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simulation-exercise-on-human-rights-council-on-human-rights-day Organization for Defending Victims of Violence (ODVV) with cooperation of UN Information Centre (UNIC) and United Nations Association (UNA) held a simulation of United Nations Human Rights Council on Human Rights Day 10 December 2017 at the ODVV Conference Room with participation of some 40 post graduates of international law, international relations, human rights, political science and political sociology. In a training session on 21 November the participants learnt more about Human Rights Council as an inter-governmental body within the UN system as well as the Special Procedures...
youngsters-with-disabilities-but-with-diverse-abilities,-talents-mark-day-of-persons-with-disabilities TEHRAN - Madam Maryam Zarif, the wife of the Foreign Minister was a guest of honor at the special ceremony organized by the Roshd Charity Foundation with the UN Information Center’s support on International Day of Persons with Disabilities. More than 30 children with disabilities with their parents, teachers and Roshd volunteers participated in the event, held on 11 December 2017 at the Roshd Foundation Complex. Children recited poetry in Persian and English, singed songs, played games, showed art of karate and told the audience about their successes in sports, in reciting the Holy...
lift-in-global-economy-prompts-opportunities-to-tackle-deep-rooted-development-issues-–-un TEHRAN, 11 December 2017 (UNIC) – A three per cent upturn in the global economy has paved the way to readjust policy towards longer-term issues, such as addressing climate change, tackling existing inequalities and removing institutional obstacles to development, according to a new United Nations report on global economic prospects.Launched in New York on Monday, among other things, the World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2018 offers policy imperatives that include tackling inequality and delinking economic growth from environmental degradation. “The World Economic...
human-rights-day-10-dec-symbolizes-end-of-orange-campaign Every year, the international organizations launch campaigns on ending gender-based violence during the time between the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) and Human Rights Day (10 December). This time period is known as the “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.” UNFPA Iran took the lead within UN agencies and initiated a campaign to sensitized UN staff on the historical background of the 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) which goes back to 1981, when women activists marked 25 November as a day...
un-chief-urged-people,-leaders-everywhere-to-stand-up-for-all-human-rights TEHRAN, 10 December 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Gutterres in his message on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2017, urged people and leaders everywhere to stand up for all human rights – civil, political, economic, social and cultural -- and for the values that underpin our hopes for a fairer, safer and better world for all.The full text of his message reads: This year’s commemoration of Human Rights Day marks the beginning of a year-long celebration of seven decades since the adoption of one of the world’s most profound and far-reaching international...
fao-marks-world-soil-day-2017-in-iran Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture Jahad marked today World Soil Day 2017 in Tehran to highlight this year theme “Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground” for the Iranian stakeholders. According to a press release published with the FAO Representation in Iran, Rao Matta, the FAO Representative ad interim to the country in his opening remarks by addressing Mahmoud Hojjati, Minister of Agriculture Jahad; Isa Kalantari, Head of Department of Environment; and heads of diplomatic missions attending the...
chogān-and-kamantcheh-kamancha-from-iran-inscribed-on-the-representative-list-of-the-intangible-cultural-heritage-of-humanity The 12th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage takes place in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, from Monday 4 to Saturday 9 December 2017. On the fourth day of the meeting, two elements from the Islamic Republic of Iran were inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.   Chogān, a horse-riding game accompanied by music and storytelling The 12th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage takes place in Jeju Island,...
iran-marked-fastest-growth-in-industrial-design-counts-worldwide-un-report TEHRAN, 7 December 2017 (UNIC) – The Islamic Republic of Iran marked the fastest growth in industrial design counts worldwide with a 34.8 per cent increase, the United Nations intellectual property agency said Wednesday. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), global industrial design filing activity in 2016 grew by 10.4 per cent to an estimated 963,100 applications containing 1.2 million designs. Design counts worldwide grew by 8.3 per cent, driven primarily by strong growth in China.  The office of China received applications containing 650,344 designs in...
unic-tehran-marks-international-volunteer-day-with-its-interns UNIC Tehran team highlighted important input by its interns and volunteers to UNIC’s day-to-day operations, while marking International Volunteer Day with its colleagues from the UN Communications Group at UN Office in Tehran on 5 December 2017. Every year some 14-16 bright and well-educated students from Iranian universities are conducting their six-month long internship at UNIC Tehran.   They use this opportunity not only to learn more about how UN functions, but to contribute to UNIC outreach campaigns and activities, help other Iranians to acquire information on UN and get...
recognize-migration’s-positive-impact,-address-its-challenges-in-realistic-way,-urges-senior-un-official TEHRAN, 5 December 2017 (UNIC) – Noting that the movement of people across borders is a global reality, a senior United Nations official stressed that policy decisions governing migration must be based on fact and not on perception or myth.“There is a lot of misperception in the migration field that needs to be addressed,” Louise Arbour, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for International Migration, said at the opening of a stocktaking meeting on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on Monday.  “The Global...
terrorists-killed-and-injured-381-iraqis-in-november-2017 TEHRAN, 5 December 2017 (UNIC)– A total of 117 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 264 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in November 2017*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).The number of civilians killed in November (not including police) was 114, while the number of injured (not including police) was 264. Of those figures, Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 201 civilian casualties (51 killed, 150 injured). Salahaddin Governorate followed, with 24 killed and 60 injured,...
unfpa-australia-sign-direct-aid-programme UNFPA Iran Country Office is pleased to announce the acceptance of the application for funding under the Australian Direct Aid Programme (DAP). Today during the signing ceremony of the agreement, UNFPA Representative in Iran, Dr. Leila Joudane and Ambassador of Australia H.E. Mr. Ian Biggs reaffirmed their commitment to support HIV/AIDS programmes. The agreed activities are in line with the sustainable development principle of “leaving no one behind”, as it targets the most vulnerable and margalinzed population. This is the second cooperation between UNFPA and Australia in Iran....
transformation-towards-sustainable-and-resilient-society-for-all TEHRAN, 3 December 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2017, called for transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all.The full text of his message reads: Resilience is central to achieving sustainable development. In its pledge to leave no one behind, the 2030 Agenda embodies a commitment to building the capacities of those who face marginalization and exclusion, in order to reduce their vulnerability to economic, social and environmental shocks. In recent...
unesco-supports-iiees-in-conducting-community-based-simultaneous-earthquake-and-safety-drill-in-iran On 29 November 2017, UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office supported the International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES) in conducting the 19th national earthquake and safety drill which simultaneously took place in all schools across Iran. By simulating earthquake situations in schools and their communities, the initiative aims to strengthen disaster risk reduction awareness and preparedness in the country. The theme of the 19th national earthquake and safety drill was ‘Safe Schools, Resilient Society’. Since 2015, IIEES has been selecting pilot schools to perform...
now-is-the-time-to-end-the-conflict-by-establishing-an-independent-palestinian-state-un-chief TEHRAN, 29 November 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the Interntional Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, 29 November 2017, said now is the time to end the conflict by establishing an independent Palestinian State, living side by side in peace and security with the State of Israel.The full text of his message reads: The Question of Palestine is inextricably linked with the history of the United Nations and is one of the longest unresolved issues on the Organization’s agenda.  Seventy years since the adoption of General...
workshop-on-structure,-drafting-and-adoption-of-un-resolutions-with-focus-on-the-question-of-palestine TEHARN - On the occasion of the Interntional Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, UNIC in cooperation with Interntional Studies Journal (ISJ) organized a workshop on structure, drafting and adoption of UN resolutions with focus on the Question of Palestine at UN conference room on 28 November 2017. The workshop began by ISJ Editor-in-Chief Dr. Mehdi Zakerian’s remarks. Then, UNIC Director Dr. Maria Dotsenko after reading the United Nations Secretary-General’s message on the Interntional Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, briefed the participants on which UN...
university-of-tehran-unfpa-launch-national-transfer-accounts-report-understanding-effect-of-the-population-changes-in-iran Today the first National Transfer Account (NTA) report of the I.R. of Iran was jointly launched by UNFPA with the University of Tehran (UT). Experts and academia from various relevant entities attended the launching ceremony and participated in the rich technical panel discussion.   Dr. Mahmoudian, UNFPA & UT Project Director opened the ceremony and explained the importance of analysis and correlating between population age structure and economy.  He explained how NTA provides in-depth analysis to inform policy makers for better socio-economic programmes and plans. Dr....
graduate-students-of-kharazmi-university-learned-about-the-un-and-un-website UNIC jointly with the Kharazmi University Faculty of Law and Political Science held a “Finding UN Information and Documentation Workshop” for some 30 graduate students of international law at the UN building on 26 November 2017. The event was organized by the Kharazmi University Professor and consultant to the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Office, Centre for International Legal Affairs Dr. Hadi Azari.   Finding UN information and documentation workshop participants UNIC jointly with the Kharazmi University Faculty of Law and Political Science held a...
fao-calls-for-stronger-collaboration-on-transboundary-animal-diseases-between-afghanistan,-iran,-pakistan-and-tajikistan Chief Veterinary Officers and experts from the Governments of Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Tajikistan today (28 November 2017) sat around a table in Tehran to form the first Quadrilateral collaboration meeting for addressing Transboundary Animal Diseases and strengthen harmonized actions on this issue. According to a press release published by the FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, in his opening remarks, Mr. Nabil Gangi, the FAO Deputy Regional Representative for the Near East and North Africa highlighted the fact that the livestock sector plays a...
iran-becomes-the-21st-country-to-receive-training-in-how-to-make-airports-ready-to-handle-disasters Iran is among the top 10 disaster prone countries in the world. It is confronted with more than 34 out of 41 types of the world’s known natural disasters. When a disaster strikes, providing support to those in need depends on good communications and logistics. Airports are central to the relief effort. But in many countries the level of preparedness required – the level of planning – and practice – in how to operate in the “boiler house” of a real emergency – is often sadly lacking.   The GARD opening ceremony was officially inaugurated on 25 November at Mehrabad International...
wfp-welcomes-contribution-from-china-to-support-afghan-and-iraqi-refugees-in-iran TEHRAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes China’s contribution to provide food assistance to Afghan and Iraqi refugees and promote education for refugee girls residing in the Islamic Republic of Iran.  The US$1 million contribution will be used to purchase fortified wheat flour, sunflower oil enriched with vitamins, lentils, rice and sugar for food distributions among Afghan and Iraqi refugees living in settlements across Iran. The commodities will be locally purchased to ensure speedy delivery and conformity with Iranian standards. Each month, WFP...
statement-of-unfpa-executive-director-dr-natalia-kanem-for-the-international-day-for-the-elimination-of-violence-against-women-commit-to-ending-gender-based-violence-by-2030 Statement of UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem  For the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 25 November 2017- Rohingya refugees fleeing into Bangladesh have reported horrific stories of sexual violence. One woman, Shakila, said she was raped after being forced to watch the murder of her husband and infant daughter. Sexual and gender-based violence often increases during crises. Responding to violence against women in development and humanitarian settings is a priority for UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. Yet, gender-based violence is...
unesco-participates-in-international-equestrian-martial-arts-competition-in-saryazd,-iran 23 November 2017- The first International Equestrian Martial Arts Competition was held in Saryazd district, Yazd Province, hosted by the Equestrian Federation of Islamic Republic of Iran and Arg-e-Saryazd Development Company. Twelve countries, namely Germany, France, Sweden, Finland, Poland, South Korea, Qatar, Romania, Hungry, Bulgaria, Turkey and Iran took part in the three- day competition.   Twelve countries, namely Germany, France, Sweden, Finland, Poland, South Korea, Qatar, Romania, Hungry, Bulgaria, Turkey and Iran took part in the three- day competition 23...
un-humanitarian-chief-mark-lowcock-concludes-visit-to-iran TEHRAN, 23 November 2017 (UNIC) - United Nations Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) Mark Lowcock on Wednesday concluded a two-day visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran, where he met with senior officials to discuss regional and global humanitarian crises, and also conveyed his condolences to the Government and Iranian people for the loss of life caused by the devastating earthquake that hit Kermanshah on 12 November. “I commend the Government’s efforts to save lives and alleviate the suffering of hundreds of thousands of...
iran-airports-to-benefit-from-gard-disaster-response-training-program TEHRAN, 23 November 2017 (UNIC) -- Deutsche Post DHL Group and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) together with Iran Airports and Air Navigation Company will carry out the Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) program at Mehrabad International Airport from 25 to 29 November 2017. Deutsche Post DHL Group and UNDP are working with Iran’s airport and government authorities, representatives of humanitarian response experts to better prepare Iran’s airports for future natural disasters.Airports are central to ensuring lifesaving support reach impacted communities in the most...
more-than-1-in-3-women-have-experienced-physical-or-sexual-violence-in-their-lives-guterres TEHRAN, 23 November 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November of 2017 while announcing that around the world, more than 1 in 3 women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lives, said it is time for united action from all of us, so that women and girls  can live free from harassment, harmful practices, and all other forms of violence. The full text of his message reads: Every woman and every girl has the right to a life free of violence. Yet this...
university-of-tehran-students-interested-in-unic-workshop As per request of 10 Ph.D students of international law, from Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Tehran, the UN Information Centre (UNIC) held a “Finding UN Information and Documentation” workshop at the UN building in Tehran on 21 November 2017. 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. Overview and searching through some of DHL...
statement-on-the-federal-supreme-court-decision-concerning-kurdistan-referendum TEHRAN, 22 November 2017 (UNIC) – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) acknowledges the Iraq Federal Supreme Court’s Decision of 20 November 2017 concerning the Kurdish independence referendum.In its decision, the Federal Supreme Court confirmed that the referendum conducted in Kurdistan on 25 September 2017, and the purpose for which it was conducted, the independence of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) and other areas outside of it, has no constitutional reference and violates its provisions. Accordingly, the FSC decided that the referendum was unconstitutional...
unesco-organizes-international-conference-on-intangible-cultural-heritage-around-water 21 November 2017- This morning, UNESCO in cooperation with the International Centre on Qanats and Historic Hydraulic Structures (ICQHS) kicked off an international conference on Intangible Cultural Heritage around Water in Yazd. The conference focuses on topics related to both tangible and intangible cultural heritage, science and indigenous knowledge on water management, as well as ancient water-related traditions and ceremonies that are transmitted from one generation to the next.   The conference focuses on topics related to both tangible and intangible cultural heritage,...
“finding-un-information-and-documentation”-workshop-at-mofid-university,-qom UNIC Tehran in cooperation with the Mofid University, Centre for Human Rights Studies held the “Finding UN Information and Documentation” workshop for some 40 students of human rights, international law and other fields of studies from different universities across the country on 15 November at Qom city. 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. She introduced “Protect Human Rights” webpage as well as...
unesco-celebrates-2017-world-science-day-at-tehran-book-garden 15 November 2017, UNESCO in partnership with the Iran Association for Popularization of Sciences and the Iran National Commission for UNESCO celebrated the 2017 World Science Day for Peace and Development in Tehran Book Garden. The theme of this year’s science day is “Science for Global Understanding.” The event was attended by a large group of scholars, government officials, students, representatives of embassies and individuals active in popularizing sciences. The event also paid tribute to the victims of the recent earthquake that occurred at the border of Iran and Iraq....
university-of-tehran,-college-of-farabi-students-of-international-law-navigate-the-un-online Following the invitation of the Faculty of Law of University of Tehran, College of Farabi at Qom City, UNIC held the “Finding UN Information and Documentation” workshop for some 40 graduate students of international law and their professors at the college campus on 14 November 2017. 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. Overview and searching...
unic-helps-ph-d-students-to-find-needed-un-information The UN Information Centre (UNIC) held a workshop “Finding UN Information and Documentation” for some 10 post-graduate students of international law from the Qom Islamic Azad University on 13 November 2017 at the UNIC 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. Overview and searching through some of DHL resources and databases...
terrorism-is-fundamentally-denial,-destruction-of-human-rights-un-chief TEHRAN, 17 November 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in London on Thursday that terrorism is fundamentally the denial and destruction of human rights.In his speech at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), he said that the fight against terrorism will never succeed by perpetuating the same denial and destruction. “We must relentlessly fight terrorism to protect human rights,” the Secretary-General said adding and at the same time, when we protect human rights, we are tackling the root causes of terrorism.  He pointed out that for...
who-airlifts-medical-supplies-to-treat-wounded-in-iran-iraq-earthquake 16 November 2017, Cairo, Egypt – WHO has airlifted trauma kits and medical supplies to the Islamic Republic of Iran to support the treatment of thousands people injured as a result of the recent earthquake in the  Islamic Republic of Iran-Iraq border region.  The supplies, enough to provide surgical care for up to 4000 trauma patients, were transported from WHO’s emergency logistical centre in Dubai to Kermanshah province in western Islamic Republic of Iran on 16 November at 10.30am local time. They were immediately delivered to hospitals and other health facilities receiving the...
16-novemver-2017-un-humanitarian-chief-to-visit-iran TEHRAN, 16 November 2017 (UNIC) – The Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG/ERC), Mr. Mark Lowcock is scheduled to visit the Islamic Republic of Iran from 20 to 23 November 2017. Mr. Mark Lowcock 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. USG Lowcock will be discussing regional issues including the humanitarian situation in Iraq,...
unfpa-welfare-organization-join-hands-to-conduct-national-survey-of-older-persons According to United Nations Population projection the proportion of older persons aged 60 years and above in Islamic Republic of Iran will reach to about 30 percent in 2050.  The government of Iran plans mainstream ageing related issues in the national and sectoral polices and plans.  Hence within the framework of UNFPA sixth Country Programme (2017 – 2021) to support the partners to fill existing data and information gaps for evidence-based policy formulation and planning in the area of population and development, conduct of a National Survey of Older Persons was envisaged.  With...
statement-attributable-to-the-spokesman-for-the-secretary-general-on-the-earthquake-in-the-islamic-republic-of-iran-and-the-republic-of-iraq TEHRAN, 13 November 2017 (UNIC) -- The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the loss of life and damage following the earthquake that struck the border region of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Iraq on Sunday evening.He conveys his condolences to the bereaved families and to the Governments and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Iraq. He wishes those injured a speedy recovery. The Secretary-General commends the local response efforts underway. The United Nations stands ready to assist if required. ***
commemoration-of-the-world-urbanism-day-2017-in-the-university-of-shiraz Tehran, 16 Nov 2017- The World Urbanism Day 2017 was held in Arts and Architecture faculty of Shiraz University by introducing “The City Iranians Need” booklet and the New Urban Agenda. Mr. Siamak Moghaddam, UN-Habitat representative in Iran, Ms. Sara Habibi, urban planning officer and Ms. Soosan Momeni, disaster risk reduction officer were the panelists from UN-Habitat office in Tehran.   Introducing UN Human Settlement Program in Iran, Mr. Moghaddam pointed out a brief history of the Habitat I to III conferences. He also mentioned the preparation steps on...
un-day-commemorated-in-tehran The UN Country Team, with support of the UN Communications Group (UNCG), marked UN Day 2017 at a high-level ceremony at the National Library in Tehran on 7 November 2017. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Legal and International Affairs Dr. Abbas Araghchi and UN Resident Coordinator Gary Lewis were the main speakers of the ceremony. Addressing the audience, Dr. Araghchi praised the United Nation's role as a corner stone in contemporary politics, and as a platform for the Member States to express their aspirations, complaints and to seek peaceful ways to resolve their...
un-iran-releases-a-video-clip-on-un-iran-partnership On the occasion of the United Nations 72nd anniversary and the launch of the UN Development Assistance Framework End-of-Cycle Progress Report (2012-2016), UN Iran released a video clip on the United Nations and the Government of Iran’s partnership. Click here to watch the full clip on Aparat.   On the occasion of the United Nations 72nd anniversary and the launch of the UN Development Assistance Framework End-of-Cycle Progress Report (2012-2016), UN Iran released a video clip on the United Nations and the Government of Iran’s partnership. Click here to watch the...
november-2017-graduate-students-of-international-relations-learn-more-about-un The UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran held a two-session workshop on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” for some 25 graduate students of international relations from Kharazmi University on 1st and 2nd November 2017 at the UN Office in Tehran. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami addressed the participants on how to retrieve UN documentation and information from UNIC and UN websites and on the Dag Hammarskjold Library’s (DHL) web page during the workshop. She focused on achievements and history of the UN, the Member States, the main organs as well as the UN...
“environment-no-longer-a-silent-victim-of-war-–-mother-nature-is-joining-the-debate” The international community needs to think increasingly about how environmental factors will become the actual drivers of conflict. And take measures to prevent this. Speaking recently at a ceremony to mark the world’s need to stop conflicts from despoiling the environment, Gary Lewis, the UN Resident Coordinator in Iran, turned this perspective on its head and urged that there is a greater danger in underestimating the consequences of climate change and resource scarcity on conflict.   Mr. Gary Lewis addressing the participants at the Ninth International Seminar on...
october-2017-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 31 October 2017. UNIC invited UNFPA Programme Specialist Dr. Monire Bassir to introduce UNFPA and brief the audience on gender issues. She spoke about UNFPA 's work, which aims at ensuring that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. She also discussed with the participants the importance of...
un-iran-releases-undaf-progress-report-2012-2016 The UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) End-of-Cycle Progress Report 2012-2016 was launched today on the occasion of UN Day 2017. The event was commemorated in Tehran at the National Library in the presence of Deputy Foreign Minister, Dr. Seyed Abbas Araghchi, government counterparts, members of the diplomatic corps, the media, members of the UN family in Iran including UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Gary Lewis. The UNDAF is a strategic, medium term results framework that describes the collective vision and response of the UN system to national development...
unu-congratulates-reza-ardakanian-on-his-appointment-as-minister-of-energy-of-iran Dr Reza Ardakanian, Founding Director of the United Nations University Institute for the Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), was confirmed on Sunday, 29 October 2017, by the Iranian Majlis (Parliament) as Minister of Energy of the Islamic Republic of Iran. “UNU is proud that Dr Ardakanian will be taking up this important and challenging portfolio in Iran with the support and trust of his home government”, said UNU Rector and UN Under-Secretary-General Dr David Malone. “We have no doubt that in returning to the service of his country, he will...
un-is-committed-to-protecting-environment-as-an-essential-pillar-of-peace,-security-and-sustainable-development-un-chief TEHRAN, 6 November 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, 6 November 2017, emphasized that the United Nations is committed to protecting the environment as an essential pillar of peace, security and sustainable development. War is a dirty business.  Smoke plumes from burning oil wells, looted industrial facilities, abandoned munitions and collapsed buildings are among the hallmarks of conflict. Whether caused by fighting or a breakdown in...
world-cities-day-2017-celebration-in-tehran Tehran, 1 November 2017 -On 31st of October, 2017 Tehran’s Book Garden hosted the “World Cities Day” celebration. The event held in Tehran, along with many other cities of the world, consisted of two panel discussions revolving around the theme of this year’s celebration, “Innovative Governance- Open Cities”. A reception was also hosted for the Diplomatic Corps by the Mayor of Tehran. Scholars from different disciplines presented works revolving around two main themes: “Participation and Hope for Urban Revitalization” and “Innovative Governance: Open Cities”. The panels were...
two-iranian-projects-win-the-2017-asia-pacific-award-for-cultural-heritage-conservation The Aftab Cultural House in Isfahan received the Honourable Mention Award and the Persian Gulf University in Bushehr won the Award for New Design in Heritage Contexts in the 2017 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. The Jury session of the award, consisting of nine international conservation experts, was convened during 9-11 August 2017 at UNESCO Bangkok. This year the Jury awarded one Award of Excellence, two Awards of Distinction, four Awards of Merit, six Honourable Mentions and three Award for New Design in Heritage Contexts. Sixteen projects from six...
jami-al-tawarikh-inscribed-in-unesco-memory-of-the-world-international-register Following a four-day meeting at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, during 24-27 October, 78 new nominations, including Jami-al Tawarikh from Iran, were inscribed in the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register. Three additions were made to existing inscriptions and provisional inscription were granted for two items pending confirmation of minor points. Under the Chairmanship of Dr. Abdulla Alraisi, Director-General of the National Archives of the United Arab Emirates, and composed of 14 eminent experts, the International Advisory Committee (IAC) of UNESCO's Memory of the World...
358-iraqis-were-killed-and-injured-by-terrorists-in-october Tehran, 2 November 2017 (UNIC) - A total of 114 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 244 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in October 2017*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).The number of civilians killed in October (not including police) was 109, while the number of injured (not including police) was 237. Of those figures, Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 177 civilian casualties (38 killed, 139 injured). Anbar Governorate followed, with 36 killed and 55 injured, and...
iran-celebrates-unesco-world-day-for-audiovisual-heritage On 27 October 2017, the National Library and Archives Organization of Iran organized an event in Tehran to mark the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. This event was supported by the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, and Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO). The celebration commenced with the playing of the oldest sound recording of Qur’an. Dr Ashraf Boroujerdi, Head of the National Library and Archives of Iran, formally opened the event by welcoming all Iranian and international guests. In her...
on-the-occasion-of-the-un-day,-university-of-tehran-students-learned-more-about-the-un-website Some 15 graduate 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 the Occasion of the UN Day on 26 October 2017. The University Professor Dr. Nasrin Mosaffa organized this programme with UNIC support, which was focused About the UN, Origin and History, UN Charter, historic photos and documents illustrating more than 70 years of cooperation between the United Nations and Iran with Dr. Mostafa Adle, Chairman of the...
un-day-2017-with-children-of-shahre-rey,-un-habitat-staff-visit-“iranian-house-of-share-rey-a-shelter-for-children” UN-Habitat Tehran Office, 26 October 2017- UN Day is known as a time to commemorate the existence of United Nations, and also a great opportunity to raise awareness of the aims and achievements of the UN, gaining community support for its work.UN-Habitat office in Tehran, as in previous years, spent the day with the children, believing in them as the future leaders and decision-makers of our world. Hence a visit was organized to a volunteer-based relief center in southern Tehran.“Iranian House of Shahre-Rey” is a branch of the Imam Ali's Popular Students Relief Society....
wfp-iran-organized-the-interim-country-strategic-plan-workshop-for-bafia United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Iran held a two-day workshop in Tehran on 22 to 23 October 2017 for 40 staff members of the Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants Affairs (BAFIA) directly dealing with WFP food commodities in 20 settlements, in 13 provinces across the country where 30,000 Afghan and Iraqi refugees receive assistance. The purpose of the workshop was to formally introduce the new hybrid transfer modality (cash and wheat flour) as of 1 January 2018 and to familiarize the 40 BAFIA personnel with actions needed to register the refugees in the cash component...
empowering-youth-and-young-entrepreneurs-in-isfahan Youth empowerment and exchange of best practices among young entrepreneurs was a goal of the 4th International Youth and Wealth Creation Symposium organized by Isfahan Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture in Isfahan on 18 and 19 October 2017. Some 1,500 young people from all over Iran participated in this event in order to get more familiar with the successful international networking practices and to learn more about achievements of young scientists and entrepreneurs. The symposium had some key speakers as well as a few workshops held on different related subjects...
un-working-with-iran-to-build-emergency-medical-teams-to-halt-epidemic-outbreaks Remember those movies where an international epidemic breaks out and the international community “surges” a medical response team instantly to solve the problem? Well, as we know from hard experience, including the recent Ebola pandemic in West Africa, this rarely occurs in real life. In reality, responses to epidemics and disasters are often too slow, usually uncoordinated, and do not deliver the response to the places in greatest need. That is why, back in 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a system which will ensure quality standards for emergency...
un-announces-worldwide-search-for-exceptional-young-leaders-to-drive-implementation-of-the-sustainable-development-goals TEHRAN, 24 October 2017 (UNIC) –The United Nations has announced that it was seeking applications for its second class of Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals--exceptional young people who are leaders in the effort to end poverty, combat climate change and reduce inequalities. Led by the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake, the Young Leaders Initiative recognizes 17 young leaders every year who are driving bold efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.  Ms. Wickramanayake made the announcement at the One Young World summit...
un-secretary-general-s-video-message-on-united-nations-day-24-october-2017 On the 72nd anniversary of UN Establishment, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guttrez talks about the global issues we are facing today. He asserts that we are able to overcome these challenges and the only think we need is a strong will to make it happen. You may watch the video message with Persian subtitle in UNIC Tehran aparat channel.             Follow Gary Lewis @GaryLewisUN   Follow UNIC Tehran @UNICTehran  
unesco-and-eco-co-organize-regional-workshop-on-promoting-school-safety “Overall, annual economic losses from disasters represent between USD 250 billion and USD 300 billion, according to UNISDR. Studies of disaster trends and the likely consequences of climate change suggest that each year 175 million children will be affected by natural hazard-related disasters alone” - Ms. Kuisch Laroche, Director of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office UNESCO and the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Secretariat have partnered together to organize a regional workshop promoting safety at the school level. The workshop runs for three days in Tehran from 22 to 24...
“will”-needed-for-solving-world-challenges-un-chief TEHRAN, 23 October 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on United Nations Day, 24 October 2017, while referring to some major challenges that the contemporary world is facing, said the necessary tools and wealth for overcoming these challenges exist, what is needed is the will. The full text of his message reads: Our world faces many grave challenges. Widening conflicts and inequality. Extreme weather and deadly intolerance. Security threats – including nuclear weapons. We have the tools and wealth to overcome these challenges. All we...
a-colloquium-on-un-reform-views-from-iran-and-germany TEHRAN – Discussion on the UN reform was organized by the of Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) with UNIC support at the House of Humanities Intellectual on 11 October 2017 with remarks by UNIC Director Dr. Maria Dotsenko. Members of UN Association of Germany (Bavaria branch) were special guests of the event. UNIC Director Dr. Dotsenko briefed the group on the UN Secretary-General’s reform proposals, speaking in details on his proposals in the area of peace and security, UN development system and reform of management.   Group photo of the Participants TEHRAN –...
unfpa-policy-communication-training UNFPA’s sixth Country programme (2017 – 2021) advocates for the availability of evidence-based population and reproductive health strategies and action plans allowing the country to benefit from its demographic window of opportunity.  To improve the capacities to communicate strategic issues effectively, UNFPA organized a three day country-based course from 16 to 18 October 2017. This training was facilitated by Allen & Clarke a Public Consultancy Firm from New Zealand that specializes in policy evaluation, programme development, and implementation with significant...
iranian-photographer-wins-unic-tokyo-students-photo-contest TEHRAN, 22 October 2017 (UNIC) – Iranian photographer Kiarash Eghbali-Seresht has won the “Award of Recognition” of the Second Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Student Photo Contest organized by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Tokyo and Sophia University in Japan. The organizers invited university students, graduate students, and vocational school students from all over the world to share their take on the SDGs. More than 1,000 entries from 73 countries were sent to the organizers, which significantly exceeded entries from the inaugural contest held last year....
tehran-times-exclusive-interview-with-wfp-representative On October 2017, Tehran Times published an interview with Ms. Negar Gerami, WFP Representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The topics of the interview were about WFP's activities and World Food Day. Click here to read the full interview 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 On October 2017, Tehran...
as-hunger-surges,-wfp-chief-appeals-for-peace-on-world-food-day ROME – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme today made an impassioned plea for peace amid mounting evidence of the links between conflict, migration and rising hunger. Concerns are growing that progress in defeating global hunger is being reversed as record numbers of people flee their homes to escape fighting.  “Ten out of 13 of the World Food Programme’s largest food assistance operations are driven by conflict, and as we mark World Food Day today, we think of the people everywhere who dream of peace and again being able to share a family...
“iran-an-immense-success-story-on-tb-suppression”-un-resident-coordinator “During the past 50 years, Iran has proven itself to be an immense success story in terms of TB suppression,” said UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Gary Lewis, yesterday. He delivered these remarks at the conclusion of a four-day event organized in Tehran by Iran’s Centre of Disease Control (CDC) at Shahid Beheshti University. Flashback to the year 1964. In Iran, the reported cases of TB then stood at 143 per 100,000 persons. Today, this figure stands at 16 per 100,000 persons. By comparison, the current global average stands at almost exactly the same figure for Iran back in 1964. And...
korean-minister-of-land,-infrastructure-and-transport-attends-unesco-strategic-partnership-meeting-in-tehran Tehran, 16 October 2017 – Today, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, together with the Association of Korean Enterprises in Iran, held a joint event, entitled: “Strategic Partnership Meeting: Fostering Cooperation in UNESCO’s Fields of Competence”.The purpose of the meeting was to present UNESCO’s activities to the Korean private sector, as well as representatives of embassies and other foreign companies based in the Islamic Republic of Iran.   Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office and...
fao-marks-world-food-day-2017-in-iran Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in  collaboration with its Iranian counterparts celebrated the World Food Day 2017 in two separated events in Tehran to shed light on importance of this year’s theme “Change the future of migration; Invest in food security and rural development”. According to a press release published by the FAO Representation in Iran, the events were hosted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Nutrition and Food Technology Research Institute (NNFTRI) of Iran as an international occasion to raise awareness...
unicef-iran-and-iran-chamber-of-commerce-signed-an-mou UNICEF Iran Office signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Saman Bank on Monday October 9th 2017. The agreement which is the first of its kind between UNICEF and an Iranian Bank will further promote Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by offering opportunities for the business sector to yield positive results for children. Saman Bank will assist implementation of UNICEF’s joint programmes with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for children through financial contributions as well as contributions in kind of programme supplies and services. UNICEF Iran Office...
unicef-iran-and-saman-bank-signed-an-mou UNICEF Iran Office signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Saman Bank on Monday October 9th 2017. The agreement which is the first of its kind between UNICEF and an Iranian Bank will further promote Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by offering opportunities for the business sector to yield positive results for children. Saman Bank will assist implementation of UNICEF’s joint programmes with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for children through financial contributions as well as contributions in kind of programme supplies and services.   Managing...
international-court-of-justice-simulation-exercise TEHRAN - UNIC jointly with the International Studies Journal organized a Model UN Conference (MUN), simulated a session of the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) in UN Office in Tehran on 12 October 2017. The theme of the simulation was “Certain Iranian Assets (Islamic Republic of Iran vs. United States of America)” with participation of some 45 students and professors of International law. In his opening statement, the UNIC Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam thanked ISJ for their efforts to promote UN values while organizing MUNs and called for holding some sessions on...
fao-iran-office-released-a-video-clip-on-meat-loss On the occasion of World Food Day, FAO Iran released a video clip on meat loss in Iran. Click here to watch this clip on Aparat.        
fao-and-iran-launch-a-project-to-enhance-agriculture Monitoring SystemsFAO and Government of Iran today launched a project that stablishes a prototype agriculture monitoring system, in three provinces in the country to improve the quality of agriculture information and reporting, based on geospatial technology. With the financial support of FAO’s Technical Cooperation Division (489.000 USD) and under the leadership of the Ministry of Agriculture Jahad of Iran, FAO has developed and started implementing the project entitled “Improved Agricultural Monitoring Systems through satellite imagery for IRAN ” in Mazandaran, Zanjan...
fao-celebrates-intl-day-of-rural-women-in-iran Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) commemorated today the International Day of Rural Women 2017 in Tehran to raise awareness and advocate for the empowerment of rural women in combating food insecurity and poverty. According to a press release published by the FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, during the opening ceremony of the event that organized in collaboration between FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture Jahad, Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, FAO Representative a.i. to Iran by highlighting the fact that 76 per cent of the...
ava-diplomatic-s-exclusive-interview-with-un-resident-coordinator On October 2017, AVA Diplomatic published an interview with Mr. Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The topics of the interview were Human Development, Sustainable Development Goals, Environment and etc. Click here to read the full interview 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....
call-for-applications-young-leaders-for-the-sdgs The UN Youth Envoy has just announced the call for applications for the next class of Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals!   The UN Youth Envoy has just announced the call for applications for the next class of Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals!              Follow Gary Lewis @GaryLewisUN   Follow UNIC Tehran @UNICTehran  
seventeenth-conference-on-housing-policies-and-commemoration-of-world-habitat-day Tehran, 10 October 2017 - The Seventeenth Conference on Housing Policies in Iran commenced today with the commemoration of World Habitat Day. The opening ceremony, held in the Roads, Housing and Urban Development Research Center (known as BHRC) was attended by the Minister of Roads and Urban Development, Dr. Abbas Akhundi, Senior Ministry of Roads and Urban Development (MoRUD) officials, Members of Parliament, university professors and experts in the fields of housing and urban planning.   Mr Siamak Moghadam, Chief of UN-Habitat office in Iran, in his opening remarks...
empower-girls-before,-during-and-after-crises-statement-of-unfpa-executive-director-dr-natalia-kanem-for-the-international-day-of-the-girl-child-11-october-2017 11 October 2017-- Girls today enjoy better life prospects than previous generations in many ways. Prosperity and nutrition are improving, child marriage and teenage pregnancy are declining, and female educational attainment and participation in the labour force are on the rise. However, these advances are far from universal and are increasingly tenuous in many parts of the world. The poorest—particularly girls—are often left behind, their rights undermined.  They get less education, have fewer opportunities and are more likely to take jobs that pay less and involve more risk than...
students-from-parand-branch-of-azad-university-learn-more-about-the-un-website The UN Information Centre (UNIC) held “Finding UN Information and Documentation” workshop for some 10 students of law from the Islamic Azad University, Parand Branch on 5 October 2017 at the UN office in Tehran. The workshop was conducted by the UNIC Reference Assistant 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.   UNIC Reference Assistant Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani and participants The UN Information Centre (UNIC) held “Finding UN Information and...
what-is-the-role-of-the-united-nations-secretary-general The Story of a Job Have you ever thought what the United Nations Secretary General does? It is believed that he has the toughest job in the world as he has to deal with so many people and organizations across the globe. But what is the domain of his work? Watch this short video to figure it out.               Follow Gary Lewis @GaryLewisUN   Follow UNIC Tehran @UNICTehran  
unesco-representative-tours-historical-city-of-yazd,-registered-as-unesco-world-heritage On 3 October, the UNESCO Representative to I.R. Iran, Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, toured the old city of Yazd to visit some of the rehabilitation and restoration works that have recently been carried out by the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization. The historic city of Yazd was registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2017. It bears living testimony to the use of limited resources for survival in the desert. Water is supplied to the city through a qanat system developed to draw underground water. The earthen architecture of Yazd has escaped the...
unesco-holds-three-day-international-expert-meeting-on-climate-change-adaptation-and-indigenous-knowledge-of-water-management Yazd- 3 October 2017, The UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office and the International Centre on Qanats and Historic Hydraulic Structures (ICQHS) kicked off a three-day international expert meeting in Yazd, Iran, about Climate Change Adaptation and Indigenous Knowledge of Water Management. The meeting brought together imminent scientists from France, Germany, Iran, Kenya, Pakistan and Switzerland, as well as Iranian NGO representatives of indigenous communities from Shahsevan in Ardebil; Bakhtiari tribe; central desert tribes, including Abolhassani, Chodari, Rezaabad and Torout; Bafgh camel...
october-2017-housing-policies-affordable-homes-message-by-dr-joan-clos,-un-habitat-executive-director Every year the United Nations celebrates World Habitat Day on the first Monday of October, marking the official start of Urban October: a month of celebrations and citizens’ engagement in the urban life worldwide. This year’s celebrations are quite special as they coincide with the first anniversary of the New Urban Agenda adopted in Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador. The New Urban Agenda enshrines a new vision of urbanization as an indispensable engine for development and a prerequisite for prosperity and growth. It is thanks to this paradigm shift that urbanization and...
some-203-iraqi-civilians-were-killed,-another-389-injured-in-acts-of-terrorism-in-september-2017 TEHRAN, 3 October 2017 (UNIC) – A total of 203 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 389 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in September 2017*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The number of civilians killed in September (not including police) was 196, while the number of injured (not including police) was 381. The fatalities included 10 foreign nationals. Of those figures, Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 194 civilian casualties (37 killed, 157 injured). Dhi Qar...
un-escap-is-organizing-a-photo-contest-themed-“building-a-stronger,-safer-and-more-sustainable-asia-pacific-” The contest is open to photographers of all ages, backgrounds and skills. Photo submissions must be based on challenges faced by communities in the Asia-Pacific region, or the approaches they are taking to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals on clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, and life on land. The contest will be judged in four categories: Judges’ Favourite, Young Photographers, Most Popular (on Social Media) and UN Staff. Winning entries will be exhibited at the UN Conference...
unicef-iran-and-espinas-hotels-group-announce-new-partnership Tehran, 24 September – UNICEF Iran Office and Espinas Hotels group signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Sunday 24th September in a ceremony held at Espinas Palace Hotel in Tehran. During the signing ceremony, Dr Parks, UNICEF Iran Representative, said: “We are very pleased to begin this new partnership. We believe it will greatly contribute to UNICEF’s efforts to help the Government’s programmes for the children of Iran.” Founder of the Espinas Hotels group, Mr Amiri, reiterated the commitment of the Espinas Hotels group to help the children of Iran: “Corporate Social...
first-expert-meeting-on-youth-and-urban-peace-held Tehran – The First Expert Meeting on Youth and Urban Peace was held on the occasion of International Day of Peace. The event was organized by the Young Shahryaran Club, affiliated with Tehran Municipality and supported by UNIC. It took place at the Cultural and Art Organization of Tehran Municipality on 21 September 2017. The main speakers were: UNIC Director Dr. Maria Dotsenko, Head of Elite Commission of the Expediency Council’s Secretariat Dr. Mohammad Ebrahim Maddahi and Head of Environment Commission of Tehran City Council Dr. Zahra Sadreazam-Noori.   From left to right:...
navigating-information-on-peace-and-security-through-the-un-website-on-international-day-of-peace Tehran - In a joint event held by the Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) and United Nations Information Centre (UNIC)-Tehran, some 40 researchers, students and members of IAUNS were briefed about retrieving the UN-related information and documentation. The discussion focused on peace and security and it was held on International Day of Peace 21 September 2017 at the UN building.   Finding UN information and documentation workshop participants Tehran - In a joint event held by the Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) and United Nations Information Centre...
tehran-peace-museum-commemorates-int’l-day-of-peace Tehran – The Tehran Peace Museum (TPM) in cooperation with the International Council of Museums and Council for Promotion of the Culture of Peace for Children marked International Day of Peace at the National Museum of Iran on 20 September 2017. The UNIC Director Maria Dotsenko’s at the ceremony highlighted that the theme for 2017’s International Day of Peace is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”   Members of Avaye Solh Tehran – The Tehran Peace Museum (TPM) in cooperation with the International Council of Museums and Council for Promotion of...
undp-iran-and-ozone-project-office-released-a-video-clip On the occasion of Ozone Day, UNDP Iran and Ozone Project office released a video clip on the importance of the Ozone layer. This clip is a part of the famous animation series called Dirin Dirin. Click here to watch this clip on Aparat.        Follow Gary Lewis @GaryLewisUN   Follow UNIC Tehran @UNICTehran  
unesco-celebrates-international-day-of-peace-in-tehran-to-highlight-respect,-safety-and-dignity-for-all In the evening of 20 September, UNESCO marked the International Day of Peace 2017 with a unique even at Azadi (freedom) Tower – one of Tehran’s most iconic landmarks. The commemoration of Peace Day that was organized by the UNESCO Cluster Office in Tehran, Roudhaki Foundation, the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, and Day Sun Cultural Institute focused on this year’s global theme “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All”. “ Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences, and to contribute to building a Culture...
message-from-ms-irina-bokova,-director-general-of-unesco,-on-the-occasion-of-international-day-of-university-sport,-20-september-2017 University sport is very highly regarded in the world of sport and education. Fully integrated into the learning curriculum of the citizens of today and tomorrow, it represents a vital aspect of individuals’ development and fulfilment. The pedantic repetition of “Anima Sana in Corpore Sano / A Healthy Soul in a Healthy Body” is not enough to attain the ideal of harmony between body and soul. This maxim must be translated into specific public policies and practices in order to give it substance throughout people’s lives, starting at the youngest age. University sport is central to...
seminar-on-“women-architects-of-peace” TEHRAN – On the occasion of International Day of Peace, Institute for Protection of Women’s Rights in cooperation with UNIC Tehran and Chair of Human Rights, Peace and Democracy of Shahid Beheshti University held a seminar “Women Architects of Peace” at UN Office on 17 September 2017. The event was dedicated to the International Day of Peace. UNIC Director Dr. Maria Dotsenko, Advisor to Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director General of Human Rights and Women Department of Foreign Ministry Dr. Zahra Pishgahifard and Former Spokesman of Judiciary and Professor of Law and Head of...
the-secretary-general-address-to-the-general-assembly-new-york,-19-september-2017 I am here in a spirit of gratitude and humility for the trust you have placed in me to serve the world’s peoples. “We the peoples”, and the United Nations, face grave challenges. Our world is in trouble. People are hurting and angry. They see insecurity rising, inequality growing, conflict spreading and climate changing. The global economy is increasingly integrated, but our sense of global community may be disintegrating. Societies are fragmented. Political discourse is polarized. Trust within and among countries is being driven down by those who demonize and divide. We are a world...
green-life-village,-unic-tehran-commemorate-int’l-day-of-peace TEHRAN – NGO Green Life Village in partnership with UNIC Tehran organized a ceremony to mark the International Day of Peace. More than 100 participants attended the event and learned more about Peace, the key UN value. The event also included reciting Persian poetry on peace, performing traditional Persian music, classical and Iranian piano performances, essay on history and tradition of Iranian people’s love for peace, exhibition of Persian calligraphy and hand-woven carpets depicting peace on Wednesday 13 September 2017.   People watching UN-Iran historical photo...
citizens’-rights-and-sustainable-development-seminar-in-sanandaj Sanandaj - Maf Legal Institute of Kurdistan in cooperation with the western branch of Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS), Provincial Government of Kurdistan and United Nations Information Centre held a two-day seminar on Citizens’ Rights and Sustainable Development on 13 and 14 September 2017 in Sanandaj city, capital of the Kurdistan Province.   Participants of the Seminar listening to Dr. Shahindokht Molaverdi Sanandaj - Maf Legal Institute of Kurdistan in cooperation with the western branch of Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS), Provincial Government of...
iranian-mats-find-their-way-in-yerevan-s-rural-festival A Rural Festival that was focused on Sustainable Livelihoods was held in Yerevan (Armenia) with presence of local farmers, local women cooperatives, international agencies, and environmental NGOs. According to the Mehr News Agency, the Rural Festival was held on September 16th 2017 in English Park of Yerevan, Armenia with presence of local farmers, local women cooperatives, international agencies, and environmental NGOs.   Photo: Mehr News Agency A Rural Festival that was focused on Sustainable Livelihoods was held in Yerevan (Armenia) with presence of local farmers,...
the-montreal-protocol-closing-the-hole-in-the-ozone-layer The 16th of September 2017 heralds the 30th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol – an international treaty which aims to repair and protect the Earth’s ozone layer. To celebrate this special occasion and the immense significance of this Protocol, Iran today – one day later – hosted an event at the Department of Environment focusing on this year’s theme of “caring for all life under the sun.” Dr. Isa Kalantari, Vice President and Head of the Department of Environment The 16th of September 2017 heralds the 30th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol – an international...
world-hunger-again-on-the-rise,-driven-by-conflict-and-climate-change,-new-un-report-says After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, or 11 per cent of the global population, says a new edition of the annual United Nations report on world food security and nutrition released today. According to a press release published by the FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, The multiple forms of malnutrition are threatening the health of millions worldwide. The increase - 38 million more people than the previous year - is largely due to the proliferation of violent conflicts and...
unesco-and-the-iranian-artists-forum-celebrate-peace-day On 13 September 2017, UNESCO kicked off a week of celebrations on the occasion of the International Day of Peace, with an event at the House of Artists in Tehran. The event consisted of a series of short artistic performances, including poetry, music, film and theater. Mr. Rajabi Memar, Director General of the Iranian Artists' Forum, welcomed the guests and talked about the important role of art for peace.   Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office On 13 September 2017, UNESCO kicked off a week of celebrations on the...
undp-iran-ozone-project-success-story After the discovery of the Antarctic Ozone Hole and the realization of the challenges associated with the depletion of the ozone layer in the 1970s, countries gathered in Vienna in 1985 to establish appropriate policies and guidelines for developed countries to fight and further prevent its depletion. After the concerning reports from the scientific community on the depletion of the ozone layer, the Montreal Protocol was endorsed by 46 countries worldwide in 1987. Photo credit: Google After the discovery of the Antarctic Ozone Hole and the realization of the challenges...
undp-iran-ozone-day-publications On the occasion of International Ozone Day, the United Nations Development Programme in the Islamic Republic of Iran published a one-pager about HCFC phase-out project. Click here to read this one-pager in English.        Follow Gary Lewis @GaryLewisUN   Follow UNIC Tehran @UNICTehran  
un-habitat-tehran-office-joined-sixth-international-green-film-festival-in-iran In collaboration with the 6th International Green Film Festival (10-11, September, 2017), held In Tehran and 31 other provinces of Iran simultaneously, UN-Habitat Tehran office convened two workshops on Sustainable Cities in the Iranian Academy of the Arts. Ms. Sara Habibi, UN-Habitat Urban Planner, opened the first workshop introducing the Greener Cities, a partnership between UN-Habitat and UN Environment. She provided an overview of UN-Habitat activities in the framework of HABITAT I and HABITAT II conference declarations and continued her session by presenting a...
the-literacy-movement-organization-of-iran-launches-new-educational-mobile-application-‘healthy-family’-on-the-occasion-of-2017-international-literacy-day On 10 September 2017, the Literacy Movement Organization (LMO), UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office and Bel-Rouzaneh Dairy Company jointly launched a new educational mobile application Healthy Family, on the occasion of the 2017 International Literacy Day with the theme of ‘Literacy in a Digital World’. The application is based on the booklet “The Healthy Family”, which was co-developed and published in 2016 by LMO, UNESCO and Bel-Rouzaneh Dairy Company. The booklet was widely disseminated to adult learners enrolled in literacy classes.   The mobile application was formally unveiled by...
tehran-chamber-of-commerce-and-unicef-iran-ink-mou Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA) and UNICEF Iran signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 12th September 2017 to promote Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and offer opportunities for the private sector to play a role in improving the welfare and well-being of children in Iran. In the signing ceremony, UNICEF Iran Representative, Dr Will Parks, highlighted the significant role that Chambers of Commerce around the world are playing to advance child-focused Corporate Social Responsibility and said: "UNICEF can provide expert knowledge on...
iran-celebrates-international-literacy-day On 10 September 2017, the Literacy Movement Organization (LMO), under the Iranian Ministry of Education, and the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO jointly organized a national meeting to celebrate International Literacy Day (ILD) under the theme of “Literacy in a Digital World”. The celebration was hosted by the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults in Tehran. The event was attended by a wide range of high-level government officials, including Dr. Mohsen Haji Mirzaei, Secretary of the Cabinet of Ministers; Dr. Mohammad Bathaei, Minister of...
unesco-joined-second-meeting-of-unima’s-heritage-commission UNIMA Iran held the second meeting of UNIMA’s Heritage Commission in Tehran's City Theater Complex, on 2-3 September 2017. UNIMA is a non-governmental organization affiliated with UNESCO. UNIMA was entrusted by UNESCO with the assessment of the dossiers about the classification of master pieces of oral and intangible heritage of humanity concerning puppetry. The two-day meeting was opened by welcoming remarks of Dr. Hamid Reza Ardalan, Member of UNIMA’s Executive Committee and President of the Heritage Commission of UNIMA.   The meeting was attended by national experts from the...
undp-iran-and-department-of-environment-released-a-new-brochure   United Nations Development Programme in the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Department of Environment released a new brochure on their joint project called “Conservation of the Iranian Wetlands”. Click here to read this document in English.        Follow Gary Lewis @GaryLewisUN   Follow UNIC Tehran @UNICTehran  
in-commemoration-of-mandela-int’l-day,-caspian-sea-beach-cleaned Sari - In order to commemorate the Nelson Mandela International Day in 2017, UNIC Tehran and Hormod Sustainable Development Institute (HSDI) along with Department of Environment, NGO activists from the Mazandaran Province, local government officials, game guards, journalists, young people and children cleaned Farahabad (Edalat 1) Beach in Sari, capital of the province on 28 August 2017. UNIC Director Maria Dotsenko told more than 100 participants that as in the past, the UN jointly with local communicates around the world marks Nelson Mandela International Day (18 July) and...
terrorists-killed,-wounded-313-iraqis-in-august-2017-un TEHRAN, 3 September 2017 (UNIC) – A total of 125 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 188 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in August 2017*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The number of civilians killed in August (not including police) was 116, while the number of injured (not including police) was 181. Of those figures, Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 180 civilian casualties (45 killed, 135 injured). Ninewa Governorate followed with 36 killed and 18 injured, and...
the-lazy-person-s-guide-to-saving-the-world-level-2 End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change. Whoa. The Global Goals are important, world-changing objectives that will require cooperation among governments, international organizations and world leaders. It seems impossible that the average person can make an impact. Should you just give up? No! Change starts with you. Seriously. Every human on earth—even the most indifferent, laziest person among us—is part of the solution. Fortunately, there are some super easy things we can adopt into our routines that, if we all do it, will make a big...
unesco-concludes-two-day-training-workshop-on-crisis-management-at-museums The UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, in cooperation with the Iranian Cultural Heritage Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) and the National Iranian Council for Museums (ICOM), organized a training workshop on Crisis Management at Museums on 30-31 August 2017. The two-day workshop took place in Golestan Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tehran, and brought together museum managers, heritage site managers, and cultural experts from Afghanistan and Iran.   The training workshop focused on different types of natural and man-made disasters which might affect museum...
3-september-the-lazy-person-s-guide-to-saving-the-world-level-2 End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change. Whoa. The Global Goals are important, world-changing objectives that will require cooperation among governments, international organizations and world leaders. It seems impossible that the average person can make an impact. Should you just give up? No! Change starts with you. Seriously. Every human on earth—even the most indifferent, laziest person among us—is part of the solution. Fortunately, there are some super easy things we can adopt into our routines that, if we all do it, will make a big...
stepping-up-our-response-in-yemen-is-a-moral-imperative By: Stephen O’Brien, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sweden Didier Burkhalter, Federal Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland  Four-month-old Saleh is fighting for his life as he battles severe acute malnutrition in a hospital in Al Hudaydah. As conflict rages around the country, his mother Nora, aged 22, cannot procure enough food or clean water to keep her six children healthy.  In Yemen today, a triple threat of conflict, cholera and the risk of famine is destroying the lives of 21 million...
unesco-and-the-archives-and-national-library-of-iran-organize-regional-meeting-on-the-preservation-and-accessibility-of-documentary-heritage 29 August 2017 – This morning, a regional meeting on “Enhancing Cooperation for the Preservation of, and Access to, Documentary Heritage” was opened in Tehran. The two-day event, organized by UNESCO, the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, and the Archives and National Library of Iran, brings together participants from Azerbaijan, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Pakistan Turkey and Uzbekistan. The aim of the meeting is to discuss regional cooperation for the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage through UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme.   The two-day event,...
change-of-date-–-application-deadline-extended-ethics-teachers’-training-course-in-karaj,-iran,-organized-by-unesco-and-university-of-environment,-28-october-to-3-november-2017 For the first time in Iran, from 28 October to 3 November 2017, the Ethics Teachers’ Training Course will be delivered jointly by UNESCO and the University of Environment, to advance quality ethics education by building professional capacities of ethics teachers in the country and the wider region. The Course will be based on one week training module developed by UNESCO in collaboration with the global experts in ethics education. The module contains the following key components:   The Course will be based on one-week training module developed by UNESCO in collaboration with the...
fm-zarif-opens-6th-security-council-model-un Tehran - Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran opened the Sixth Model United Nations Conference (MUN) jointly organized by International Studies Journal (ISJ) and UNIC Tehran at the Tehran Peace Museum on 24 August 2017. The theme of the UN Security Council simulation was North Korean nuclear programme. Addressing the inauguration ceremony, Dr. Zarif shared with youth his memories from the time when he was serving in the Iranian Mission to the UN.   FM Zarif addressing the MUN participants Tehran - Dr. Mohammad Javad...
unesco-supports-4th-congress-of-young-earth-sciences-network-in-tehran On 27 August, the 4th YES (Young Earth Sciences) Congress was opened in Tehran. The four-day congress is aimed at young scientists from around the world and focuses on topics, such as: geoscience for society; geology and mineral resources; fundamental geology; environmental and medical geology; climate change and hydrogeology; geohazards and disasters; geoinformatics applications for earth science; geoheritage; and petroleum geosiences. The YES Network is an international association of early-career geoscientists, who are primarily under the age of 35 years and from universities,...
the-lazy-person-s-guide-to-saving-the-world-level-1   End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change. Whoa. The Global Goals are important, world-changing objectives that will require cooperation among governments, international organizations and world leaders. It seems impossible that the average person can make an impact. Should you just give up?  No! Change starts with you. Seriously. Every human on earth—even the most indifferent, laziest person among us—is part of the solution. Fortunately, there are some super easy things we can adopt into our routines that, if we all do it, will make a big...
srsg-kubiš-welcomes-baghdad-erbil-negotiations TEHRAN, 20 August 2017 (UNIC) –  The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Jan Kubiš, met on 16 August with the Kurdistan political delegation. He welcomes the dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil that is ongoing and urges the two sides to agree on a roadmap with timelines how to resolve all outstanding issues and implement the agreed conclusions in a positive spirit of genuine partnership. If and as requested by the two sides, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) would be ready to provide its good offices, advice,...
message-of-unfpa-acting-executive-director-dr-natalia-kanem-world-humanitarian-day Every woman has the right to decide whether or when she will become pregnant, to give birth safely and to be protected from gender-based violence. Yet every day, untold millions of women and girls, whose lives have been upended by wars, conflicts or natural disasters, cannot enjoy these rights. Health systems and the rule of law collapse under the weight of conflict, instability and insecurity. When this happens, women in their childbearing years face heightened risk of unintended pregnancy, disability or death from delivering without the help of a doctor or midwife. Women...
unesco-supports-expert-meeting-on-economic-development-of-rural-regions On 16 August 2017, the UNESCO Chair in Natural Disasters Management organized the “Economic Development of Rural Regions Expert Workshop”, with the support of Iranian National Commission for UNESCO and the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office. The meeting took place at the Islamic Revolution Housing Foundation in Tehran. The workshop focused on the fundamentals of sustainable development, economic development and resilient economy in Iranian rural areas.   The workshop focused on the fundamentals of sustainable development, economic development and resilient economy in Iranian rural...
commemoration-world-humanitarian-day-in-qazvin Qazvin – Disability Association of Tavana (DAT) commemorated World Humanitarian Day by holding a festival for a group of top students in Qazvin, capital of the Qazvin Province on 16 August 2017. Some 1000 students and their families, local officials, members of the DAT Board of Directors and a group of DAT personnel participated in this ceremony which was held at the DAT conference hall.   Renowned Iranian singer, Mr. Salar Aqili (second from right) Qazvin – Disability Association of Tavana (DAT) commemorated World Humanitarian Day by holding a festival for a group of...
leaving-about-un-iran-partnership-during-celebration-of-international-youth-day-in-iran TEHRAN- International Youth Day was celebrated in Tehran by UN agencies, in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO at the Sa’adabad Cultural and Historical Complex on 13 August 2017. The event was organized and led by UNESCO with the support of UNIC, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, UNDP and other UN agencies. More than 140 guests participated in three panel discussions with young people, Government officials, NGOs and UN agencies’ representatives on important topics, such as health and sports, education and sciences and the...
fao-advocates-on-role-of-soils-for-offsetting-aviation-emissions Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recently released a publication that highlights the importance of soil carbon sequestration as an option for offsetting international aviation CO2 emissions. According to a press release published by the FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Organization estimates that domestic and international aviation togetherare responsible for approximately 2 per cent ofglobal anthropogenic CO2 emissions. Even considering the technological and operational improvements planned by the International Civil...
unesco-celebrates-international-youth-day 12 August was first designated International Youth Day by the UN General Assembly in 1999, and serves as an annual celebration of the role of young women and men in development, and an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges and problems facing the world’s youth. This year’s theme is ‘Youth Building Peace’, to celebrate young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and sustainable peace. Today, International Youth Day was celebrated in Tehran by UNESCO, in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, other UN agencies, and the Iranian National Commission for...
secretary-general-appoints-alison-smale-of-uk-under-secretary-general-for-global-communications TEHRAN, 10 August 2017 (UNIC) -- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Alison Smale of the United Kingdom as the next Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, United Nations Department of Public Information. She succeeds Cristina Gallach of Spain to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her commitment and dedicated service to the Organization. The Secretary-General also wishes to extend his appreciation to Maher Nasser who served as Acting Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications.   Chief of Bureau of The New York Times in Berlin...
august-2017-model-un-exercise-preparation 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). The Model UN Conference will simulate the session of the Security Council on “Non-proliferation/Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)”. The full day session was held at the UN Office in Iran on 3 August 2017 with the participation of some 40 graduate students, participants of the Model UN (MUN) Conference.   From left to right: Ambassador Bagher Asadi; Prof. Mehdi Zakerian; Prof. Mohammad Reza Dehshiri; UNIC...
researchers-of-tehran-province-water-and-wastewater-company-learned-more-about-the-un-website The UN Information Centre (UNIC) held “Finding UN Information and Documentation” workshop for some 8 researchers from Sustainability Office, Tehran Province Water and Wastewater Company at the UN office in Tehran on 31 July 2017. The workshop was jointly conducted by the UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani and UNIC Intern Mr. Seyed Mohammad Amin Tabatabaei. The participants learned about some basic facts about the UN, and how to find and retrieve UN information on the UNIC, UN in Iran as well as the UN and the World Bank websites. They also learned the UN...
terrorists-killed-241-iraqis-in-july-2017-un TEHRAN, 2 August 2017 (UNIC) – A total of 241 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 277 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in July 2017*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The number of civilians killed in July (not including police) was 239, while the number of injured (not including police) was 273. Of those figures, Ninewa was the worst affected Governorate, with 233 civilian casualties (121 killed, 112 injured). Baghdad Governorate followed with 38 killed and 85 injured, and Anbar had...
breastfeeding-a-smart-investment-not-only-in-the-health-of-children,-but-also-in-the-wealth-of-nations Tehran, 01 August 2017- “Breastfeeding is indeed a smart investment not only in the health of children, but also in the wealth of nations,” said UNICEF Representative in Iran, Dr Will Parks, in his speech in the launch ceremony to start the World Breastfeeding Week organized by Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education at Tehran Medical University on 1st August 2017. In this event, senior officials from the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, including Deputy Health Minister, Dr Sayyari, his advisor, Dr Kalantari, as well as Director General of the Academy of...
fraudulent-e-mails-misusing-the-un-name The United Nations has been made aware of a growing number of correspondences, being circulated via e-mail, from Internet web sites, and via regular mail or facsimile, falsely stating that they are issued by, or in association with the United Nations and/or its officials. These scams, which may seek to obtain money and/or in many cases personal details from the recipients of such correspondence, are fraudulent. The United Nations strongly recommends that the recipients of such solicitations exercise extreme caution in respect of such solicitations. Financial loss and identity theft...
fao-introduces-new-guidelines-to-countries-on-monitoring-forest-resources FAO has developed new guidelines aimed at helping countries develop strong National Forest Monitoring Systems, which are key to measure progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). According to a press release published by the FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, To fulfil their pledges under the Paris Climate Agreement and Agenda 2030 countries are expected to collect more detailed forestry data. This not only includes information on the size and growth or decline of their forests, but also key aspects of sustainable forest management, such as...
unesco-kicks-off-three-day-workshop-on-biosphere-reserves-around-the-caspian-sea Tehran, 25 July 2017- this morning marked the start of a three-day workshop on UNESCO Biosphere Reserves around the Caspian Sea with representatives from Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Russia. The Iranian participants of the workshop are experts from the Department of Environment; the Ministry of Energy of Iran; the Forests, Range and Watershed Management Organization; the Fisheries Organization, the Iranian National Oceanography Institute; and provincial departments of environment in Boushehr, Golestan, Hormozgan, Khouzestan, Mazandaran and Sistan-Balouchestan.   Mr. Miguel...
the-effectiveness-of-international-judicial-cooperation,-mutual-legal-assistance-and-extradition-highlighted-by-unodc-and-the-iranian-judiciary The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Iran in close collaboration with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Judiciary International Affairs, Kerman Province General Prosecutor’s Office and Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a two-day national meeting on “International Judicial Cooperation” with specific emphasis on the “Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition” in the city of Kerman, on 12-13 July 2017. A senior public prosecutor from Switzerland, a renowned Iranian law professor, and a senior member of Iranian Interpol Criminal Investigation Division were among the...
july-2017-post-graduate-students-of-international-law-navigate-the-un-online The UN Information Centre (UNIC) held “Finding UN Information and Documentation” workshop for some 10 Ph.D. students of international law from Islamic Azad University Central Tehran Branch at the UN office in Tehran on 21 July 2017. 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 UN websites as well as Dag Hammarskjold Library (DHL) page on the web. They also learned the UN document symbols. Overview and searching through some of DHL...
fao-6-9-syrians-still-uncertain-about-next-meal Food security in parts of Syria is slightly better than the same time last year due to an improved security situation and enhanced access to humanitarian assistance, but the overall situation remains far worse than before the war, two UN agencies warned. The latest Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) estimates total wheat production at 1.8 million tonnes - 12 percent more than last year's record low but still less than half of the pre-conflict...
best-tribute-to-mandela-are-actions-that-improve-the-world-un-chief TEHRAN, 18 July 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on Nelson Mandela International Day, 18 July 2017, said the best tribute we can pay this great man is not words or in ceremonies, but actions that improve our world. The full text of his message reads: Nelson Mandela continues to inspire the world through his example of courage and compassion, and his commitment to social justice and a culture of freedom and peace. I had the honour of meeting Nelson Mandela several times, including during South Africa’s transition. Each time, I was struck...
fao-improves-livelihoods-of-234,000-syrians In strife-torn Syria, the food security and livelihoods situation of some 234,000 people has received a strong boost thanks to a recently completed animal health campaign led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the Syria Veterinary Medical Association. According to a press release published by the FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran,With funding from the United States Government, the three-month campaign has protected more than 1.3 million sheep and goats and 65,000 cattle from parasites and parasitic...
briefing-on-un-activities-in-iran-for-belgian-professors-and-students TEHRAN - UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam briefed some 22 visiting students and 3 professors from Olivaint Conference of Belgium on high lights of United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2017-2021 including issues such as environment, health, resilient economy and drug control at UN conference room on Tuesday 11 July 2017. He also provided them with some basic information on the work of UN funds, programmes and specialized agencies stationed in the Islamic Republic of Iran.   Some 3 professors and 22 students from Belgium were briefed on Iran’s...
eight-new-sites-inscribed-on-unesco’s-world-heritage-list The World Heritage Committee meeting in Krakow since 2 July today inscribed cultural sites in Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Poland, and the Russian Federation, along with one that spans Croatia, Italy and Montenegro. The sites added, in order of inscription are: Historic City of Yazd (Islamic Republic of Iran) The City of Yazd is located in the middle of the Iranian plateau, 270 kilomtres southeast of Isfahan, close to the Spice and Silk Roads. It bears living testimony to the use of limited resources for survival in the desert. Water is supplied to the city through a qanat system...
un4u-and-briefing-on-un-for-law-students-of-azad-university TEHRAN - UNIC NIO Mohammad Moghadam and Reference Assistant Nazanin Ghaemmaghami jointly held a UN4U and Briefing Session on UN for some 17 law students from Islamic Azad University in Parand, south of Tehran at UNIC library on 6 July 2017. During the session, Mr. Moghadam briefly talked about the history of League of Nations and then elaborated on how the United Nations was established.   Parand Azad U law students listening to UNIC NIO Moghadam at UNIC Tehran TEHRAN - UNIC NIO Mohammad Moghadam and Reference Assistant Nazanin Ghaemmaghami jointly held a UN4U and...
islamic-republic-of-iran-on-a-fast-track-to-beating-noncommunicable-diseases Since the 1960s, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s urban population has tripled and life expectancies have risen. This, however, has increased people’s exposure to tobacco, unhealthy diets, and physical inactivity – among the main risk factors for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), primarily cardiovascular and lung diseases, cancer and diabetes. Thankfully, advances led by the very highest levels of government, and backed by WHO, to reduce the devastating impacts of NCDs are progressing rapidly, supported by strong governance and collaboration across all sectors of society....
un4u-and-briefing-on-un-for-high-school-students TEHRAN - UNIC in cooperation with UNESCO National Commission organized a briefing session on the United Nations for some 16 students from Allameh Heli, Farzanegan, Allameh Tabatabaee, Atomic Energy, Aboureyhan, Razi, Mahdavi and Mellat High Schools in Tehran at UNIC library on 5 July 2017. Manager of Human and Social Sciences Department of UNESCO National Commission Dr. Sheida Mahnam and UNESCO National Commission Executive Advisor Sina Golafshan were present during the briefing.   High school students from Tehran participating in the UN4U and UN briefing session and Mr....
the-regional-forum-on-ageing-ends-with-field-visits-of-rehabilitation-centers-and-nursing-homes Tabriz, 5 July 2017-The Regional Forum on Policy Implication of Population Ageing continued today with field visits of a day rehabilitation center, and a nursing home in Tabriz. The Shams Rehabilitation and Educational center is a private day care facility in the city of Tabriz, partially subsidized by the Welfare Organization, and providing specialized recreational, artistic, and educational services for older women.  The center, a privately owned house, managed by a young psychologist lady also offers psychological services and physical therapy. “We have a psychologist,...
text-of-tehran-ministerial-declaration We, the Ministers and high-level representatives participating in the International Conference on Combating Sand and Dust Storms: Having met in Tehran to exchange views, share experiences and best practices on combating Sand and Dust Storms and to contribute to global and regional efforts to put forward a concerted and collective response to this serious challenge. Recalling the UNGA Resolutions 70/195, 71/219, UNEA II Resolution 2/21 and WMO Congress Decision Cg-XV/3.3.3.6, UNESCAP Resolution 72/7 in which Sand and Dust Storms has been acknowledged to be posing a...
the-dubai-international-award-for-best-practices-in-association-with-un-habitat TEHRAN, 5 July 2017 (UNIC) -- The Dubai Municipality and UN-Habitat have launched “The Dubai International Award for Best Practices” competition on Best Practices. The Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment will be presented this year in the light of New Urban Agenda, signed in October 2016. This Award is an exclusive opportunity to show case the most effective interventions for improving the lives of urban residents around the globe and is in line with Sustainable Development Goals. The Best Practice Award recognizes significant contributions...
the-regional-forum-on-ageing-second-day Tabriz, 4 July 2017-The Regional Forum on Policy Implications of Population Ageing continued into its second day in Tabriz with presentations by national and international experts in the field. Discussion panels and presentations covered the topics of ageing and policy formulation, policy implementation, monitoring and evaluation and political commitment, social services and income security.  The closing part of the ceremony placed emphasis on adopting a life-cycle approach to ageing, investment on ageing, including older people into policies, ensuring inter-sectoral...
un-iran-launches-video-on-international-conference-on-combating-sand-and-dust-storms UN Iran launched a video clip on the occasion of the opening-ceremony of the International Conference on Combating Sand and Dust Storms which was inaugurated today in Tehran by the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr. Hassan Rouhani. The video clip includes specialized messages for this conference by: The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres. The Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization, Petteri Taalas. The Under-Secretary-General and Head of United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo.  Click here to...
international-conference-on-combating-sand-and-dust-storms-iran The International Conference on Combating Sand and Dust Storms is hosted by the Department of Environment and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, with the cooperation of the United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs (DESA), UN Environment (UNEP) and the UN Development Programme(UNDP). Objective: The purpose of the International Conference is: to mount a call to action in addressing the challenge posed by sand and dust storms (SDS) resulting in a Ministerial Declaration and to produce policy options and technical recommendations to solve the...
terrorists-killed,-wounded-715-iraqis-in-june TEHRAN, 2 July 2017 (UNIC) – A total of 415 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 300 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in June 2017*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The number of civilians killed in June (not including police) was 411, while the number of injured (not including police) was 294. Of those figures, Ninewa was the worst affected Governorate, with 382 civilian casualties (289 killed, 93 injured). Baghdad Governorate followed with 22 killed and 88 injured, Salahadin...
ungass-a-ground-breaking-moment-for-action-against-drug-abuse,-trafficking-–-un-chief TEHRAN, 25 June 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, 26 June 2017, called UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS) as a ground-breaking moment that provided a detailed and forward-looking blueprint for action against drug abuse and trafficking. The full text of his message reads: Last year, at the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS), the international community took steps to mobilize a multifaceted, collective...
world-drug-report-2017-29-5-million-people-globally-suffer-from-drug-use-disorders,-opioids-the-most-harmful TEHRAN, 22 June 2017 (UNIC) – In 2015 about a quarter of a billion people used drugs. Of these, around 29.5 million people - or 0.6 per cent of the global adult population - were engaged in problematic use and suffered from drug use disorders, including dependence. Opioids were the most harmful drug type and accounted for 70 per cent of the negative health impact associated with drug use disorders worldwide, according to the latest World Drug Report, released today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).   Disorders related to the use of amphetamines also account for...
low-or-middle-income-countries-host-84-of-world-refugees-un-chief TEHRAN, 21 June 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message for World Refugee Day, 20 June 2017, said today, 84 per cent of the world’s refugees are hosted by low-or middle-income countries.   World Refugee Day is an expression of solidarity with people who have been uprooted from their homes by war or persecution.  The latest figures from the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, show that at least 65.6 million people -- 1 of every 113 members of the human family -- have been forcibly displaced within their own countries or across borders. While Syria...
fao-hosts-intl-seminar-on-drought-co-organized-by-iran-and-netherlands Investing in preparedness and building the resilience of farmers is fundamental to facing situations of extreme drought, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today. According to a press release published by the FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, "Saving livelihoods means saving lives - this is what building resilience is all about," he said in a speech at the start of an International Seminar on Drought and Agriculture organized by Iran, the Netherlands, and FAO and held at the UN agency's Rome headquarters. Recalling the 2011 drought in...
war,-violence,-persecution-push-displacement-to-new-unprecedented-high War, violence and persecution worldwide are causing more people than ever to be forcibly displaced, according to a report published today by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. UNHCR’s new Global Trends report, the organization’s major annual survey of the state of displacement, says that at the end of 2016 there were 65.6 million people forcibly displaced worldwide – some 300,000 more than a year earlier. This total represents an enormous number of people needing protection worldwide. The figure of 65.6 million comprises three important components. First is refugee numbers, which at 22.5...
un-is-making-every-effort-to-address-the-root-causes-of-conflict-related-sexual-violence-guterres TEHRAN, 20 June 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, 19 June 2017, said the United Nations is making every effort to address the root causes of conflict-related sexual violence by using preventive diplomacy, fostering peacebuilding and development, encouraging national action, and ending gender discrimination. The full text of his message reads: Today we pay tribute to the women, girls, men and boys who have suffered the atrocity of sexual violence in...
secretary-general-s-remarks-at-memorial-for-dr-babatunde-osotimehin,-late-executive-director-of-the-united-nations-population-fund-unfpa Today we mourn this heartbreaking loss.  And we remember his inspiring life.   Babatunde was completely devoted to the cause of women and girls – especially those who are most marginalized.   He was driven by the conviction that every single family on earth should be free to decide on the timing and spacing of their children.   That no one would suffer from harmful traditional practices.   That there would be no more female genital mutilation.   No more prenatal sex selection.   No more child brides.   And no more maternal deaths.   Babatunde he worked day and night to...
iran-and-undp-strengthen-efforts-to-combat-desertification Today, around the world, over 250 million people are directly affected by desertification. About 1 billion people – in over 110 countries – are currently at risk of its consequences. Here in Iran, the level of desertification is “high”. Over 20 per cent of the country’s land is exposed to desertification. Deserts threaten 18 provinces and 97 cities of the country. And in these arid and semi-arid areas, desertification is at risk of increasing. However, for many years, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been working closely with the Government of Iran to support the...
birth-of-hawksbill-turtles-on-the-shores-of-the-persian-gulf Hawksbill Turtles are critically endangered species. This is mostly due to human and natural impacts. They are accidentally captured and threatened by fishing nets. Fox is a natural predator. Despite the turtle’s international protected status, Hawksbill eggs are still eaten around the world. However, in some corners of the world, there still exists some safe havens for the Hawksbill Turtles, and a number of committed partners – including Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF/SGP) – with the support of the local community are working together to reverse the...
fao-assists-iran-to-boost-oils-seed-production-and-reach-self-sufficiency Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) by conducting an inception workshop in Tehran launched its new project in Iran to improve sustainable oilseed crop production especially on Soybean harvest while integrating the latest technologies into cereal-based systems. According to a press release published by the FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Organization’s Technical Cooperation Project (TCP) that entitled “Building Capacity toward Sustainable Intensification of Oilseed Crops in Iran addressing the Soybean Value” lasts for two years...
united-nations-secretary-general-antonio-guterres-message-for-the-100-day-countdown-to-the-international-day-of-peace-13-june-2017 Upon taking up my duties as Secretary-General in January of this year, my very first act was to issue an appeal for peace -- a call on citizens, governments and leaders everywhere to put peace first. The International Day of Peace, observed every year on 21 September, embodies our shared aspiration to end the needless suffering caused by armed conflict.  It offers a moment for the peoples of the world to acknowledge the ties that bind them together, irrespective of their countries of origin.  It is a day on which the United Nations calls for a 24-hour global ceasefire, with the hope...
united-nations-secretary-general-antonio-guterres-message-on-world-oceans-day  “Our Oceans, Our Future” 8 June 2017 The oceans make our home a blue planet.  The oceans regulate climate, generate oxygen, and provide ecosystem services, energy and minerals. The life teeming below their surfaces and along the shorelines is a source of food and medicines.   Oceans connect all of us, linking people and nations in cultural ties, and they are essential for sharing goods and services across the world.  The importance of our oceans to every single living being on our planet cannot be overstated. Today, we celebrate all that the oceans give us, and reaffirm our...
un-ocean-conference-wraps-up-with-actions-to-restore-ocean-health,-protect-marine-life TEHRAN, 11 June 2017 (UNIC) – The first-ever United Nations summit on oceans wrapped up on Friday 9 June with a global agreement to reverse the decline of the ocean's health, and more than 1,300 pledged actions for protecting the blue. “The bar has been raised on global consciousness and awareness of the problem in the oceans,” the President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, told journalists in New York. Mr. Thomson, whose native Fiji co-sponsored the event along with Sweden, said the organizers got what they wanted from the conference: “I'm 100 per cent satisfied with...
steering-the-debate-on-girls’-education-in-science,-technology,-engineering-and-mathematics-stem Despite unprecedented progress in expanding access to education, gender equality in education remains out of reach. More girls are in school today than ever before but socio-economic factors and gender-based discrimination prevent them from equal opportunities to complete and benefit from an education of their choice. A major concern is the low female participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies and consequently STEM careers. STEM prevails every aspect of our lives and are catalytic for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable...
un-chief,-security-council-strongly-condemns-deadly-terrorist-attacks-in-tehran TEHRAN, 8 June 2017 (UNIC) – Secretary-General António Guterres and the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday separately offered their condolences to the Iranian Government and families of the people killed in the attacks in the country's capital, Tehran.  In a statement issued at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday, his spokesperson said that “the Secretary-General strongly condemns the terrorist attacks.” At least 50 people were killed or injured in the attacks on the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and the Parliament (Majlis) building.  Mr. Guterres called...
at-ocean-conference,-un-agencies-commit-to-cutting-harmful-fishing-subsidies TEHRAN, 7 June 2017 (UNIC) – As the international community focuses this week on preserving the health of global oceans and seas, the United Nations agencies on agriculture, environment and trade are committing to the sustainable trade of fisheries. The agencies – the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) – are due to announce the commitment today at The Ocean Conference, which opened Monday at UN Headquarters in New York and wraps up on Friday, 9 June. “Trade and trade-policies can...
statement-of-un-secretary-general-antonio-guterres-on-the-occasion-of-the-anniversary-of-the-1967-arab-israeli-war-and-the-50-years-of-israeli-occupation-of-the-palestinian-territory Today (5 June 2017)  marks 50 years since the start of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, which resulted in Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Syrian Golan and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and Syrians. This occupation has imposed a heavy humanitarian and development burden on the Palestinian people. Among them are generation after generation of Palestinians who have been compelled to grow-up and live in ever more crowded refugee camps, many in abject poverty, and with little or no prospect of a better life for their children. The...
unfpa-mourns-passing-of-executive-director TEHRAN, 6 June 2017 (UNIC) -- With profound sadness, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, announces that its Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, passed away suddenly at his home Monday night.  He was 68 years old. “This is a devastating loss for UNFPA and for the people, especially women, girls and youth, he dedicated his life to serving, starting from when he became a doctor in Nigeria. UNFPA expresses its deep sympathy to his family and prays that they have the fortitude to bear this great loss,” said UNFPA management. “Dr. Osotimehin was bold and never afraid of a...
un-ocean-conference-opens-with-calls-for-united-action-to-reverse-human-damage TEHRAN, 6 June 2017 (UNIC) – Opening a “game-changing” international conference on the health of the world’s oceans and seas, top United Nations officials Monday urged coordinated global action to protect the planet. Speaking in the UN General Assembly Hall, Secretary-General António Guterres cautioned Governments that unless they overcome short-term territorial and resource interests, the state of the oceans will continue to deteriorate. “Improving the health of our oceans is a test for multilateralism, and we cannot afford to fail,” the Secretary-General said addressing his first...
un-mourns-passing-of-population-agency-chief-babatunde-osotimehin,-a-champion-of-health-for-all 5 June 2017 – Secretary-General António Guterres and other senior United Nations officials have paid tribute to Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), who passed away suddenly this morning at the age of 68. “Dr. Osotimehin was admired globally for his leadership of the UN Population Fund and for his forceful advocacy for the world's women and girls in particular,” said Secretary-General Guterres in a statement. “The world has lost a great champion of health and well-being for all.”  UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, with...
terrorists-killed,-injured-total-of-824-iraqi-civilians-in-may-2017 TEHRAN, 5 June 2017 (UNIC) – A total of 354 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 470 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in May 2017*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The number of civilians killed in May (not including police) was 345, while the number of injured (not including police) was 446. Of those figures, there were 160 civilians killed and 52 injured in Ninewa Governorate, 86 killed and 226 injured in Baghdad Governorate, and 13 killed and 41 injured in Basra. According to...
security-council-press-statement-on-terrorist-attack-in-kabul  The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack that took place during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the Wazir Akbar Khan area in Kabul on 31 May 2017, which resulted in more than 80 deaths and at least 350 injuries, almost all of them civilians, including women, children and members of the media.  The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the victims, families of the slain, and to the people and the Government of Afghanistan.  They wished a speedy and full recovery to those...
surge-in-voluntary-commitments-for-ocean-action-as-conference-to-halt-ocean-degradation-set-to-open More than 600 commitments received; countries agree to Call for Action TEHRAN, 5 June 2017 (UNIC) - A surge in the number of voluntary commitments to take action to improve the health of the ocean by countries, businesses and civil society groups has been recorded, and more are expected as the Ocean Conference gets underway Monday, 5 June  at United Nations Headquarter in New York. The commitments, now numbering over 600 and still increasing, come as heads of state and government and ministers will join ocean leaders, experts, businesses, and civil society organizations to discuss...
statement-by-the-secretary-general-on-the-death-of-babatunde-osotimehen Statement by the Secretary-General on the death of Babatunde Osotimehen, I am profoundly saddened by the sudden passing of my good colleague and friend, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. I offer sincere condolences to his family, to the staff of UNFPA, to the Government and people of Nigeria, and to all those around the world touched by this loss. The world has lost a great champion of health and well-being for all. Dr. Babatunde was admired globally for his leadership of the UN Population Fund and for his forceful advocacy for the world's women and girls in particular.  UNFPA...
unesco-and-unido-train-iranian-entrepreneurship-trainers-on-project-appraisal-and-feasibility UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, in cooperation with UNIDO and the Iranian Technical and Vocational Training Organization (TVTO) under the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour, and Social Welfare, organized a training workshop for 13 entrepreneurship trainers from various provinces of Iran on the use of UNIDO’s Computer Model for Feasibility Analysis and Reporting (COMFAR). The workshop was held from 21 May – 1 June 2017 at the TVTO Instructor Training Centre (TVTO-ITC) in Karaj.   The workshop is a follow-up to a similar training on entrepreneurship development held in 2015 that was...
students-learnt-more-about-un-and-un-website Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran in cooperation with Iranian World Studies Association, the UNESCO Chair on Cyberspace and Culture and the UN Information Centre (UNIC) organized a two-session workshop on finding UN information and documentation for some graduate students from different universities on 17 and 31 May 2017. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami addressed the participants on how to retrieve UN documentation and information from UN, UN in Iran and UNIC websites and on the Dag Hammarskjold Library’s web page during the workshop at the...
flavor-of-ramadan 19 year old Sajjad, is one of more than 4,500 Afghan refugees who live in Rafsanjan settlement in Kerman province in Iran. His parents fled Afghanistan when they were teenagers. They met in Rafsanjan and got married and lived there with their 3 children for over 20 years. Sajjad who lost his father 2 years ago now supports his mother and 2 siblings. He finished high school last year and has been working at the settlement bakery as a baker for the past 6 months.   Sajjad, at Rafsanjan settlement bakery / ©WFP: Yalda Ashtari 19 year old Sajjad, is one of more than 4,500...
peacekeeping-is-cost-effective,-but-must-adapt-to-new-reality By: UN Secretary-General António Guterres When I entered the United Nations Secretariat building for the first time as Secretary-General in January, my first act was to lay a wreath honoring more than 3,500 United Nations staff who died in the service of peace. Later that same week, two Blue Helmets were killed in the Central African Republic, where they were working to prevent violent confrontations between communities from descending into mass killings. United Nations peacekeepers place themselves in harm’s way every day, between armed groups that are trying to kill each other or...
ocean-celebration-held-in-qeshm-island Qeshm Island – In order to promote the Ocean Conference and commemorate International Day for Biological Diversity, UNIC Tehran in cooperation with Hormod Sustainable Development Institute (HSDI), Department of Environment and its Qeshm Free Area branch (DoE) at Qeshm Island organized a “Ocean Celebration” ceremony at Shibderaz village in Qeshm, the Persian Gulf on 24 May 2017. More than 100 people from local community attended the event and their representatives elaborated on their efforts aimed at protection of marine environment under UNDP’s Global Environment Facilities...
fao-issues-alert-over-lethal-virus-affecting-popular-tilapia-fish Though not a human health risk, Tilapia Lake Virus as a highly contagious disease is spreading among farmed and wild tilapia that threats one of the world's most important fish for human consumption, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) warned. According to a press release published by the FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, The outbreak should be treated with concern and countries importing tilapias should take appropriate risk-management measures - intensifying diagnostics testing, enforcing health certificates, deploying...
our-oceans,-our-future TEHRAN, 28 May 2017 (UNIC) -- The high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development will be convened at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day.The Governments of Fiji and Sweden have the co-hosting responsibilities of the Conference. The Conference aims to be the game changer that will reverse the decline in the health of our ocean for people, planet and prosperity. It will be...
unesco-representative-visits-community-based-project-on-sustainable-natural-resources-management-in-zanjan-province “Sustainability requires changes in the ways we produce and consume. Fundamentally, it requires new ways of seeing the world, new ways of thinking about our responsibilities to each other and our planet”, said Ms. Kuisch Laroche, UNESCO Representative, at a meeting with the Zanjan Natural Resources and Watershed Organisation. Forest areas in Zanjan Province are sparsely covered with large expanses of manually planted trees and local communities are increasingly dependent on forest ecosystems for their food and livelihoods. Unsustainable practices have led to the widespread...
graduate-students-from-islamic-azad-university-learn-more-about-un 25 May 2017 – UN Information Center (UNIC) Tehran hold a workshop on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” for some 15 graduate students of the international law from Islamic Azad University South Tehran Branch at the UN office in Tehran on 22 May 2017. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani, who conducted this workshop, elaborated on some basic facts about the UN and briefed the audience about history of the UN.   Finding UN information and documentation workshop participants 25 May 2017 – UN Information Center (UNIC) Tehran hold a...
finding-un-information-and-documentation-workshop-held-at-qom 24 May 2017 – Mofid University Centre for Human Rights Studies and UN Information Centre (UNIC) Tehran on 15 May 2017 held a workshop on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” for more than 40 students of the international law, human rights, international relations and political science from different universities across Iran in Qom city. The UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani, who conducted this workshop, elaborated on some basic facts about the UN and briefed the audience about history of the UN.   Finding UN information and documentation workshop...
3rd-cycle-of-the-salamat-universal-public-health-insurance-uphi-for-refugees UNHCR Iran, Tehran, 22 May 2017 - For the third year running and with the support of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, a tripartite partnership agreement signed between the Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants’ Affairs (BAFIA) of the Ministry of Interior, the Iran Health Insurance Organization (IHIO) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will continue to ensure that refugees in Iran benefit from Salamat health insurance from 25 February 2017 to 24 February 2018. The Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the few countries in the world to...
fao-introduces-a-new-tool-to-monitor-forest-diseases-in-iran   FAO, in collaboration with the Forest, Range and Watershed Organization of Iran conducted a five-day workshop (21- 25 May) in Karaj (Alborz Province) to introduce the “Collect Earth” software application for forest mapping and monitoring, as a free and open source geospatial analysis tool. According to a press release published by the FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, in his opening remarks, Fabio Grita, the FAO Representative ad interim to Iran highlighted that Collect Earth could be a very effective system for monitoring forest resources on regular...
thousands-have-learned-about-un-at-the-30th-tehran-international-book-fair 18 May 2017- UNIC Tehran has been coordinating the participation of the UN Agencies at the Tehran International Book Fair for fourteenth years. This year it was 30th Book Fair, which was organized in Tehran during 3-13 May 2017 under the slogan “Let’s Read One More Book”. According to Press TV: “Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, Culture Minister Reza Salehi Amiri and a number of Iranian officials, lawmakers and as well as foreign ambassadors and authors attended the inaugural ceremony of the cultural event on 2 May 2017.   18 May 2017- UNIC Tehran has been...
famine-in-yemen-and-three-african-countries-close-to-generate-humanitarian-disaster,-fao-warns   Famine has been declared in some counties of South Sudan, and the number of people close to sliding from emergency to disaster is perilously high in Northeastern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, FAO and other UN agencies warned. According to a press release published by the Representation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Iran, Governments, civic groups and businesses need to rally support for both immediate relief to people in countries at risk of famine and longer-term initiatives that will allow them to recover and restore their...
sdgs-student-photo-contest-2017-call-for-applications UNIC Tokyo will be organizing the Student Photo Contest along with Sophia University and also special cooperation from Getty Images Japan.   Following the success of last year’s contest, which amassed a total of 624 entries from 47 countries as far and wide as Afghanistan and Brazil, UNIC is running the photo contest once again to promote awareness of SDGs among students worldwide; we are encouraging participants to choose one or more of the 17 SDGs that interests them most, and express what it means to them through a photograph.   This year, we have added new awards...
global-growth-strengthens-in-line-with-economic-forecasts,-but-prospects-for-some-of-world’s-poorest-regions-deteriorate-un-report TEHRAN, 17 May 2017 (UNIC) -- Growth in the global economy has picked up in the last six months in line with expectations, but in many regions, growth remains below the levels needed for rapid progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects as of mid-2017 report, launched today at UN Headquarters. Port of Doraleh, Djibouti- Photo credit: www.un.org TEHRAN, 17 May 2017 (UNIC) -- Growth in the global economy has picked up in the last six months in line with expectations, but in many regions, growth...
unesco-participates-in-third-international-eco-silk-road-food-festival-in-zanjan-province The third “International ECO-Silk Road Food Festival” was held in Zanjan, Iran on 10-12 May 2017, within the framework of the International Year of Tourism for Sustainable Development. The Festival was hosted by Zanjan Provincial Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization and co-organized with the ECO Secretariat. The Food festival attracted representatives from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey as well as Bahrain, Bulgaria, China, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. The UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office participated in the Festival and...
iran-launches-its-first-national-strategic-plan-to-step-up-the-battle-against-climate-change ran launched a national strategic plan today aimed at helping the country to adapt and mitigate to risks from climate change. The plan, developed in line with the Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the Paris Agreement to combat Climate Change, will guide how Iran moves forward on sustainable socio-economic development. “The launch of this national strategic plan reflects Iran’s strong political will in achieving sustainable development,” said Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar, Vice-President and Head of Iran’s Department of the Environment.   National Strategic Plan on...
the-ambassador-of-the-republic-of-korea-rok-to-iran-visited-one-of-the-settlements-under-wfp-assistance-in-yazd The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea (RoK) to Iran, H.E. Kim, Seung-Ho, visited one of the settlements under WFP assistance on 10 and 11 May 2017. The visit to Ansar settlement in Taft in the province of Yazd was organized to give an opportunity to the Ambassador to see first- hand how WFP utilized funds received from the RoK to provide food assistance and education support to vulnerable refugees. In 2016, RoK made an unprecedented contribution of 4 million dollars to WFP in Iran, becoming the largest donor to the Protracted Relief and Recovery Project PRRO 200310 for 30,000...
commemoration-of-the-international-day-of-families-by-efforts-of-dat Qazvin - Disability Association of Tavana (DAT) commemorated the International Day of Families at the DAT Conference Hall in the presence of 52 families on Monday 15 May 2017. Some 91 guests, members of the board of directors of DAT and several DAT staffers participated in this ceremony whose main theme was "Families, Education and Welfare." Families and their disabled children took part in this happy ceremony. They also participated in competitions that had been organized by DAT.   Participants at the International Day of Families Qazvin - Disability Association of...
iran-hosts-fao-s-international-study-tour-on-land-and-forest-rehabilitation FAO and the Government of Iran conducted a 10-day international study tour that aimed to share technical expertise on rehabilitation of forests and degraded land with experts from five countries. According to a press release published by the Representation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Iran, the International Study Tour on “Rehabilitation of Forest Landscapes and Degraded Land with Particular attention to Saline soils and areas prone to Wind Erosion (RFLDL) project achievement and lessons learnt- Sustainable Land and Forest Management” run...
mami-commemorates-international-day-of-families TEHRAN – UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam delivered a speech on the theme of International Day of Families: “Families, Education and Welfare” during a ceremony on the Day organized by NGO Modern Attitude Mothers Institute (MAMI) at their building on 14 May 2016.   Participants at International Day of Families ceremony TEHRAN – UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam delivered a speech on the theme of International Day of Families: “Families, Education and Welfare” during a ceremony on the Day organized by NGO Modern Attitude Mothers...
students-from-western-iran-learn-more-about-international-law-through-un-website The UN Information Centre (UNIC) and the western branch of Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) jointly held “Finding UN Information and Documentation” workshop for some 30 post-graduate students of international law from the Islamic Azad University, Kermanshah Branch and some members of the Association on 8 May 2017 at the UN office in Tehran. The workshop was conducted by the UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani.   Finding UN information and documentation workshop participants The UN Information Centre (UNIC) and the western branch of...
fao-global-food-commodity-prices-continue-to-fell-in-april The FAO Food Price Index averaged 168 points in April, down 1.8 percent from March although remaining 10 percent higher than a year earlier. The Sugar Price Index led the decline, dropping 9.1 percent on the month as large export supplies from Brazil met with continued weak global import demand. The FAO Vegetable Oil Price Index fell 3.9 percent on the month, pushed down by weakening demand for palm oil and expectations of bumper soy harvests and plantings in South and North America.   The FAO Food Price Index averaged 168 points in April, down 1.8 percent from March...
qeshm-island-becomes-unesco-global-geopark Paris, 05 May—Eight sites demonstrating the great diversity of our planet’s geology have received the UNESCO Global Geopark label on 5 May, when UNESCO’s Executive Board endorsed the decisions made by the UNESCO Global Geoparks Council during its first session in Torquay, UK, last September. UNESCO Global Geoparks are territories that promote geodiversity through community-led initiatives to enhance regional sustainable development. They help monitor and promote awareness of climate change and natural disasters and many of them help local communities prepare disaster mitigation...
statement-by-unfpa-executive-director-for-international-day-of-the-midwife UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, celebrates the heroic and life-saving work that midwives do every day, often in very trying circumstances. Thanks to midwives, millions of women each year are able to exercise their right to sexual and reproductive health services, including voluntary family planning. These services help ensure wanted, healthy pregnancies and safe births. Yet, far too many women lack access to these services. As a result, each year more than 300,000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth, some 3 million babies do not survive the first month of life, and...
un-chief-calls-for-an-end-to-all-crackdowns-against-journalists TEHRAN, 3 May 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2017, called for an end to all crackdowns against journalists – because a free press advances peace and justice for all. The full text of his speech reads: Journalists go to the most dangerous places to give voice to the voiceless. Media workers suffer character assassination, sexual assault, detention, injuries and even death. We need leaders to defend a free media. This is crucial to counter prevailing misinformation. And we need everyone to stand for...
briefing-students-on-role-of-un-in-international-peace-and-un-iran-partnership-in-orumieh ORUMIEH – The Law Group and Research and Technology Department of Islamic Azad University in Orumieh, the Capital of West Azarbaijan Province, in partnership with the UNIC Tehran held seminar entitled “the Role of UN in International Peace” at the Basic Science Amphitheater of the University on 1 May 2017. The keynote speakers at the conference were former Ambassador of Iran to Norway and the Head of the Political, Legal and International Group of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Institute for Political and International Studies Dr. Seyyed Hossein Rezvani and UNIC Director Dr. Maria...
un-agencies-participate-in-the-30th-tehran-international-book-fair 2 May 2017-- UN’s participation in the Tehran International Book Fair is a unique opportunity not only to share with public some fresh UN publications and multimedia materials, but also to explain about UN work in Iran. UN system in Iran for the 14th year participates in the Tehran International Book Fair. The Book Fair is held at Shar-e Aftab (Sun City) from May 3rd till May 13. UN booth is located at the International Hall of Shahr-e Aftab close to the City Bank (Bank-e Shahr).   2 May 2017-- UN’s participation in the Tehran International Book Fair is a unique...
unesco-supports-international-conference-and-expert-group-meeting-on-“water-security-in-human-settlements-responses-to-water-scarcity” Tehran, 2 May 2017 - “At the time when demand is growing and limited resources are increasingly stressed by over extraction, pollution and climate change, we simply cannot neglect the opportunities from improved wastewater management; we cannot afford to waste wastewater,” said Ms. Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office. The UNESCO Representative made the remarks at the opening of a three-day event on water security in human settlements, organized by Iran’s governmental National Water and Wastewater Engineering Company (NWWEC), Tehran Water and...
some-720-iraqi-civilians-were-killed,-injured-in-april-2017 TEHRAN, 2 May 2017 (UNIC) – A total of 317 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 403 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in April 2017*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The number of civilians killed in April (not including police) was 309, while the number of injured (not including police) was 387. Ninewa was the most affected Governorate, with 276 casualties (153 killed, 123 injured). Baghdad Governorate followed 55 killed and 179 injured, and Salah al-Din had 15 killed and 43...
opening-remarks-by-gary-lewis-at-iran-eu-high-level-conference-on-climate-change I am the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in the Islamic Republic of Iran. I have had the privilege of leading a team of 18 UN agencies here – in Iran – for four years now. I am honoured to have been invited to moderate the thematic sessions this morning. I join my colleague Dr. Majid Shafiepour in welcoming you all to this high-level political event.  Mr. Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Photo by: Majid Azad, Jam-e-Jam Photo. ·         Your Excellency Madam Vice-President ·         Commissioner Canete ·        ...
1st-virtual-water-international-conference-takes-place-in-tehran On 29-30 April 2017, the Iranian Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines, and Agriculture (CCIMA) organized a two-day conference in Tehran to highlight the value of Virtual Water to address impacts of climate change, population growth and food security at national, regional and global levels. The Conference, supported by UNESCO, focused in particular on the effective use of water in agriculture and looked at means to enhance policies, investments and governance to sustainably increase water and land productivity. Participants discussed tools for strategic planning of optimal and...
unesco-tehran-cluster-office-and-the-iranian-national-commission-for-unesco-co-organize-expert-meeting-in-celebration-of-global-action-week-for-education On 29 April 2017, the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office and the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO jointly organized an expert meeting on the theme of Citizen Participation in Achieving Inclusive, Quality and Continuous Education in celebration of the 2017 Global Action Week for Education (GAWE). GAWE is an international annual campaign led by the Global Campaign for Education, with support from UNESCO, to raise awareness on the importance of education for achieving sustainability and the commitments made by all to reach the global education goal by 2030.   The expert meeting...
fao-and-ulrp-highlight-international-dialogue-to-support-restoration-of-urmia-lake FAO and Urmia Lake Restoration Program (ULRP) conducted a two-day workshop (26-27 April 2017) at Urmia University to highlight the importance of international dialogue to support the restoration process of the Lake. According to a press release published by the FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, the workshop is attended by more than 100 international and Iranian experts and officials.   Mr. Fabio Grita, FAO Senior International Consultant FAO and Urmia Lake Restoration Program (ULRP) conducted a two-day workshop (26-27 April 2017) at Urmia University...
call-for-video-entries-plural-youth-video-festival-2017 TEHRAN, 27 April 2017 (UNIC) -- The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) invite youth from around the world to submit original and creative videos focusing on the PLURAL+ theme of migration, diversity and social inclusion.Deadline for online submission is 4 June 2017. In a world often characterized by intolerance, and cultural and religious divisions, it is vital that youth are recognized as powerful agents of social change. PLURAL+ encourages youth to address key challenges and opportunities related to social...
undp-executive-board-welcomes-appointment-of-achim-steiner-as-new-administrator New York – The President of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed the appointment of Achim Steiner as the Organization’s new Administrator. Mr Steiner’s nomination for UNDP Administrator was forwarded by Secretary-General António Guterres to the General Assembly, which today confirmed him as the Administrator of UNDP for a term of four years.   UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner. Photo courtesy of David Fisher / Oxford Martin School New York – The President of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme...
united-nations-alliance-of-civilizations-and-the-bmw-group-launches-search-for-innovative-projects-that-promote-intercultural-dialogue-and-understanding Eligible organizations should apply by 31 May 2017 TEHRAN, 26 April 2017 (UNIC) -- The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and BMW Group are pleased to announce the fifth edition of the Intercultural Innovation Award. Grassroots initiatives that encourage intercultural understanding through innovative methods, with the aim of alleviating identity-based conflicts around the world, are encouraged to apply online at interculturalinnovation.org. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 31 May 2017 at 5:00pm in New York. Ten organizations will receive the Intercultural...
unesco-tehran-cluster-office-joined-the-3rd-expert-meeting-on-safeguarding-intangible-cultural-heritage-for-environmental-sustainability   The Expert meeting runs until 24 April 2017 with several panel discussion sessions. On April 23 2017, the Regional Centre for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in West and Central Asia under the auspices of UNESCO and the UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Peace and Democracy of Shahid Beheshti University organized an expert meeting on “Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) for Environmental Sustainability”. Founded in 2001, the UNESCO chair for Human Rights, Peace and Democracy of Shahid Beheshti University provides the necessary scientific platform...
fao-offers-water-scarce-countries-a-new-satellite-tool-to-boost-agricultural-productivity Measuring how efficiently water is used in agriculture, particularly in water-scarce countries including Iran, is going high-tech with the help of a new tool developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with a fund from the Netherlands. According to a press release published by the FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, using real-time satellite data to track water productivity in agriculture, the FAO Water Productivity Open Access Portal (WaPOR) has gone live, tapping data to help farmers achieve more reliable agricultural yields and...
iranian-students-receive-awards-in-the-art-competition-of-world-health-day TEHRAN, 23 April 2017 (UNIC) -- As practiced every year, World Health Day has conducted its regional art competition on the occasion of World Health Day 2017, using the theme of “Depression: let’s talk”. The competition announcement had been shared through the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, as well as the Ministry of Education with the schools and students across the country in last January. In response to the call for the competition, Iranian students have submitted more than six thousand artworks to the WHO Country Office. All of the received drawings were forwarded to...
unesco-celebrates-international-day-of-sports-for-peace-and-development-in-iran In the context of the International Day of Sports for Peace and Development, UNESCO organized a conference with the motto “Sport for Peace, Friendship and Development” on 19 April at Tehran University. The event was organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Sports and Youth of I.R. Iran, the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, and the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Tehran.   The event was organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Sports and Youth of I.R. Iran, the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, and the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Tehran. In the context...
19-april-graduate-students-of-international-relations-learn-more-about-un The UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran held a workshop focused on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” for graduate students of international relations from Tarbiat Modares University on 19 April 2017 at the UN Office in Tehran. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami elaborated on some basic facts about the UN, then 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. As well as giving an overview of document symbols and important information-searching tools...
seminar-and-roundtable-discussion-on-the-international-day-of-reflection-on-the-genocide-in-rwanda TEHRAN - UNIC Tehran in cooperation with the Iranian International Studies Association (IISA) organized a seminar and roundtable discussion on the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda at the UN conference room on 17 April 2017. The conference began by opening remarks of the IISA Secretary Dr. Seyyed Ziaoddin Saboori. Then UNIC Director Dr. Maria Dotsenko delivered the SG’s message on the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda.   From left to right Dotsenko, Saboori and MP Qazizadeh TEHRAN - UNIC Tehran in cooperation with the...
commemorating-international-day-of-nowrouz-and-seminar-on-iran-and-the-un-during-last-year TEHRAN - In order to commemorate International Day of Nowrouz, Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) in partnership with UNIC Tehran organized a seminar entitled “Iran and the United Nations during last year” at the House of Humanities Intellectuals (HHI) on 16 April 2017.   Group photo of some participants of the seminar TEHRAN - In order to commemorate International Day of Nowrouz, Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS)  in partnership with UNIC Tehran  organized a seminar entitled “Iran and the United Nations during last year” at the House of Humanities...
16-april-ph-d-students-of-international-law-navigate-the-un-online The UN Information Centre (UNIC) held a workshop entitled “Finding UN Information and Documentation” for some 20 post-graduate students of international law from the University of Qom and Qom Islamic Azad University on 16 April 2017 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. Overview and searching through some of...
global-export-value-of-seafood-products-reaches-2-bln-in-2016 Globally, some 91-93 million tonnes of fish are captured each year, and seafood products are among the world's most widely traded food commodities, with an export value of $142 billion in 2016, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Reported. According to press release published by the FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is estimated to strip as much as 26 million additional tonnes of fish from the oceans annually, damaging marine ecosystems and sabotaging efforts to sustainably manage...
commemoration-of-international-day-sport-for-development-and-peace TEHRAN – Tehran Peace Museum (TPM) organized a ceremony on the occasion of International Day of Sport for Development and Peace with participation of sportsmen and women at the Museum on 8 April 2017. The event was supported by the UN Information Center. The ceremony began by TPM volunteer Gholam Hashemi’s welcoming remarks. Then University Professor Dr. Bahman Sobhani spoke about role of sport for health, self-confidence and development. He said sports contributes to the creation of trust and tranquility within societies as well as increases cooperation among nations and brings...
new-japanese-grant-gives-hope-for-sustained-recovery-in-lake-urmia   Lake Urmia - Photo by UNDP Iran, February 2017 There is now hope for the sustained restoration of Lake Urmia.  Water – albeit thinly spread – is now covering a significant amount of the lake’s formerly dried-out surface.  Much more than it was two years – or even one year – ago.  And while the lake’s biosphere is still in critical condition, there have been sustained and relentless improvements in recent months to re-fill the lake.  As a result, the destiny of the world’s once-second-largest saltwater body is much brighter than at any time in the past...
fao-global-food-prices-decline-in-march-as-sugar-and-vegetable-oils-slide Global food prices monitored by FAO fell in March amid large available supplies and expectations of strong harvests. According to a press release published by the FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, the FAO Food Price Index averaged nearly 171 points in March, marking a 2.8 percent drop from the previous month while remaining 13.4 percent above its level a year earlier. FAO's Food Price Index is a trade-weighted index tracking international market prices of five major food commodity groups.   Global food prices monitored by FAO fell in March amid large...
on-anniversary-of-rwanda-genocide,-guterres-calls-for-assurance-that-such-events-never-occur-again  TEHRAN, 6 April 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day for Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda, 7 April 2017, said the only way to truly honour the memory of those who were killed in Rwanda is to ensure that such events never occur again. The full text of his message reads: Today we remember all those who perished in the genocide in Rwanda 23 years ago. More than 800,000 people were systematically murdered across the country – overwhelmingly Tutsi, along with moderate Hutu, Twa and others. Today we also honour those...
fao-conflicts-impose--billion-losses-to-syrian-agricultural-sector In addition to the severe human suffering, war in Syria has imposed more than $16 billion of lost crop and livestock production and destroyed farming assets, FAO’s latest report says. According to a press release published by the FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Fighting in Syria has caused huge damage and losses to agricultural production, but the sector can and should be kick-started now, dramatically reducing the need for humanitarian aid and migration, according to a new FAO report published ahead of an international conference on Syria's future in...
peace-without-mine-action-is-incomplete-peace-un-chief TEHRAN, 4 April 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, 4 April 2017, while emphasizing that peace without mine action is incomplete peace, urged all Member States to keep this issue at the top of the international agenda when negotiating peace, when seeking to prevent harm during conflicts, and when deploying emergency humanitarian responses in war zones. The full text of his message reads:  In today’s world, conflicts are multiplying and increasingly interlinked. Most...
global-food-insecurity-worsening-–-108-million-people-close-to-starvation Despite international efforts to address food insecurity, around 108 million people in the world were severely food insecure in 2016, a dramatic increase compared with 80 million in 2015, according to a new global report on food crises released in Brussels with FAO’s contribution. According to a press release published by the FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Global Report on Food Crises 2017 report, whose compilation required integrating several measurement methodologies, represents a new and politically innovative collaboration between the European Union and...
terrorists-killed-548,-wounded-567-iraqis-in-march-2017 TEHRAN, 3 April 2017 (UNIC) – A total of 548 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 567 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in March 2017*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The number of civilians killed in March (not including police) was 543, while the number injured (not including police) was 561. Ninewa was the most affected Governorate, with 541 casualties (367 killed, 174 injured). Baghdad Governorate followed 84 killed and 246 injured, and Salah al-Din had 38 killed and 69...
un-sg-and-fao-dg-announce-appoint-of-new-wfp-executive-director United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva announced their appointment of David Beasley of the United States as Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP). According to a press release published by the FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr Beasley of the United States as Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), at the Under-Secretary-General level, has been appointed in succession to Ms. Ertharin Cousin of the United States. The Executive Board of WFP has confirmed its concurrence with the...
the-world-s-largest-lesson On September 25th 2015 the United Nations announced The Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a set of goals for the world that aim to make our planet fair, healthy and sustainable by 2030. The World's Largest Lesson is an initiative for children across the world to learn about the SDGs through their schools.   On September 25th 2015 the United Nations announced The Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a set of goals for the world that aim to make our planet fair, healthy and sustainable by 2030. The World's Largest Lesson is an initiative for children...
based-on-latest-fao-report-conflicts-cause-30-million-food-insecure-people-in-near-east-and-north-africa Food security and nutrition levels in the Near East and North Africa have sharply deteriorated over the last five years, undermining the steady improvement achieved before 2010 when the prevalence of undernourishment, stunting, anemia and poverty were decreasing, a new FAO report said. According to a press release shared by the FAO Regional Overview of Food Insecurity in the Near East and North Africa noted that the deterioration is largely driven by the spreading and intensity of conflicts and protracted crises.   FAO Regional Overview of Food Insecurity in the Near East and...
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...