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19 Mar 2018 - Nowruz Mobarak!

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Dear Friends of the UN Family in Iran,

At this auspicious time of Nowruz, on behalf of the United Nations in Iran, we wish to take this opportunity and extend our heartfelt wishes for a very happy and peaceful New Year. 

Nowruz mobarak.


8 Mar 2018 - The UN Resident Coordinator's Statement at National Tree Planting Ceremony

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Dr. Zarif, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Dr. Najafi, Mayor of Tehran,

Dr. Araghchi, Deputy for Political Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,


Distinguished Representatives,

Esteemed colleagues,

Ladies and gentlemen,

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, provide food, and make our landscapes look beautiful.  Trees create shade and provide us with much needed cooling.

Trees are essential elements in helping reduce the effects of climate change.  When properly placed, trees help us save energy.  They also provide vital wildlife habitat. 

In a sense, tress are living treasures. 

But unfortunately, as a result of climate change and other man-made problems we are losing our trees and forests at a rapid rate.  And this loss is creating environmental challenges such as shortage of water.  Deforestation.  Desertification.  Air pollution amongst other challenges. 

As mentioned earlier, these environmental challenges are all man-made, and for every man-made problem there exist a man-made solution. 

We need to recognize the inseparable link between man and nature and to build a sustainable, climate-resilient future for all. 

We must invest in our trees and world's forests, and invest and support those who guard and protect these precious resources.

For these reasons, and more, saving trees and forests are integral part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which came in to effect 1st of January 2016, as well as in the development plan of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

These global goals will guide the decisions of UN member states like Iran during the next twelve years – until 2030.  Many focus on the environment and the need to think and act “green”.

This tree planting ceremony is thus a symbolic event and it portrays the effort and the energy of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran in recognizing the need to be green and the need to promote environmental causes.

The timing of this event – in my opinion – could not be more perfect.  I am referring to Nowruz being just around the corner. 

Celebrating Nowruz means the affirmation of life in harmony with nature, awareness of the inseparable link between constructive labour and natural cycles of renewal and a solicitous and respectful attitude towards natural sources of life. 

I would like to thank the organizers and also wish to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you – on behalf of the United Nations – joy, peace, prosperity, friendship and harmony with nature.

Happy Nowruz.

Thank you.


8 Mar 2018 - The Secretary-General's Message on International Women's Day

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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 assault, harassment, and discrimination of all kinds.

Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world.

The activism and advocacy of generations of women has borne fruit. There are more girls in school than ever before; more women are doing paid work and in senior roles in the private sector, academia, politics and in international organizations, including the United Nations. Gender equality is enshrined in countless laws, and harmful practices like female genital mutilation and child marriage have been outlawed in many countries.  

But serious obstacles remain if we are to address the historic power imbalances that underpin discrimination and exploitation.

More than a billion women around the world lack legal protection against domestic sexual violence. The global gender pay gap is 23 per cent, rising to 40 per cent in rural areas, and the unpaid work done by many women goes unrecognized. Women’s representation in national parliaments stands, on average, at less than one quarter, and in boardrooms it is even lower. Without concerted action, millions more girls will be subjected to genital mutilation over the next decade.

Where laws exist, they are often ignored, and women who pursue legal redress are doubted, denigrated and dismissed. We now know that sexual harassment and abuse have been thriving in workplaces, public spaces and private homes, in countries that pride themselves on their record of gender equality.

The United Nations should set an example for the world.

I recognize that this has not always been the case. Since the start of my tenure last year, I have set change in motion at UN headquarters, in our peacekeeping missions and in all our offices worldwide.

We have now reached gender parity for the first time in my senior management team, and I am determined to achieve this throughout the organization. I am totally committed to zero tolerance of sexual harassment and have set out plans to improve reporting and accountability. We are working closely with countries around the world to prevent and address sexual exploitation and abuse by staff in peacekeeping missions, and to support victims.

We at the United Nations stand with women around the world as they fight to overcome the injustices they face – whether they are rural women dealing with wage discrimination, urban women organizing for change, women refugees at risk of exploitation and abuse, or women who experience intersecting forms of discrimination: widows, indigenous women, women with disabilities and women who do not conform to gender norms.

Women’s empowerment is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals means progress for all women, everywhere. The Spotlight initiative launched jointly with the European Union will focus resources on eliminating violence against women and girls, a prerequisite for equality and empowerment. 

Let me be clear: this is not a favour to women. Gender equality is a human rights issue, but it is also in all our interests: men and boys, women and girls. Gender inequality and discrimination against women harms us all.

There is ample evidence that investing in women is the most effective way to lift communities, companies, and even countries. Women’s participation makes peace agreements stronger, societies more resilient and economies more vigorous. Where women face discrimination, we often find practices and beliefs that are detrimental to all. Paternity leave, laws against domestic violence and equal pay legislation benefit everyone.

At this crucial moment for women’s rights, it is time for men to stand with women, listen to them and learn from them. Transparency and accountability are essential if women are to reach their full potential and lift all of us, in our communities, societies and economies.

I am proud to be part of this movement, and I hope it continues to resonate within the United Nations and around the world.


24 Feb 2018 - Iran: Spying charges against wildlife activists “hard to fathom”, say UN experts

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Iran must cease what appears to be a new and worrying trend of targeting environmental defenders, UN human rights experts* said following the detention of Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation (PWHF) members on spying charges. One has died in custody.

“We are concerned that Iranian authorities now seem to be arresting and investigating peaceful scientific activists for their invaluable conservationist work. It is hard to fathom how working to preserve the Iranian flora and fauna can possibly be linked to conducting espionage against Iranian interests,” said the experts, calling for their immedate release and for the charges to be dropped.  

One of those arrested, Kavous Seyed Emami, the founder and director of the PWHF, died in custody after his arrest on 24 January. Authorities informed his family on 10 February that he had committed suicide while in the high-security Evin prison.

“Mr Emami’s death is extremely disturbing. Not only was he arrested on flimsy charges, but his death in custody strongly suggests foul play. The Iranian authorities must urgently allow a prompt, impartial and effective investigation into the circumstances and causes of Mr. Emami’s death,” the experts said.

Seven other environmentalists from the group have also been arrested on espionage charges.

“The detention and punishment of environmentalists for their work to conserve and protect the natural environment cannot be justified,” the experts said. “Nowhere in the world, including Iran, should conservation be equated to spying or regarded as a crime. Detention of human rights defenders for their work is arbitrary in nature.”

They also pointed to reported concerns about due process during the arrest and detention of the environmental human rights defenders. It was still not clear if the detained activists have been afforded effective and unhindered access to legal counsel and have been granted other due process rights.

The experts have been in contact with the Government of Iran about the situation.  


بهمن 96 - چهاردهمین نمایشگاه بین المللی انرژی در کیش برگزار شد

چهاردهمین نمایشگاه بین المللی انرژی کیش (انکس 2018) با حضور 180 شرکت داخلی و خارجی و با حمایت سازمان توسه صنعتی ملل متحد (یونیدو) در جزیره کیش برگزار شد.

آیین افتتاح این نمایشگاه با حضور دکتر مریم جوان شهرکی، نماینده سازمان توسعه صنعتی ملل متحد در ایران (یونیدو)، حبیب الله بیطرف معاون امور مهندسی، پژوهش و فناوری وزارت نفت، غلامرضا منوچهری معاون توسعه و مهندسی مدیرعامل شرکت ملی نفت ایران و دست اندرکاران و فعالان داخلی و بین المللی حوزه انرژی در سالن خلیج فارس مرکز همایش های بین المللی کیش برگزار شد.

یونیدو با سخنرانی دکتر جوان شهرکی نماینده این سازمان در ایران و برپایی غرفه ای که دستاوردهای پروژه های انرژی سازمان توسعه صنعتی ملل متحد را با صنایع نفت و گاز کشور به اشتراک گذاشت، از این نمایشگاه حمایت کرد.

نماینده یونیدو در ایران در آیین افتتاحیه این نمایشگاه به ضرورت توجه صنایع به مباحث بهره وری انرژی تاکید کرد و دستاوردهای پروژه «بهره وری انرژی در صنایع کلیدی» کشور را که توسط این سازمان و با همکاری دولت ایران در صنایع پتروشیمی، پالایشگاه، آجر، اهن و فولاد و سیمان در حال اجراست را با صنایع نفت و گازی به اشتراک گذاشت.

همچنین در مراسم افتتاحیه این نمایشگاه، حبیبالله بی طرف،  معاون امور مهندسی، پژوهش و فناوری وزارت نفت با اشاره به  اینکه ایران 9 درصد از نفت و 18 درصد از گاز طبیعی دنیا را تولید میکند به تبیین برنامه های وزارت نفت در زمینه توسعه فناوری در حوزه انرژی پرداخت.

در این نمایشگاه شرکت های داخلی و بین المللی محصولات ،قابلیت های فنی و نو آوری های خود را به بازدید کنندگان عرضه کردند و از تعامل با دست اندر کاران صنعت بهره گرفتند.

این نمایشگاه با حمایت وزارت نفت جمهوری اسلامی ایران ، شرکت ملی نفت ایران، شرکت ملی گاز ایران، شرکت ملی صنایع پتروشیمی، شرکت ملی پخش و پالایش فرآورده های نفتی ایران برگزار شد.

دراین دوره ازنمایشگاه بین المللی انرژی کیش 180 شرکت داخلی ونمایندگانی از کشورهای آلمان، ارمنستان، اسکاتلند، سوئد، کره‌جنوبی، آفریقای جنوبی، چین، گرجستان، ایتالیا، فرانسه، سوئیس، روسیه، اتریش، امارات متحده عربی و عراق حضور داشتند.

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