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UNHQ photo exhibit “UN Peacekeeping: 70 Years of Service and Sacrifice” for UN Peacekeepers Day
 
the-first-international-specialized-training-on-search-and-rescue-usar-in-iran United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in cooperation with Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Center for Crisis and Disaster Management Organization (ZRK) of Austria held the first ever International Training of Search and Rescue (USAR) in Iran based on INSARAG standards. Tehran, Iran (December 15, 2018)-  IRCS Relief and Rescue Organization of Iran hosted 70 Iranian government officials in the field of search and rescue at the opening ceremony of the First International Training of USAR held by UNOCHA in...
unesco-organized-the-8th-asian-g-wadi-meeting-and-2nd-international-drought-initiative-idi-expert-group-meeting-on-10-12-december-2018 UNESCO in collaboration with the Regional Centre on Urban Water Management (RCUWM) under auspices of UNESCO, Khorasan Razavi Regional Water Authority and Ferdowsi University of Mashhad organized the 8th Asian G-WADI meeting and 2nd International Drought Initiative (IDI) expert group meeting in Mashhad from 10 to 12 December 2018. Over 25 experts from the Asian G-WADI network and the International Drought Initiative (IDI) shared their knowledge and experience in adaptation to water scarcity and new advances in drought management. The objectives of the three-day event were to increase...
briefing-on-un-un4u-for-farhang-high-school-students TERHAN - A group of 22 students along with 2 teachers from Farhang high school in Tehran, were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs as well as SDGs by UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam at UN conference room 12 December 2018. He also answered the participants’ questions. UNIC NIO also spoke about 70th anniversary of the UDHR. Copies of the Persian version of UN System Chart, UDHR, UN Charter and UN Cards were given to the participants. Farhang high school students TERHAN - A group of 22 studentsalong with 2 teachers from Farhang high school in...
increased-care-cost-drives-100m-people-into-poverty-each-year-un-chief TEHRAN, 12 December 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the first observance of International Universal Health Coverage, 12 December 2018, said each year, 100 million people are driven into poverty because care cost far more than they could afford.The full text of his message reads: Today, the world marks the first International Universal Health Coverage Day. We do so because good health is a fundamental human right and crucial to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Quality physical and mental health services should...
governments-adopt-un-global-migration-pact-to-help-prevent-suffering-and-chaos TEHRAN, 11 December 2018 (UNIC) -- The Global Compact for Migration was adopted on Monday by leading representatives from 164 Governments at an international conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, in an historic move described by UN Chief António Guterres as the creation of a “roadmap to prevent suffering and chaos”.Speaking at the opening intergovernmental session, Mr. Guterres, said that the Compact provides a platform for “humane, sensible, mutually beneficial action” resting on two “simple ideas”. “Firstly, that migration has always been with us, but should be managed...
launch-of-the-final-diagnosis-report-at-the-third-national-urban-policy-workshop Tehran,10 December 2018 (UN-Habitat) – The United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat), in cooperation with the Housing and Construction Department of the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development and the Road, Housing and Urban Development Research Center, hosted the third National Urban Policy (NUP) workshop, and lunched the final report of the Diagnosis Report on 10 December 2018 at the Road, Housing and Urban Development Research Center. Experts from the UN-Habitat Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, representatives from the UN-Habitat office in Iran, representatives from...
stand-up-for-human-rights-for-everyone-everywhere-un-chief TEHRAN, 10 December 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2018, while saying human rights are universal and eternal called on all people to stand up for human rights – for everyone, everywhere.The full text of his message reads: For 70 years, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been a global beacon – shining a light for dignity, equality and well-being … and bringing hope to dark places. The rights proclaimed in the Declaration apply to everyone -- no matter our race, belief, location or...
who-collaborates-with-iran-on-improvement-of-public-hospital-management 8 December 2018 - World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MoHME) conducted a nine-day (8-17 December 2018) Training of Trainers course in Kish Island to improve public hospital performances within the context of the national Health Transformation Program towards achieving Universal Health Coverage in the country. The course that entitled “Training of Trainers course on leadership and strategic management for hospital Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of public sector” organized at Health Managers Development Institute...
december-2018-commemoration-of-human-rights-day TEHRAN - UNIC NIO Mohammad R. Moghadam delivered SG’s message during a seminar entitled “Human Society 70 years after UDHR: Achievements and Failures”, held jointly by the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) and UNIC on the occasion of Human Rights Day at the Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies (IHCS) on 9 December 2018. From right to left: Dr. Mosaffa, Dr. Mozaffari, Dr. Eslmai and Dr. Pakatchi TEHRAN - UNIC NIO Mohammad R. Moghadam delivered SG’s message during a seminar entitled “Human Society 70 years after UDHR: Achievements and Failures”, held...
corruption-costs-2-6-trillion-or-5-of-global-gross-domestic-product-guterres TEHRAN, 9 December 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on International Anti-Corruption Day, 9 December 2018, said that the cost of corruption is at least $2.6 trillion – or 5 per cent of global gross domestic product.The full text of his message reads: Corruption is present in all countries, rich and poor, North and South.   It is an assault on the values of the United Nations.  It robs societies of schools, hospitals and other vital services, drives away foreign investment and strips nations of their natural resources. It...
un-chief-calls-on-all-states-to-translate-words-of-the-convention-on-prevention-of-the-genocide-crime-into-action TEHRAN, 9 December 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the 70 Anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and the Interntional Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime, 9 December 2018, called on all states to translate the Convention’s words into action to prevent massive human suffering and advance accountability. The full text of his message reads: In the aftermath of the Holocaust and Second World War, the world came...
the-fifth-international-specialized-congress-and-second-international-congress-for-hospital-build-and-facility-management-opens-in-tehran Tehran, 3 December 2018 (UN-Habitat) – The Fifth International Specialized Congress and Second International Congress for Hospital Build and Facility Management has opened on 9 December 2018 at Razi International Conference Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Mr. Shahqadami, Scientific Secretary of the congress, Mr. Siamak Moghaddam, Chief  of the UN-Habitat Tehran Office, Mr. Aqajani, President of the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and Head of  the Congress, Mr. Sadeghi Rad, Deputy- General of Planning and Control of the Social...
efforts-of-1b-volunteers-in-the-world-to-leave-no-one-behind-guterres TEHRAN, 5 December 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development, 5 December 2018, while emphasizing on the diverse and dynamic role of volunteerism in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals, thanked 1 billion volunteers in the world for their efforts to leave no one behind.  The full text of his message reads: There are approximately 1 billion volunteers across the globe, who dedicate their time, skills and passion to make the world a better place. They are often the...
four-things-the-un-chief-wants-world-leaders-to-know-at-key-cop24-climate-conference-opening TEHRAN, 4 December 2018 (UNIC) -- During the UN COP24 Climate Change Conference grand opening on Monday, Secretary-General António Guterres told over 150 world leaders gathered for climate action that “we are in deep trouble” and asked decision-makers to focus on four key things: stepping up climate action, according to a solid plan, with more funding, as a smart investment in the future of the planet.The two-week 24th conference in Katowice, Poland, of the parties to the UN Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC), technically started on Sunday, but Monday saw the high-level grand...
iranian-government-officials-ngo-members-commemorate-int-l-volunteer-day TEHRAN - 4 December 2018 (UNIC)—Iranian senior government officials and civil society members commemorated Interntional Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development at Razi Hall at Iran Medical University, on 4 December 2018. This year, IVD celebrates volunteer efforts that strengthen local ownership and the resilience of the community in the face of natural disasters, economic stresses and political shocks. The event on 5 December 2018 focused on how volunteers can build resilient communities.   VP Madam Ebtekar and Dr. Nasiri (IRCS) offer the prizes for significant...
international-day-of-persons-with-disabilities-commemorated-in-alvand-city Qazvin - A celebration was organized by Disability Association of Tavana (DAT) at Yadegare_Imam Stadium of Alvand City in the Qazvin Province to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 4 December 2018. The gathering was organized by the DAT Branch in Alvand City and in collaboration with Bureau of Persons with Disability of the Qazvin Province as well as Alborz City Sports Board. Some 400 members of the DAT, more than one hundred athletes with disabilities and senior government officials such as mayor of Alvand City as well as Alvand City Council Members and a...
un-habitat-and-iran-s-ministry-of-health-sign-mou-on-hospital-resilience Tehran, 3 December 2018 (UN-Habitat Tehran) – UN-Habitat Tehran Office signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) withthe Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MoHME) of the Islamic Republic of Iran for improving the resilience of hospitals. Funded by the government of Japan, the project for “Inventory, Earthquake and Multi-Hazard Performance Evaluation of Existing Health Facilities in the Islamic Republic of Iran”  (BEHTAB) – the subject of this MoU- aims to develop the consensus-driven analytical foundation required for longer-term investments to reduce the risk in...
commemoration-of-interntional-day-of-persons-with-disabilities TEHRAN- UNIC NIO Mohammad R. Moghadam delivered the SG’s message during a ceremony organized by NGO Ra’ad Charity Institute on the occasion the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at the Ra’ad auditorium on 3 December 2018. The ceremony began by remarks of Head of Board of Directors of Ra’ad Charity Institute Dr. Maryam Rasoulian who welcomed the participants and said rights to job, marriage, education etc. are for everyone living in any society and thus disabled persons should not be excluded from their rights.   Ra’ad Charity Institute officials giving...
november-2018-marks-lowest-casualty-figures-in-iraq-in-6-years TEHRAN, 3 December 2018 (UNIC) – A total of 41 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 73 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in November 2018*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The figures include ordinary citizens and others considered civilians at the time of death or injury, such as police in non-combat functions, civil defence, personal security teams, facilities protection police and fire department personnel. The Special Representative for Iraq of the United Nations...
signing-of-a-joint-interoffice-memorandum-to-strengthen-un-collaboration-to-prevent-and-alleviate-suffrage-of-children-and-their-families-as-related-to-drugs TEHRAN, 3 December 2018 (UNIC) – The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in the Islamic Republic of Iran (UNODC), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) in the Islamic Republic of Iran and World Health Organization (WHO) in the Islamic Republic of Iran signed today a joint Interoffice Memorandum to prevent and alleviate suffrage of Children and their families as related to drugs.The ceremony took place in Tehran Milad Tower and on the sideline of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) High Level Committee Annual Meeting, with the support of the Islamic...
more-than-1b-people-with-disability-in-the-world TEHRAN, 3 December 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day of Persons with Disability, 3 December 2018, said more than 1 billion people in the world live with some form of disability.The full text of his message reads: More than 1 billion people in the world live with some form of disability. In many societies, persons with disabilities often end up disconnected, living in isolation and facing discrimination. In its pledge to leave no one behind, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development represents a commitment to...
unesco-and-unicef-support-the-community-based-simultaneous-earthquake-and-safety-drill On 28 November 2018, UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office and UNICEF Iran supported the 4th community-based and community-led earthquake drill in Iran.   In 2015, the strategic committee of the International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES) started a pilot project to transform schools into temporary crises management hubs to serve the local community at the time of disaster. In this initiative, students, schools staff, and local community living in the vicinity of safe schools are adequately trained on the basics of disaster preparedness and early response....
briefing-on-un-un4u-for-teachers-in-tehran TEHRAN - A group of 17 teachers from different districts of Tehran, were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs as well as SDGs by UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam at UN conference room 2 December 2018.   Group photograph of teachers participating in UN4U session TEHRAN - A group of 17 teachers from different districts of Tehran, were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs as well as SDGs by UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam at UN conference room 2 December 2018.     Teachers listening to UNIC NIO Moghadam...
more-than-35m-have-died-of-an-aids-related-illness-un-chief TEHRAN, 1 December 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2018, said more than 35 million have died of an AIDS-related illness.The full text of his message reads: Thirty years after the first World AIDS Day, the response to HIV stands at a crossroads. Which way we turn may define the course of the epidemic—whether we will end AIDS by 2030, or whether future generations will carry on bearing the burden of this devastating disease.  More than 77 million people have become infected with HIV, and more than 35...
onehealth-tool-training-for-economists-and-public-health-scientists-and-validation UNFPA is committed to the government of the I. R. Iran to support the development and implementation of comprehensive strategies policies on the provision of integrated, high impact, accessible affordable and high quality Reproductive and Maternal Health (RMH) and HIV services, for the entire population. In the line of this collaborative commitment, the mandate and expertise in UNFPA, it disposes to support the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME) to implement the costing of an integrated reproductive and maternal health service packages for the entire Iranian...
un-chief-urged-israel-palestine-to-restore-promise-and-viability-of-the-two-state-solution TEHRAN, 29 November 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, 29 November 2018, urged Israel, Palestine and all others with influence to restore the promise and viability of the two-state solution.The full text of his message reads: This year’s International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People takes place at a time of turmoil, trouble and torment. The decades-long Palestinian struggle for self-determination, independence and a life of dignity faces numerous obstacles,...
unesco-and-unicef-co-organize-a-4-day-training-workshop-on-educational-planning-for-disaster-risk-reduction-tehran-26-to-29-november-2018 UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, UNICEF Iran, the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO (NatCom), and the Ministry of Education (MoE) have partnered together to organize the training workshop on Educational Planning for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) from 26 to 29 November 2018 at Bashgah-e-Farhangian in Tehran. The training builds on the Government of Iran’s efforts to improve its response capacity to natural disasters. More concretely, the workshop will feature practical and participatory sessions on analysing risk of natural disasters in the education sector and development of programmes...
commemoration-of-interntional-day-for-the-elimination-of-violence-against-women TEHRAN - UNIC Reference Assistance Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani delivered the SG’s message on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women during a conference held at UN conference room to mark Interntional Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 26 November 2018. The seminar was organized by the Institute for Safeguarding Women’s Rights (ISWR) in partnership with UNIC Tehran.   Group photo of participants in the seminar marking Interntional Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women TEHRAN - UNIC Reference Assistance...
wfp-welcomes-german-contribution-to-support-refugees-in-iran TEHRAN –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a supplementary contribution of €1 million (approximately US$1.1 million) from the German Federal Foreign Office to support the most vulnerable Afghan and Iraqi refugees living in settlements in the Islamic Republic of Iran. WFP will use the funds to provide both cash and food assistance to address refugee families’ most pressing needs. Cash empowers refugees to buy food of their own choosing and diversify their diet. The local economy receives a boost as well, particularly at markets around settlements. “The...
fair-and-equal-world-without-violence-against-women-guterres TEHRAN, 25 November 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on Interntional Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2018, said not until the half of our population represented by women and girls can live free from fear, violence and everyday insecurity, can we truly say we live in a fair and equal world. The full text of his message reads: Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic.  It is a moral affront to all women and girls, a mark of shame on all our societies and a major obstacle to inclusive,...
joint-un-statement-on-international-day-for-the-elimination-of-violence-against-women Statement by the Heads of UN agencies, UNFPA, UNDP, UNICEF and UN WOMEN, calling for solidarity with survivors and survivor advocates and women’s human rights defenders who are working to prevent and end violence against women and girls. To commemorate this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Secretary-General’s UNiTE Campaign is calling upon us to stand in solidarity with survivors and survivor advocates and women’s human rights defenders who are working to prevent and end violence against women and girls. Our duty is not only to...
international-children-s-day-commemorated-in-dat Qazvin - On the occasion of International Children's Day, a ceremony was held at the library of the Disability Association of Tavana (DAT) on 22 November 2018. More than 100 people, including a number of mothers who have children with disability and DAT personnel were present in the ceremony.   Children participating in the ceremony marking International Children's Day at Disability Association of Tavana (DAT) Qazvin - On the occasion of International Children'sDay, a ceremony was held at the library of the Disability Association of Tavana (DAT) on 22 November 2018....
iran-hosts-first-who-training-of-trainer-program-on-emergency-unit-management-in-region Kish Island, 21 November 2018: World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education today started conducting a four-day (21-24 November 2018) Training of Trainer (ToT) program on Emergency Unit Management in Kish Island to empower capacity of the relevant institutes and individuals in the country as the first move in the region.   Dr Christoph Hamelmann, WHO Representative to Iran in a message to the opening ceremony of the program by underscoring the importance of enhancing the resilience of national health systems through...
un4u-at-french-school More than 70 students and teachers from the French School in Tehran learned more about UN history, UN values, agenda of UN Secretary-General and what UN does in Iran. Maria Dotsenko, UNIC Director spoke to students and answered their questions at the French School on 19 November 2018.   UNIC Director Dotsenko briefing More than 70 students and teachers from the French School in Tehran More than 70 students and teachers from the French School in Tehran learned more about UN history, UN values, agenda of UN Secretary-General and what UN does in Iran.  Maria Dotsenko, UNIC...
navigating-the-un-website-on-universal-children-s-day Tehran – Children and Youth Research Centre of Alzahra University with cooperation of United Nations Information Centre held a “Finding UN Information and Documentation” training session with a focus on children issues for some 30 students of different fields of studies at the faculty of Social Sciences and Economics on 20 November 2018. The session was organized on the occasion of Universal Children’s Day.   Finding UN information and documentation workshop participants Tehran – Children and Youth Research Centre of Alzahra University with cooperation of...
briefing-on-un-un4u-for-students-of-science-and-culture-university A group of 40 under graduate law students and two professors from the Faculty of Law of Science and Culture University in Tehran, were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs as well as SDGs by UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam at UN conference room 20 November 2018. He also elaborated on job opportunities in the UN System as well as internship in UNIC Tehran and answered the participants’ questions. Copies of the Persian version of UN System Chart, UDHR, UN Charter and UN Cards were given to the participants.   Group photo of students and...
who-ready-to-assist-iran-in-improving-road-safety-measures 20 November 2018: Representative of World Health Organization (WHO) in Iran, today at the 4th National Traffic and Safety Conference expressed readiness of WHO to expand supporting Iran in reduction of road traffic fatalities and injuries.  During his opening remarks addressing hundreds of high ranking officers and experts of University of Traffic Police, Dr. Christoph Hamelmann underscored that currently WHO is working with the Ministry of Health and Medical Education and other stakeholders including Police Department of the Islamic Republic of Iran (NAJA) on the implementation...
un-committed-to-promote-africa-s-industrial-development-un-chief TEHRAN, 20 November 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on Africa Industrialization Day 20 November 2018, reaffirmed the UN’s strong commitment to strongly promote Africa’s industrial development as a key driver for realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The full text of his message reads: Inclusive and sustainable industrial development is critical for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Africa. It generates jobs, reduces poverty, hunger and inequality, empowers women, expands opportunities for...
commemoration-of-70th-anniversary-of-ilc TERHAN – Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) in partnership with UNIC Tehran commemorated the 70th Anniversary of establishment of UN International Law Commission (ILC) at the House of Humanities Intellectuals (HHI) in the presence of a large number of international law professors and students on 19 November 2018. The seminar began by remarks of the IAUNS President Dr. Nasrin Mosaffa who elaborated on ILC.   Dr Nasrin Mosaffa delivering her opening remarks TERHAN – Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) in partnership with UNIC Tehran commemorated...
iran-implementing-its-commitments-under-nuclear-deal International Atomic Energy Agency Director General's Statement to the 73rd Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly: (As prepared for delivery) Madam President, Let me begin by expressing my regret that I cannot be present for this 73rd Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly. There have been important developments in many areas of the IAEA’s activities since I last had the honour of addressing the General Assembly. Many of these are covered by the IAEA Annual Report 2017, which has been distributed. The Agency now implements safeguards in 181 countries,...
who-envoy-to-iran-highlights-commitment-to-serve-vulnerable-in-time-of-conflicts-and-sanctions Dr. Christoph Hamelmann, Representative of World Health Organization (WHO) in Iran by attending a three-day (14-16 November 2018) international congress on “Health for Peace” in Shiraz highlighted the mission of the Organization to promote health, keep the world safe, and serving particularly the vulnerable in the time of conflicts and sanctions. By referring to the new WHO General Programme of Work for 2019-2023 he said, our three strategic goals are focused on achieving universal health coverage, addressing health emergencies, and promoting healthier populations that will...
un-iran-partnership-historical-photos-documents-exhibited-in-tabriz TABRIZ – An Exhibition of Historical Photos and Documents on UN-Iran Partnership was inaugurated at the Gallery of Cinema House of Bahman 22nd in Tabriz, the capital of the East Azarbaijan Province on 12 November 2018 by UNIC Director Maria Dotsenko and Deputy Governor of East Azarbaijan Province, Rahim Shohratifar in the presence of Tabriz Bureau Chief of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) Mohammad Azizirad, his team Dr Babai, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Representative, Dr Izadi, Dean of Law Faculty of Tabriz University and other journalists and public....
the-doll-wins-unicef-award-as-the-best-iranian-short-film-on-children UNICEF award in the 35th Tehran International Short Film Festival went to the Iranian movie “The Doll' directed by Ali Delkari which highlighted the mental and educational consequences of child marriage. The award included a trophy and a Canon5D camera. UNICEF Iran Goodwill Ambassador, Mahtab Keramati, handed the award to the winner. UNICEF also gave an appreciation certificate to the movie “Citizen of War” directed by Ahmad Zayeri which highlighted the painful consequences of war on children.     
civilians-caught-in-sanctions-crossfire-need-geneva-convention-protection-says-un-expert Sanctions that extend beyond national borders, and which seek to block a country’s trade altogether, amount to economic warfare against civilians, an independent expert appointed by the Human Rights Council says. "These civilians deserve the same protections provided by the Geneva Conventions to people in war," said Idriss Jazairy, the Special Rapporteur on the effect of sanctions on human rights. "There is a need for differences between States to be resolved through peaceful means as advocated by the UN Charter, while avoiding exposing innocent civilians to collective...
urban-resilience-and-habitat-improvement-disaster-risk-management-and-built-environment-workshop-began-in-tehran Tehran, 13 November 2018 (UN-Habitat Tehran) - “Urban Resilience and Habitat Improvement, Disaster Risk Management and Built Environment” workshop for urban managers and decision makers within the framework of UN-Habitat Afghanistan’s “Project for City Resilience (PCR)” began on 11 November 2018 at the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Secretariat in Tehran, Iran. This workshop is co-hosted and supported by the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Secretariat and the UN-Habitat Offices in Kabul and Tehran. The participants of this workshop are a...
on-the-70th-anniversary-of-establishment-of-the-un-depository-library-islamic-consultative-assembly-librarians-learn-more-about-the-un Tehran – A training session on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” was held for some 20 librarians of the Library, Museum and Documentation Centre of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majles-e Shora-ye Eslami) at the Museum on 5 November 2018. The session started with welcoming words of the Director of the Documentation Centre of the Islamic Consultative Assembly Dr Ali Tatari. He briefly talked about the importance of the UN Depository Library in the Islamic Consultative Assembly that was established 70 years ago on May 1948. He mentioned that on this 70th anniversary,...
un-habitat-tehran-celebrates-world-cities-day-2018 UN-Habitat Tehran in a joint collaboration with the Deputy of Urban Planning and Architecture Ministry of Roads and Urban Development of Islamic Republic of Iran and Urban Regeneration Company of Iran and Vartan House conducted “Resilient Cities” dialogue on the occasion of  World Cities Day 2018 on Tuesday, 6 November 2018 at Vartan House.    The meeting was attended by Mr. Mohammad Saeed Izadi,  Deputy Minister of Urban Planning and Architecture, Ms. Zahra Bahramnezhad, Member of Tehran City Council, Mr. Siamak Moghaddam, Chief of UN-Habitat Tehran...
world-tsunami-awareness-day-an-opportunity-to-emphasize-on-importance-of-disaster-prevention-preparedness-un-chief TEHRAN, 5 November 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonito Guterres in his message for World Tsunami Awareness Day, 5 November 2018, said the Day is an opportunity to emphasize again the importance of disaster prevention and preparedness, including early warning, public education, science to better understand and predict tsunamis, and development that takes account of risk in seismic zones and exposed coastal areas.The full text of his message reads: Tsunamis are rare but devastating.  I saw this first-hand during my recent visit to Sulawesi, Indonesia, shortly...
expert-meeting-on-resilience-to-slow-onset-disasters-including-sand-and-dust-storms-to-be-held-in-tehran TEHRAN, 4 November 2018 (UNIC) – “The Experts Consultation Meeting on Regional Cooperation for Building Resilience to Slow-Onset Disasters Including Sand and Dust Storms and Information Management for Cross-border Disasters in Asia and the Pacific” will be held at Espinas Hotel in Tehran, on 5-6 November 2018. In Asia and the Pacific, the world’s most disaster-prone region, many of the disasters including sand and dust storms, are cross-border in nature. The region has the world’s two most seismically active fault lines which cross many national frontiers. It also has...
terrorists-killed-wounded-174-iraqis-in-october-2018-un TEHRAN, 4 November 2018 (UNIC) – A total of 69 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 105 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in October 2018*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).The figures include ordinary citizens and others considered civilian at the time of death or injury, such as police in non-combat functions, civil defence, personal security teams, facilities protection police and fire department personnel. These are the lowest monthly casualty figures since UNAMI began publishing...
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guterres-88-journalists-have-been-killed-this-year TEHRAN, 1 November 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, 2 November 2018, while announcing that at least 88 journalists have been killed this year alone, called on Governments and the international community to protect journalists and create the conditions they need to do their work.The full text of his message reads: In just over a decade, more than a thousand journalists have been killed while carrying out their indispensable work. Nine out of ten cases are...
people-on-the-move People have been on the move since time immemorial. Today, the number of international migrants worldwide stands at 258 million, about 3.4 per cent of the world’s population. Nearly half of them are female. Amongst migrants born in a developing country – 72 per cent of the global total – less than half are hosted in developed countries. There are also 22.5 million refugees fleeing conflict or persecution in their home countries. The vast majority of them are hosted by developing countries. For instance, the bulk of Syrian refugees, over 4 million, are hosted by Turkey, Lebanon...
build-sustainable-resilient-cities-that-provide-safety-opportunities-for-all-guterres TEHRAN, 31 October 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on World Cities Day, 31 October 2018, called for building sustainable and resilient cities that provide safety and opportunities for all.The full text of his message reads: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the New Urban Agenda together provide a roadmap for a more sustainable and resilient world.  How our cities develop will have significant implications for realizing the future we...
un-habitat-executive-director-world-cities-day-message  As Urban October comes to an end, a month dedicated to raising awareness on urban challenges, successes and sustainability, faced by cities and human settlements around the world, I am delighted to learn that an unprecedented number of global celebrations marking this month have taken place around the world. This month, over 100 events have taken place across almost 50 cities and nearly 30 countries. For World Cities Day on 31 October, we expect some 20 events to take place around the world, with the global observance being celebrated this year in the city of Liverpool, United...
un-family-with-its-multilingual-and-multinational-kids-celebrates-un-day-in-iran Tehran: UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Ugochi Daniels invited children of UN staff to mark the UN Day together with the UN family on 25 October 2018 at the UN Office in Tehran. “When I spoke to these very curious and bright children, I thought how proud I am to serve United Nations and what an important mission we have.  I reflected how fortunate I was as a young Nigerian girl to grow up in a family which provided me with the love, freedom and opportunity to grow, study and develop professionally and personally.  As an adult, I am blessed to have the support of my loving...
29-october-2018-briefing-on-un-un4u-for-soureh-university-students A group of 13 under graduate students from the Soureh University in Tehran and their professor Dr. Reza Farrokhnejad, were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs as well as SDGs by UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam at UN conference room 29 October 2018. He also answered the participants’ questions and spoke about 70th anniversary of the UDHR.  Copies of the Persian version of UN System Chart, UDHR, UN Charter and UN Cards were given to the participants.    
the-role-of-medical-universities-in-islamic-republic-of-iran-s-health-system-translating-evidence-into-action 25 October 2018 – The term “University” strikes one as a purely degree-based academic institute for higher education and research. In the Islamic Republic of Iran, medical universities have a unique role as laboratory, engine and responsible driver of an integrated system for health services and medical education, combining service and systems innovations with production of the next generation health workforces and with the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of public sector health service delivery, including its management and governance functions.   Kerman...
un-day-commemorated-at-allameh-tabatabaee-u TEHRAN - UNIC Director Maria Dotsenko delivered a speech during a seminar organized by Organization for Defending Victims of Terror (ADVT) and Allameh Tababatabaee University (ATU) at the auditorium of Faculty of Law and Political Science of the University, followed by video screening of the SG’s UN Day message on 28 October 2018.   From left to right: Dr. Nazhandimanesh, Dr. Zamani, Dr. Rayejianasl and Mr. Ghahremimanamen TEHRAN - UNIC Director Maria Dotsenko delivered a speech during a seminar organized by Organization for Defending Victims of Terror (ADVT) and...
iauns-unic-commemorate-un-day TEHRAN - UNIC NIO Mohammad Moghadam delivered the SG’s UN Day message during a seminar entitled “the impacts and outlook of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Order on the case regarding violations of the 1955 Treaty of Amity and return of US sanctions against Iran” held on the occasion of the UN Day 2018 at House of Humanities Intellectuals (HHI) on 25 October 2018.   From right to left: Dr. Beigzadeh, Dr. Asgari , Dr. Mohebi and Dr. Azari TEHRAN - UNIC NIO Mohammad Moghadam delivered the SG’s UN Day message during a seminar entitled “the impacts and...
unesco-concludes-two-day-capacity-building-workshop-on-innovative-use-of-ict-for-persons-with-disabilities The UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, in cooperation with the Raad Charity Complex, the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, the University of Applied Science and Technology and the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology organized a two-day capacity building workshop on the “Innovative Use of ICTs for Persons with Disabilities with a focus on Open Educational Resources (OER)” in Tehran on 24-25 October 2018. The two-day workshop took place in Ra’ad Charity Complex and brought together 40 participants from different governmental organizations including Ministry of...
workshop-for-graduate-students-of-iau-kermanshah-branch-on-the-occasion-of-the-un-day Tehran 24 October 2018 – Iranian International Studies Association in partnership with United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) held a workshop for some 15 graduate students of Islamic Azad University Kermanshah Branch on the UN Day 24 October 2018 at the UN building. The students were accompanied by their professor Anahita Motazed. The session was started by UNIC Director Dr Maria Dotsenko. She congratulated the participants on the UN Day and reminded them that Iran is among the founding Member States of the UN in 1945. Then she briefed them on 73 years of cooperation between the...
helpage-asia-pacific-regional-conference-opening-ceremony-23rd-october-2018-tehran-iran The first day of HelpAge Asia-Pacific Regional Conference was held in partnership with UNFPA and the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare and State Welfare Organization in Tehran. The conference addresses the family, community and state in aging societies and its focus is to pave the way for planning policies and programmes on ageing.  Three main areas of Health, Social inclusion and income security are the themes for group discussion.  All participants including, experts, policy makers, academia from international organizations will have the opportunity to share...
on-un-day-guterres-calls-for-upholding-dignity-for-all-as-united-nations TEHRAN, 24 October 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on United Nations Day, 24 October 2018, called for upholding dignity for one and all, as united nations.The full text of his message reads: United Nations Day marks the birthday of our founding Charter – the landmark document that embodies the hopes, dreams and aspirations of “we the peoples”. Every day, the women and men of the United Nations work to give practical meaning to that Charter.  Despite the odds and the obstacles, we never give up.  Extreme poverty is being...
briefing-on-un-un4u-for-soureh-university-students TEHRAN - A group of 14 under graduate students from the Soureh University in Tehran, were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs as well as SDGs by UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam at UN conference room 22 October 2018. He also answered the participants’ questions. He also spoke about 70th anniversary of the UDHR.  Copies of the Persian version of UN System Chart, UDHR, UN Charter and UN Cards were given to the participants.           
simulation-of-the-international-court-of-justice-icj TERHAN - International Studies Journal (ISJ) and UNIC held simulation of the International Court of Justice(ICJ) dealing with ICJ’s order on “Alleged Violations of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights (Islamic Republic of Iran v. United States of America) at UN conference room on 18 October 2018.   Participants in the simulation of the International Court of Justice(ICJ) TERHAN - International Studies Journal (ISJ) and UNIC held simulation of the International Court of Justice(ICJ) dealing with ICJ’s order on “Alleged Violations of...
secretary-general-appoints-geir-o-pedersen-of-norway-as-special-envoy-for-syria  United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Geir O. Pedersen of Norway as his Special Envoy for Syria.  The Secretary-General takes this opportunity to reiterate his deepest gratitude to Staffan de Mistura of Italy for his concerted efforts and contributions to the search for peace in Syria.  Mr. Pedersen brings to this position decades of political and diplomatic experience, having served both in government and United Nations capacities, most recently as Norway’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China (since 2017) and as...
the-power-to-choose-the-number-timing-and-spacing-of-children-can-bolster-economic-and-social-development-new-unfpa-report-shows UNITED NATIONS, New York, 17 October 2018--The global trend towards smaller families is a reflection of people making reproductive choices to have as few or as many children as they want, when they want. When people lack choice, it can have a long-term impact on fertility rates, often making themhigher or lower than what most people desire, according to The State of World Population 2018, publishedtoday by UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Family size is closely linked with reproductive rights, which, in turn, are tied to many other rights, including...
nearly-1b-people-have-escaped-poverty-since-1993-guterres TEHRAN, 17 October 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 17 October 2018, announced that since 1993, nearly 1 billion people have escaped poverty.The full text of his message reads: Twenty-five years ago, the world commemorated the first International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.  Since then, nearly 1 billion people have escaped poverty, thanks to political leadership, inclusive economic development and international cooperation. However, many are still being left behind....
october-2018-students-of-international-relations-learned-more-about-the-un-website The UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran held a workshop on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” for some 16 graduate students of international relations from the University of Tehran, Faculty of Law and Political Science on 16 October 2018 at the UN Office in Tehran. The students’ professor Dr. Nasrin Mosaffa organized the programme in cooperation with UNIC.   Finding UN information and documentation workshop participants The UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran held a workshop on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” for some 16 graduate...
some-820m-people-still-suffer-from-hunger-un-chief TEHRAN, 16 October 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on World Food Day, 16 October 2018, while saying that about 820 million people still suffer from hunger, called for a world in which every person has access to a healthy and nutritious diet.The full text of his message reads: In our world of plenty, one person in nine does not have enough to eat. About 820 million people still suffer from hunger. Most of them are women. Some 155 million children are chronically malnourished and may endure the effects of stunting for their entire...
scientific-confab-marked-international-day-for-disaster-reduction TEHRAN - UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam read the SG’s message on the International Day for Disaster Reduction during a scientific seminar entitled “Resilience for All”, organized by the Faculty of Health of the University of Tehran on 15 October 2018.   Dr. Abbas Taghizadeh (right) and Mostafa Mohaghegh TEHRAN - UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam read the SG’s message on the International Day for Disaster Reduction during a scientific seminar entitled “Resilience for All”, organized by the Faculty of Health of the...
progress-for-all-by-investing-in-well-being-of-rural-women-guterres TEHRAN, 15 October 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day for Rural Women, 15 October 2018, said by investing in the well-being, livelihoods and resilience of rural women and girls, we make progress for all. The full text of his message reads: The empowerment of rural women and girls is essential to building a prosperous, equitable and peaceful future for all on a healthy planet. It is needed for achieving gender equality, ensuring decent work for all, eradicating poverty and hunger and taking climate action. Yet,...
interview-with-leila-joudane-unfpa-representative-in-i-r-iran   Please tell us about the current situation of older people and population ageing in Iran. How have the demographic configuration and family dynamics changed over the past 10 years? Iran is among the countries where fertility has declined sharply, in our case from about 7 children per woman in the 1980s to 2.01 in 2016. Given this fertility decline, and the large post-revolution baby-boom generation, and despite its current young-age structure, Iran will experience rapid population ageing in the next three decades. It’s predicted that the number and proportion of...
data-collection-on-disasters-is-crucial-for-progress-on-crisis-prevention-guterres TEHRAN, 13 October 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on International Day for Disaster Reduction, 13 October 2018, said data collection on disasters is crucial for progress on crisis prevention. The full text of his message reads: This year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction falls shortly after a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia showed yet again the urgency of resilience and risk-awareness. Disasters have a steep human cost. Millions of people are displaced every year, losing their homes and jobs because of...
promotion-of-the-world-space-week-at-shahid-beheshti-university Shahid Beheshti University (SBU) with cooperation of Iranian Space Agency, Aero-Space Research Centre, the Institute of Public Law Studies of University of Tehran and United Nations Information Centre held a seminar on space law and outer space on the occasion of World Space week with participation of more than 50 students of international law at the Faculty of Law, Shahid Beheshti University (SBU) on 9 October 2018. The guests of honour of the seminar were the President of the Institute of Public Law Studies of University of Tehran and Speaker of the Guardian Council Dr Abasali...
on-int-l-girl-child-day-guterres-calls-for-supporting-every-girl-to-reach-her-full-potential TEHRAN, 11 October 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October 2018, called for recommitment to supporting every girl to develop her skills, enter the workforce on equal terms and reach her full potential.The full text of his message reads: Today, 600 million adolescent girls are preparing to enter a world of work transformed by innovation and automation. They are the largest generation in history and a vast source of ideas and solutions for all career fields. Yet far too often, girls are not...
armenian-children-commemorate-international-day-of-girl-child TEHRAN - UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam read excerpts from the SG’s message on the International Day of Girl Child by phone for some 147 girl children of Armenian “Toonian” primary school in Tehran, as part of the school’s ceremony marking the Day on 10 October 2018. At the end of the ceremony the children placed their hand prints on a banner which in the Armenian Language congratulated the International Day of Girl Child.   Group photo of children from Toonian school TEHRAN - UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam read...
one-in-five-young-people-will-experience-a-mental-health-problem-this-year-guterres TEHRAN, 10 October 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2018, warned that one in five young people will experience a mental health problem this year.The full text of his message reads: Health encompasses both physical and mental well-being. Yet for too long, mental health has been mostly an afterthought, despite its overwhelming impacts on communities and young people, everywhere. This year’s World Mental Health Day focuses on young people. One in five young people will experience a mental health...
un-chief-lauded-world-s-postal-sector-for-its-efforts-to-advance-progress-for-all TEHRAN, 9 October 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on World Post Day, 9 October 2018, encouraged the world’s postal sector to continue its laudable efforts to advance progress for all and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.The full text of his message reads:   With more than 600,000 offices across the globe, the postal sector is one of the world’s largest logistical networks and a vital center of community life everywhere. This year’s observance of World Post Day highlights the sector’s value not just for delivering...
icj-and-its-order-in-the-dispute-between-islamic-republic-of-iran-and-united-states-of-america Tehran – Shahid Beheshti University (SBU) held a session at the university on 3 October 2018 with participation of some 40 students of international law from different universities with the subject of “The International Court of Justice (ICJ) and its order on a dispute between Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States of America.” At the beginning of the session and after the screening of a video on ICJ with Persian subtitles, translated by UNIC interns, UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani briefed the participants on how to navigate through the...
icj-us-iran-sanctions The International Court of Justice (ICJ) unanimously ruled today that the United States “shall remove, by means of its choosing, any impediments” to the free export of humanitarian needs to Iran arising from its withdrawal from the nuclear deal. ICJ  https://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/unifeed/asset/2253/2253429/ ***
on-the-interntional-day-of-non-violence-specialized-workshop-entitled-finding-solutions-and-no-to-violence-was-held Tehran - the Organization for Defending Victims of Violence (ODVV) on the International Day of Non-Violence, held a specialized workshop entitled “Finding Solutions and No to Violence” in the presence of 50 psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers on 3 October 2018 in the conference hall of the ODVV. This workshop aimed at disseminating the message of “A World Without Violence” through education and raising public awareness, with emphasis on the principle of non-violence as a global connection to “ensure the culture of peace, tolerance, mutual understanding and...
the-first-brainstorming-workshop-on-implementation-of-the-international-guidelines-on-urban-and-territorial-planning The first Brainstorming Workshop on “Implementation of the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning” was held on 3 October 2018 at the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development. This workshop aimed at introducing the general framework and objectives of the UN-Habitat “International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning” (IG-UTP) and collaboration possibilities with partners. In this workshop, Mr. Siamak Moghaddam, Chief of UN-Habitat Tehran Office gave the welcome speech. Mr. Farzin...
terrorists-killed-injured-254-iraqis-in-september-un TEHRAN, 2 October 2018 (UNIC) – A total of 75 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 179 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in September 2018*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).The figures include ordinary citizens and others considered civilian at the time of death or injury, such as police in non-combat functions, civil defence, personal security teams, facilities protection police and fire department personnel. Of the overall figures recorded by UNAMI for the month of September, 71...
cooperation-of-governmental-and-non-governmental-organizations-and-people-key-strategy-for-integrated-management-and-urban-regeneration-celebration-of-world-habitat-day-2018 Monday, 1 October 2018 (UN-Habitat) - UN-Habitat Tehran celebrated World Habitat Day 2018 with the theme "Urban Solid Waste Management", in collaboration with Environment Management and Sustainable Development Center, Waste Management Organization, Tehran Research and Planning Center, Communication and International Affairs Center Tehran Municipality, as well as Urban Regeneration Company of Iran. Mr. Hoshang Ashayeri, Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development and Managing Director of Urban Regeneration Company of Iran, Mr. Reza Abdoli, Managing Director of Tehran Municipality...
un-iran-partnership-historical-photos-documents-exhibited-in-yazd YAZD – An Exhibition of Historical Photos and Documents on UN-Iran Partnership was inaugurated at the Art and Culture Treasure House in Yazd City, the capital of the Yazd Province on 29 September 2018 by UNIC Director Maria Dotsenko and Deputy Governor of Yazd Province, Mohammad Ali Talebi in the presence of Director General of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Yazd, Seyed Mostafa Fatemi; Bureau Chief of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) in Yazd, Kazem Shamlou; his team, other journalists and public.   Inauguration ceremony of Exhibition of...
workshop-on-the-occasion-of-international-day-of-peace-at-tehran-peace-museum Tehran - In a joint event on the occasion of International Day of Peace, held on 26 September 2018 at the Tehran Peace Museum with support of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), some 25 researchers and students were briefed about retrieving the UN-related information and documentation. The discussion focused on peace and security as well as the chemical weapons. Among the participants there were victims of Iran-Iraq war: Director of the Museum Mr. Mohammad Reza Taghipoor Moghadam and Mr. Alireza Yazdanpanah, who also volunteers at the Tehran Peace Museum, despite of his...
seminar-and-photo-exhibition-on-international-day-of-peace TEHRAN - The Cultural Institute of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Tehran commemorated International Day of Peace by holding a seminar and UN-Iran partnership photo exhibition at the Institute’s premises on Sunday 30 September 2018. Foreign diplomats stationed in Tehran as well as Iranian celebrities and intellectuals attended the seminar whose speakers were President of ECO Cultural Institute Dr Mohammad Mehdi Mazaheri, UNIC Director Dr Maria Dotsenko and Director General...
participation-of-islamic-republic-of-iran-in-malaria-e-2020-global-forum Dr Seyed Mehdi Tabatabaei, Deputy for Public Health at Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, participated on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, in the second annual global forum on malaria-eliminating countries held in San José, Costa Rica from 11 to 13 June 2018. Dr Tabatabaei presented the progress and challenges of the Islamic Republic of Iran with regard to malaria elimination and in an exclusive interview for the Global Malaria Programme, highlighted the main strategies being undertaken to achieve the 2020 target of zero indigenous transmission of...
elimination-of-trachoma-as-a-public-health-problem-in-islamic-republic-of-iran 17 September 2018 – Recently, the Islamic Republic of Iran prepared a dossier on the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem which provided information on the current epidemiological situation of trachoma in the country and the systems for identifying and managing patients with Chlamydia trachomatis. Trachoma is the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness and one of 20 neglected tropical diseases that affect over one billion of the world’s poorest people.  Minooshahr, Khuzestan province, Islamic Republic of Iran; ophthalmologic exam and surveillance visit in...
development-and-implementation-of-national-antimicrobial-resistance-action-plan September 2018 – The Ministry of Health and Medical Education of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in collaboration with stockholders from other ministries (such as Ministry of Agriculture-Jahad) and the Food and Drug Administration, has developed a national antimicrobial resistance action plan. It is aligned with the Global Action Plan and follows an incremental approach according to country-specific needs, reflecting the AMR development and making best use of available resources using a multisectoral approach.   WHO has provided support to the Ministry of Health and Medical Education...
on-world-tourism-day-guterres-calls-on-governments-to-support-digital-technologies-that-can-bring-the-benefits-of-tourism-to-all TEHRAN, 27 September 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on World Tourism Day, 27 September 2018, called on governments to support digital technologies that can bring the benefits of tourism to all.The full text of his message reads The wide reach of tourism into many sectors, from infrastructure and energy to transport and sanitation, and its huge impact on job creation, make it a vital contributor to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. At the same time, tourism plays a pivotal role in advancing cultural understanding and...
commemoration-of-international-day-of-peace TEHARN - The Ambassadors of Peace and Friendship Group in partnership with UNIC Tehran commemorated Interntional Day of Peace during a ceremony held at UN conference room on Wednesday 26 September 2018. The ceremony began by UNIC Director Maria Dotsenko’s speech. She also delivered the SG’s message for a number of intellectuals and celebrities such as eminent Iranian writer best known for his children's and young adult fiction, Houshang Moradi Kermani; composer and conductor Loris Haykasi Tjeknavorian and actress Shabnam Qolikhani.   Participants in the International Peace...
unami-condemns-attack-in-ahvaz TEHRAN, 23 September 2018 (UNIC) – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, including its Liaison Office in Tehran, strongly condemns the terrorist attack which took place on Saturday 22 September in the city of Ahvaz in the Islamic Republic of Iran, in which military personnel and civilians, including children, were killed or injured.The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq offers its sincere condolences to the Government and people of Iran, in particular to the families of those who lost their lives, and wishes the injured a rapid and complete...
in-the-name-of-lasting-peace-for-all-promote-and-defend-human-rights-un-chief TEHRAN, 21 September 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day of Peace called for all people to promote and defend human rights.The full text of his message reads: This year we mark International Day of Peace as we prepare to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This foundational document is a reminder that peace takes root when people are free from hunger, poverty and oppression and can thrive and prosper.  With the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as our guide, we must...
one-day-workshop-on-the-un-its-trade-and-financial-organizations-youth-and-entrepreneurship The United Nation Information Centre (UNIC) supported a workshop organized by the NGO “Non-Stop Event”, the Iranian Association for United Nations Studies (IAUNS) and Department for Youth Affairs of Tehran Province Sport and Youth Office, which was held at the UN conference room for some 30 members of the NGOs, students and entrepreneurs. UNIC National Information Officer Mr Mohammad Moghadam opened the session and after his welcoming words, he introduced the UN and its history, the main organs and some basic facts about this international organization.   Finding UN...
tackling-economic-political-inequalities-invigorates-democracy-un-chief TEHRAN, 13 September 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day of Democracy, 15 September 2018, said by tackling economic and political inequalities, democracy would be invigorated.The full text of his message reads: Democracy is showing greater strain than at any time in decades. That is why this International Day should make us look for ways to invigorate democracy and seek answers for the systemic challenges it faces. This means tackling inequality, both economic and political.  It means making our democracies...
unic-tehran-interns-win-plural-video-festival-award TEHRAN, 12 September 2018 (UNIC) – The Iranian United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Interns have won the awards of “the Paley Center for Media” as well as “the Media Education Centre” of the Plural+ video festival.PLURAL+ is a joint initiative between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration(IOM), with a network of over 50 partner organizations, that support the creative efforts of young people and distribute their videos worldwide PLURAL+ is a youth-produced video festival which encourages young people to...
direct-existential-threat-of-climate-change-nears-point-of-no-return-warns-un-chief TEHRAN, 11 September 2018 (UNIC) -- The world risks crossing the point of no return on climate change, with disastrous consequences for people across the planet and the natural systems that sustain them, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned on Monday, calling for more leadership and greater ambition for climate action, to reverse course.The pledge made by world leaders in the Paris Agreement three years ago to stop temperature rising by less than 2-degree-Celsius and working to keep the increase as close as possible to 1.5-degree-Celsius, “were really the...
new-un-resident-coordinator-presents-credentials-to-foreign-minister-zarif Tehran, 10 September 2018 – The incoming United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ms. Ugochi Daniels, presented her Credentials to His Excellency, Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs on 10 September, officially taking up her post in-country. During the meeting, H.E. Foreign Minister Zarif and Ms. Daniels discussed prospects for deepening the strategic partnership between the Government of I.R. of Iran and the United Nations. Ms. Daniels talking to Dr. Zarif Tehran, 10 September 2018 – The...
azad-university-students-learn-about-the-un-website-at-the-unic-office As per request of Ms Zahra Hosseinpour student of Science and Research Branch of Azad University, the UN Information Centre (UNIC) held a “Finding UN Information and Documentation” workshop for some 20 graduate students of international law at the UNIC Office in Tehran on 6 September 2018. The workshop was conducted by the UNIC Reference Assistant Ms Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani. Students learned how to find and retrieve UN information on the UN website as well as Dag Hammarskjold Library (DHL) page on the web. They also got familiar with the structure of the UN document...
un-iran-partnership-historical-photos-documents-exhibited-in-sanandaj SANANDAJ – An Exhibition of Historical Photos and Documents on UN-Iran Partnership was inaugurated at the Soureh Gallery of Sanandaj City, the capital of the Kordestan Province on 3 September 2018 by UNIC Director Maria Dotsenko and Deputy Governor of Kordestan Province, Hossein Khosheqbal and by Bureau Chief of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) in the Province.   Inauguration ceremony of Exhibition of Historical Photos and Documents on UN-Iran Partnership at Soureh Gallery During her stay in the Province, Ms Dotsenko met and conferred with the Governor of the...
unesco-partners-with-the-european-union-to-invest-in-creativity-for-development Within the framework of its “Investing in Culture and Creativity” Programme, the European Union will partner with UNESCO to support new activities in the areas of cultural heritage and creative industries. The partnership starts with two programme activities: the promotion of Silk Roads Cultural Heritage Corridors in Afghanistan, Central Asia and Iran; and the creation of new regulatory environments for the cultural and creative industries in developing countries. The new agreements (5 million euros) signed with the European Union will be implemented as of October 2018 over a...
un-casualty-figures-for-iraq-for-the-month-of-august-2018 TEHRAN, 3 September 2018 (UNIC) – A total of 90 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 117 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in August 2018*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The figures include ordinary citizens and others considered civilian at the time of death or injury, such as police in non-combat functions, civil defence, personal security teams, facilities protection police and fire department personnel. Of the overall figures recorded by UNAMI for the month of August, the...
remembrance-ceremony-for-late-kofi-annan TEHRAN - Iranian International Studies Association (IISA) in partnership with UNIC Tehran organized a remembrance ceremony for former UN Secretary-General, late Kofi Annan at UN conference room on Tuesday 28 August 2018. The ceremony began with one minute of silence for late Annan. Then, UNIC Director Dr Maria Dotsenko after a brief introduction on the former SG Kofi Annan’s visits to Tehran, read the statement of UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutterres for some 70 university students and professors as well as members of IISA.   Group photo of participants at ceremony for late...
ctbt-fosters-int-l-peace-security-guterres  TEHRAN, 29 August 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day against Nuclear Tests, 29 August 2018, said the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) fosters international peace and security by constraining the development of nuclear weapons. The full text of his message reads: The history of nuclear testing is one of suffering, with the victims of more than 2,000 nuclear tests often from the most vulnerable communities around of the world.  The devastating consequences – which were not confined by...
commemoration-of-first-international-day-of-remembrance-and-tribute-to-victims-of-terrorism GORGAN - UNIC Director Maria Dotsenko delivered a speech and read the UN SG’s message on the First International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to Victims of Terrorism, during a conference held at the Fakhreddin Asad Gorgani Hall in Gorgan City, the Capital of Golestan Province attended by some 500 participants, including government authorities, families of victims of terrorism, youth, civil society and media, on Sunday 26 August 2018.  Dr. Maria Dotsenko GORGAN - UNIC Director Maria Dotsenko delivered a speech and read the UN SG’s message on the First...
un-iran-partnership-historical-photos-documents-exhibited-in-zahedan ZAHEDAN – An Exhibition of Historical Photos and Documents on UN-Iran Partnership was inaugurated at the Ferdowsi Gallery of Art and Cultural Centre of Zahedan, the capital of Sistan and Baluchestan Province on 21 August 2018 by UNIC Director Maria Dotsenko and Deputy Governor of Sistan and Baluchestan Province, Mohammd Hadi Marashi in the presence of Bureau Chief of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) in the Province Heidar Sarayani, his team, other journalists and public.   Group photo with Sistan and Baluchestan University (SBU) officials ZAHEDAN – An...
unesco-unicef-support-ministry-of-education-in-inclusion-of-students-with-special-needs 27 August 2018, Tehran: The Ministry of Education of Iran with support of UNESCO, UNICEF and the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO launched a three-day workshop today in Tehran on inclusive approaches to education of students with special needs. The workshop, which will run from 27 - 29 August 2018, aims to strengthen the capacities of teachers to recognize special needs of students, gain more knowledge and expertise in designing educational environments and classroom activities that can help children with special needs flourish, and support parents of children with special...
un-chief-terrorism-one-of-the-most-challenging-issues-of-our-time-serious-threat-to-international-peace-security TEHRAN, 20 August 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the first International Day of Remembrance of, and Tribute to, the Victims of Terrorism, 21 August 2018, said terrorism is one of the most challenging issues of our time and a serious threat to international peace and security.The full text of his message reads: Terrorism is one of the most challenging issues of our time and a serious threat to international peace and security. From Tajikistan to the United Kingdom, from Baghdad to Barcelona, these ruthless attacks have shaken us...
briefing-on-un-un4u-and-un-youth-relations-for-youth-members-of-iranian-red-crescent-society TEHRAN - A group of eight youth members of Iranian Red Crescent Society were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs as well as UN-NGOs relations by UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam at UNIC conference room 19 August 2018. He also answered the participants’ questions. He also spoke about 70th anniversary of the UDHR.   UNIC Director Dotsenki briefing the youth members of Iranian Red Crescent Society TEHRAN - A group of eight youth members of Iranian Red Crescent Society were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs as well as UN-NGOs...
commemoration-of-world-humanitarian-day-in-disability-association-of-tavana On the occasion of World Humanitarian Day a ceremony was held at the Disability Association of Tavana (DAT) in Qazvin on 19 August 2018. Some 500 top students, Deputy Director General of Social Affairs of the Qazvin Province, members of the DAT Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, and a group of the DAT personnel participated in this ceremony which was held in the DAT Conference Hall.   Participants at the ceremony marking World Humanitarian Day On the occasion of World Humanitarian Day a ceremony was held at the Disability Association of Tavana (DAT) in Qazvin on 19...
un-chief-calls-on-global-leaders-to-protect-people-caught-up-in-conflict TEHRAN, 19 August 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on World Humanitarian Day, 19 August 2018, called on global leaders to do everything in their power to protect people caught up in conflict.The full text of his message reads: We mark World Humanitarian Day every year on 19 August, to express solidarity with people affected by humanitarian crises and pay tribute to the humanitarian workers who help them. This year’s commemoration marks the fifteenth anniversary since the attack on the United Nations in Baghdad, Iraq, in which 22 of...
statement-by-the-un-secretary-general-antonio-guterres-on-the-passing-of-former-secretary-general-kofi-annan  Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good.  It is with profound sadness that I learned of his passing.  In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination.  Like so many, I was proud to call Kofi Annan a good friend and mentor. I was deeply honoured by his trust in selecting me to serve as UN High Commissioner for Refugees under his leadership. He remained someone I could always turn to for counsel and wisdom — and I know I was not alone. He provided people everywhere...
the-republic-of-korea-continues-to-support-refugees-in-iran-with-multi-year-contribution TEHRAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a new US$2.2 million multi-year contribution from the Republic of Korea to support 30,000 of the most vulnerable Afghan refugees living in settlements in the Islamic Republic of Iran. WFP will use the funds to provide both cash and food assistance to meet refugee families’ most pressing needs, and promote girls’ education and women’s livelihoods, in 20 settlements in 13 provinces across the country.   “We are grateful to the Korean people for their continued generosity towards refugees in Iran,” said WFP...
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briefing-on-un-un4u-for-members-of-roshd-charity-ngo TEHRAN- A group of 10 members of Roshd Charity NGO were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs as well as UN-NGOs relations by UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam at UN conference room 16 August 2018. He also answered the participants’ questions. He also spoke about 70th anniversary of the UDHR. Copies of the Persian version of UN System Chart, UDHR, UN Charter and UN Cards were given to the participants.   Members of Roshd Charity NGO TEHRAN- A group of 10 members of Roshd Charity NGO were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs as well as...
multilateralism-the-only-path-to-address-the-world-s-troubles-signals-guterres TERHAN, 15 August 2018 (UNIC) -- As the world’s problems grow, multilateralism represents to best path to meet the challenges that lie ahead, said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday, launching his annual report. The Report of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organization for 2018, also tracks the progress made over the last year in maintaining peace and security, protecting human rights, and promoting sustainable development. “I started my tenure calling for 2017 to be a year of peace, yet peace remains...
statement-attributable-to-the-spokesman-for-the-secretary-general-on-signing-of-the-convention-on-the-legal-status-of-the-caspian-sea The Secretary-General welcomes the signing of the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea by Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan. This historic document demonstrates the importance of regional cooperation, which is vital for maintaining international peace and security.The Secretary-General believes the Convention should prove invaluable in regulating a wide range of longstanding issues among the Caspian Sea littoral states and is a significant step in the easing of regional tensions. The Secretary-General takes this opportunity to congratulate the five...
commemoration-of-international-youth-day TEHRAN - Peace and Friendship Ambassadors in partnership with UNIC Tehran commemorated International Youth Day in the presence of some 50 youth, government officials, young artists and cinema experts at UN conference room on 12 August 2018. The ceremony began with welcoming remarks by UNIC Director Dr. Maria Dotsenko. Then she delivered the SG’s Interntional Day of Youth message for the audience.   Group photo of the participants in the Int’l Youth Day ceremony TEHRAN - Peace and Friendship Ambassadors in partnership with UNIC Tehran commemorated...
advisors-for-youth-and-unic-commemorate-interntional-youth-day TEHRAN – On the occasion of International Youth Day, UNIC Tehran hosted and briefed Ministry of Education’s Advisors for Youth at UN conference room on 12 August 2018. UNIC Director Maria Dotsenko briefed some 25 advisors from different districts in Tehran, on the history of the International Youth Day establishment, that on 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day...
celebration-of-international-youth-day-2018-in-iran-highlights-role-of-youth-at-all-levels-of-policy-making Tehran, 12 August 2018: The Iranian Ministry of Youth and Sports in collaboration with UNESCO, the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, UNICEF and UNFPA, organized an event in Tehran to celebrate International Youth Day 2018. The celebration highlighted the importance of “Safe Spaces for Youth” as the theme of the year to promote mutual respect and constructive dialogue in the country. Safe Spaces can be defined as platforms where youth can come together, freely express themselves, engage in activities related to their diverse needs and interests and participate in decision-making...
the-hopes-of-the-world-rest-on-young-people-un-chief TEHRAN, 12 August 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on International Youth Day, 12 August 2018, said the hopes of the World rest on young people.The full text his message reads: The hopes of the world rest on young people. Peace, economic dynamism, social justice, tolerance – all this and more, today and tomorrow, depends on tapping into the power of youth. Yet more than 400 million young women and men live amidst armed conflict or organized violence. Millions face deprivation, harassment, bullying and other infringements of their...
the-secretary-general-remarks-at-press-encounter-on-appointment-of-michelle-bachelet-as-united-nations-high-commissioner-for-human-rights New York, 10 August 2018 Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted that the General Assembly has confirmed the appointment of Ms. Michelle Bachelet as the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Ms. Bachelet has been as formidable a figure in her native Chile as she has at the United Nations. At home, she has known the heights and the depths – as the first woman to serve as the country’s President, but also as a survivor of brutality by the authorities targeting her and her family many decades ago. She was also a pioneer here at the United Nations – the first...
un-urges-protection-of-indigenous-peoples-rights-during-migration TEHRAN, 9 August 2018 (UNIC) -- Marking the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, 9 August 2018, UN Secretary-General António Guterres put a spotlight on the factors pushing indigenous people to migrate “within their countries and across international borders” despite their “profound spiritual connection to their lands and resources”.In his message on the Day, he noted that “some are subject to displacement or relocation without their free, prior and informed consent”, adding that “others are escaping violence and conflict or the ravages of climate...
unesco-assists-iran-in-restoration-of-two-historical-sites-in-kermanshah-affected-by-2017-earthquake 2 August 2018: UNESCO conducted a four-day mission (29 July -2 August) to Kermanshah Province to provide technical assistance to the Iranian Cultural Heritage Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) for the rehabilitation of historical sites that have been damaged during the devastating earthquake in Kermanshah Province, in November 2017. The mission headed by Mr. Stefano De Vito, an expert in post-earthquake stabilization and consolidation, focused mainly on the rehabilitation of Moavenalmolk Takie Complex and Biglorbeghi Takie Complex located in the historical part of...
terrorists-killed-injured-178-iraqis-in-july-2018 TEHRAN, 2 August 2018 (UNIC) – A total of 79 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 99 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in July 2018*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The figures include ordinary citizens and others considered civilian at the time of death or injury, such as police in non-combat functions, civil defence, personal security teams, facilities protection police and fire department personnel. Of the overall figures recorded by UNAMI for the month of July, the number of...
briefing-on-un-for-high-school-students Two students along with their teachers from Soudeh Highschool were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs as well as SDGs by UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam at UNIC on 31 July 2018. He also answered the participants’ questions and spoke about 70th anniversary of the UDHR. Copies of the Persian version of UN System Chart, UDHR, UN Charter and UN Cards were given to the participants   Soudeh school students and teachers Two students along with their teachers from Soudeh Highschool were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs as well as SDGs by...
unido-launches-cultural-change-pilot-energy-efficiency-program-in-iran-alloy-steel-company TEHRAN, 30 July 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Industrial Development Organizations (UNIDO) for the first time has started cultural change pilot and energy efficiency campaign in Iran Alloy Steel Co. which is the biggest producer of Alloy Steel in the Middle East.Iran Alloy Steel Co. with 1430 staff members has the capacity to produce more than 300 grades of steel. “With a complete implementation of this pilot, it is estimated to achieve 5 percent of energy saving in 6 months.” Nasim Shekari the IEE national coordinator said. As Iran Alloy Steel Company is a large company...
civil-society-representatives-learn-more-about-the-un-and-the-un-website Tehran- UNIC together with the Iran’s Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Naghshe Javid Institute organized “Finding UN Information” workshop for representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs) dealing with young people and sports. Seven workshops in this series were held in 2014-2016 by UNIC. This, eighth one, was held on 26 July 2018. More than 50 representatives of youth affairs and sports CSOs from Tehran, Kermanshah, South Khorasan and other provinces of Iran participated.   Finding UN information and documentation workshop participants Tehran-...
celebration-of-the-centenary-of-nelson-mandela-s-birthday-in-iran Tehran, July 18, 2018 - UNIC Tehran jointly with the South African Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran organized high-profile ceremony to kick of the year-long campaign to commemorate Nelson Mandela International Day at the Espinas Palace Hotel on 18 July 2018. First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Morteza Sarmadi highlighted the importance of the legacy of Nelson Mandela and spoke about his support to Iran.   Senior diplomats attending Nelson Mandela International Day  Tehran, July 18, 2018 - UNIC Tehran jointly with the...
ketabraneh-commemorates-nelson-mandela-int-l-day TEHRAN – Ketabraneh Bookstore in partnership with UNIC Tehran commemorated Nelson Mandela International Day during a ceremony held in the Presence of Chargé d'Affaires of the South African Embassy in Tehran Ms. Soraya Jacobs, UNIC Director Maria Dotsenko and Managing Director of Allameh Tabatabee High School Mr. Soroush Mostofi at Ketabraneh book store on 22 July 2018. Addressing the participants Maria Dotsenko said for 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the...
july-2018-celebration-of-the-centenary-of-nelson-mandela-s-birthday-in-iran Tehran, July 19, 2018 - UNIC Tehran jointly with the South African Embassy, UNAIDS, , Iranian Research Center for HIV/AIDS, Raad Alghadir Charity, Roshd Charity Foundation,, Association of Protection of Children of Labor, Ketabraneh mobile bookstore and Revamp Agency organized a series of series events to mark Nelson Mandela International Day. The events consisted of a training of trainers held at UNIC and facilitated by UNIC Intern, Ms. Shadi Rouhshahbaz and its objective was to focus on training the participants on Mandela’s values and dedication to conflict resolution, race...
afghan-students-become-more-familiar-with-the-un-system Tehran – A training session on peace and security and the issue of migration was held for some 25 members of Afghan Association of International Peace Studies on 19 July 2018 at the UN office in Tehran. The Afghan participants who are graduate students of Iranian universities were briefed by UNIC Reference Assistant, Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani about retrieving information from UNIC and UN websites on basic facts about the UN as well as peacekeeping issues.   Finding UN information and documentation workshop participants Tehran – A training session on peace...
finding-un-information-and-documentation-on-outer-space-through-the-un-website Tehran - UNIC held a Finding UN information and documentation training session with a focus on outer space law upon the request of some 30 students of international law, international relations and political science, on 16 July 2018 at the UN building. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami as the facilitator, introduced the research guides of Dag Hammarskjold Library (DHL) on international law and the document symbols.   Finding UN information and documentation workshop participants Tehran - UNIC held a Finding UN information and documentation training...
unido-hold-industrial-energy-efficiency-seminar-in-shiraz United Nation Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) hold the 8th “Cultural Change in Industrial Energy Efficiency” seminar focusing on the importance of raising awareness and culture of energy efficiency in Industries in Shiraz on 18 July 2018. In this seminar 150 energy managers and experts of different industries in Fars and Boushehr Provinces participated to relearn the necessity of low and no cost solutions especially through energy management system. This seminar has organized by “Industrial Energy Efficiency in Key Sectors Project” which started 5 years ago...
mandela-never-became-a-prisoner-of-his-past-un-chief TEHRAN, 18 July 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his video message on Nelson Mandela International Day, 18 July 2018 said Mandela was held captive for many years but he never became a prisoner of his past. The full text of his message reads: Nelson Mandela was a towering global advocate for justice and equality. He continues to inspire the world through his example of courage and compassion. Nelson Mandela was held captive for many years but he never became a prisoner of his past. Instead, he poured his energy into reconciliation and his vision of...
un-iran-partnership-historical-photos-documents-exhibited-in-arak ARAK – An Exhibition of Historical Photos and Documents on UN-Iran Partnership inaugurated at the Aaeeneh (Mirror) Cultural Centre of Arak City, the capital of Markazi Province, on 16 July 2018 by Dr Maria Dotsenko, UNIC Director, Mr. Fattaollah Haghighi Deputy Governor of the Markazi Province and Mr. Hossein Mehdizadeh Bureau Chief of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) in the Province. Addressing the participants, Dr Dotsenko thanked IRNA, Ministry of Foreign Affair's Center for Documents and History of Diplomacy, UN archives and Institute for Iranian Contemporary Historical...
un-youth-conference-in-vienna Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear young people from all over the world, The United Nations Youth and Student Association of Austria - Academic Forum for Foreign Affairs (UNYSA-AUSTRIA-AFA) cordially invites students and young graduates from 18 to 35 years from all educational  backgrounds and from all nations to our most important youth conference in Vienna. From 29 July to 02 August 2018 the Vienna International Model United Nations (VIMUN) will take place directly at the UN Office at Vienna. A Model United Nations (MUN) is a meeting where students authentically simulate...
united-nations-finalizes-first-ever-global-compact-for-migration TEHRAN, 15 July 2018 (UNIC) – The text of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, was finalized on at UN Headquarters in New York on Friday 13 July 2018. This is the first time that Member States of the United Nations have come together to negotiate an agreement covering all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner.  The Global Compact is the culmination of thematic discussions and consultations among Member States and such actors as local officials, civil society representatives and migrants themselves; stocktaking and...
archivists-and-librarians-learn-more-about-the-un Tehran – A training session on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” was held for some 80 archivists and librarians of the National Library and Archives of Islamic Republic of Iran at the Hekmat Hall of the National Library on 4 July 2018. The participants learned about some basic facts about the UN, and how to find and retrieve UN information and documents on the UNIC, the UN websites and the Dag Hammarskjold Library (DHL) webpage.   UNIC Reference Assistant Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani and participants Tehran – A training session on “Finding UN...
students-of-women-s-studies-navigate-the-un-online Tehran – Some 15 students of women’s studies from Allameh Tabataba’i University participated in a “finding UN information on women issues” training session on 2 July 2018. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami introduced UNIC website and the participants learnt how to find the Persian translation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and other related documents.   Finding UN information and documentation workshop participants Tehran – Some 15 students of women’s studies from Allameh...
terrorists-killed-wounded-205-iraqis-in-june-2018 TEHRAN, 2 July 2018 (UNIC) – A total of 76 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 129 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in June 2018*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).The figures include ordinary citizens and others considered civilian at the time of death or injury, such as police in non-combat functions, civil defence, personal security teams, facilities protection police and fire department personnel. Of the overall figures recorded by UNAMI for the month of June, the number of...
un-high-level-political-forum-on-sdgs-to-be-held-in-new-york TEHRAN, 1 July (UNIC) -- Thousands of government, business and civil society leaders will gather at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development at UN Headquarters in New York from 9 to 18 July to review successes, discuss challenges and mobilise efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Forum is the central platform for tracking progress on the Goals at the global level.Forty-seven countries – both developed and developing – will speak on the actions they are taking to achieve the Goals during the three-day ministerial meeting from 16...
uniting-the-world-against-terrorism By: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres   Terrorism is a persistent and evolving global menace.  No country is immune.  Social media, encrypted communications and the dark web are being used to spread propaganda, radicalize new recruits and plan atrocities.  The threat ranges from the crude tactics of lone actors to sophisticated coordinated attacks and the horrific prospect of terrorists using chemical, biological or radioactive weapons.  Our response needs to be equally agile and multifaceted.  That is why I am convening the first-ever United Nations...
world-drug-report-2018-opioid-crisis-prescription-drug-abuse-expands-cocaine-and-opium-hit-record-highs TEHRAN, 27 June 2018 (UNIC) – The non-medical use of prescription drugs is becoming a major threat to public health and law enforcement worldwide with opioids causing the most harm and accounting for 76 per cent of deaths where drug use disorders were implicated, according to the latest World Drug Report, released Tuesday by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).Fentanyl and its analogues remain a problem in North America, while tramadol – an opioid used to treat moderate and moderate-to-severe pain – has become a growing concern in parts of Africa and Asia....
exhibition-of-un-iran-historical-photos-and-documents-opens-in-khorramabad KHORRAMABAD – An Exhibition of Historical Photos and Documents on UN-Iran Partnership inaugurated at the Soureh Mehr Gallery of Art Bureau of Lorestan in Khorramabad city, the capital of Lorestan Province on 26 June 2018 by Dr Maria Dotsenko, UNIC Director, Deputy Governor of Lorestan Province, Dr. Habibollah Khojastehpour, and Mr. Ehsan Kordi, Bureau Chief of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) in the Province.   Khojastehpour and Dotsenko opening the Exhibition of UN-Iran Historical Photos and Documents KHORRAMABAD – An Exhibition of Historical Photos and...
statement-of-the-unodc-executive-director-on-the-international-day-against-drug-abuse-and-illicit-trafficking The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was established by the United Nations General Assembly to strengthen global action and cooperation.The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was established by the United Nations General Assembly to strengthen global action and cooperation. The international community continues to face many problems that stand in the way of achieving the aim of a world without drug abuse. There is the opioid crisis and other urgent drug use problems, compounded by gaps in health and social services that leave far...
un-secretary-general-s-message-on-the-international-day-against-drug-abuse-and-illicit-trafficking Drug challenges are among the most complex problems we face, with wide-ranging impacts on health and well-being, families and communities, security and sustainable development.Drug challenges are among the most complex problems we face, with wide-ranging impacts on health and well-being, families and communities, security and sustainable development. Addressing them requires a holistic focus across many fronts, as highlighted in the outcome document unanimously adopted by the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem.   UNODC conducts...
a-consultative-session-with-students-on-innovation-for-children-was-held-jointly-by-iran-chamber-of-commerce-and-unicef On Saturday 23 June, more than 20 young university students gathered at Iran Chamber of Commerce to learn how to turn their innovative ideas into projects for the betterment of Iran's children and society. This meeting was jointly organized by Iran Chamber of Commerce and UNICEF Iran and was facilitated by a UNICEF global expert on innovation. In this meeting, Senior Advisor of UNICEF Global Innovation Office, Mr Chris Fabian said: “In a world that is changing as quickly as ours we need to look for the best solutions for children and we believe that many of those can be found in technology...
unesco-calls-for-stronger-actions-to-prevent-marine-plastic-pollution Tehran, 20 June 2018: UNESCO attended a commemoration ceremony on the occasion of World Oceans Day 2018 in Tehran and called for stronger actions to prevent marine plastic pollution and encourage solutions for healthy oceans. The event that was organized by the Iranian National Commission for Oceanography, and the National Institute of Oceanography and Atmospheric Science of Iran, brought together a number of environmental and marine experts, as well as decision-makers on critical marine environment issues, including plastic pollution. Ms. Esther Kuisch-Laroche, the Director and...
art-reaches-people-s-hearts-and-motivates-to-promote-environment-world-environment-day TEHRAN - More than a hundred children of different ages presented their drawing on protection of environment at Ariana Art Gallery in Tehran, at the opening of exhibition entitled “The Seeds of My Homeland”, dedicated to the World Environment Day on 22 June 2018. Maria Dotsenko, UNIC Director through the video message and Anahita Taymorian, Director of Dana Art School, well known Iranian artist and writer spoke to the children, their parents and visitor of the gallery on important role which art can play in reaching people’s hearts and motivating them to actions to protect environment....
countries-embrace-efforts-to-achieve-sdgs-amid-mounting-global-challenges-un-report TEHRAN, 21 June 2018 (UNIC) – A fast-changing climate, conflict, inequality, persistent pockets of poverty and hunger and rapid urbanization are challenging countries’ efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a UN report launched at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday.The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 found that conflict and climate change were major contributing factors leading to growing numbers of people facing hunger and forced displacement, as well as curtailing progress towards universal access to basic water and sanitation...
seminar-on-war-photography-for-peace TEHRAN- UNIC Director Maria Dotsenko delivered a speech on art in service of peace during the opening ceremony of seminar on War Photography for Peace, organized by Honar Namaye Aban Cultural and Artistic Institute at Tehran Peace Museum on 20 June 2018. Other main speaker of the conference was Dutch Embassy diplomat, Naomi York.   Dutch Embassy diplomat, Naomi York TEHRAN- On the occasion of "100-Day Countdown to the International Day of Peace," UNIC Director Maria Dotsenko delivered a speech on art in service of peace during the opening ceremony of seminar on War Photography...
un-chief-calls-for-support-to-countries-which-provide-safe-refuge-to-people-fleeing-war TEHRAN, 20 June 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on World Refugee Day, 20 June 2018, said in today’s world, no community or country providing safe refuge to people fleeing war or persecution should be alone and unsupported.The full text of his message reads: What would you do if you were forced to leave your home? Today, more than 68 million people around the world are refugees or internally displaced as a result of conflict or persecution. That is equivalent to the population of the world’s 20th largest country. Last year,...
un-general-assembly-elects-iran-as-the-member-of-economic-and-social-council TEHRAN, 20 June 2018 (UNIC) -- The General Assembly has elected 18 members of the Economic and Social Council to serve three-year terms beginning 1 January 2019. Those elected were Angola, Armenia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Jamaica, Kenya, Luxembourg, Mali, Netherlands, Pakistan, Paraguay, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and the United States.  The 18 outgoing members were Afghanistan, Algeria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czechia, Guyana, Iraq, Italy, Lebanon, Nigeria, Peru, Republic of Moldova, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, United States and Viet Nam. The new members...
briefing-on-un-un4u-for-allameh-tabatabaee-u-students TEHRAN - A group of 6 under-graduate students from the Faculty of English Language and Literature of Allameh Tabatabaee University were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs as well as SDGs by UNIC National Information Officer (NIO) Mohammad Moghadam at the UN building on 19 June 2018. He also answered the participants’ questions. Copies of the Persian version of UN System Chart, UDHR, UN Charter and UN Cards were given to the participants.   Allameh Tabatabaee University students listening to UNIC NIO TEHRAN - A group of 6 under-graduate students from the...
on-int-l-day-un-chief-calls-for-global-commitment-to-eliminate-conflict-related-sexual-violence TEHRAN, 19 June 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day for Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, 19 June 2018, called for global commitment to eliminate the scourge of conflict-related sexual violence.The full text of his message reads: Sexual violence in conflict is a threat to our collective security and a stain on our common humanity. Its effects can echo across generations, through trauma, stigma, poverty, poor health and unwanted pregnancy. Children conceived through wartime rape often struggle with...
fao-and-university-of-tehran-commemorated-world-day-to-combat-desertification-and-drought The FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran together with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources of University of Tehran, and other national and international organizations commemorated the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2018 in Karaj with the theme "Land has true value. Invest in it".  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 underscored that protecting and conserving land is central to our ongoing efforts to achieve...
statement-attributable-to-the-spokesman-for-the-secretary-general-on-the-summit-between-the-leaders-of-the-democratic-people-s-republic-of-korea-and-the-united-states-of-america The Secretary-General welcomes the holding of the Summit between the leaders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States as an important milestone in the advancement of sustainable peace and the complete and verifiable denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. As the Secretary-General noted in letters to both leaders before the Summit, the road ahead requires cooperation, compromise and a common cause.  Implementing today’s and previous agreements reached, in accordance with relevant Security Council resolutions, will require patience and support...
on-100-day-countdown-to-the-int-l-day-of-peace-un-chief-calls-for-addressing-the-root-causes-of-conflict TEHRAN, 13 June 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message for 13 June 2018 which marks “100-Day Countdown to the International Day of Peace”, called for addressing the root causes of conflict.The full text of his message reads: The International Day of Peace, observed every year on 21 September, embodies our shared aspiration to end conflict in all its forms and to safeguard the human rights of all people. It is a day on which the United Nations calls for a 24-hour global ceasefire, with the hope that one day in our lifetime we will...
un-chief-hopes-for-denuclearized-korean-peninsula TEHRAN, 12 June 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his remarks on the US-DPRK Summit, expressed hope that all parties to seize this opportunity for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.  The full text of his remarks what was delivered at a press encounter held at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday reads: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much for your presence. I usually come before you to express deep concerns about unfolding developments and trends around the world.  Today, a bit of good news.  I want to address a promising development...
general-assembly-elects-only-fourth-woman-as-president-of-seventy-third-session TEHRAN, 7 June 2018 (UNIC) -- The General Assembly elected María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés (Ecuador) at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday 5 June as President of its seventy-third session — making her only the fourth woman to helm the 193-member organ in its more than seven-decades-long history — while also electing 21 Vice-Presidents by acclamation.Ms. Espinosa, a former Minister for National Defence, received 128 votes, surpassing the required simple majority of 96.  The only other candidate, Mary Elizabeth Flores Flake (Honduras), received 62 votes. In accordance with...
on-world-oceans-day-un-chief-calls-on-governments-communities-to-clear-oceans-of-pollution TEHRAN, 7 June 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on World Oceans Day, 8 June 2018, urged governments, communities and individuals alike to celebrate the oceans by helping clear them of pollution and ensure they remain vibrant for generations to come.The full text of his message reads: The oceans make our blue planet unique in our solar system -- and not just visually.  They help regulate the global climate and are the ultimate source of the water that sustains all life on Earth, from coral reefs to snow-covered mountains, from tropical...
by-2050-oceans-will-have-more-plastic-than-fish TEHRAN, 5 June 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on World Environment Day, 5 June 2018 said if the present trend of plastic contamination continues, by 2050 our oceans will have more plastic than fish. The full text of his message reads: A healthy planet is essential for a prosperous and peaceful future. We all have a role to play in protecting our only home. But it can be difficult to know what to do or where to start. That’s why this World Environment Day has just one request. Beat plastic pollution. Our world is swamped by...
unic-helps-islamic-azad-university-students-to-get-familiar-with-the-un-website Tehran, 3 June 2018 (UNIC) - The UN Information Centre (UNIC) held “Finding UN Information and Documentation” workshop for some 15 students of law from the Islamic Azad University at the UNIC Tehran on 31 May 2018. The session was co-organized by UNIC intern Mohsen Seyed Ahmadi. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani conducted the workshop. One of the participants Zahra Khatib said: “We learned about some basic facts about the UN, and how to find and retrieve UN information on the UNIC, UN in Iran and the UN websites as well as UN Careers.”   Finding...
new-mou-between-unfpa-and-the-ministry-of-cooperatives-labour-and-social-welfare The UNFPA Representative, Dr. Leila Joudane and the Deputy Minister of Welfare of the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare of I.R. Iran, His Excellency Dr. Ahmad Meidari signed a new Memorandum of Understanding on Sunday, 3 June 2018.  The MoU announced the start of a joint cooperation with the Office of Empowerment and Support of the ministry in the area of women affairs in general, and the field of female-heads of households in particular. The new cooperation aims at conducting a comprehensive situation analysis of the socio-economic and health status of...
terrorists-killed-injured-258-iraqi-civilians-in-may-2018 TEHRAN, 3 June 2018 (UNIC) – A total of 95 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 163 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in May 2018*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).  The figures include ordinary citizens and others considered civilian at the time of death or injury, such as police in non-combat functions, civil defence, personal security teams, facilities protection police and fire department personnel. Of the overall figures recorded by UNAMI for the month of May, the number of...
un-peacekeeping-is-a-proven-investment-in-global-peace-security-and-prosperity-un-chief TEHRAN, 29 May 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, 29 May 2018, said United Nations peacekeeping is a proven investment in global peace, security and prosperity. The full text of his message reads: On May 29th, 1948, the United Nations Security Council authorized the first United Nations peacekeeping operation – the UN Truce Supervision Organization in the Middle East. On this 70th anniversary, we express our gratitude to the more than one million men and women who have served...
promotion-of-the-70th-anniversary-of-universal-declaration-of-human-rights Tehran, 28 May 2018: The UN Information Centre (UNIC) held workshop on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” with a focus on human rights on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) for some 15 graduate and post-graduate students of human rights and international law from the Shahid Beheshti University, Qom Islamic Azad University and Islamic Azad University-Central Tehran Branch at the UN building on 27 May 2018.   Finding UN information and documentation workshop participants Tehran, 28 May 2018: The UN...
azad-university-marked-biodiversity-day-by-promotion-of-agricultural-biodiversity-and-healthy-food TEHRAN- On the occasion of International Day for Biological Diversity, the Science and Research Unit of Islamic Azad University in Tehran, held a seminar on “Agricultural Biodiversity, Healthy Food Production, Healthy Community” at the University’s campus in north-eastern Tehran on 22 May 2018. The permaculture garden and greenhouse of the University hosted a large number of government officials, policy makers, managers, experts, university professors and students, agricultural researchers, healthy food producers as well as non-governmental organizations (NGO) representatives...
children-s-art-promotes-world-bee-day Bee was a main theme of paintings of some 20 talented school children, who won the contest aimed to promote World Bee Day. UNIC and the Slovenian Embassy supported the efforts of children, who study art at the Dane Art School, led Ms Anahita Taymourian well-known Iranian painter and writer. Ms Kristina Radej Slovenian Ambassador and Dr Maria Dotsenko, UNIC Director together with Ms Taymourian presented awards to the winners of the contest at the Dane Art School on 21 May 2018.   From left to right seating: Maria Dotsenko, UNIC Director; Dubravka Sekoranja, Deputy Head of the...
unicef-iran-speaks-about-csr-and-children UNICEF Iran's Representative, Dr Will Parks, presented ideas to strengthen the links between children and corporate social responsibility during a training session as part of the Iran-Swiss Chamber of Commerce's Responsible Business Promotion Network.   
unodc-iran-representative-and-director-general-of-interpol-tehran-meet-underline-expanding-further-cooperation Tehran, 22 May 2018– Brigadier General Hadi Shirzad, Director General of Interpol Tehran and Mr. Alexander Fedulov UNODC Iran Country Representative met and agreed on promoting cooperation between the two sides.   The parties referred to positive achievements gained in the course of earlier cooperation and expressed willingness to expand cooperation under the UNODC Iran Country Partnership Programme (2016-2019).  Two sides further agreed to collaborate in the areas of combating transnational organized crimes, trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants, money laundering,...
un-chief-calls-on-governments-businesses-and-people-to-act-to-protect-nature TEHRAN, 22 May 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the Interntional Day for Biological Diversity urged governments, businesses and people everywhere to act to protect the nature that sustains us.The full text of his message reads: The rich variety of life on Earth is essential for the welfare and prosperity of people today and for generations to come.  That is why, 25 years ago, the world’s nations agreed on the Convention for Biological Diversity.  The Convention has three goals: the global conservation of biodiversity, its...
unodc-iran-and-judiciary-officials-meet-underline-further-expanding-cooperation Tehran, 21 May 2018 – Mr. Alireza Saedi, Director General of International Affairs of Judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Mr. Alexander Fedulov, UNODC Iran Country Representative met and agreed on promoting cooperation between the two sides. The parties referred to positive achievements gained during earlier cooperation and expressed willingness to expand cooperation under the UNODC Iran Country Partnership Programme (2016-2019).  Two sides further agreed to collaborate in the areas of combating transnational organized crimes, promoting crime prevention and criminal...
unesco-and-international-council-of-museums-icom-commemorate-international-day-of-museums-2018-in-iran Tehran, 21 May 2018: UNESCO and the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in collaboration with the Iranian Cultural Heritage Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) commemorated the International Day of Museums 2018 today in a joint ceremony at the Iranian Artist’s Forum. Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, the Director and Representative of UNESCO Tehran Office in her statement to the event underscored the importance of the International Museum Day by saying: "Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation...
school-students-hold-model-united-nations Some 35 elementary and secondary high school students from Rah-e-Roshd Educational Complex, in cooperation with the UN Information Centre (UNIC) and the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tehran held a Model United Nations (MUN) conference simulating the 2016 UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants. The MUN exercise was held at the UN building on 16 May 2018. UNIC Director Dr. Maria Dotsenko spoke about the usefulness of Model UN exercises. She quoted UN Secretary-General António Guterres: "At Model UN, you broaden your horizons. By learning and networking, you...
unesco-joins-expert-meeting-in-iran-on-intellectual-property-rights-in-cultural-heritage Tehran, 20 May 2018: The Research Centre of the Iranian Cultural Heritage Handicrafts and Tourism organization and the International Council of Museums (ICOM) jointly organized an expert meeting in Tehran, that was focused on “Intellectual Property Rights in Cultural Heritage”. Ms Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office in her message to the meeting underscored the importance of recognizing International Property Rights (IPR). “Rapid scientific and technological progress presents challenges to existing copyright law and it is necessary for us...
workshop-on-the-international-court-of-justice    Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) in partnership with UNIC Tehran organized a workshop on “Institution of proceedings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ)” for some 20 graduate students of international law at the UN building on 15 May 2018. The workshop was conducted 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.   Workshop participants Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) in partnership with UNIC Tehran organized a...
iranian-youth-learn-more-about-peacekeeping-peacebuilding-and-culture-of-peace Tehran – A workshop on peacebuilding and research on peace and security as well as the culture of peace was held for some twenty students on 17 May 2018 at the UN office in Tehran. The workshop was organized on request of the Revamp Talent Management Agency. The participants were briefed about retrieving information, data and documentation with a focus on peacekeeping issues and the Security Council resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. They were also provided with copies of the UN Charter and the UN System Chart.   Workshop Participants’ Photo with Ms. Nazaning...
workshop-on-city-diplomacy-and-city-development Tehran - The Secretariat of the Forum of Mayors of Iranian Megacities in cooperation of the Centre for Graduate International Studies-University of Tehran, Iranian Association of Cooperation with UNESCO and UN Information Centre in Tehran held workshop on “City Diplomacy and City Development: Action plans in international arena” for managers of municipalities in Iran at Ferdowsi Grand Hotel in Tehran on 10 May 2018. During the workshop, the Director of Iranian Association of Cooperation with UNESCO Dr Mohammad Reza Majidi, the Director of the Centre for Graduate International...
visitors-learned-more-about-un-at-the-31st-tehran-international-book-fair TEHRAN - All parts of a nation's culture are rooted in the books, Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Dr. Abbas Salehi said at the opening ceremony of the 31st Tehran International Book Fair, which was held at the Imam Khomeini Mosalla (Prayer ground) during 2-12 May 2018 under the theme “No to Not Reading Book”.  According to “Tehran Times” daily, H. E. Vice-President Es’haq Jahangiri attended the closing ceremony, during which a number of publishers were honored for their strong performances at the event.   H. E. Mr. Jahangiri called books “basic...
17-may-2018-briefing-on-un-un4u-for-azad-university-students A group of 12 under graduate students and professors from the Faculty of Law of Azad University in Parand, 33 Km. southwest of Tehran, were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs as well as SDGs by UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam at UN conference room 17 May 2018. He also answered the participants’ questions. Copies of the Persian version of UN System Chart, UDHR, UN Charter and UN Cards were given to the participants.   Students and professors from the Faculty of Law of Azad University in Parand A group of 12 under graduate students and...
dat-celebrates-the-international-day-of-families QAZVIN - Disability Association of Tavana (DAT) celebrated the International Day of Families at Talaie Park in Qazvin on 16 May 2018. The celebration was held to commemorate the theme of this year’s Interntional Day of Families: “Families and Inclusive Societies”. Some 40 DAT members took part in the ceremony and experienced good moments. Participants in the International Day of Families ceremony in Qazvin QAZVIN - Disability Association of Tavana (DAT) celebrated the International Day of Families at Talaie Park in Qazvin on 16 May 2018. The celebration was held to...
unodc-enhanced-the-canine-k9-capacity-of-customs-administration-of-the-islamic-republic-of-iran Tehran, 17 May 2018 – The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in the Islamic Republic of Iran procured and trained eight drug detecting dogs and provided training for eight dog handlers from Iranian Customs K9 Centre. The training was held immediately after delivery of 8 drug detecting dogs by UNODC and continued for six consecutive weeks. The training aimed to familiarize the K9 handlers with basic and essential information dogs’ physiology, healthcare and body language as well as training both dogs and handlers on search techniques for finding hidden concealments. The...
today-s-mothers-commemorate-international-day-of-families TEHRAN- International Day of Families was commemorated by a large number of members of Madarane Emrouz Institute (Today’s Mothers) at the institute’s hall on 15 May 2018. At the beginning, one of the senior staff member of Madarane Emrouz Institute delivered the statement of the Institute for the audience. Then UNIC NIO Mohammad Rajai-Moghadam delivered his speech.   Intenrtional Day of Families ceremony at Today’s Mothers Institute TEHRAN- International Day of Families was commemorated by a large number of members of Madarane Emrouz Institute (Today’s...
allame-tabatabai-university-inaugurates-unesco-chair-for-communication-of-science-and-technology Tehran, 16 May 2018: Today, the Allame Tabatab’i University of Tehran inaugurated its first UNESCO Chair for Communication of Science and Technology. There are currently 16 UNESCO Chairs across different universities in Iran. The inauguration ceremony of the Chair was attended by Dr. Mansour Gholami, Minister of Science, Research and Technology; Dr. Hojatollah Ayoubi, Secretary-General of the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO; Dr. Ahmad Jalali, Iranian Ambassador to UNESCO in Paris, and many prominent academics. Dr. Hojatollah Ayoubi, Secretary-General of the Iranian National...
unesco-marked-world-day-for-cultural-diversity-2018-in-iran Tehran, 15 May 2018: UNESCO organized a festive event today at the Ivan Attar Auditorium in Sa’adabad Cultural and Historical Complex of Tehran marking the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2018 in Iran. The event, which consisted of cultural performances and exhibitions from different provinces of Iran and countries around the world, was organized in cooperation with embassies in Tehran. Hundreds of people from different nationalities and cultural backgrounds attended the celebration. The municipality of Rasht, a member of UNESCO’s Creative Cities...
briefing-on-un-un4u-for-students-of-judiciary-school A group of 16 under graduate students from the Judiciary School in Tehran, were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs by UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam at UN conference room on 15 May 2018. He also answered the participants’ questions. Copies of the Persian version of UN System Chart, UDHR, UN Charter and UN Cards were given to the participants.   Students from the Judiciary School in Tehran A group of 16 under graduate students from the Judiciary School in Tehran, were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs by UNIC National Information...
unesco-invites-iranians-to-celebrate-the-cultural-diversity-day-at-sa-ad-abad-complex-in-tehran UNESCO Tehran Cluster office will celebrate the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2018 on Tuesday 15 May 2018, from 14:00 to 17:00 with participation of representatives from 17 countries. The event that will consist of several cultural performances and exhibitions in cooperation with embassies in Tehran, takes place as an outdoor event, open to the general public, at the Ivan Attar Auditorium in Sa’adabad Cultural and Historical Complex. Date and time: Tuesday 15 May 2018, from 14:00 to 17:00 Venue: Ivan Attar Auditorium, Sa’adabad Cultural and...
briefing-on-un-un4u-for-students-of-shahid-bahonar-university-of-kerman A group of 8 under graduate students from the Faculty of Political Science of Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, capital of the Kerman Province, central Iran, were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs as well as SDGs by UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam at UN conference room 10 May 2018. He also answered the participants’ questions. Copies of the Persian version of UN System Chart, UDHR, UN Charter and UN Cards were given to the participants.   Students of Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman A group of 8 under graduate students from the...
briefing-on-un-un4u-for-azad-university-students A group of 15 under graduate students from the Faculty of Law of Azad University in Parand, 33 Km. southwest of Tehran, were briefed on the UN, its history and main organs as well as SDGs by UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam at UN conference room 10 May 2018. He also answered the participants’ questions. Copies of the Persian version of UN System Chart, UDHR, UN Charter and UN Cards were given to the participants.   Group photo of Azad U. law students A group of 15 under graduate students from the Faculty of Law of Azad University in Parand, 33 Km. southwest...
commemoration-world-press-freedom-day On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2018, Dutch based World Press Photo (WPP) in partnership with the Dutch Embassy in Tehran, Iranian Photo Journalists Association and UNIC held an exhibition of the best of WPP photographs from 2016 to 2018 at Niavaran Cultural Center (NCC) in Tehran from 9 May to 1 June 2018. UNIC organized a press conference for Ambassador of the Netherlands Susanna Terstal, Director of Exhibitions from World Press Photo Mr Laurens Korteweg, Deputy Member of the Board of Directors of Iranian Photojournalist Association Mr Mehdi Ghasemi and...
un-chief-deeply-concerned-by-us-decision-to-exit-iran-nuclear-deal TEHRAN, 9 May 2018 (UNIC) -- Following a decision on Tuesday by the United States to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, the United Nations chief said he was “deeply concerned” by the move, and called on all parties to preserve the deal. President Donald Trump made the announcement at the White House, and immediately afterwards signed a memorandum to begin reinstating economic sanctions on Iran at “the highest level”. In a statement released shortly afterwards at UN Headquarters in New York, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said: “I am deeply concerned...
commemoration-of-mother-earth-day TEHRAN - Ketabraneh book club in partnership with UNIC Tehran commemorated Mother Earth Day at the Allameh Tabatabee High School on 1 May 2018. UNIC Director Dr. Maria Dotsenko spoke about importance of preservation of Mother Earth and about history of this important UN observance. She said: “Mother Earth is a common expression for the planet, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit. The Earth and its ecosystems are our home. It is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth and to preserve our...
un-iran-partnership-historical-photos-documents-exhibited-in-bushehr BUSHEHR – An Exhibition of Historical Photos and Documents on UN-Iran Partnership inaugurated at 9th Day Gallery in the port city of Bushehr, on 30 April 2018 by Dr Maria Dotsenko, UNIC Director, Mr. Majid Khorshidi Deputy Governor of Bushehr Province, Dr. Hamideh Mahouzi Director General of the Bushehr Provincial Branch of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, and Mr. Akbar Iqbal Bureau Chief of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) in the Province. Addressing the participants, Dr. Dotsenko thanked IRNA, Ministry of Foreign Affair's Center for Documents and History of...
the-world-press-photo-exhibition-comes-to-tehran TEHRAN, 7 May 2018 (UNIC) -- The Exhibition will be open to the public from 10th May to 1st June at the Niavaran Cultural Centre in TehranAbout World Press Photo The annual photo contest awards photographers for the best images contributing to the past year of visual journalism. It is the world’s leading contest for professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers. The prize-winning pictures usually are presented in an exhibition visiting around 100 cities in about 45 countries over the course of each year and seen by more than 4 million people...
government-of-japan-renews-commitment-to-restoring-lake-urmia-for-the-fifth-year-in-a-row Tehran – The Government of Japan has generously contributed another US$ 1 million to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Iran to continue supporting their efforts to contribute to the restoration of Lake Urmia. This is Japan’s fifth contribution. The signing ceremony took place late last week at the Department of Environment (DoE) in the presence of Vice-President and Head of the DoE, Dr. Isa Kalantari along with the Ambassador of Japan in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr. Hiroyasu Kobayashi and UNDP Resident Representative a.i. Ms. Anne Marie Sloth Carlsen. Annually, since...
tejarat-bank-and-unicef-iran-sign-memorandum-of-understanding Today, Deputy Managing Director of Tejarat Bank for Provincial Affairs, Mr Alireza Mehrjoo and Dr Will Parks, UNICEF Representative in Iran signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Tejarat Bank is the 6th major corporate group to join with UNICEF and other national partners in their efforts to help children across Iran as well as to advance child-focused Corporate Social Responsibility within the business community. Deputy Managing Director of Tejarat Bank for Provincial Affairs, Mr Alireza Mehrjoo (Right) and UNICEF Representative, Dr Will Parks (Left) sign MoU Today, Deputy...
reham-al-farra-memorial-journalism-fellowship TEHRAN, 18 April 2018 (UNIC) -- United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) is accepting applications for the 2018 Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalism Fellowship, which will be held at UN Headquarters in New York from 16 September to 6 October 2018. The Fellowship will bring a select group of young journalists from around the world to United Nations Headquarters to cover the General Assembly, interview senior officials, and attend special briefings and workshops. The Fellowship is open to full-time journalists between the ages of 22 and 35 from countries with...
un-booth-is-welcoming-visitors-at-the-tehran-international-book-fair 3 May 2018-- 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 discuss UN values, agenda of UN Secretary-General and UN work in Iran. “UN in Iran for the 15th year participates in the Tehran International Book Fair. This year the Book Fair is held at the Imam Khomeini Mossala (Prayer ground) from May 2nd till May 12th,” said Leila Joudane, UN Resident Coordinator a.i., UNFPA Representative in Iran.   The UN Booth in the 31st Tehran International...
terrorists-killed-wounded-190-iraqis-in-april-2018-un TEHRAN, 3 May 2018 (UNIC) – A total of 68 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 122 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in April 2018*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).The figures include ordinary citizens and others considered civilian at the time of death or injury, such as police in non-combat functions, civil defence, personal security teams, facilities protection police and fire department personnel. Of the overall figures recorded by UNAMI for the month of April, the number of...
on-world-press-freedom-day-un-chief-calls-on-governments-to-strengthen-press-freedom-protect-journalists TEHRAN, 3 May 2018 (UNIC) – On World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2018, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on governments to strengthen press freedom, and to protect journalists.The full text of his message reads: A free press is essential for peace, justice and human rights for all. It is crucial to building transparent and democratic societies and keeping those in power accountable. It is vital for sustainable development. Journalists and media workers shine a light on local and global challenges and tell the stories that need to be told. Their service to...
qeshm-island-of-iran-hosts-international-meeting-and-workshop-on-unesco-global-geoparks Qeshm Island, 28 April 2018 - Members of the Asia-Pacific Geoparks Network and representatives of National Commissions for UNESCO from 17 countries gathered in Qeshm Island of Iran to attend an international meeting and workshop on UNESCO Global Geoparks. The meeting that was organized by UNESCO Cluster Office in Tehran through collaboration with the Organization of the Geological Survey & Mineral Explorations of Iran, Qeshm Free Zone Organization and the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO in the Qeshm Island as the only UNESCO Geopark in the middle east provided a neutral platform...
world-leaders-gather-at-un-to-renew-commitment-to-build-and-sustain-peace TEHRAN, 25 April 2018 (UNIC) -- Calling for more diplomacy, dialogue and mediation to head off conflicts before they break out, United Nations officials urged a gathering of world leaders on Tuesday to help strengthen a new approach to sustaining peace, which aims to put prevention at the heart of the UN’s work. “The first line of the United Nations Charter commits us to saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák said in his opening remarks to the High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace, which runs...
unesco-joins-celebration-of-tabriz-as-capital-of-islamic-tourism-2018 Tabriz, 25 April 2018: UNESCO joined the festive ceremony attended by President Hassan Rouhani and representatives of the international community to celebrate the designation of Tabriz as Capital of Islamic Tourism in 2018 by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). President Rouhani in his opening remarks highlighted the development of tourism as one of the means of fostering inter-cultural dialogue and constructive interactions in the world: "Tourism will make the nations truly understand the world and the history of the past, and in fact, provide better understanding of human...
unic-helps-university-of-tehran-graduate-students-to-find-needed-un-information As per request of Dr. Amirsaed Vakil Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Tehran professor, the UN Information Centre (UNIC) held a “Finding UN Information and Documentation” workshop for some 40 graduate students of international law and human rights at the UN building in Tehran on 23 April 2018. The workshop was conducted by the UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani. Students learned how to find and retrieve UN information on the UN website as well as Dag Hammarskjold Library (DHL) page on the web. They also got familiar with the structure of...
unesco-highlights-iran-s-capacities-in-sports-for-peace-and-development Tehran – 23 April 2018: UNESCO and the University of Tehran celebrated the 5th International Day of Sport for Development and Peace to highlight the importance of investment in physical activities for the present and future of the country. At a ceremony that was hosted by the Faculty of Sports and Physical Education of the University of Tehran, Alexander Schischlik, Chief of the Youth and Sports Section at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris underscored Iran’s impressive achievements in the fields of sports and physical education –particularly for persons with disabilities....
un-to-hold-high-level-meeting-on-peacebuilding-sustaining-peace TEHRAN, 22 April 2018 (UNIC) - The President of the General Assembly, Miroslav Lajčák, will convene a High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 24 and 25 April 2018.The Meeting will bring world leaders, civil society and the private sector together, to focus on conflict prevention, mediation, dialogue and diplomacy. This is part of a wider effort by UN Member States to help the United Nations do better at fostering peace. The UN needs a new approach to peace. There is a growing understanding that the UN‘s efforts...
a-new-approach-to-peace By Miroslav Lajčák When the United Nations was created, its founders envisioned a different kind of world. A world in which disputes were resolved in meeting rooms and not battlefields. A world in which wars were stopped before they broke out. A world that didn’t wait for lives to be lost before springing into action. But violent conflicts are on the rise in many parts of the world today. They’re becoming more drawn out, complex and deadly.  Civilians are no longer killed in cross-fire; they are now the targets of direct attacks. We are also seeing an unprecedented number of...
exhibition-of-un-iran-historical-photos-and-documents-opens-in-shiraz SHIRAZ - Exhibition of UN-Iran Historical Photos and Documents inaugurated at Taropood Gallery of Document Centre and National Library of the Fars Province in Shiraz on Thursday 12 April 2018. The opening ceremony was held in the presence of Deputy Governor General of the Fars Province, Hadi Pazhohesh Jahromi; UN Information Centre (UNIC) National Information Officer, Mohammad Rajai-Moghadam; Head of Document Centre and National Library of the Fars Province, Koroush Kamali Sarvestani; Deputy Head of Press and Cultural Office of Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Mehdi...
commemorative-event-on-the-international-day-of-reflection-on-the-1994-genocide-against-the-tutsi-in-rwanda-7-april UNIC Tehran in cooperation with the Iranian International Studies Association (IISA), held a commemorative event on the occasion of the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda with participation of some 30 graduate students on 9 April 2018 at the UN building. At the beginning of the session, UNIC Director Dr. Maria Dotsenko after her welcoming remarks, read the UN Secretary-General’s message on the Day. She also reminded the audience about important role which Iran has always played/playes within UN, as one of 51 founding Member States and...
unido-allocates-low-interest-loan-to-energy-efficiency-projects-in-iran TEHRAN, 10 April 2018 (UNIC) -- The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)has established a revolving fund for allocating low-interest loan to Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) projects in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This decision made towards Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development Goals and regarding the agreement on cooperation for proceeding of third to sixth “Five-Year National Development Programs” in which enhancement of productivity through energy efficiency in an essential point of attention. This Fund establishment is...
today-s-wars-on-children-devastate-the-sacred-principle-of-protection By: Geert Cappelaere A few milestones in March 2018 Seven years of war on children in Syria Three years of war on children in Yemen Who marks those milestones? Who cares? The gradual erosion of public consciousness for our common duty to protect children seems to have made the world numb to egregious violations. What’s worse, we seem to be blind to the fact that the world of the future will be populated with humans – 1 in 5 children who live in conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa today - who have first-hand experience of an international system that does not...
un-chief-warns-of-racism-hate-speech-and-xenophobia-around-the-world TEHRAN, 7 April 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, 7 April 2018, expressed his deep concern about the rise of racism, hate speech and xenophobia around the world. The full text of his message reads: Twenty-four years ago, more than 800,000 people were systematically killed in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.  The victims were overwhelmingly Tutsi, but also included moderate Hutu, Twa and others.  Today we remember all those who were murdered and reflect on...
average-global-life-expectancy-has-expanded-by-23-years-un-chief TEHRAN, 7 April 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General in his message on World Health Day, 7 April 2018, said since the establishment of World Health Organization (WHO), average global life expectancy has expanded by 23 years, smallpox has disappeared, and polio will soon be gone.The full text of his message reads: Today, we mark World Health Day – and the 70th anniversary of the World Health Organization. WHO was founded on the principle that, and I quote “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human...
terrorists-killed-wounded-281-iraqi-civilians-in-march-2018 TEHRAN, 4 April 2018 (UNIC) – A total of 104 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 177 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in March 2018*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The figures include ordinary civilians and others who can be considered civilian at the time of death or injury - police in non-combat function, civil defence, Personal Security Detail, facilities protection police, and fire department personnel. Of the overall figures recorded by UNAMI for the month of March, the...
unido-published-sharing-information-and-awareness-raising-documentary TEHRAN, 3 April 2018 (UNIC) -- “Sharing Information and Cultural Change in Energy Consumption” Documentary film has been produced and released by UNIDO with Global Environment Facility (GEF) funding, under the project of “Industrial Energy Efficiency in key sectors in Iran (IEE Project)”.The main focus of this film is to highlight the role of awareness raising, cultural change and importance of sharing information in promoting Energy Efficiency and combating Climate Change. “In this film, the good practices of the GEF- IEE project and their achievements as well as other...
on-world-autism-day-un-chief-calls-for-full-participation-of-all-people-with-autism TEHRAN, 1 April 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on World Autism Awareness Day, 2 April 2018, called for the full participation of all people with autism.The full text of his message reads: On World Autism Awareness Day, we stand up for the rights of people with autism and speak out against discrimination. This year’s observance highlights the importance of empowering women and girls with autism. They face multiple challenges including barriers to accessing education and employment on an equal footing with others, denial of their...
the-secretary-general-remarks-at-nowruz-celebration 20 March 2018, 16:00 It is indeed an enormous pleasure to be back in this wonderful celebration. I think we all recognize that nothing in our world is more important than the spirit of Nowruz. When we see all the conflicts around the world. When we see the plight of migrants and refugees. When we see the rise of xenophobia and racism in so many parts of the world.   It is clear that we all need the spirit of Nowruz and the world needs the spirit of Nowruz in order to be able to allow for peace and for justice and for understanding, and for the capacity to have mutual respect...
dr-leila-joudane-unfpa-representative-in-iran-meeting-h-e-dr-hassan-ghazizadeh-hashemi-minister-of-health-and-medical-education Shortly before Nowrooz 1397, the Iranian new year, Dr. Leila Joudane, UNFPA Representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran, met H.E. Dr. Hassan Ghazizadeh Hashemi, the  Minister of Health and Medical Education in his office. Before the start of the meeting, Dr. Joudane wished a happy new year to the Minister of Health and Medical Education and offered him a new year’s gift from UNFPA Iran. At the onset of the meeting, Dr. Joudane thanked the Minister for the opportunity to meet him and his staff. She briefed the Minister on the goals of the 6th UNFPA Country Programme, which are...
un-world-bank-panel-calls-for-fundamental-shift-in-water-management TEHRAN, 15 March 2018 (UNIC) -- With 700 million people worldwide at risk of being displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030, water infrastructure investment must be at least doubled over the next five years, a panel set up by the United Nations and the World Bank recommended on Wednesday. Making Every Drop Count: An Agenda for Water Action, released by a panel of 11 Heads of State and a Special Advisor, calls for a fundamental shift in the way the world manages water so that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 6 on ensuring availability and sustainable...
international-women-s-day-commemorated-in-dat On the occasion of International Women's Day (March 8), a ceremony was held on Tuesday 13 March 2018 at the Conference Hall of the Disability Association of Tavana (DAT), Public Relations and International Affairs of DAT reported. More than 100 people, including a couple of mothers who have disabled children and several disabled university students along with DAT authorities were present in the ceremony. This ceremony was organized by DAT authorities. Participants in the Internatiional Women's Day On the occasion of International Women's Day (March 8), a ceremony was held on...
charity-ski-race-in-dizin-promotes-international-decade-for-action-water-for-sustainable-development-2018-2028 The United Nations Information Centre in Tehran (UNIC) jointly with RaikaTosee Kish Company organized a Charity Ski Race in the Dizin International Ski Resort on Friday, 9 March 2018. This Ski Race was dedicated to the International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development (2018-2028) (General Assembly’s Resolution A/RES/71/222). The Race was among the first activities around the globe to mark this important Decade. The Decade is going to be launched on March 22, World Water Day.   From left to right: Two man from the Dizin Ski Resort, UNIC Tehran Director Maria...
finding-un-information-on-women-issues-on-international-women-s-day Tehran - On International Women’s Day United Nations Information Centre in cooperation with International Relations Department of Tarbiat Modares University and Iranian Association of Women’s Studies (IAWS) held a workshop on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” with focus on women issues for some 30 participants at the UN building on 8 March 2018. The session started by screening of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres video message on the International Women’s Day.   Finding UN information and documentation workshop participants Tehran -...
finding-information-on-the-un-secretariat-and-the-secretary-general Tehran - In a joint event held by the Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) and United Nations Information Centre (UNIC)-Tehran, some 15 researchers, students and members of IAUNS were briefed about retrieving the UN-related information and documentation with a focus on the UN Secretary-General and the Secretariat on 6 March 2018 at the UN building. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami elaborated on an overview of chapter XV of the UN Charter that deals directly with the Secretariat. Then UN Documentation: Secretariat and the most recent report of the UN...
seminar-on-the-role-of-un-secretariat-and-the-secretaries-general-in-fulfilling-the-objectives-of-the-un-charter TEHRAN - Iranian Association of United Nations Studies (IAUNS) in partnership with UNIC Tehran organized a seminar on “the Role of UN Secretariat and the Secretaries-General in fulfilling the objectives of the UN Charter” at the House of Humanities Intellectuals on 11 March 2018. Addressing some 200 university professors, researches and students as well as Foreign Ministry officials, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Legal and International Affairs Dr. Gholam Hossein Dehghani after referring to the four main purposes of the United Nations, said the Secretariat and the...
commemoration-of-international-women-s-day TEHRAN – United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Director Dr. Maria Dotsenko delivered the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s message on the occasion of International Women’s Day during a ceremony marking the anniversary of the establishment of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Cultural Institute (ECI) and Interntional Women’s Day at ECI building on 6 March 2018. Addressing a large audience including foreign and Iranian diplomats, movie starts and general public, Dotsenko quoting the Secretary-General said: “We at the United Nations stand with...
unido-iran-representative-meets-dr-zarif United Nations Industrial Development organization (UNIDO) representative in Iran, Dr. Maryam Javan shahraki, held a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Saturday, 10 March 2018. In this meeting, Dr. Zarif‎, emphasized on the Importance of UNIDO’s mission and activities as an International Development Organization in Iran. Dr. Zarif and Dr. Javan Shahraki discussed the perspective for developing cooperation between Islamic Republic of Iran and UNIDO in Iran. UNIDO representative in Iran, Dr. Javan Shahraki conferring with FM Dr. Zarif...
tree-planting-ceremony-on-international-women-s-day TEHRAN – The Tehran Municipality organized tree planting ceremony on the occasion of International Women’s Day and Tree Planting Week at Nowrouz Park in Tehran on 8 March 2018. Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif and his wife, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abbas Araghchi and his wife as well as Mayor of Tehran Mohammad Ali Najafi, female members of the Tehran City Council, diplomats stationed in Tehran, UN country team representatives and members of Friendship Associations of Iran and different countries participated in the ceremony and each planted a tree....
the-un-resident-coordinator-s-statement-at-national-tree-planting-ceremony I bid you all a very good morning. Today, I bring you greetings from the Unites Nations Family in the Islamic Republic of Iran. It gives me an immense pleasure to be a part of this tree planting ceremony. I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone – especially women present in the audience – a very happy International Women’s Day. Trees are one of earth’s greatest natural resources. As you know, trees keep our air supply clean and remove pollution from the atmosphere – improving air quality and human health. Trees improve water quality, they help prevent erosion,...
the-start-of-a-collaboration-between-unfpa-and-un-habitat-in-i-r-iran The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Iran’s Representative, Dr. Leila Joudane, and the United Nations Human Settlement Programme, UN-Habitat’s Chief, Mr. Siamak Moghaddam, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today, Wednesday 7 March 2018. The MoU announces the start of a joint cooperation between the two UN agencies in the field of internal mobility patterns in Iran in order to inform formulation of urban policies.  The cooperation will bring forth favorable grounds for advocacy dialogues between the University of Tehran and the Ministry of Roads and Urban...
women-s-day-2018-progress-for-women-is-progress-for-all TEHRAN, 6 March 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2018, said progress for women is progress for all.The full text of his message reads: We are at a pivotal moment for women’s rights. The historical and structural inequalities that have allowed oppression and discrimination to flourish are being exposed like never before. From Latin America to Europe to Asia, on social media, on film sets, on the factory floor and in the streets, women are calling for lasting change and zero tolerance for sexual...
299-iraqi-civilians-were-killed-injured-by-terrorists-in-february-2018 TEHRAN, 6 March 2018 (UNIC) – A total of 91 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 208 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in February 2018*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).The figures include ordinary civilians and others who can be considered civilian at the time of death or injury - police in non-combat function, civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities protection police, and fire department personnel. Of the overall figures for February, the number of civilians killed...
on-world-wildlife-day-un-chief-praises-park-rangers TEHRAN, 2 March 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on World Wildlife Day, 3 March 2018, praised brave park rangers and law enforcement officers for their efforts in fighting wildlife crimes in the field and putting their lives at risk to protect the most threatened species. The full text of his message reads: On World Wildlife Day we focus on the important role the planet’s wild animals and plants play in our cultures and the sustainability of our societies. Photo credit: Ehsan Jannati/ Asiatic Cheetah Research and Husbandry...
incb-calls-for-greater-investment-in-drug-treatment-services-as-the-vast-majority-of-drug-users-lack-access-to-treatment In its 2017 Annual Report, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB): • Highlights that the need for treatment and rehabilitation largely outstrips the availability of services • Urges Governments to place more emphasis on treatment and rehabilitation rather than just focusing on prevention • Calls on Governments to invest in treatment and rehabilitation services, with particular attention to the needs of special populations • Reminds States of their obligation to provide treatment services to those affected by drug use disorders • Calls on the international...
unesco-and-eco-cultural-institute-celebrate-international-mother-language-day-2018 In 1999, UNESCO declared that 21 February be regarded as International Mother Language Day. To mark the 19th celebration of this day, the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office and ECO Cultural Institute (ECI) held a cultural event in Tehran with the cooperation of various embassies. In the opening speech, H.E. Dr. Mohammad Mahdi Mazaheri, President of ECO Cultural Institute, spoke about importance of languages for identity and the transmission of cultural heritage. Echoing that message, Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, said: “A language is...
fao-assists-iran-to-strengthen-capacities-toward-sustainable-growth-of-oilseed-crops Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is organizing a two-week (19 February - 2 March 2018) special training course in Brazil for the top Iranian experts in the field of agriculture to improve the existing national knowledge on oilseed production and strengthen its capacity in the country. “This training course would enable the Iranian scientists to ‘shadow’ experienced Brazilian counterparts in Brazil, and gain hands-on learning opportunities besides enabling them to discuss and understand the applications of innovations in their area of subject...
un-releases-“capacity-building-on-industrial-energy-efficiency”-documentary “Capacity Building on Industrial Energy Efficiency” Documentary has been produced and released by UNIDO with Global Environment Facilities (GEF) financing, under the project of “Industrial Energy Efficiency in key sectors in Iran”. The main focus of this film is to introduce the theoretical and practical trainings and associated results on Energy Management System (EnMS) and Energy System Optimization (ESO) for Petrochemical, Oil Refinery, Iron and steel, and Cement industries.  “Producing this documentary, in Farsi aimed to promote the global methods of energy...
members-of-iranian-foundation-of-aerospace-science-and-technology-navigated-the-un-online Some members of the Iranian Foundation of Aerospace Science and Technology (IRFAST), including the Managing Director Dr. Abbas Ebrahimi and the Executive Manager Mr. Mostafa Tabatabaei Manesh, participated in a workshop on "Finding UN Information and Documentation" held at the UNIC Tehran on 21st February 2018. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami briefed the participants on how to find UN information and some basic facts about the UN, the UN and Civil Society, ECOSOC Committee on NGOs and how to submit quadrennial reports. The participants also learnt about some UN...
thanks-to-germany,-wfp-rolls-out-cash-assistance-in-iran’s-refugee-settlement WFP launched cash assistance this month in Shahid Nasseri refugee settlement in Saveh, Markazi province. The new combination of wheat flour rations and cash allows refugees buy the foods of their choice in settlement shops while at the same time baking their own bread at home. The Federal Republic of Germany supported WFP’s as it transitioned from the traditional food distribution to the new cash-transfer assistance. Germany, a long-standing supporter of WFP operations in Iran, was the first country to provide support to WFP’s new three-year interim plan in Iran contributing €1 million...
un4u-and-briefing-on-unfpa-for-university-of-tehran-students TEHRAN – On the occasion of World Day of Social Justice, 20 February 2018, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam briefed some 25 students from Faculty of Law and Political Science of University of Tehran on UN, its history and main organs as well as UN agencies stationed in Iran at UN conference room on 21 February 2018.   Students from University of Tehran at UN4U session TEHRAN – On the occasion of World Day of Social Justice, 20 February 2018, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) National Information Officer...
un-releases-“capacity-building-on-industrial-energy-efficiency”-documentary-film TEHRAN, 21 February 2018 (UNIC) -- “Capacity Building on Industrial Energy Efficiency” Documentary film has been produced and released by UNIDO with Global Environment Facilities (GEF) financing, under the project of “Industrial Energy Efficiency in key sectors in Iran”.The main focus of this film is to introduce the theoretical and practical trainings and associated results on Energy Management System (EnMS) and Energy System Optimization (ESO) for petrochemical, oil refinery, iron and steel, as well as cement industries.  “Producing this documentary, in the Persian...
statement-attributable-to-the-spokesman-for-the-secretary-general-on-the-airplane-accident-in-iran The Secretary-General was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic airplane accident today near Yasuj, Iran. The Secretary-General extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General  New York, 18 February 2018  ***
the-7th-cultural-change-in-energy-consumption,-has-been-held-in-isfahan United Nation Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Iran held the 7th Seminar on “Cultural Change in Energy Efficiency” in Isfahan. This seminar was held with cooperation of “Industrial Property Support Office” and “Office of Isfahan” of Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade in Isfahan. “Isfahan with 9200 industrial company like Iron and Steel, Cement and Brick, is one of the biggest industrial zones in Iran. So it is important to have projects in partnership with UNIDO in this province.” Mr. Esrafil Ahmadiyeh the Director General of Isfahan organization of...
finding-information-on-peace-and-security-through-the-un-website Tehran - In a joint event held by the Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) and United Nations Information Centre (UNIC)-Tehran, some 25 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 15 February 2018 at the UN building. UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami elaborated on an overview of peace and security as a global issue and its related links such as University for peace. Then the participants navigated through the webpage of...
without-firm-action-on-gender-equality,-women’s-empowerment,-world-may-miss-development-targets TEHRAN, 15 February 2018 (UNIC) -- Without speedy progress on gender equality and real action to end pervasive discrimination against women and girls, the global community will not be able to keep the promise to ‘leave no one behind’ on the road to ending poverty, protecting the planet and advancing prosperity by 2030, according to a new United Nations report launched on Wednesday.“This is an urgent signal for action, and the report recommends the directions to follow,” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of UN Women, said on the launch of the new report, Turning...
kangaroo-mother-care-helps-the-physical-and-mental-health-of-preterm-babies February 2018, Tehran- Azadeh Darouzmi is sitting on a chair in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of Mahdiyeh Hospital in Tehran, dressed in a sanitary dress and holding Aisu close to provide skin-to-skin contact. This is part of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) provided to babies in the NICU of this hospital where quality medical care for preterm babies is available. The 23-year-old mother gave birth to her twin girls, Aisu and Aynaz, in mid-January 2018 when they were only 28 weeks old. “Every day I do Kangaroo Mother Care four times for both girls in the morning and at night. I talk to...
radio-can-unite,-empower-communities,-and-give-voice-to-the-marginalized-un-chief TEHRAN, 13 February 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on World Radio Day, 13 February 2018, radio can unite and empower communities, and give voice to the marginalized.Radio reaches the widest audience in the world. In an era of dramatic advances in communications, radio retains its power to entertain, educate, inform and inspire. It can unite and empower communities, and give voice to the marginalized. This year, with the Winter Olympics now under way, we also recognize the many ways in which sports broadcasting brings people...
secretary-general’s-statement-on-the-death-of-human-rights-activist-asma-jahangir We have lost a human rights giant. News of the death of Asma Jahangir today is echoing within her native Pakistan and across the world. She was a tireless advocate for inalienable rights of all people and for equality – whether in her capacity as a Pakistani lawyer in the domestic justice system, as a global civil society activist, or as a Special Rapporteur.Asma was brilliant, deeply principled, courageous and kind. I convey my heartfelt condolences to Asma’s family, friends and colleagues, including in the United Nations and civil society within which she was such a leader....
on-int’l-day,-guterres-calls-for-supporting-girls,-women-to-achieve-full-potential-as-scientific-researchers,-innovators TEHRAN, 11 February 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11 February 2018, highlighted the need to encourage and support girls and women achieve their full potential as scientific researchers and innovators.The full text of his message reads: Both girls and boys have the potential to pursue their ambitions in science and mathematics, in school and at work. But systemic discrimination means women occupy less than 30 percent of research and development jobs worldwide. We need...
guterres-calls-on-all-parties-to-conflict-to-observe-the-olympic-truce-during-the-2018-olympic-and-paralympic-games TEHRAN, 8 February 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the Olympic Truce for the PyeongChang Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games called on all parties to conflict to observe the Olympic Truce during the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games.The full text of his message reads: This week, the world will gather in PyeongChang in the Republic of Korea, united by the Olympic Spirit: in solidarity; mutual respect; and friendly competition. The Olympics and Paralympics showcase the best of the world’s athletic achievements, and the best of...
students-learn-navigating-through-the-un-website The UN Information Centre (UNIC) held “Finding UN Information and Documentation” workshop for some 12 graduate students of University of Tehran – Alborz Campus and other universities as well as 7 UNIC interns at the UN building on 5 February 2018. The workshop was organized by the Deputy of the International Section of University of Tehran – Alborz Campus and the former Director-General of the National Commission for UNESCO in Iran Dr. Mohammad Reza Saeidabadi and was conducted by the UNIC Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani.   Finding UN information...
the-14th-international-energy-exhibition-held-in-kish The 14th International Energy Exhibition (Kish Enex 2018) opened on Kish Island with UNIDO’s support and the participation of over 180 Iranian and foreign companies. UNIDO Iran has supported this exhibition by, the speech of UNIDO representative in Iran, Dr. Maryam Javanshahraki, in the opening ceremony of the fair on “importance of energy efficiency” and presented UNIDO’s program on Industrial Energy Efficiency in petrochemical, refinery, iron and steel, brick and cement sectors in Iran.   Opening of The 14th International Energy Exhibition The 14th...
200m-women,-girls-have-experienced-female-genital-mutilation-un-chief TEHRAN, 6 February 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February 2018, announced that over 200 million women and girls alive today have experienced female genital mutilation in 30 countries across three continents.The full text of his message reads:  Female genital mutilation is a gross violation of the human rights of women and girls. Over 200 million women and girls alive today have experienced female genital mutilation in 30 countries across three...
earthquake-performance-evaluation-of-health-facilities-in-iran-by-un TEHRAN, 6 February 2018 (UNIC) -- The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of the Islamic Republic of Iran will soon begin implementation of the project “Inventory, Earthquake and Multi-Hazard Performance Evaluation of Existing Health Facilities in Islamic Republic of Iran”. The project is funded by the Government of Japan. The objective of this cooperation is to develop a consensus-driven analytical foundation required for long-term investment to reduce risk in the health sector in Iran. It...
terrorists-killed-and-injured-365-iraqi-civilians-in-january TEHRAN, 4 February 2018 (UNIC) – A total of 115 Iraqi civilians (not including police) were killed and another 250 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in January 2018*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 323 civilian casualties (90 killed, 233 injured). Diyala followed, with 8 killed and 15 injured; and Ninewa, with 13 killed and 7 injured. UNAMI has not been able to obtain the civilian casualty figures from the Anbar Health Department for the...
unesco-organizes-training-on-transboundary-water-management-for-water-professionals-from-afghanistan-and-iran From 22-24 January 2018, UNESCO organized a training on transboundary water management for a group of 30 water professionals from Afghanistan and Iran. The training was held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, as part of a series of tailor-made regional trainings by the International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP) on Transboundary Water Management. UNESCO-IHP has held similar training workshops for different regions across the world. The training provided advanced learning on transboundary water resource management with case studies and lessons learned from different regions in the world,...
fao-hosts-expert-workshop-to-address-complex-challenges-similar-to-urmia-lake-restoration FAO headquarters in Rome hosted a group of international experts that specialize in social-ecological systems to discuss a number of case studies including the Lake Urmia Restoration program. According to a press release by the FAO Representation in Iran, the overall theme of the expert workshop was to discuss how the social-ecological systems frameworks has been applied to complex problems related to sustainable agriculture and land use, especially under water scarcity conditions. The expert workshop also addressed the methodological advances in operationalizing social-ecological...
iran-to-host-2018-regional-conference-on-population-ageing I.R. of Iran to host 2018 biennium HelpAge Regional Conference on Population Ageing from 23-25 October 2018 (01–03 Aban 1397). UNFPA Iran and HelpAge International signed a trilateral memorandum of understanding with the Deputy Minister and Head of State Welfare Organization (SWO) on behalf of the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare. After the successful hosting of the Regional Forum on Policy Implications of Population Ageing in Tabriz, Iran back in 2017 and issuance of Tabriz Statement, State Welfare Organization, HelpAge International, and UNFPA will coordinate...
graduate-study-programme The 56th Graduate Study Programme will be held at the United Nations Office at Geneva from 2 to 13 July 2018. The GSP theme for 2018 will be: " HUMAN RIGHTS AT A CROSSROADS: WHERE WE STAND IN 2018 "  Background The United Nations Information Service’s Graduate Study Programme provides an opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding of the United Nations system through first-hand observation and study. The Graduate Study Programme is held at the United Nations Office at Geneva each year during the month of July. Each year, as part of the educational...
dag-hammarskjöld-fund-for-journalists TEHRAN, 24 January 2018 (UNIC) -- The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists from mainly developing countries for its 2018 fellowship program. The application deadline is 12 March 2018.The fellowships are available to radio, television, print and web journalists, age 25 to 35, from developing countries who are interested in coming to New York to report on international affairs during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.  The fellowships will begin in early September and extend to late November and will...
the-9th-world-urban-forum-wuf9-programme The 9th World Urban Forum (WUF9) will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in February, 2018. The theme of this forum is - “Cities 2030, Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda”. The focus of this forum is on the New Urban Agenda as a tool and accelerator for achieving Sustainable Development Goals. Please refer to the following link for full details of the programme: http://unhabitat.org.ir/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/WUF9-Programme.pdf  ***
diplomat-community-engages-with-iranian-red-crescent-for-kermanshah-area-earthquake-recovery On 23 Jan. 2018, the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) hosted a briefing session with Ambassadors and international organisations’ representatives to discuss the aftermath of the earthquake that hit Kermanshah on 12 November of last year and the response operation. The meeting, hosted by Dr. Ali Asghar Peyvandi, (President of the IRCS), provided an opportunity for the IRCS to outline their response efforts and foster greater collaboration with the international community. Having been a strong supporter of the meeting, the UN was represented by OCHA, UNICEF and UNFPA which...
briefing-on-un-for-shahid-beheshti-university-students TEHRAN - UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam briefed some 14 students from Shahid Beheshti University (SBU) on UN, its history and main organs as well as UN agencies stationed in Iran. He also talked about SDGs and answered the students’ question. UN promotional items such as Image and Reality, UN Cards (what UN does every day) and UN Charter were given to the participants.   SBU students and UNIC NIO Moghadam (far right) TEHRAN - UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam briefed some 14 students from Shahid Beheshti University (SBU) on UN,...
unido-to-support-14th-int’l-energy-exhibition-in-kish TEHRAN, 17 January 2018 (UNIC) – United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Iran, supports the 14th International Energy Exhibition to promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals #7 (SDGs) on “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”. The UNIDO’s Representative in Iran, Dr. Maryam Javan Shahraki will be the keynote speaker in the opening of the fair on “UNIDO’s Contributions on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving in Iran.”The 14th International Energy Exhibition will be held in Kish Int'l Exhibitions...
towards-a-new-global-compact-on-migration By UN Secretary-General António GuterresManaging migration is one of the most profound challenges for international cooperation in our time.  Migration powers economic growth, reduces inequalities and connects diverse societies.  Yet it is also a source of political tensions and human tragedies.  The majority of migrants live and work legally.  But a desperate minority are putting their lives at risk to enter countries where they face suspicion and abuse. Demographic pressures and the impact of climate change on vulnerable societies are likely to drive further migration in the...
fao-urges-further-actions-to-save-oaks-and-boxwood-trees-of-iranian-forests Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) called for further actions to save Oaks and Boxwood trees in Zagros and Caspian forests of the country at the final workshop for a technical cooperative project that aimed at assisting the forestry sector in Iran. During the final workshop of the project entitle “Assistance to Strengthening the Resilience of Zagros Forests to Oak Decline and Caspian Forests to Boxwood Blight and Development of National Forest Monitoring System in the Islamic Republic of Iran” held on Wednesday 10 January 2018, in Chalus,...
unfpa-national-implementing-partners-review-achievement-discuss-road-ahead Annual Programme Review Meeting of the sixth Country Programme between UNFPA and the national implementing partners was Co-Chaired by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNFPA Representative, Dr. Leila Joudane on Wednesday 10 January 2018.  High level participation from all relevant national ministries and organizations provided a good forum to review the achievements and discuss the road ahead to achieve results. Officials of the Statistical Center of Iran (SCI), University of Tehran (UT), & Ministry of Cooperative, Labor, & Social Welfare (MoCLSW ), Secretariat...
managing-migration-is-one-of-the-most-urgent-and-profound-tests-of-international-cooperation-in-our-time-–-un-chief TEHRAN, 11 January 2018 (UNIC) -- “Migration is an expanding global reality” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres maintains in his report released today. “The time for debating the need for cooperation in this field is past”, and “managing it is one of the most urgent and profound tests of international cooperation of our time.”Making Migration Work for All, the report released to the UN General Assembly on 11 January 2018, is the Secretary-General’s contribution to the process of developing a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular  Migration. The...
un4u-and-briefing-on-un-for-students-of-mofid-high-school TEHRAN - UNIC NIO Mohammad Moghadam briefed some 90 students in three different classes of Mofid High School on UN, its history and main organs as well as UN agencies stationed in Iran at the school on 8 January 2018. He also answered the students’ question.   The UN promotional items such as Image and Reality as well as UN Cards (what UN does every day) were given to the students while Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), UN Charter and Sustainable Development Goals’ poster were given to the school authorities for use by both the students and...
memories-with-tehran-peace-museum On Friday, Tehran Peace Museum hosted a farewell party for the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr, Gary Lewis and his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Lewis to appreciate all they have done for this musuem during the past five years. Click here to watch this partnership over the years on Aparat.   On Friday, Tehran Peace Museum hosted a farewell party for the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr, Gary Lewis and his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Lewis to appreciate all they have done for this musuem during the past five years.  Click here to watch this partnership over the years on...
total-of-69-iraqi-civilians-were-killed,-142-injured-in-acts-of-terrorism-in-december-2017-un TEHRAN, 4 January 2018 (UNIC) – A total of 69 Iraqi civilians (not including police) were killed and another 142 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in December 2017*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 122 civilian casualties (24 killed, 98 injured). Salahaddin Governorate followed, with 7 killed and 25 injured; and Kirkuk saw 15 killed and 6 injured. UNAMI has not been able to obtain the civilian casualty figures from the Anbar Health...
statement-attributable-to-the-spokesman-for-the-secretary-general-on-the-islamic-republic-of-iran The Secretary-General is following with concern recent developments in the Islamic Republic of Iran. He deplores the loss of life in the protests. He urges respect for the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, and that any demonstrations take place in a peaceful manner. Further violence must be avoided. Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General New York, 3 January 2018   ***
un-releases-“save-the-earth”-animation TEHRAN, 3 January 2018 (UNIC) -- Animation of “Save the Earth” has been produced and released by UNIDO with Global Environment Facilities(GEF) financing, under the project of “Industrial Energy Efficiency in key sectors in Iran”. “Save the Earth” main focus is on climate change and its consequences for the earth. In this animation energy efficiency has been mentioned as one of the key solutions for combating climate change. “Producing this animation in Farsi aimed to introduce the consequences of climate change to industries plus mentioning the negative effect of overusing of...
an-alert-for-the-world TEHRAN, 29 December 2017 (UNIC)—United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his new year video message alerted the world on issues such as deepening conflicts, global anxieties about nuclear weapons, expansion of climate change, growing inequalities, violations of human rights as well as rise of nationalism and xenophobia. The full text of his message reads: Dear friends around the world, Happy New Year. When I took office one year ago, I appealed for 2017 to be a year for peace.   Secretary-General New Year’s video message TEHRAN, 29 December 2017...
world-could-see-1-8-billion-tourists-by-2030-–-un-agency TEHRAN, 28 December 2017 (UNIC) – By 2030, there could be 1.8 billion tourists – just over one in five persons in the world – travelling around the globe, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has said.Speaking with UN News, Taleb Rifai, the Secretary-General of UNWTO, highlighted the role of travel and tourism in impacting global developments and making the world a better place. "It is bringing the world together in an incredibly impressive way: it is making the world smaller, more connected, more informed, and therefore… a more caring world,” he said....
ph-d-students-of-international-finance-learn-more-about-the-un-website The UN Information Centre (UNIC) held “Finding UN Information and Documentation” workshop for some 20 post-graduate students of international finance from the Islamic Azad University-Science and Research Branch at the UN building on 24 December 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.   Finding UN information and documentation...
un-environment-published-a-foresight-brief-entitled-lake-urmia-signs-of-recovery Lake Urmia, located in a mountainous region between the provinces of East and West Azerbaijan in northwestern Iran is one of the country’s most important ecosystems. Recent indications are that the lake is recovering. The focus of this brief is on the extent of this recovery and measures that are being put in place to ensure this is sustained.   Lake Urmia captured on Feb. 2017 - Photo credit: UN Iran Source: UN Environment  Lake Urmia, located in a mountainous region between the provinces of East and West Azerbaijan in northwestern Iran is one of the country’s...
germany-sustains-support-for-afghan-and-iraqi-refugees-in-iran TEHRAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a new contribution of €1 million (approximately US$1.2 million) from the Federal Republic of Germany that will be used to provide food assistance to 30,000 of the most vulnerable Afghan and Iraqi refugees living in settlements in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This contribution demonstrates Germany’s continued support for WFP’s efforts following Germany’s contribution of €1 million earlier this year. The new contribution will enable WFP to meet the basic food and nutrition needs of refugees living in 20...
iranian-child-wins-first-place-at-fao’s-painting-competition-2017 Soheil Ahmadipour, the Iranian eight-year-old student by drawing a happy and active rural life where men and women work together to make the best use of land, water and soil, and produce most of their needs won the First award of the FAO’s Painting Competition on the occasion of World Food Day 2017. The competition that was Co-organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Women’s Guild in Rome, asked children and youth between the ages of 5 and 19 to design in four categories, draw or paint a poster based on the World Food...
our-right-of-passage-should-be-safe-migration,-not-leaky-boats-by-william-lacy-swing “I’m a migrant, but didn't have to risk my life on a leaky boat or pay traffickers. Safe migration cannot be limited to the global elite.”   Thus spoke United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in September 2017. With a memorable turn of phrase, he captured what is perhaps one of the overriding challenges facing the world today. While we live at a time when a privileged elite considers global mobility virtually its birth-right, it is denied to countless others trapped in hopelessly bad economic or conflict circumstances. But something else has changed to bring this...
effective-international-cooperation-in-managing-migration-is-needed-to-ensure-that-its-benefits-are-most-widely-distributed-un-chief TEHRAN, 17 December 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on International Migrants Day, 18 December 2017, said that effective international cooperation in managing migration is needed to ensure that its benefits are most widely distributed. The full text of his message is read: On International Migrants Day, we recognize the contributions and celebrate the vitality of the world’s 258 million migrants.  Evidence overwhelmingly shows that migrants generate economic, social and cultural benefits for societies everywhere.  Yet hostility...
“climate-change-is-an-existential-threat”-says-the-un-resident-coordinator On 17 December, Hamshahri Newspaper published an interview with Mr. Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The focus of the interview was the second anniversary of the Paris Agreement.  In this interview Mr. Lewis states: “Make no mistake about this, there is no greater challenge facing mankind today.  Climate change is an existential threat.” Click here to read the interview in English.        Follow Gary Lewis @GaryLewisUN   Follow UNIC Tehran @UNICTehran...
“fireplace-growing-cold”-launched-at-tehran-museum-of-contemporary-art “As you journey through the pages of this fascinating book, you will find impressive historical photographs of the Iranian Nomads. They still travel – though now in much smaller numbers than before – from one place to another across Iran’s vast and atmospheric landscape.” These words were shared by the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Gary Lewis. Mr. Lewis was asked to write a foreword for a book entitled “Fireplace Growing Cold” which features exquisite pictures of Iranian nomads taken by Mr. Morteza Poursamadi, one of Iran’s best-known...
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...
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...
december-2017-commemoration-of-human-rights-day TEHRAN - The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) in partnership with University of Tehran’s Faculty of Law and Political Science and United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), commemorated Human Rights Day in the presence of some 90 university professors and students as well intellectuals by holding a seminar at University of Tehran’s Faculty of Law and Political Science on 9 December 2017. The seminar entitled “Achievements and Failures of Promoting Human Rights after 7 Decades since adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights: From International, Islamic and Iranian...
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...
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...
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...
international-day-of-persons-with-disabilities-commemorated-in-qazvin QAZVIN - Disability Association of Tavana (DAT) commemorated International Day of Persons with Disabilities at its conference hall in Qazvin, the capital of the Qazvin Province, on 6 December 2017. Senior officials from Qazvin City, including Managing Director of Design Services Organization of the Qazvin Municipality, Mohammad Esmaeil Hafezir; Managing Director of Qazvin Bus Organization, Mohammad Hassan Irankhah; Urologist Dr. Ali Akbar Karami and members of Tavana Board of Directors as well as some disabled persons attended the ceremony.   Group photo of some participants at...
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...
seminar-on-review-of-the-sg’s-reform-proposals-in-the-united-nations TEHRAN - Iranian International Studies Association (IISA) in cooperation with UNIC Tehran organized a Seminar on Review of the SG’s Reform Proposals of the United Nations at UN conference room on 3 December 2017. More than 70 university students and professors from across Iran participated in the seminar whose main speakers were UNIC Director Dr. Maria Dotsenko, Professor of Political Science from Gilan University Dr. Reza Simbar, Professor of International Relations from Kharazim University Dr. Arsalan Qorbani and IISA Secretary Dr. Ziauddin Saboori.   Participants at UN...
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...
press-conference-for-introducing-music-album-“towards-zero” TEHRAN - On the occasion of World AIDS Day, UNIC organized a press conference for introducing music album “Towards Zero” with participation of UNAIDS Country Director Dr. Fardad Doroudi, Managing Director of Soroush Audio and Visual Company Dr. Seyyed Mahmoud Reza Hosseini, Senior Expert of AIDS and Sexual Diseases of Ministry of Health and Medical Education Dr. Homeira Fallahi and Pop Singer and HIV/AIDS Activist Shahriar Parseh at UN conference room on Sunday 3 December 2017.   From left to right: Dr. Hosseini, Dr. Doroudi, Mr. Parseh and Dr. Fallahi TEHRAN - On...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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. ...
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...
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...
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...
“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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
“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....
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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:...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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;...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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”...
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...
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...
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