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UNIC activities during 2012

UN publication desk at Seminar on Peace and International Relations

UNIC distributed some 300 copies of the Persian version of UDHR, UN Charter, Every Day the UN Works cards, MDGs flyer and brochure as well as MDGs poster to participants of a one-day seminar on “Peace and International Relations: An Iranian-Islamic Perspective”. Organized by Iranian International Studies Association (IISA), the conference was held at the Milad Tower in Tehran on 31 December 2012.


UNIC Tehran holds workshop on finding UN information and documentation

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran held a workshop entitled “Finding UN Information and documentation” for some 12 journalists from different Iranian media in the UN Building on 20 December 2012. The workshop was conducted by UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani. She elaborated on some basic facts about the UN, and how to find and retrieve UN information on the UN website, the UNIC website and Dag Hammarskjold Library page on the web. Overview and searching through some of DHL resources and databases including  UNBISNET, Official Document System (ODS), UN Info Quest, UN News Centre and multimedia, Press Releases, The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists, Journalists Fellowship Programme, The United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA), World Press Freedom Day, etc. were among the programme of the four-hour workshop. Persian copies of UN Charter, UDHR and United Nations Today were distributed among the participants.


Human Rights Day Commemorated

UNIC OIC Mohammad Moghadam delivered the SG’s message on Human Rights Day during a seminar organized by the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) on the occasion of Human Rights Day at the commission’s conference room in Tehran on 10 December 2012. The theme of the conference was “The right to participate”. After the SG’s message, the IHRC’s statement was delivered. Then Dean of Faculty of Law of Shahhid Beheshti University Dr. Hossein Mehrparvar , Head of Iran’s Social Psychology Institute Dr. Majid Saffariniya and member of the Scientific Board of Humanities and Cultural Studies Research Centre Dr. Seyyed Javad Miri delivered their speeches for the audience.


Roundtable discussion on challenges faced by human rights NGOs in Iran

On the occasion of Human Rights Day 2012, UNIC OIC Mohammad Moghadam delivered the SG’s message during a roundtable discussion on challenges faced by human rights NGOs in Iran, organized by Organization for Defending Victims of Violence (ODVV) on 10 December 2012. Human rights NGOs as well as government officials participated in the meeting which was held at ODVV’s conference room in Tehran.


UNIC Tehran holds workshop on finding UN information

Center for Comparative Law Studies of Mofid University in cooperation with The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) held a workshop entitled “Finding UN Information and Documentation” for some 50 graduate students of international law and human rights in Qom on 3 December 2012. The workshop was conducted by UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani. She elaborated on some basic facts about the UN, and how to find and retrieve UN information on the UN website, the UNIC website and Dag Hammarskjold Library page on the web. Overview and searching through some of DHL resources and databases including  UNBISNET, Official Document System (ODS), UN Info Quest, Press Releases, Yearbook of the UN, UN Audiovisual Library of International Law and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) were among the programme of the four-hour workshop. Persian copies of UN Charter, UDHR and United Nations Today were distributed among the participants.


Ceremony marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

UNIC OIC Mohammad Moghadam delivered the Secretary-General’s message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities during a ceremony organized by Raad Rehabilitation Goodwill Complex at the Sky Dome of Milad Tower in Tehran on Sunday 2 December 2012.


UNIC Tehran holds workshop on finding UN information

Department of law of the University of Tehran Kish International Campus in cooperation with The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) held a workshop entitled “Finding UN Information and Documentation” for some 10 graduate students of international law at Kish Island on 29 November 2012. The workshop was conducted by UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani. She elaborated on some basic facts about the UN, and how to find and retrieve UN information on the UN website, the UNIC website and Dag Hammarskjold Library page on the web. Overview and searching through some of DHL resources and databases including  UNBISNET, Official Document System (ODS), UN Info Quest, Press Releases, Yearbook of the UN, UN Audiovisual Library of International Law and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) were among the programme of the four-hour workshop. Persian copies of UN Charter, UDHR and United Nations Today were distributed among the participants.


Workshop and film show on Solidarity with the Palestinian People in Tehran

International Studies Journal (ISJ) in cooperation with UNIC-Tehran and Iranian National Committee on Humanitarian Law of Iranian Red Crescent Society organized a one-day workshop on Solidarity with the Palestinian People at the premises of Iranian Red Crescent in Tehran on 29 November 2012. The workshop began by the SG’s message on the occasion of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, read by UNIC Officer in Charge Mohammad Moghadam, followed by a DPI-film show on “The Question of Palestine and the United Nations”. Then, Dr. Hajar Siyah-Rostami in her presentation elaborated on law of occupation. Former Foreign Ministry Diplomat and University Professor Dr. Davoud Hermidas Bavand briefed the participants, some 25 graduate and post graduate students, on his assessment with regard to the peace process between the Palestinians and Israelis. ISJ Editor-in-Chief Dr. Mehid Zakerain delivered his speech on human rights and the Palestinian people. During the afternoon session of the workshop, the participants were divided into six panels in which they discussed and later reported on the following issues related to the question of Palestine:
1-Self-determination of Palestinian people
2-Internatiional humanitarian law and the Palestinian people
3-Terrorism and Palestine
4-The activities of UN Security Council and General Assembly on Palestine
5-Palesinian refugees
6-Human Rights and Palestine
Copies of the Persian version of DPI book The Question of Palestine and the United Nations (DPI/2276-March 2003) were given to the participants.


UNIC Tehran holds workshop on finding UN information

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran held a workshop entitled “Finding UN Information” for some 12 graduate students of international relations of University of Tehran, Faculty of Law and Political Science in the UN Building on 19 November 2012. The workshop was conducted by UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani. She elaborated on some basic facts about the UN, and how to find and retrieve UN information on the UN website, the UNIC website and Dag Hammarskjold Library page on the web. Overview and searching through some of DHL resources and databases including  UNBISNET, Official Document System (ODS), UN Info Quest, Press Releases, Yearbook of the UN, UN Audiovisual Library of International Law were among the programme of the four-hour workshop. Persian copies of UN Charter, UDHR and United Nations Today were distributed among the participants.


Briefing sessions for Ph.D students of Management College

As part of UNIC-Tehran’s UN4U activity, OIC Mohammad Moghadam briefed some 6 Ph.D students from Management College who visited UNIC-Tehran on UN’s history and its major organs as well as MDGs on 19 November 2012. He also briefed them on UNIC-Tehran’s activities and services which were followed by a question and answer session. Persian copies of MDGs flyer, MDGs brochure, “Every Day the UN works to solve global challenges” cards, UDHR, UN Charter, UN Today and UN in Iran were given to the students. Later, UNOCHA National Disaster Response Advisor Mr. Hamid Nazari briefed the participants on OCHA’s activities and services in Iran and answered their questions.


ESCAP Ministerial Conference in Tehran

Asia-Pacific countries must ensure transparency and accountability in Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) crucial for bridging major infrastructure gaps which are keeping the region from realizing its full growth potential and making it more balanced and sustainable, the United Nations told a high-level forum in Tehran on Wednesday 14 November 2012. Addressing the Third Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Public Private Partnerships for Infrastructure Development organized by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and supported by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer outlined improvements needed in PPPs to remove infrastructure bottlenecks in the region.
Senior government representatives from over 20 countries at the 14 November Conference event reviewed progress in making PPPs work for infrastructure development in the region as mandated by ESCAP member States. The Conference was preceded by the 11-12 November “High-level Expert Group Meeting on Infrastructure PPPs for Sustainable Development” also organized by ESCAP in Tehran and a business forum convened by the Islamic Republic of Iran to appraise the Iranian private sector of global developments and trends in PPP.
The third in a series of ministerial meetings on Asia-Pacific PPPs organized by ESCAP, the Tehran Ministerial Conference follows those held in Seoul in 2007 and in Jakarta in 2010. Like its predecessors, the Tehran Conference will adopt a declaration to strengthen regional cooperation in furthering PPP for infrastructure development.
Stating that it was necessary to see PPPs as “enablers of sustainable development…which improve the lives of our people through better delivery of quality public services,” Dr. Heyzer listed four specific improvements in implementation of regional PPPs.These include creating mechanisms to ensure transparency and accountability in PPP projects; development of PPP units based on international best practice; investing in human resources for PPP ranging from institutional to technical and from judicial to financial; and agreeing on a new business paradigm for sustainable infrastructure development through PPP.
“This new paradigm for business must go beyond even the United Nations Global Compact, to incorporate different measures of costs and returns, alternative understandings of shareholder value, and which sees the relationships between business, government, society and the environment as ones of mutual respect and mutual benefit,” Dr. Heyzer said.


UNIC Tehran holds workshop on finding UN information

On the occasion of International Week of Science and Peace, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran, together with Iranian Association for Promoting Science held a workshop entitled “Finding UN Information” for some 12 graduate students of international relations at Hosseinieh Ershad Library on 12 November 2012. The workshop was conducted by UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani. She elaborated on some basic facts about the UN, and how to find and retrieve UN information on the UN website, the UNIC website and Dag Hammarskjold Library page on the web. Overview and searching through some of DHL resources and databases including  UNBISNET, Official Document System (ODS), UN Info Quest, Press Releases, Yearbook of the UN, UN Audiovisual Library of International Law were among the programme of the four-hour workshop. Persian copies of UN Charter, UDHR and United Nations Today were distributed among the participants.


UNIC Tehran holds workshop on finding UN information

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran, together with the faculty of law, Azad University, Khorasgan branch in the Isfahan Province, held two separate workshops entitled “Finding UN Information” for some 150 undergraduate students of international law at the university campus on 12 November 2012. The workshops were conducted by UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani. She elaborated on some basic facts about the UN, and how to find and retrieve UN information on the UN website, the UNIC website and Dag Hammarskjold Library page on the web. Overview and searching through some of DHL resources and databases including  UNBISNET, Official Document System (ODS), UN Info Quest, Press Releases, Yearbook of the UN, UN Audiovisual Library of International Law were among the programme of the four-hour workshop.


UNIC Tehran holds workshop on finding UN information

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran, together with Shahid Beheshti University-Faculty of Law, held a workshop entitled “Finding UN Information” for some 15 graduate students of international law on 6 November 2012. The workshop was conducted by UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani. She elaborated on some basic facts about the UN, and how to find and retrieve UN information on the UN website, the UNIC website and Dag Hammarskjold Library page on the web. Overview and searching through some of DHL resources and databases including  UNBISNET, Official Document System (ODS), UN Info Quest, Press Releases, Yearbook of the UN, UN Audiovisual Library of International Law were among the programme of the four-hour workshop. Persian copies of UN Charter, UDHR and United Nations Today were distributed among the participants.


UNIC Tehran holds workshop on finding UN information

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran, together with the Iranian Association of UN Studies held two separate workshops entitled “Finding UN Information” for some 22 graduate students of international law from different universities across the country on 29 and 30 October 2012.  The workshops were conducted by UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani. She elaborated on some basic facts about the UN, and how to find and retrieve UN information on the UN website, the UNIC website and Dag Hammarskjold Library page on the web. Overview and searching through some of DHL resources and databases including  UNBISNET, Official Document System (ODS), UN Info Quest, Press Releases, Yearbook of the UN, UN Audiovisual Library of International Law were among the programme of the four-hour workshop. Persian copies of UN Charter, UDHR and United Nations Today were distributed among the participants.


UN Day seminar and film show

On the occasion of UN Day 2012, Iranian Association of UN Studies in cooperation with UNIC held a seminar on “ICC's 10th Anniversary and entering into force of the Rome Statute” at House of Humanities Intellectuals on 24 October 2012. The seminar began with SG’s message delivered by UNIC Officer-in-Charge Mohammad Moghadam. Then Professor Mohammad Ali Ardebili from Shahid Beheshti University delivered his speech on the relationship between the UN Security Council and ICC. Dr. Ibrahim Beigzadeh also from Shahid Beheshti University, spoke to the audience about the civil society and ICC. ِِDr. Sadeq Salimi from Islamic Azad University in Tehran delivered his speech on “Advocacy at the ICC”. Finally Former member and President of UN International Law Commission and Tehran University Professor and the President of IAUNS Dr. Djamchid Momtaz briefed the participants on ICC and Africa. DPI DVD entitled Year in Review 2011 was screened for the participants. The seminar ended with a question and answer session.


Press conference on UNIADS concert

UNIC organized a press conference on staging UNAIDS Concert entitled “A time to live” to take place at Milad Tower’s Cnovention Centre in Tehran on 21 October 2012.UNIADS Country Officer Dr. Fardad Doroudi, Musician and Conductor of Naamira Choir Band Mr. Farhad Harati, Managing Director Ghoghnoos Art and Cultural Institute Mr. Mohamad Hossein Tootoonchian, Directors Mr. Massoud Qaraqozlou and Morteza Ebrahimi participated in the press conference which was held at UNIC Library on 15 October 2012.


UNIC Tehran holds workshop on finding UN information

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran, together with the Iranian Association of UN Studies held two separate workshops entitled “Finding UN Information” for some 50 graduate students of international law from different universities across the country on 15 and 16 October 2012.  The workshops were conducted by UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani. She elaborated on some basic facts about the UN, and how to find and retrieve UN information on the UN website, the UNIC website and Dag Hammarskjold Library page on the web. Overview and searching through some of DHL resources and databases including  UNBISNET, Official Document System (ODS), UN Info Quest, Press Releases, Yearbook of the UN, UN Audiovisual Library of International Law were among the programme of the four-hour workshop. Persian copies of UN Charter, UDHR and United Nations Today were distributed among the participants.


Seminar on the occasion of International Day of Peace in Isfahan

UNIC OIC Mohammad Moghadam delivered SG’s message on the occasion of International Day of Peace during a seminar and workshop on the right of people to peace organized by the Bar Association of Isfahan in the city of Isfahan on 27 September 2012. He also briefed the participants on UNIC Tehran’s activities and services. Later on Dr. Mahmoud Jalali delivered a lecture on right to peace from international perspective. Dr. Reza Islami delivered his speech on the culture of peace. Dr. Baqer Ansari spoke on challenges of peace in the international human rights system. Dr. Massoud Raei lectured on right to peace in Islam. Dr. Saber Niavarai delivered his speech on techniques of dispute solving and peacemaking. Finally Dr. Nasrin Mossaffa delivered her lecture on new threats against peace. Then the participants were divided into three groups/workshops in the afternoon session and discussed the following subjects:
One: right to peace from international perspective
Two: challenges of right to peace in the international human rights system
Three: techniques of dispute solving and peacemaking


Commemoration of International Day of Peace

UNIC NIO Mohammad Moghadam delivered SG’s message on the International Day of Peace for participants at a ceremony at Tehran Peace Museum on 21 September 2012. Then certificates and prizes of children whose works were selected by the jury of UN Art for Peace contest were given. The participants observed one minute of silence in the memory of war victims.


UN Security Council simulation on Syria

The International Studies Journal (ISJ) in cooperation with UNIC organized a UN Security Council simulation at Eyvan-e-Shams Hall on 20 September 2012. Some 36 graduate students of international relations and law as well as political science from different universities across Iran and some professors participated in the simulation. The simulation was on the issue of Syria. Managing Director of ISJ, Dr. Mehdi Zakerian was the organizer of the simulation. UNIC Officer-in-Charge Mohammad Moghadam read SG’s message on the International Day of Peace for the participants and then a minute of silence was observed.


Model UN preparation

The UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran, together with the International Studies Journal (ISJ) held a workshop entitled "Model UN preparation" for some 27 graduate students of international relations and law as well as political science from different universities across Iran at UNIC library on 19 September 2012. The students were among those who had registered for “The UN Security Council simulation on Syria” workshop which was held on 20 September 2012. The session was conducted by UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani. She introduced Model UN Headquarters – The United Nations Cyberschoolbus, Model UN and UNA/USA, and elaborated on some basic facts about the Security Council, tips for resolution writing, and how to retrieve latest news on Syria. Some parts of the UN Webcast on different Security Council meetings on Syria were displayed. UN Charter and United Nations Today were distributed among the participants.


Nelson Mandela International Day Commemorated

UNIC OIC Mohammad Moghadam delivered SG’s message on Nelson Mandela International Day for some 30 human rights NGO members. The event was organized by UN Association of Iran at its venue on 16 July 2012.


Launch of UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2012

UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2012 was launched by Vice Minister of Economic and Financial Affairs and Head of the Office for Foreign Investment and Technical and Economic Assistance 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, Majlis (Parliament) deputies, Governors General of provinces, members of Foreign Investment Bureau, heads of Offices of Economic and Financial Affairs of the provinces, officials from Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Mine, representatives from the Cooperatives Chamber, foreign investors in Iran and a large number Iranian and foreign journalists at the Moddress Amphitheater of the Ministry of Economic and Financial Affairs on Tuesday 8 July 2012.


Workshop on the occasion of United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

On the occasion of United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, NGO named Organization for Defending Victims of Violence (ODVV) in cooperation with UNIC Tehran organized a workshop on “Psychotherapy of victims of torture” for some 18 social workers and NGO members at ODVV’s conference room on 27 June 2012. Psychologist Dr. Mohammad Jafar Safaei was the instructor of the workshop. UNIC Officer-in-Charge Mohammad R. Moghadam delivered SG’s message on United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 2012 for the participants.


Seminar on Rio+20

Iranian Association of UN Studies in cooperation with UNIC Tehran organized a seminar on “Rio+20: Sustainable Development and Protecting Environment” at House of Humanities Intellectuals on 11 June 2012. Dr. Mohammad Hossein Ramezani Ghavamabadi delivered his lecture on “From Rio to Rio: efforts for sustainable development” and then Dr. Ali Mashhadi briefed the participants on green economy. UNIC Officer in Charge Mohammad Moghadam delivered SG’s message on World Environment Day 2012. Copies of Rio+20 the future we want brochure and “Resilient people Resilient planet a future worth choosing” book were given to the participants.


Briefing session for members of Marefat Cultural and Educational Institute

As part of UNIC Tehran’s UN4U activities, OIC Mohammad Moghadam briefed some 15 members of Marefat Cultural and Educational Institute who visited UNIC-Tehran on UN's history and major organs as well as MDGs on 7 June 2012. He also briefed them on UNIC-Tehran's activities and services which were followed by a question and answer session. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami briefed the participants on UNIC Library’s services for the students. Copies of the Persian versions of MDGs flyer, MDGs brochure, "Every Day the UN works to solve global challenges" cards, UDHR, UN Charter, UN Today and UN in Iran were given to them.


Seminar marking World Environment Day

NGOs “Centre for Pure Human Clean Earth” and “Hormod Sustainable Development Institute” in cooperation with Cultural and Art Organization of Tehran Municipality and UNIC-Tehran organized a seminar marking World Environment Day at Avicenna Cultural Centre on 5 June 2012. University Professor Dr. Shojaoddin Farrokh and senior environment expert and faculty member of Pasture and Forests Research Institute Engineer Mohammad Darvish were the main speakers at the seminar who talked about environmental impacts of food production and world environment and the role of people, elites and governments in protecting environment, respectively . UNIC Officer-in-Charge Mohammad R. Moghadam delivered SG’s message on World Environment Day 2012 for the participants.


UNIC Tehran holds workshop on finding UN information

The UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran, together with the Tehran Peace Museum held a two session workshop entitled "Finding UN Information" for some 25 graduate students of international law and political science from Allameh Tabatabaei and Shahid Beheshti Universities on 23rd and 24th May 2012. The workshop was conducted by UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani. 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, Dag Hammarskjold Library page on the web including the United Nations Bibliographic Information System (UNBISNET). Persian copies of UN Charter, UDHR and United Nations Today were distributed among the participants.


UN4U-Briefing session for Islamic Azad (Open) University students in Najafabad

As part of UNIC Tehran’s UN4U activities, OIC Mohammad Moghadam briefed some 45 undergraduate law students from Azad University in Najafabad (the Isfahan Province) who visited UNIC-Tehran on UN's history and major organs as well as MDGs on 23 May 2012. He also briefed them on UNIC-Tehran's activities and services which were followed by a question and answer session. Copies of the Persian versions of MDGs flyer, MDGs brochure, "Every Day the UN works to solve global challenges" cards, UDHR, UN Charter, UN Today and UN in Iran were given to them.


UN4U-Briefing session for Imam Sadeq University students

As part of UNIC Tehran’s UN4U activities, OIC Moghadam briefed some 23 undergraduate students from Imam Sadeq University who visited UNIC-Tehran on UN's history and major organs as well as MDGs on 21 May 2012. He also briefed them on UNIC-Tehran's activities and services which were followed by a question and answer session. Copies of the Persian versions of MDGs flyer, MDGs brochure, "Every Day the UN works to solve global challenges" cards, UDHR, UN Charter, UN Today and UN in Iran were given to them.


Commemorating International Day of Families

UNIC Reference Assistance Nazanin Ghaemmaghami delivered SG’s message during a seminar organized by NGO called Organization for Defending Victims of Violence (ODVV) on the occasion of International Day of Families at ODVV building on 14 May 2012. Psychologists Dr. Leila Behnam, Dr. Mohsen Dehghani, Dr. Mahdi Saberi and communication expert Dr. Ali Asghar Kia were the speakers of the one day seminar who delivered their speeches on major issues which threaten family unity in Iran. The seminar ended with a question and answer session.


Commemorating International Day of Families

UNIC Reference Assistance Nazanin Ghaemmaghami delivered SG’s message during a gathering organized by NGO called Madran-e Emrouz (Today’s Mothers) on the occasion of International Day of Families at the Madran-e Emrouz building on 14 May 2012.


Launch of ESCAP’s Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2012

UNDP office in Tehran in cooperation with UNIC launched ESCAP’s “Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2012” during a press conference at UN conference room on 10 May 2012. The press conference started by video screening of Executive Secretary of ESCAP Dr Noeleen Heyzer’s message. Then UNDP Resident Representative a.i. Mr Sanaka Samarasinha made his presentation on the overall findings and recommendations of the Survey. His remarks were followed by Head of National Council for Competition Dr Jamshid Pajouyan’s speech on the Executive Summary of the report on Iran. Afterwards UNDP Programme Officer Mohammad Ali Farzin briefed the journalists on Chapter 3 of the report namely “diversification towards low carbon industries”. The press conference continued by a question and answer session.


UN4U-Briefing session for Imam Khomeini International University students

As part of UNIC Tehran’s UN4U activities, OIC Moghadam briefed some 40 undergraduate students from Imam Khomeini International University in Qazvin, the capital of Qazvin Province (West of Tehran) along with their professor Dr. Majid Bozorgmehri who visited UNIC-Tehran on UN's history and major organs as well as MDGs on 7 May 2012. He also briefed them on UNIC-Tehran's activities and services which were followed by a question and answer session. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami briefed the participants on UNIC Library’s services for the students. Copies of the Persian versions of MDGs flyer, MDGs brochure, "Every Day the UN works to solve global challenges" cards, UDHR, UN Charter, UN Today and UN in Iran were given to them.


Briefing session for Islamic Azad University students

As part of UNIC Tehran’s UN4U activities, OIC Moghadam briefed some 12 undergraduate law students from Islamic Azad University in Tehran along with their professor Dr. Leila Mirbod who visited UNIC-Tehran on UN's history and major organs as well as MDGs on 2 May 2012. He also briefed them on UNIC-Tehran's activities and services which were followed by a question and answer session. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami briefed the participants on UNIC Library’s services for the students. Copies of the Persian versions of MDGs flyer, MDGs brochure, "Every Day the UN works to solve global challenges" cards, UDHR, UN Charter, UN Today and UN in Iran were given to them.


Briefing session for Yasouj University students

As part of UNIC Tehran’s UN4U activities, OIC Moghadam briefed some 18 undergraduate political students from Yasouj University in Yasouj, the capital of Kohgiloye and Boyer Ahmad Province (south western Iran) along with their professor Dr. Nikfar who visited UNIC-Tehran on UN's history and major organs as well as MDGs. He also briefed them on UNIC-Tehran's activities and services which were followed by a question and answer session. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami briefed the participants on UNIC Library’s services for the students. Copies of the Persian versions of MDGs flyer, MDGs brochure, "Every Day the UN works to solve global challenges" cards, UDHR, UN Charter, UN Today and UN in Iran were given to them.


Ceremony to mark the Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Weapons

On the occasion of the Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Weapons, UNIC-Tehran in cooperation with the Society for Chemical Weapons Victims Support (SCWVS) and Tehran Peace Museum organized a ceremony at Peace Museum of Tehran located in Parke Shahr (City Park) in downtown Tehran on 29 April 2012. UNIC Officer-in-Charge Mohammad R. Moghadam read UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message. The video message of the Director General of Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Mr. Ahmet Üzümcü was screened for the audience. Then the message of Global Coordinator of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) Alyn Ware was read by a veteran of Iran-Iraq war who was wounded by Iraqi chemical weapons. The programme continued by planting an olive tree at Park-e Shahr and later 29 doves, in commemoration of 29 April, were released in the air. Government officials including former vice President and Head of Environment Department and currently member of Tehran City Council Ms. Masoumeh Ebtekar, senior military officials, academicians and Ambassador of Belgium Francois del Marmol were among the participants of the ceremony.


Briefing Session for Teachers at UNIC-Tehran

As part of UNIC Tehran’s efforts on UN4U, NIO Moghadam briefed some 42 teachers from district 16 of Tehran who visited UNIC-Tehran on 30 April 2012. The briefing was about UN’s history and major organ, UN agencies stationed in Tehran 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 United Nations Today, MDG flyer, UDHR, UN Charter, UN in Iran booklet were given to the teachers.


Tree planting ceremony on the occasion of International Day of Nowruz 2012

The Tehran Municipality and UNIC-Tehran organized a tree planting ceremony to mark the International Day of Nowruz 2012 at the garden of Haftchnar Museum , in District 10, located in south-western Tehran, on 24 April 2012. About 50 people, including Advisor to the Mayor of Tehran and Head of Environment and Sustainable Development Office of Tehran Municipality Mr. Mohammad Hadi Heydarzadeh and other senior officials of Tehran Municipality and general public, attended the function. Accompanied by UNIC Officer- in- Charge Mohammad Moghadam, UNESCO Representative in Tehran Ms. Tanja Virtanen delivered the messages of United Nations Secretary-General and UNESCO Director General on the occasion of International Day of Nowruz 2012.


Film show, seminar and roundtable discussion on Anniversary of Rwanda Genocide

UNIC in cooperation with Iranian International Studies Association (IISA) organized a seminar and roundtable discussion on the occasion of 18th Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda at UN conference room on Sunday 8 April 2012. The seminar began with Secretary-General’s message read by UNIC Officer-in-Charge Mohammad Moghadam. Then, Attorney at Law and International Law Advisor Dr. Mohammad Reza Hakakzadeh delivered his speech on the theme of the this year’s commemoration of the Genocide in Rwanda “learning from history, to shape a bright future”. The programme continued with exchange of views among the participants as well as a question and answer session. Before the beginning of the seminar, the documentary film entitled “As we forgive” was screened for the participants.


UNIC Tehran holds workshop on finding UN information

The UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran, together with the Imam Sadiq University (Girl’s College) held a two session workshop entitled "Finding UN Information" for some 20 undergraduate students of law on 26 February and 4 March 2012. The workshop was conducted by UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani. 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, Dag Hammarskjold Library page on the web including the United Nations Bibliographic Information System (UNBISNET). Persian copies of UN Charter, UDHR and United Nations Today were distributed among the participants.


Paarsse Charity Concert Supports Hiv/Aids Prevention, Care In Iran

The United Nations Information Centre in Tehran (UNIC) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in cooperation with Paarsse Music Band staged a live charity concert at Eyvan-E-Shams Hall in Tehran on 27 and 28 January 2012. The purpose of holding the concert was to raise public awareness on HIV and AIDS, focusing on the vision of “Getting to Zero” HIV infections and the virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission. The concert programme consisted of a repertoire of jazz, pop and classical songs performed in English and Farsi by Shahriar Mohammadpour, including Ave Maria (Cassini), O Sole Mio, Sorry, Hello, What a Wonderful World, Windmills of Your Mind, You Are My Everything, A Rainy Night in Paris, and Fly Me to The Moon as well as a selection of traditional Persian songs. All receipts went towards HIV/AIDS prevention and care in Iran.


UNIC Tehran holds workshop on finding UN information

The UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran, held a workshop entitled "Finding UN Information" for 2 journalists from Jam-e Jam Newspaper on 17 January 2012 at UNIC Reference Library. The workshop was conducted by UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani. She elaborated on some basic facts about the UN, and how to find and retrieve UN information on the UN web site with a focus on "In the News", the UNIC web site with a focus on Press Releases, Dag Hammarskjold Library page on the web, the United Nations Bibliographic Information System (UNBISNET), MDGs, the Dag Hammarskjold Fund for Journalists, Journalists Fellowship Programme and the United Nations Correspondents Association(UNCA). Persian copies of UN Charter, UDHR and United Nations Today were distributed among the journalists.


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.

Iman Secondary School
18 November 2012

Shahid Beheshti High School
22 April 2012

Iman secondary School
21 April 2012

Motahari High School
8 February 2012

Fayaz Bakhsh High School
6 February 2012

Azadegan High School
30 January 2012



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