants navigated the UN webpage with the facilitation of the UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami who briefed them on some general information about the UN through UNIC and UN web pages as well as information on energy and environment. While talking about the General Assembly, she...
post-graduate-students-of-international-law-navigate-the-un-online United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) held a workshop entitled “Finding UN Information and Documentation” for post-graduate students of international law from Allameh Tabataba'i University on 4 February 2015 at the UNIC Library in Tehran. The workshop was conducted by UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani. Students learned about some basic facts about the UN, and how to find and retrieve UN information on the UNIC, and the UN websites as well as Dag Hammarskjold Library (DHL) page on the web. Overview and searching through some of DHL resources and databases...
tehran-times-published-an-op-ed-by-gary-lewis-on-the-topic-of-corporate-social-responsibility 18 February 2016- In its 18 February edition, Tehran Times Newspaper published an Op-Ed by Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator in Iran entitled “Corporate Social Responsibility – Iran’s private sector must play an increased role in saving the environment” Click here to read the Op-Ed in English.  Disclaimer: All the articles or news stories posted here portray the views and opinions of their respective publications or news agencies. UN does not necessarily endorse or approve any content or position. They have been republished here solely for the purpose of visitor reviews and...
partnerships-essential-for-sustainable-development-un-chief TEHRAN, 18 February 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the World Day of Social Justice, 20 February 2016, while emphasizing on partnerships, said sustainable development is only possible with the active engagement of governments, parliaments, employers, workers, civil society, the private sector and other agents of change.   The full text of his message reads:   The World Day of Social Justice highlights the imperative of building a future of dignity for all. Guided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action...
unesco-celebrates-international-mother-language-day 17 February 2016- “Mother languages in a multilingual approach are essential components of quality education, which is itself the foundation for empowering women and men and their societies. We must recognise and nurture this power, in order to leave no one behind, to craft a more just and sustainable future for all.” Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director GeneralOn 17 February 2016, the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office in cooperation with Sa’adabad Cultural and Historical Complex, Tehran ICH Center and the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO celebrated the “International Mother Language Day”...
unesco,-tehran-university-and-the-ministry-of-energy-sign-mou-for-joint-cooperation On 17 February 2016, UNESCO signed a tri-partite MOU with Tehran University and the Iranian Ministry of Energy for joint cooperation in water education. The Ministry of Energy intends to establish a regional higher education institute for water education at Tehran University with the technical support of UNESCO. The overall objective of the Regional Institute will be to improve water resource management across the region, which will ultimately improve human welfare, security and regional resilience to water scarcity in the region.   The signing of the MOU took place at the end...
unami-strongly-condemns-killing-of-staff-member,-calls-on-authorities-to-bring-perpetrators-to-justice TEHRAN, 17 February 2016 (UNIC) - The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) condemns in the strongest terms the killing of one of its staff members, who was abducted in April 2015 and whose death was verified only on Monday. The Mission calls on the Iraqi authorities to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice. Amer al-Kaissy, an Iraqi national who serves as UNAMI’s representative in Diyala, was abducted outside the Governorate building in the City of Baqubah on 26 April 2015. He is suspected to have been abducted by militias...
female-students-from-sistan-and-baluchestan-province-of-iran-become-familiar-with-un Tehran- A group of some 35 female students along with their two teachers from Sib and Soran border villages in the Sistan and Baluchestan Province (South eastern Iran) were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs by UNIC National Information Officer Mr Mohammad Rajai-Moghadam at Roshd High School in Tehran on 14 February 2016. Mr Moghadam briefed the students on when and why the UN was established. Reminded them that Iran was a founding member of the UN. He also spoke about the Organization’s 6 major organs, their structure as well as responsibilities, UN’s main tasks, UN...
unesco-attends-9th-international-tourism-exhibition-in-tehran On 16 February 2016, H.E. Dr. Soltanifar, Vice-President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Head of the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organisation (ICHTO) inaugurated the 9th International Tourism Exhibition in Tehran alongside Mr. Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, Iran’s Minister of Interior and Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office. The exhibition, which runs from 16-19 February at the Tehran International Permanent Fairground, focuses on sustainable tourism and heritage, and showcases the tourism potential of...
unesco-provides-training-on-culture-conventions-to-iranian-journalists On 16 February, the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO in cooperation with ICHTO and the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, organized a training session for Iranian journalists and media professionals on UNESCO’s culture programme. In his opening remarks, Mr. Siamak Khademi, Assistant Secretary-General of the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, highlighted the important role of the media in raising awareness of the importance of cultural heritage. Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office then provided an overview of UNESCO’s...
iran-to-expand-successful-10-year-old-undp-zagros-project-with-own-funds 15 February 2016- The Zagros Mountain range – stretching from Turkey and Russia to the Persian Gulf – passes through a large section of western Iran. It is a vast catchment area, accounting for 50% of Iran’s surface water. It is, quite simply, Iran’s water tower. But decades of construction and often-unplanned development have placed its fragile ecosystems in danger. One effort to repair the damage started over a decade ago. The “Central Zagros Biodiversity Landscape Conservation” project began operations in 2005, originally in Fars province.   Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar,...
students-and-civil-society-activists-learned-more-about-ngos-and-peace 14 February 2016- Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) with cooperation of United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) and Tehran Peace Museum held a workshop on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and peace for some 16 students of law from Tehran universities and representatives of civil society organizations on 14 February 2016 at the UN building. In her remarks, President of IAUNS Dr. Nasrin Mosaffa thanked UNIC for its continued cooperation during 15 years of existence of IAUNS. Dr. Hengameh Ghazanfari professor of Khoram Abad Branch- Azad University delivered a lecture...
encouraging-iranian-businesses-to-safeguard-the-environment 14 February 2016- In today’s energized Iran – where, at present in the post-sanctions era, so much has become possible – now, more than ever, the public and the private sectors have a crucial role to play in the social, environmental and economic betterment of their communities. To highlight this important role, the “First International Conference on Education and Educational Processes of Banks and Insurance” was held on 14 February at Shahid Beheshti University in the presence of Dr. Ali Divandari, Head of the Monetary and Banking Research Institute of Iran, representatives from...
iran’s-oak-and-buxus-forests-face-great-threats 14 February 2016- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has published its latest version of the Food Chain Crisis Early Warning Bulletin for the period January-March 2016 that indicating that Dieback of Buxus hyrcana trees in the forests of Iran are endangered. FAO is currently providing assistance to strengthening the resilience of Zagros oak and Caspian boxwood trees, the most important and popular tree species in western and northern Iran. The project, which started in 2015 and has a total budget of 360000 USD, aims to provide technical support for the...
linking-participatory-conservation-of-environment-to-cultural-based-livelihoods 13 February 2016- For conserving the highly endangered species such as the Hawksbill Turtles and the Black Oyster Pearl, the GEF SGP/UNDP in partnership with the Environment Bureau of Qeshm Free Area and in collaboration with the local communities and local organizations has been carrying out the “Art for Conservation” project. In this field, GEF SGP/UNDP – for the first time in the country – has been attempting to link participatory conservation of environment to cultural-based livelihoods, and at the same time provide an opportunity for defining cultural-based functional products,...
radio-saves-lives-ban TEHRAN, 10 February 2016 (UNC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Radio Day, 13 February 2016 said in times of crisis and emergency, radio can be a lifeline.  The full text of his message reads:  In times of crisis and emergency, radio can be a lifeline.  For people in shattered societies, or caught in catastrophe, or desperately seeking news, radio brings lifesaving information.  Radio can help in emergency response operations – and it can assist with rebuilding.  Through community radio, local people can raise their voices and be heard.  This...
unesco-encourages-role-of-private-sector-in-heritage-conservation On 7 Feb 2016, the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office organized a media event for the promotion of UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific Awards for Conservation of Cultural Heritage. The event was attended by Iranian and international media, two of the previous Iranian award winners, as well as experts in the field of conservation of heritage sites. The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation were set up in the year 2000 to encourage and recognize the crucial role that the private sector plays in the long-term safeguarding of the region’s cultural heritage. The winning projects have...
45th-anniversary-of-signing-of-the-ramsar-convention-on-wetlands-celebrated-in-isfahan 4 February 2016- World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2nd February. This day marks the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands which took place in February of 1971 – 45 years ago – in the city of Ramsar in Iran. Sadly – despite all the jobs and other vital benefits that wetlands provide – since 1900, more than 64% of the world’s wetlands have disappeared. The newly adopted UN Sustainable Development Goals underline that reducing poverty requires us to protect and restore ecosystems such as wetlands. Wetlands are essential for human health and prosperity. They provide us with...
unesco-attends-celebration-of-the-radif-of-iranian-music On 4 February 2016, the “Tehran ICH Centre” (Center for Regional Studies for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in West and Central Asia, under the auspices of UNESCO) organized a performance of the traditional music album entitled “Janfaza”. The album is based on the Radif, which was inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009. During the opening ceremony, Dr. Parmoun, Director of the Tehran ICH Centre, Dr. Houman Asa’di, researcher on music from Tehran University, and Dr. Jalali, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the...
the-ministry-of-health-and-unicef-iran-hold-cold-chain-sop-workshop Kerman, 1-3 February 2016 - UNICEF supported a three-day workshop on Cold Chain SOP held by the Ministry of Health to advance knowledge of Cold Chain specialists. In the workshop, Head of the Health Ministry’s Office for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases announced that the Cold Chain SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) will be implemented in the country in the next Iranian calendar year (started March 21, 2016). The experts from Iran’s medical universities and UNICEF Iran took part in the workshop hosted by the Health Deputy of Kerman University of Medical Sciences to exchange knowledge...
one-third-of-cancers-can-be-prevented-un-chief TEHRAN, 3 February 2016 (UNIC)—United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Cancer Day, 4 February 2016 said about one third of cancers can be prevented, while others are curable if diagnosed and treated early.  The full text of his message reads:  World Cancer Day, always an opportunity to rally the world, has special impetus this year thanks to the recent adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims to usher in a life of dignity for all people. The Sustainable Development Goals endorsed by all governments call for reducing by one...
nidcap-project-spearheads-efforts-to-save-children-lives-in-iran 3 February 2016- Tehran, 3 February 2016 - Elham embraces her daughter Nardis, born at 29 weeks, with love and affection at Post-Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of Valiasr Hospital. Nardis along with her two sisters, Arshida and Gelaris, were born prematurely on 14 December 2015. Arshida and Gelaris were discharged from the Post-NICU last week and remain in good health conditions at home. The 29 year-old Elham is a computer science graduate and lives in Tehran. Her husband, Amir Reza, is 38 years old and a civil engineering doctoral student in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province....
fao-leads-global-initiative-on-empowering-youths-in-rural-economy 3 February 2016- FAO welcomed the launch in New York of the UN Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth in the world including Islamic Republic of Iran, which embraces a focus on promoting decent employment opportunities for young people in agriculture and the rural economy. Under the lead of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Initiative was developed by 19 international organizations that are committed to increasing the impact of youth employment policies and expanding country-level action on decent jobs for young women and men.   Home-based Needlework workshop...
wetlands-for-our-future-sustainable-livelihood By Gary Lewis UN Resident Coordinator, Islamic Republic of Iran  “About 10 years ago things were very different.  Boats were working these waters.  Fishermen were hauling in their catches.  As far as the eye could see there was water.  Things were green.  It was like a work of art.  The Hamouns was alive,” says Hassan - a resident of the Hamouns. The Hamouns are – or were – three large wetlands located on the Afghan border in southeast Iran.  “Today the situation is different,” Hassan continued.  “There is drought.  Boats are stranded and upturned.  Our houses are covered in sand. ...
some-2299-iraqis-were-killed,-injured-in-january-un Tehran, 2 February 2016 (UNIC) – A total of 849 Iraqis were killed and another 1,450 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in January 2016*, according to casualty figures released Monday by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The number of civilians killed in January was 490 (including 24 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities protection police, fire department), and the number of civilians injured was 1,157 (including 47 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities...
tehran-times-published-an-op-ed-by-gary-lewis-on-the-occasion-of-world-wetlands-day 2 February 2016- Tehran Times published an Op-Ed by Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in I.R. of Iran on the occasion of World Wetlands Day.   Click here to read the Op-Ed in English.        Follow Gary Lewis @GaryLewisUN   Follow UNIC Tehran @UNICTehran  
daneshmand-magazine-published-an-op-ed-by-gary-lewis-on-the-occasion-of-world-wetlands-day 2 February 2016- Daneshmand Magazine published an Op-Ed by Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in I.R. of Iran on the occasion of World Wetlands Day.     Click here to read the Op-Ed in English.   Click here to read the Op-Ed in Farsi.        Follow Gary Lewis @GaryLewisUN   Follow UNIC Tehran @UNICTehran  
students-of-international-law-learned-more-about-space-law-and-outer-space The Institute of Public Law Studies of University of Tehran along with Aero-Space Research Centre held a two-day workshop on space law and outer space with participation of some 40 graduate students of international law at the Faculty of Law, University of Tehran on 27 and 28 January 2016 with the support of the UN Information Center in Tehran (UNIC). More than 10 university professors and experts spoke on issues such as sovereignty and jurisdiction in outer space, Iran’s approach towards outer space, new developments on international space law, dispute settlement mechanisms in...
unesco-attends-third-conference-of-iranian-environmental-ngos-in-shiraz On the invitation of the National Network of Iranian Environmental NGOs (NNEN), the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office attended a two-day gathering of pioneering environmental NGOs and environmentalists from different parts of Iran. The conference focused on the impacts of climate change, protection of biodiversity and other environmental challenges. The Chair of the NNEN, Dr. Mohammadreza Gole-Hamisheh-Bahar, opened the conference by warmly welcoming the participants and underscoring the importance of UNESCO’s work.   The conference focused on the impacts of climate change,...
iran’s-automotive-industry-a-potential-draw-for-investors Iranian non-oil exports had been growing even before sanctions were lifted by the USA and European Union earlier this month. According to the UNESCO Science Report: towards 2030, released in November last year, ‘companies deprived of oil and gas revenue have shown a propensity to export technical and engineering services to neighbouring countries.’ Since the nuclear deal was signed last July, the World Bank has observed a surge in interest among multinational companies in investing in Iran. One sector attracting attention is Iran’s automotive industry.     After oil and...
unesco-and-iran-stress-urgency-of-protecting-cultural-heritage 28 January 2016- Praising UNESCO’s unique mandate within the UN, President Rouhani urged that joint solutions be found to protect endangered cultural works and sites. He said the destruction of monuments and sites goes hand in hand with the destruction of different ethnic groups and cultures, stating that extremists are seeking to separate youth from their identity. Drawing attention to Iran’s World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE) initiative put forth to the United Nations General Assembly in September 2013, he insisted that culture is the foundation of our societies, permeates...
small-ruminants-safeguard-iran’s-environment 27 January 2016- Commemoration of the National Goat Day on 27 January has provided us with an opportunity to reflect upon the importance of the role that goats play as a small ruminant species, here in the Islamic Republic of Iran as in other countries globally, not only in terms of a nation’s food security, but also in enhancing the socio-economic dimensions of the agricultural and rural sectors, securing livestock biodiversity as well as safeguarding natural resources.   Goat Husbandry as a part of a joint FAO/GEF project entitled “The Rehabilitation of Forest Landscapes and...
fao-appeals-for--million-to-support-3-million-syrians 27 January 2016- With the war in Syria now approaching its sixth year, agricultural production has plummeted and food supplies are at an all-time low, pushing millions of people into hunger. FAO called on governments to provide a boost in funding targeted at helping farmers keep their lands in production to prevent the situation from deteriorating even further. The agency's appeal comes ahead of a 4 February international donors' conference in London being convened by the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Kuwait and the United Nations to mobilize support for...
create-a-world-where-dignity-is-respected,-diversity-is-celebrated,-and-peace-is-permanent-un-chief TEHRAN, 27 January 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, 27 January 2016 called for creation of a world where dignity is respected, diversity is celebrated, and peace is permanent. The full text of his message reads: During the Second World War, six million Jews were systematically rounded up and exterminated.  The Nazis also murdered Sinti and Roma, political prisoners, homosexuals, persons with disabilities, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Soviet prisoners of war. The...
tehran-times-cites-work-of-undp-caspian-hyrcanian-project 27 January 2016 - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Forest Rangelands and Watershed Management Organization (FRWO) have an ongoing project entitled Building a Multiple-Use Forest Management Framework to Conserve Biodiversity in the Caspian Hyrcanian Forest Landscape. A recently published article on Tehran Times newspaper demonstrates the efforts and result of this successful project. Click here to read the full article in English.  Tehran Times recently published an article in which the work of UNDP was cited . Disclaimer: All the articles or news stories...
ministry-of-health-with-unicef-support-spearheads-efforts-to-scale-up-pmtct-programme Tehran, 24-26 January 2016 - The three-day Consultative Workshop on Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) was attended by 80 people from the relevant departments of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, the Representative and specialists of UNICEF Iran office as well as experts from the seven implementing universities of the programme.   Dr Mohammad Mehdi Gooya, Director General and Head of Center for Communicable Disease Control of the Ministry of Health mentioned that Iran plans to reach the goal of zero mother to child HIV transmission,...
unesco-supports-5th-regional-conference-on-climate-change Tehran, 25 January 2016 – the UNESCO Representative to the I.R of Iran, Esther Kuisch-Laroche, attended the opening session of the 5th Regional Conference on Climate Change held in the Olympic Hotel of Tehran. The theme of this year’s conference is “Global warming, droughts and sandstorms threatening the region.” The conference was organized by the Iran Meteorological Organization and was attended by scientists, scholars, academicians and senior authorities from the Ministry of Roads, Transport and Urban Development, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of...
anthony-lake-calls-for-education-for-children-living-in-humanitarian-emergencies DAVOS, Switzerland, 25 January 2016 - UNICEF’s Executive Director Anthony Lake discussed the humanitarian obligation to provide education for children living in emergencies as part of media briefing 21 January at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Currently there are 65 million children in 35 countries whose educations have been directly affected by humanitarian emergencies and protracted crises. Of them, 2.8 million are out of school in Syria and in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, the five countries that host Syrian refugees.   Children’s education is...
jam-e-jam-newspaper-s-interview-with-unaids-country-director 24 January 2016-  Jam-e-Jam Daily Newspaper published an interview with Dr. Fardad Doroudi, UNAIDS Country Director in the Islamic Republic of Iran.   Click here to read the full interview.        Follow Gary Lewis @GaryLewisUN   Follow UNIC Tehran @UNICTehran  
fao-ready-to-partner-with-iran-on-urban-food-systems 20 January 2016- Providing healthy diets for the world's growing urban population requires forging stronger links between rural producers and urban markets and building food systems that are more socially inclusive, environmentally sound and less wasteful, FAO Deputy Director-General for Natural Resources, Maria Helena Semedo, said. She spoke at the opening of an FAO-organized meeting at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) taking place during this year's International Green Week in Berlin, from 15-24 January 2016.                    Ms. Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy...
unprecedented-health-insurance-for-refugees-in-iran-saves-their-lives 20 January 2016 (UNHCR) -- When flames burst through the windows of the house of Ibrahim’s son in the middle of the night, he could only think of dragging his son, granddaughter and daughter-in-law out of fire. Shivering in cold, when the ambulances were driving through the alleys of Semnan Refugee Settlement, the only peace of mind for him was his newly acquired health insurance card. “My granddaughter’s hands and face were burnt. I was helpless… My son’s right shoulder was burnt. I already have paid so much for transportation and for their special clothing but there was no way I...
new-unicef-representative-in-iran-presents-his-credentials-to-iran’s-vice-minister-of-foreign-affairs 20 January 2016- New UNICEF Representative in Iran Dr. Will Parks presented his credentials today to Iran’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Morteza Sarmadi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the meeting, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs appreciated UNICEF’s valuable contribution over the past seventy years to help fulfill the rights of children in the Islamic Republic of Iran. His Excellency, Mr Sarmadi stressed the importance Iran attaches to the well-being and welfare of all children. He also underlined the need for national ownership in advancing mutual collaboration...
uniting-to-prevent-violent-extremism By UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Violent extremism is a direct assault on the United Nations Charter and a grave threat to international peace and security.   Terrorist groups such as Daesh, Boko Haram and others have brazenly kidnapped young girls, systematically denied women’s rights, destroyed cultural institutions, warped the peaceful values of religions, and brutally murdered thousands of innocents around the world.  These groups have become a magnet for foreign terrorist fighters, who are easy prey to simplistic appeals and siren songs. The threat of violent extremism...
deputy-parliament-speaker-emphasizes-on-un-role-in-supporting-iran’s-efforts-in-fight-against-drugs,-poverty 18 January 2016, TEHRAN - First Deputy Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Hojjatolleslam Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabifard expressed hope that the UN can play a greater role in helping Iran to eradicate poverty, drug prevention and control and improving health. Addressing the inauguration ceremony of the unique exhibition of 70 historical photos and 70 documents about 70 years of partnership between UN and Iran at the Majlis Exhibition Site on Monday 18 January 2016, he reiterated that Iran is in the front line of fight against narcotics drugs, thus the United Nations can play a more...
abundant-supplies-and-appreciating-dollar-are-main-reason-for-weakness-of-food-prices-in-2015 19 January 2016- Prices of major food commodities declined for the fourth year in a row in 2015, averaging 19.1 percent below their previous-year's levels, as the dwindling global economy also triggered sharp price falls from metals to energy markets. FAO's Food Price Index averaged 164.1 points over 2015 and ended the year even lower, at 154.1 points during the month of December. In December, the index declined a further 1.0 percent from its revised November value, as falling prices for meat, dairy and cereals more than offset gains by sugar and vegetable oils. "Abundant supplies in...
ministry-of-interior-and-un-habitat-appreciate-the-best-practices-of-iranian-municipalities In a 3-day event held at Kish Island on 1-3 January 2016, organised by the Municipalities and Rural Management Organization, Ministry of Interior (MRMO/MoI), and attended by hundreds of mayors and rural administrators throughout the country, the best practices of municipalities and rural administrations in 2015 were introduced. This was the first festival of Iran’s municipal best practices “Ideal City”, which aimed at the overall goal of improving living environment in Iranian cities, in accordance with standards set by UN-Habitat. In the urban contest, four themes had been selected...
third-training-on-“sustainable-urban-renewal”,-for-senior-managers-of-tehran-municipality-and-urban-renewal-organization-uro The third training on “Sustainable Urban Renewal” was conducted by UN-Habitat and Urban Renewal Organization (URO) for Senior Managers of Tehran Municipality and URO on 19 January 2016 at Urban Renewal Organization. Twenty three senior and mid level managers participated in this training. The focus of this seminar was on “Evaluation of practical aspect of Resilience and Sustainable Urban Development”. The training was opened by Siamak Moghadam, Chief of UN-Habitat Tehran office. Mr. Moghadam emphasized on active participation and exchange of experience of participants in order to...
iran’s-national-urban-campaign-meets-with-ngos Iran’s National Urban Campaign is a platform, which facilitates participation of all partners including citizens, experts, and public and private organizations in a national debate in introducing innovative ideas or practices in urban life and urban management, identifying urban problems and deriving solutions in order to propose “The city Iranians Need” to the Habitat III conference. In a meeting with the NGO community held on 18 January 2016 in Dr.Oz conference room in the United Nation Common Premises in Iran, Iran’s National Urban Campaign was introduced to 15 interested and...
un-security-council-removes-ban-sepah,-bank-sepah-international-from-2231-list TEHRAN, 18 January 2016 (UNIC)-- On 17 January 2016, the Security Council at UN Headquarters in New York, removed the name below from the 2231 List after concluding its consideration of the de-listing request.   Accordingly, the measures set out in Security Council resolution 2231 (2015) adopted under Article 41 of the Charter of the United Nations no longer apply to the name set out below. B. Entities and other groups  IRe.007  Name: BANK SEPAH AND BANK SEPAH INTERNATIONAL A.k.a.: na F.k.a.: na Address: na Listed on: 24 Mar. 2007 Other Information: Bank Sepah provides support for...
“i-am-optimistic-about-the-future-of-iran”-says-un-resident-coordinator-after-implementation-day 17 January 2016- This “implementation day” is a historical moment. Historical in many senses. Historical because Iranians will soon start to see the sanctions being lifted one by one – nuclear-related sanctions which have had a very damaging impact. But historical also because professional diplomacy and dialogue have emerged triumphant over acrimony and conflict. However, as important as the lifting of sanctions will be, there are other – potentially much more impactful – consequences of implementation. These are better relations with the international community and a continuing and...
un-secretary-general-appoints-maria-dotsenko-director-of-unic-in-tehran TEHRAN, 17 January 2016 (UNIC) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Maria Dotsenko of Ukraine as Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Tehran, the Islamic Republic of Iran. Ms. Dotsenko assumed her duties on 15 January. Prior to her new appointment, Ms. Dotsenko served as a Public Information Officer at the Tehran Centre since April 2014, with responsibility for its day-to-day running as well as its outreach programmes and campaigns. Between 2009 and 2014, she was the Department of Public Information’s representative in the United...
ban-welcomes-release-of-detainees-in-iran,-us TEHRAN, 17 January 2016 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement attributed to his spokesman issued at UN Headquarters in New York on Saturday, welcomed reports of the release of a number of Americans who had been detained in the Islamic Republic of Iran and of a number of Iranians held by the United States of America. The full text of his statement reads: The Secretary-General welcomes reports of the release of a number of Americans who had been detained in the Islamic Republic of Iran, including Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, and of a number...
ban-welcomes-implementation-day-under-jcpoa TEHRAN, 17 January 2016 (UNIC) – The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement attributed to his spokesman issued at the UN Headquarters in New York on Saturday welcomed the achievement of Implementation Day under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between the E3+3 and Iran. The full text of his statement reads: The Secretary-General welcomes the achievement of Implementation Day under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between the E3+3 and Iran. This is a significant milestone that reflects the good faith effort by all parties to fulfil...
primary-and-secondary-school-students-holding-model-united-nations Rah-e-Roshd Girls Educational Complex in cooperation with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran held a Model United Nations (MUN) conference on the subject of climate change with participation of some 31 primary and secondary school pupils at the UN office on 7 January 2016. The students were accompanied by a group of their teachers. Ms. Ronak Amirsardari who used to be one of Rah-e-Roshd students and has gained some MUN experience in an international school in Italy led the group as the Chair of an Environment committee. The participants were representing 17...
happy-schools-art-contest 14 January 2016- A happy learner is more likely to be a thriving one – better able to solve problems and apply critical thinking skills, more self-confident and likelier to form and foster positive relationships with others. Happy learners require Happy Schools, those that ensure the holistic development and well-being of students and the wider school community. In today’s rapidly changing world, we are faced with increasing mobility, life stress, competition, information overload, inequalities and environmental concerns. As these symptoms of ‘unhappiness’ begin to emerge, the Happy...
un-equator-prize-winner-from-iran-featured-in-sarzamin-man-tv-programme 13 January 2016- At the 2015 Paris Climate Conference – also referred to as COP21 – the Umbrella Group of Naghadeh NGO from Iran was awarded the United Nations Equator Prize. The Umbrella Group of Naghadeh NGO has worked to support the recovery of the satellite wetlands of Lake Urmia, situated in north-west Iran. Their contribution has revitalized a number of Urmia Lake satellite wetlands. The project is supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) implemented by UNDP.  Sarzamin Man TV programme which is broadcasted from Islamic Republic of...
un-envoy-strongly-condemns-assassination-of-al-sharqiya-journalists Tehran, 13 January 2016 (UNIC) – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Ján Kubiš, strongly condemned the assassination of two journalists from Al-Sharqiya Television in Diyala Province.  “The assassination of Saif Talal and Hassan Al-Anbaki while they were carrying out their duty of reporting events in Diyala is by all accounts a despicable and cowardly act by those who do not want the truth to be told,” Mr. Kubiš said in Baghdad today.  “I call upon the authorities to speedily apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice, and to...
deputy-un-chief-presents-new-report-on-global-migrant-trends,-highlighting-rising-numbers-for-2015 TEHRAN, 13 January 2016 (UNIC) - Presenting the key finding of the latest United Nations survey on international migrant trends, the UN Deputy Secretary-General Tuesday stressed that the issue of migration is one of the most challenging and important that the Organization is taking on in the new global landscape.  “When we get into a period of dealing with the migration and refugee issues, it’s important that we have the facts,” Jan Eliasson told reporters at a press briefing, at UN Headquarters in New York, thanking the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) for...
un-envoy-condemns-bombing-of-mosques,-attack-on-shopping-mall-and-car-bomb-attack Tehran, 12 January 2016 (UNIC) – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Ján Kubiš, condemned the bombing of six mosques in Muqdadiya in the Diyala Province.  “Once again, places of worship are being attacked. The perpetrators want to incite sectarian violence, in a desperate attempt to take the country back into the dark days of sectarian strife,” Mr. Kubiš said in Baghdad today.   “I appeal to all sides to refrain from being drawn into a cycle of reprisals by these outrageous acts which aim to drive a wedge between the various...
war-in-yemen-poses-ever-growing-threat-to-children 12 January 2016- With no end in sight to the deadly conflict in Yemen, nearly 10 million children inside the country are now facing a new year of pain and suffering. Continuous bombardment and street fighting are exposing children and their families to a deadly combination of violence, disease and deprivation. The direct impact of the conflict on children is hard to measure. The statistics confirmed by the UN (747 children killed and another 1,108 injured since March last year; 724 children pressed into some form of military activity) tell only part of the story. But they are...
structural-and-non-structural-hazard-mitigation-of-health-facilities The first national training on “Structural and Non-Structural Hazard Mitigation of Health Facilities” , conducted by UN-Habitat and Department of Disaster and Emergency Health ( Ministry of Health and Medical Education), commenced on 11 January 2016 at Tehran University Medical Sciences Faculty. This Training continues for three days. Iran’s National Institute of Health Research, Disaster Risk Management office at Health Ministry, Health Working Group on Unexpected Hazards, Iran’s Hazards Management and Medical Emergencies Centre, Physical Resource Development and Reconstructive...
un-secretary-general-to-present-his-plan-of-action-to-prevent-violent-extremism-to-the-general-assembly TEHRAN 12 January 2016 (UNIC) – The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will present his Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism (A/70/675) for the consideration of the General Assembly during an informal meeting of the General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 15 January 2016.  In recent years, terrorist groups such asThe Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant )ISIL(, Al-Qaida and Boko Haram have shaped our image of violent extremism and the debate about how to address this threat. Their message of intolerance – religious, cultural, social – has...
global-wood-production-shows-a-record-high-elevation,-fao-states 6 January 2016- Global production of all major wood products is showing its largest growth since the global economic downturn of 2008-2009, according to new data published by FAO. According to the press release published by the FAO Representation in Iran, during 2014 growth in wood products, including industrial roundwood, sawnwood, wood-based panels and pulp and paper, ranged from 1 to 5 percent, surpassing the pre-recession levels of 2007. The fastest growth was registered in Asia-Pacific and Latin America and Caribbean.   Global wood production shows a record high elevation...
learning-more-about-the-un-and-un-women 4 January 2016- United Nations Information Centre in cooperation with Iranian Association of Women’s Studies (IAWS) held a workshop on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” with focus on women issues for some 25 participants at the UN building on 4 January 2015. UNIC Reference Assistant Nazanin Ghaemmaghami elaborated on some basic facts about the UN such as the main organs including General Assembly and