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UNIC activities during 2010

Briefing session for Azad University students of International Law

On 23 December 2010 some 32 undergraduate students of International Law, Azad University, Tehran Central Branch visited UNIC Reference Library. UNIC Reference Assistant, Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami elaborated on some basic facts about the UN, and how to find and retrieve UN information and documents on the UN web site. At the end the participants had a tour in the library and some publications such as “United Nations Today”, “MDGs flyer”, “United Nations Charter” and “UDHR” were distributed among them. 

Meeting on United Nations and how to find UN information

On 20 December 2010, the Faculty of Foreign Languages of Azad University – Northern Branch together with the UN information Centre (UNIC) held a meeting with the participation of professors and some 30 students. At the beginning of the session Professor Seyed Reza Behafarin had a lecture and then UNIC Reference Assistant, Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami elaborated on some basic facts about the UN, and how to find UN information on the UN web site and the UNIC web site. She focused on UN languages, UN careers and Language competitive examination

Briefing session for students of the Faculty of Foreign Languages

of Azad University – Northern Branch

Following the 20 December 2020 meeting on United Nations and how to find UN information, the same students came to UNIC on 21 December 2010 for a visit and participated in a briefing session held by UNIC NIO on MDGs. After the briefing there was a Q & A session. Then UNIC Reference Assistant introduced the library and continued to answer some questions on general issues about the United Nations. At the end the participants had a tour in the library and some publications such as “United Nations Today”, “United Nations Charter” and “UDHR” were distributed among them. 

UNIC Tehran holds a brief workshop on finding UN information

On 19 December 2010 the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran, together with Faculty of Law of Shahid Beheshti University held a workshop entitled "Finding UN Information" for 20 graduate and undergraduate students of International Law. The workshop was conducted by the UNIC Reference Assistant, Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami. She elaborated on some basic facts about the UN, and how to find and retrieve UN information and documents on the UN web site, the UNIC web site, Dag Hammarskjold Library, the United Nations Bibliographic Information System (UNBISNET).

Human Rights Day Ceremony

UNIC NIO Mohammad Moghadam delivered SG’s message during a ceremony organized by an NGO named Organization for Defending Victims of Violence (ODVV), UN Association of Iran and a number of other NGOs at Iranian Centre for International Ceremonies (ICIC) on 13 December 2010. Also attending the seminar under the theme of “The Review of Human Rights in the Contemporary Era”, Head of Human Rights Council of Iran’s Judiciary Dr. Mohammad Javad Larijani delivered a speech on human rights and dignity.

Human Rights Day Ceremony

UNIC Director Sunil Narula delivered SG’s Human Rights Day message during a ceremony organized by the Islamic Human Rights Commission at IHRC building on 11 December 2010.

Human Rights Day ceremony in Tabriz

UNIC NIO Moghadam delivered SG’s message on Human Rights Day during a regional seminar entitled “Human Rights, Peace and International Friendship” in Art and Cultural Centre in Tabriz, Capital of East Azarbaijan Province on 8 December 2010. He also briefed the participants on Human Rights Council.

Exhibition of UN information materials at Women and MDGs Conference

On behalf of UNCG Iran, UNIC organized an exhibition of UN information materials during a one-day seminar entitled “Women and MDGs” which was organized by Islamic Azad (Open) University in Khorramabad, the Capital of Lorestan Province (southwestern Iran) on 5 December 2010. In addition UNHCR Field Officer Arash Behzin also delivered a presentation entitled “UNHCR’s Five Commitment for Refugee Women” for the participants.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

UNIC NIO Moghadam delivered SG’s message on International Day of Persons with Disabilities during a ceremony organized by NGO called Raad Rehabilitation Goodwill Complex at Raad building on 2 December 2010

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

UNIC NIO Moghadam delivered SG’s message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities during a ceremony organized by a charity organization named  Jame Malooleen(General Institute of Disabled Persons) at Negin Hall in Shendar, suburb of Tehran (60 kms west of Tehran) on 30 November 2010.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Baavar Institute, an Iranian NGO, held a regional video conference in Tehran on 30 November 2010 to promote relations among activists in the field of disabled persons’ rights from Georgia, Armenia and Iran. Iranian participants included representatives from the government’s Welfare Organization and NGOs working with disabled persons. UNIC Reference Assistant Nazanin Ghaemmaghami read UN Secretary-General’s message during the video conference

        Launch of HDR 2010

OUNIC organized a press conference for UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Consuelo Vidal and UNDP Programme Specialist, Poverty Reduction and Economic Development Cluster Mohammad Ali Farzin for launching of Human Development Report at UN building on Thursday 4 November 2010.


        UN Day press conference

On the occasion of UN Day 2010, UNIC organized a press conference with participation of representatives from UN Agencies stationed in Tehran at UN Building on 24 October 2010.


        International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction

UNIC-Tehran coordinated the participation of the UN System in the exhibition on Disaster Management and Risk Reduction from 10 to 16 October 2010 organized to take place simultaneously with a specialized technical seminar on Urban Disaster Management and Risk Reduction in Building and Housing Research Center of the Ministry of Housing and Urbanization on the occasion of the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction. Agencies such as UNDP, UNICEF, FAO and UNOCHA displayed and distributed their publications in the exhibition.


        UNIC Tehran holds workshop on finding UN information

On 7 October 2010, the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran, together with Baavar (Belief) Association, an NGO working for disabled persons, held a workshop entitled "Finding UN Information" for 20 participants from Baavar and other NGOs active in different fields. The workshop was conducted by the UNIC Reference Assistant, Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami. She elaborated on some basic facts about the UN, and how to find UN information on the UN web site and the UNIC web site. Then she focused on the UN and civil society, DPI and NGOs, NGOs relationship with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) and the Secretary-General's Panel of Eminent Persons on Civil Society and UN Relationships. Some UN publications were distributed among the participants.


        MDGs press conference

UNIC-Tehran organized a press conference on MDGs and World MDG Summit in New York at the UN Common Premises on 21 September 2010. Addressing the press conference there were the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Consuelo Vidal, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Elzira Sagynbaeva, WHO Representative Ambrogio Manenti,, UNICEF Representative Paul Hulshoff, UNFPA Representative Mehmet Hulki Uz, UNHCR Representative Carlos Zaccagnini, UNESCO Representative Qunli Han, UNAIDS Country Officer Fardad Doroudi and UNIC Director Sunil Narula. The representatives answered media questions related to MDG progress in Iran and globally.


        UN staff members in Iran in Stand Up event

Some 80 UN staff members from UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, WFP, UNIDO, UNAIDS, UNOCHA, UNAMA and UNIC gathered at the UN Conference room in UN Building in Tehran on Sunday, 19 September, to commemorate "Stand UP, Take Action, Make a Noise for MDGs" event. The UN Resident Coordinator Consuelo Vidal read a pledge, which was followed by the staffers making loud noises and whistling.


        UNIC-Tehran's activity for Stand Up and Take Action 2010

UNIC-Tehran in cooperation with Professional Football League Organization of the Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran held the "Stand Up, Take Action, Make Noise for the MDGs" event prior to an football match between two popular football teams, namely, Esteghlal Football Club and SAIPA Football Club, at the Azadi Stadium in front of more than 15,000 soccer fans on Friday, 17 September 2010. A large banner, measuring 4x10 meters, saying "Stand Up, Take Action for Achieving the MDGs" in Persian and English, was carried and displayed around the field, while the announcer introduced the eight MDGs to the audience. The banner was then placed in the field for a group photo of UN officials, including UNIC Director Sunil Narula, UNICEF Representative Paul Hulshoff, WHO Representative Ambrogio Manenti, UNHCR Representative Carlos Zaccagnini and UNAIDS Country Officer Fardad Doroudi. At the same time the announcer asked the audience to stand up, while he read a pledge in connection with the Stand Up event. At the end the audience clapped and made noise.


        MDGs workshop for teachers

As part of UNIC Tehrans efforts to highlight the importance of the MDG Summit in September 2010, a one-day workshop on MDGs was organized for 35 teachers in Tehran on 8 August 2010. Programme officers from several UN agencies in Iran spoke to the participants about the eight goals, their importance and progress globally and in Iran. They also explained the significance of the MDG Summit next month. The participants also received information material related to MDGs. This programme was held in cooperation with the UN Association of Iran.


        Launching ceremony of World Investment Report

UNCTAD's World Investment Report 2010 was launched by Deputy Minister and the Head of the Office for Foreign Investment and Technical and Economic Assistant of Iran, Dr. Behrouz Alishiri in the presence of a large audience including First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi, Minister of Economic and Financial Affairs Seyyed Shamsuddin Hosseini, members of Investment Faction of Majlis (Parliament), some Governors General of provinces, members of Foreign Investment Bureau, Heads of offices of economic and financial affairs of the provinces, officials from the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Mine, representatives from Cooperatives Chamber and a large number Iranian and foreign journalists at the Ministry's Moddress Amphitheater on Thursday 22 July 2010.


        MDGs workshop for journalists

As the lead agency for UN Communications Group (UNCG) in Iran, UNIC in cooperation with the UN Association of Iran organized a one-day workshop for the media to mark MDG Summit in 2010. Twenty one Iranian journalists from the print and electronic media participated in the workshop which was held at UNA building on 19 July 2010.


        Briefing Session on UN, IYY and MDGs

To mark the Millennium Development Goals summit in September and the International Year of Youth in August, UNIC NIO Mohammad Moghadam briefed some 400 members participating in a summer camp of the Youth Organization of the Iranian Red Crescent Society. The camp was held at Anzali Port by the Caspian Sea in northern Iran. Mr. Moghadam spoke to the youth about the importance of MDGs, the UN, the International Year of Youth and then answered their questions on Thursday 15 July 2010.


        Press Conference to Launch Global MDG Report 2010

UNIC-Tehran organized a press conference to launch the Global MDG Report 2010 in Tehran on 27 June 2010. UN Resident Coordinator Consuelo Vida, UNIC Director Sunil Narula, WHO Representative Ambrogio Manenti, UNICEF Representative Paul Hulshoff, UNESCO Representative Qunli Han and UNFPA Representative Mehmet Hulki Uz, participated in the press conference, in which several print and broadcast media were present.


        Interviews on MDGs and MDGs photo exhibition

UNIC, on behalf of the UNCG and the MDGs Working Group organized another exhibition of photographs from the MDG photo competition, held earlier by the United Nations system. The photo exhibition was organized at the the Bahman Cultural Centre in southern Tehran. UNIC Director Sunil Narula was interviewed by the popular progamme "Dar Shahr" (In the city) as well as the satellite TV network Jame Jam at Gallery No. 1 of the Bahman Cultural Centre on 14 June 2010. Mr. Narula answered questions about the purpose of holding the MDG national photo competition, MDGs in general and Iran's progress in achieving MDGs.


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        World Environment Day

UNIC Director Sunil Narula read UN Secretary-General's message on World Environment Day at a ceremony organized by the Tehran municipality marking the entry of young urban environment activists to the Foundation for Environmental Education on 9 June 2010. Two Deputy Mayors, some Director-Generals of the Tehran municipality and the Ministry of Education along with activist, teachers and students participated in the ceremony.


        Briefing session for youth NGO members

UNIC NIO Moghadam briefed some 25 youth NGO members as well as officials from National Youth Organization on UNs history and its major organs at UN conference room on 26 May 10.


        UNIC Tehran holds workshop on finding UN information

On 26 May 2010, the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran, together with Faculty of Management of Tehran University held a workshop entitled "Finding UN Information" for 20 undergraduate students of Business Administration. The workshop was conducted by the UNIC Reference Assistant, Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami. She elaborated on some basic facts about the UN, and how to find and retrieve UN information on the UN web site, the UNIC web site, the United Nations Bibliographic Information System (UNBISNET). Some ITC, UNCTAD, WTO, IMF and World Bank publications were introduced and some UN publications were distributed among the students.


        Briefing Session for Teachers at UNIC-Tehran

UNIC Director Sunil Narula briefed some 15 teachers who visited UNIC-Tehran on 19 May 2010. The briefing was about UN's history and major organs, the outcome and follow up of the World Summit, UN Reform and MDGs. Then he briefed them on UNIC-Tehran's activities and services. The briefing was followed by a question and answer session. Copies of the Persian versions of MDG flyer, UDHR, UN Charter were given to the teachers. At the end of the session UNIC librarian, Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami introduced the UN human rights document/publications in the library and services available to researchers.


        UN system in Iran participates in the 23rd Tehran International Book Fair

UNIC-Tehran, for the eighth year running coordinated the participation of the UN System in Iran in the 23rd Tehran International Book Fair. The book fair is one of Iran's most important cultural events and according to the authorities this year it had about 5.5 million visitors. A large number of people visited the UN booth where UN information materials, including books, reports, pamphlets, flyers, CDs and posters were displayed and distributed to those who came to the booth. The fair was inaugurated on 4 May 2010 by the First Vice President of Iran, Mohammad Reza Rahimi. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attended the closing session on 15 May 2010. The agencies represented in the UN booth were UNIC, FAO, WHO, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNODC, UNFPA, UNIDO, UNAIDS, WFP, UNDP, UNAMA and UNOCHA.


        Briefing session for Azad U. students in Rasht

UNIC Director Sunil Narula briefed 27 students and their professor from Azad University in Rasht, Gilan Province in northern Iran, on the UN, in general, and the UN Human Rights Council and Universal Periodic Review mechanism, in particular, on 10 May 2010. The briefing was followed by a Q and A session. UNIC also arranged for two briefing sessions on activities of UNOCHA and UNHCR, conducted by senior programme officers from these agencies for the students.


        Briefing for Students

UNIC Director Sunil Narula briefed some 17 students from Gilan University in northern Iran, along with their professor Dr. Ebrahim Gul, on UN in general and then on UN Human Rights Council and Universal Periodic Review mechanism. The briefing was followed by a Q and A session. Also UNIC Reference Assistant briefed the students on UNIC library's services. UNIC also arranged for two briefing sessions on activities of UNDP and UNODC, conducted by senior programme officers from these agencies for these students.


        UN orientation course for IRNA news staff

UNIC as the chair of UNCG - Iran has organized a UN Orientation Course, in which all UN agencies in Iran would participate, for some 45 journalists of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) at the IRNA office in Tehran from 12 April to 31 May 2010. The course was inaugurated by the IRNA Managing Director Ali Akbar Javanfekr and UN Resident Coordinator Consuelo Vidal on Monday, 12 April 2010.


        Programme of Student Visits to UNIC-Tehran Continues

Effective 25 October 2004, as part of the UN Day celebrations on 24 October, UNIC-Tehran and UN Association of Iran started a programme of receiving groups of students from middle and high schools in Tehran regularly every Monday. The UNIC Director, the National Information Officer and the Reference Assistant brief them on the UN history and structure and description of the major organs and agencies of the UN. This is followed by a film on the UN and a question and answer session. In addition to the Persian version of UN publications such as the Millennium Development Goals, Image and Reality and Universal Declaration of Human Rights, are given to the students. Other schools interested in participating in this programme are welcome to contact UNIC-Tehran.

Jelveh Hagh High School
15 November 2010

Loghman Hakim High School
31 October 2010

Bent Alhoda High School
20 October 2010

Buali High School
14 April 2010


        MDGs photo competetion

The United Nations System in Iran organized a national Millennium Development Goals photo competition in October-November 2009, the winners of which were given prizes during a ceremony arranged by UNIC at the Khavaran Cultural Centre in Tehran on Sunday 14 March 2010. Jamshid Farajvand-Farda from Bijar (the Kordestan Province) Loqman Rahimi, from Bookan (the West Azarbaijan Province) and Amin Nazari from Ahwaz (the Khuzestan Province) won the first, second and third prizes, respectively. The awards were given away by the UN Resident Coordinator in Iran, Ms. Consuelo Vidal and the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative, Dr. Ambrogio Manenti. The competition received more than 300 photographs from across Iran by professional and amateur artists. The jury, which consisted of Mr. Massoud Amirloui, Mr.Mohammad Reza Tahmasbpour and Sasan Afsharzadeh also selected 31 other works as "outstanding", which received the certificate of honor. An exhibition of all the winning photographs is being held in Gallery No. 1 of the cultural center till 18 March.


        UNIC Tehran holds workshop on finding UN information

On 11 March 2010, the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran, together with University of Tehran, Kish International Campus, held a workshop entitled "Finding UN Information" for 14 graduate students of International Law in the presence of their professor Dr. Farideh Shaygan. The workshop was conducted by the UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami. She elaborated on some basic facts about the UN, the definition of a document, UN documentation and how to find and retrieve UN information on the UN web site, the UNIC web site, the United Nations Bibliographic Information System (UNBISNET), the Official Documents of the United Nations (ODS) and other helpful sections available on the Dag Hammarskjold Library page on the web. Some UN publications were distributed among the students.


        Briefing session for members of women NGOs

UNIC NIO Moghadam briefed some 20 NGO members from across Iran on the work of the UN, DPI/NGO relations and UNIC services at the Institute for Productivity and Human Resource Development on 17 February 2010. He also answered NGO representatives' questions. Copies of Basic Facts about the UN, UDHR, UN Charter, SG's priorities, UN in Iran, MDG flyer, brochure and poster as well as "A stronger UN for a Better World" were given to the participants.



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