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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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.  ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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