Iran is a founder member of the United Nations (UN) and joined in 1945. Only 51 of the current 193 countries in the world can claim that honour. Today the Islamic Republic of Iran is an active partner in the work of the UN and its funds, programmes and specialized agencies. For its own part, the UN has been active – on the ground – in Iran since 1949 when we opened our first small UNIC office. Our UNICEF office opened the following year. Soon afterwards, others followed.
Today there are 18 UN agencies, funds and programmes working on the ground in Iran. There are approximately 400 staff members (90 per cent of whom are local) work in duty stations in different parts of Iran with most being based in Tehran.
What we do:
The United Nations’ work in Iran focuses primarily on development work and humanitarian assistance. Whereas the latter deals primarily with the question of support to Afghan refugees, the former covers a number of current Government priorities. These include poverty, health, the environment, disasters and drug control.