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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 differences.  
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Legal and International Affairs Dr. Abbas Araghchi

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 differences.

'The UN gives us the sense that we are not just states seeking our selfish goals, with no considerations of other opinions and needs and sufferings; It gives us the hope that we can and should try to make a better world through peaceful means, understanding and dialogue,' he added.

During the event, the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister also acknowledged the UN Resident Coordinator in Iran Gary Lewis for his hard-work, efforts, dedication and devotion to Iran, and his achievement tenure of office.

 

UN Resident Coordinator, Gary Lewis

Before Dr. Araghchi UN Resident Coordinator Lewis said the UN’s top priority in Iran– in the area of development – is to support the Government to successfully implement the National Development Plan which has been approved by the Majlis and is already well-underway through thousands of different actions all across this broad and dynamic land.

“We believe that if the National Development Plan is effectively implemented, this will inevitably translate into: eradicating poverty, improving public health, fighting inequality, building an inclusive and resilient society, and helping Iran to contribute to protecting our planet’s environment and thus the well-being of future generations – both within Iran and abroad,” he said.

 

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During the ceremony, UN Agencies exhibited and distributed their promotional and information items at their booths for more than 600 participants, including representatives of government, academia, media professionals, diplomatic corps, NGO members, movie stars, artists and other partners of the UN.

Before the end of the ceremony, four Iranian photographers who had won prizes of UN international photo contests also received awards from Dr. Araghchi and Gary Lewis.  

 

Participants at UN Day ceremony

Mr. Kiarash Eghbali-Seresht, UNIC intern, winner 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.

Mr. Majid Hajizadehmirkoohi, Mr. Behshad Mohajer and Mr. Danial Taghavi who won the  UNHABITAT Youth Photography Competetion’s awards in 2017

The subtitled UN Day video message of the UN Secretary General was also screened for the audience. 

UN Day guests visiting the UN agencies’ booths

 

 

 

 
 
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