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23 Jan 2018 - 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 confirmed their organisations’ readiness to assist Iran if requested. The meeting follows on from an earlier series of meetings that took place on the 8-9 January between the IRCS and the various UN agencies in Iran.

The IRCS also used the meeting to give thanks to the international community for their ongoing support. Specific thanks were given to Pakistan and Thailand for their support following the Kermanshah earthquake and to the UN for providing relief items. The meeting was particularly timely, with several smaller earthquakes having occurred since the Kermanshah, including in Hojdak and Kuhbanan in Kerman, Soomar, Bushehr, and Tehran, all the while Kermanshah continues to shake with daily aftershocks.

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The IRCS’ rescue and relief activities to-date in Kermanshah have been significant. Already they have seen the deployment of 89,000 tents and the medical treatment of some 31,014 people. Further activities are also due to take place within the framework of a joint operational plan devised in combination with the IFRC (International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies). The plan, covering the period to December 2018, will see 200,000 people targeted with interventions and activities covering various aspects including shelter, livelihoods, health, Nutrition and Food Security, WASH, DRR and organisational capacity building, should the necessary funds be raised.


23 Nov 2017 - UN Humanitarian Chief Mark Lowcock concludes visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran

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(Tehran, 23 November 2017): Yesterday, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) Mark Lowcock 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 people in the earthquake zone,” Mr. Lowcock said. “During my visit, I also reiterated the UN’s readiness to support the Government by providing humanitarian aid if it is required to fill any gaps in the response.”

The discussions included promotion of emergency preparedness efforts and international cooperation in disaster response and enhancing the capacity of the urban search and rescue teams, and exchange of technical expertise and knowledge with Iran. He welcomed the “Getting Airports Ready for Disasters” (GARD) exercise which will take place in Iran at the end of November. 

Mr. Lowcock’s discussions with the Government also covered major humanitarian crises, including in Syria, Yemen and the situation of the Rohyingha refugees. He urged the Iranian government to help facilitate response efforts, assistance and protection for the crisis-affected people, and humanitarian access.

Mr. Lowcock met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif, Deputy Minister of Interior Shojaei KIasari and National Disaster Management Office officials, the Head of the Iranian Parliament National Security and Foreign Affairs Commission Alaeddin Borojerdi, the President of the Iranian Red Crescent Society, Dr. Aliasghar Peyvandi, the Director General of the Ministry of  Foreign Affairs Mohammed Farazmand for Arab States and Middle East, United Nations representatives and foreign diplomats.

USG Lowcock then travelled to Moscow to meet senior officials in the Russian government to discuss global humanitarian developments.


23 Nov 2017 - Iran airports to benefit from GARD disaster response training program

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Tehran, 23 November 2017: 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 most seamless and fastest way possible.  In 2009, GARD was developed by Deutsche Post DHL Group in cooperation with the UNDP with the aim of preparing airports in disaster-prone areas to handle the surge of incoming relief goods after a calamity occurs. It also enables the various organizations and aid agencies to better understand the processes at the airport in the aftermath of a disaster, which will help facilitate relief efforts and enhance overall coordination. To date, GARD workshops have been held at more than 40 airports. Over 40 officials and experts will participate in the five-day GARD workshop in Tehran, starting 25 November, which will be led by specialists from Deutsche Post DHL Group and UNDP. During the workshop, the participants and trainers will evaluate the current level of preparedness at the airport, conduct training exercises, and develop specific recommendations and an action plan that ensures Mehrabad International Airport is prepared for future disasters.

 Iran, being situated in one of the most disaster-prone regions of the world, means it is highly susceptible to droughts, earthquakes, floods and industrial incidents. Forest fires and sand and dust storms increasingly affect different parts of the country. Iran’s main concern however continues to be seismic risk. Due to its particular location in the Alpine-Himalayan mountain system, the Islamic Republic of Iran is also highly vulnerable to numerous and often severe earthquakes such as the one that hit western parts of the country on 12 November 2017. According to news reports, the 7.3-magnitude earthquake, which struck in a populated region on the border of Iran-Iraq where more than 1.8 million people live, is estimated to have taken the lives of about 500 people and injured another 7,460. It is by far the deadliest earthquake to strike Iran since 2012, and most lethal in the world in 2017.

As part of the current GARD workshop, Deutsche Post DHL Group’s aviation experts, UNDP leaders and Iran Airports and Air Navigation Company representatives will equip participants with best-practice logistics management during natural disasters and work with them to devise customized disaster-response plans for the airport. The workshop will also raise awareness of Disaster Risk Reduction, which taps on Deutsche Post DHL Group’s extensive logistics experience to focus on surge capacity so that airports better handle the overwhelming international support that they receive after a disaster, and identify priorities for investment in national infrastructure, which could further improve the resilience of emergency supply chains during a disaster.



آبان 96 - سفر معاون دبیرکل سازمان ملل متحد در امورانساندوستانه به ایران

تهران -- آقای مارک لوکاک، معاون دبيرکل سازمان ملل متحد در امور انساندوستانه و هماهنگ کننده امداد اضطراری، روز دوشنبه 29 آبان ماه جاری به منظور دیدار رسمی دو روزه وارد تهران خواهند شد.

قراراست آقای لوکاک در تهران با مقامات ارشد جمهوری اسلامی ایران درباره گسترش همکاری های منطقه ای درزمینه کمک های انساندوستانه و تقویت مشارکت بین جمهوری اسلامی ایران و دفترهماهنگی امور انساندوستانه سازمان ملل متحد در خاورمیانه دیدار و گفتگو داشته باشند.

معاون دبیرکل سازمان ملل متحد در امور بشردوستانه و امداد اضطراری در مورد مسایل مربوط به عراق، افغانستان، یمن، میانمار و سوریه و همچنین زلزله اخیر غرب کشور با مقامات ایرانی دیدار و گفتگو خواهد کرد.

این اولین سفر آقای لوکاک به جمهوری اسلامی ایران است.


16 Nov 2017 - UN Humanitarian Chief to visit Iran

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TEHRAN, 16 November 2017 – 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, Afghanistan, Yemen, Myanmar and Syria with Iranian officials and also the recent West Iran earthquake in Iran and how UN could support, if needed.

This is Mr. Lowcock’s first visit to Iran in his capacity as the USG/ERC.


13 Nov 2017 - Seminar on Tehran’s Disaster portfolio and city preparedness

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.

To address this issue and discuss ways to better respond when a disaster strikes, on 13 November 2017 OCHA and Tehran Disaster Mitigation and Management Organization (TDMMO) held a one-day scientific seminar to discuss preparedness and disaster risk reduction and to review the current status of city of Tehran in these areas.  The seminar coincided with the devastating earthquake in Kermanshah, which had hit western parts of the Islamic Republic of Iran on 12 November.

The objective of the seminar was to discuss the Tehran readiness situation and Government of Iran projects and initiatives to increase the resilience of the country, and especially city of Tehran. The seminar was attended by representatives of international organizations and Embassies, and was opened by Head of TDMMO - Dr. Ahmad Sadeghi, International Affairs Adviser to Mayor of Tehran - Mr. Amin Arefnia, Head of OCHA - Mr. Amir Hossein Barmaki, and UN Resident Coordinator - Mr. Gary Lewis.

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Dr. Ahmad Sadeghi , Head TDMMO, provided a presentation of the overall threats and risks of disasters in Tehran and invited the international private sector to visit Tehran and engage in projects related to improving city resilience. Earthquake expert Dr. Mehdi Zare provided a presentation on the overall disasters portfolio risks and challenges in Iran and indicated that most of the medical services of Tehran are aligned in middle of the city in a vertical line, which would make it very difficult to access during an emergency and roads being blocked.

Also Tehran is constricted on two major fault lines, against all engineering advise and warnings, and had made the city very vulnerable to an earthquake. Advisor to TDMMO Dr. Abbas Ostad Taghizadeh delivered a speech and presented the activities and projects that have been implemented to increase the resilience level of the city and mitigation of the risks, much more need to be done and there are  a number of projects in the pipeline specially to have an early warning system for Tehran city.

Mr. Mohammadreza Fakour from Iran Red Crescent also delivered a presentation on their planning, capacity and response measures when facing a natural disaster, as IRCS planned to have enough relief stocks for 1% of the Iranian population in the warehouses around the country. Mr. Lewis provided an overview of UN’s overall security and emergency policy in Iran and briefed on UN’s precautions in case of a natural disaster in Iran, the warden system, use of radio hand sets and overall security system in place to protect staff in case of an emergency.

At end of the event, participants visited the TDMMO’s impressive EOC.


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