16 May 2018 - Allame Tabatabai University Inaugurates UNESCO Chair for Communication of Science and Technology

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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.

Ms. Esther Kuisch-Laroche, Director and Representative UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office expressed her congratulations to the Chair, and said: “This is an extremely important field, as the role of communication in today’s society is very vital and cannot be underestimated.” She added: “Indeed, effective communication is even more important when we want to convey complex concepts and ideas regarding scientific information and technological subjects to the public. Too many scientists have difficulty in talking about their work in a way that ordinary people can understand. We therefore need researchers with good communication skills, who can provide a link between science, technology and the public.”

In 1992, UNESCO Chairs and the University Twinning and Networking (UNITWIN) Programme, was conceived as a way to advance research, training and programme development in all of UNESCO’s fields of competence – in education, the natural and social sciences, culture, and communication and information – by building university networks and encouraging inter-university cooperation through the transfer of knowledge across borders. Since its establishment, the programme has aroused great interest among UNESCO Member States, including the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Through the network, higher education and research institutions all over the globe can cooperate in research and generate new ideas to address pressing challenges and contribute to the development of their societies, while respecting cultural diversity. In many instances, the Chairs and Networks serve as think tanks and as bridge builders between academia, civil society, local communities, research and policy-making.

Today, 735 UNESCO Chairs and 45 UNITWIN Networks are established within the Programme, involving over 850 institutions in 134 countries.



فروردین 97 - دعوت یونسکو از ایرانیان برای شرکت در مراسم گرامیداشت روز جهانی تنوع فرهنگی در مجموعه تاریخی سعد آباد تهران

مراسم روز جهانی «تنوع فرهنگی برای گفتگو و توسعه 2018» به میزبانی دفتر منطقه ای یونسکو در تهران با حضور نمایندگانی از 17 کشور، همراه با اجرا های سنتی و نمایشگاه فرهنگی، روز سه شنبه 25 اردیبهشت 1397 (25 مه 2018) از ساعت 14 الی 17 در ایوان عطار (جنب موزه پوشاک سلطنتی) مجموعه فرهنگی تاریخی سعد آباد برگزار می شود.

 شرکت در این مراسم برای عموم و بازدید کنندگان مجموعه فرهنگ و تاریخی سعدآباد بلا مانع است.

تاریخ: 25 اردیبهشت 1397 – زمان: ساعت 14:00 الی 17:00

مکان: تهران، میدان تجریش، خیابان فناخسرو، میدان دربند، درب شمالی(دربند) مجموعه فرهنگی تاریخی سعد آباد، ایوان عطار (جنب موزه پوشاک سلطنتی)

ورود خودرو به مجموعه سعدآباد ممنوع می باشد.


13 May 2018 - UNESCO Invites Iranians to Celebrate the Cultural Diversity Day at Sa’ad Abad Complex in Tehran

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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 Historical Complex, Darband Sq., Fanakhosro St., Tajrish Sq., Tehran

Note: Entrance of  non-diplomatic cars are not allowed to Sa’adabad Complex


28 April 2018 - Qeshm Island of Iran Hosts International Meeting and Workshop on UNESCO Global Geoparks

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Qeshm Island, 28 April 2018- Members of the Asia-Pacific Geoparks Network and representatives of National Commissions for UNESCO from 17 countries gathered on Qeshm Island to attend an international meeting and workshop on UNESCO Global Geoparks.

The meeting that was organized by the UNESCO in collaboration with the Organization of the Geological Survey & Mineral Explorations of Iran and Qeshm Free Zone Organization provided a platform for discussions and exchange of experiences and ideas between experts from different countries.

Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office in her opening remarks highlighted the fact that Geoparks give local people a sense of pride in their region and strengthen their identification with the area. “UNESCO Global Geoparks are embedded in local communities and aim to bring economic benefit to these communities through the development of sustainable tourism”, said Ms. Kuisch Laroche.

“UNESCO Global Geoparks are all about partnership and cooperation, not only between local stakeholders, but also internationally, through regional and global networks were knowledge, ideas and best practices are shared” she added. “As Qeshm Island is the first UNESCO Global Geopark in the Middle East, the island can serve as a model and example for other countries in the region.”

Mr. Patrick Mc Keever, Secretary of the International Geoscience and Geoparks Program of UNESCO and Mr. Nickolas Zouros, President of Global Geoparks Network as the main lecturers of the event also underscored the role of local communities in the sustainable management of Geoparks.

Currently there are 140 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 38 countries around the world. Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas, where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development.

Qeshm Global Geopark, represents important ecological and cultural heritage of Iran due to its unique geological, geographic, archaeological and ecological features, such as unique methods of fresh water keeping and collecting.

The island is also famous for its tangible and intangible cultural heritage, wildlife, mangrove forests on the coastline, and the many flora and fauna species that can be found there.

In May 2017, Qeshm Island received the UNESCO Global Geopark label for its exposed geological formations that have been shaped by erosion generating a range of spectacular landscapes and beautiful rock deserts.

Currently Iran has 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 12 UNESCO biosphere reserves and 1 UNESCO Global Geopark (Qeshm Island). 


25 April 2018 - UNESCO Joins Celebration of Tabriz as Capital of Islamic Tourism 2018

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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 connections in the past and make it possible to understand the present and future of the world”.

Ms. Esther Kuisch-Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Cluster Office in Tehran attended the ceremony and expressed her support by saying: “At UNESCO we are delighted that Tabriz is the capital of Islamic tourism for 2018.

Tabriz has always been a place of cultural exchange since antiquity. Its historic bazaar complex, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010, was one of the most important commercial centres on the Silk Road. In addition, the city hosts many other cultural and historical treasures. It is my hope that many tourists will come to Tabriz this year to discover the beauty of the city and the region.”

The historic bazaar complex of Tabriz consists of a series of interconnected, covered, brick structures, buildings, and enclosed spaces for different functions. Tabriz and its Bazaar were already prosperous and famous in the 13th century, when the town, in the province of Eastern Azerbaijan, became the capital city of the Safavid kingdom. The city lost its status as capital in the 16th century, but remained important as a commercial hub until the end of the 18th century, with the expansion of Ottoman power. It is one of the most complete examples of the traditional commercial and cultural system of Iran.

On December 23, 2015, the final day of the three-day 9th Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers in Niamey, Niger, OIC ministers of tourism approved the selection of Tabriz as the capital of Islamic tourism in 2018.

In September 2016, Tabriz was declared a World Craft City by the World Craft Council, which, along with Isfahan, makes it one of Iran’s only two cities to boast the title.


فروردین 97 - تاکید یونسکو بر ظرفیت ورزشی ایران برای صلح و توسعه

تهران، 3  اردیبهشت 1397: یونسکو و دانشگاه تهران امروز طی مراسمی به مناسبت پنجمین سالروز بین المللی ورزش برای صلح و توسعه بر اهمیت سرمایه گذاری در فعالیت های فیزیکی برای حال و آینده کشور تاکید کردند.

به گزارش روابط عمومی دفتر منطقه ای یونسکو در تهران، در این مراسم که به میزبانی دانشکده تربیت بدنی و علوم ورزشی دانشگاه تهران برگزار شد، الکساندر شیشلیک، مدیر بخش جوانان و ورزش سازمان تربیتی، علمی و فرهنگی ملل متحد (یونسکو) تصریح کرد که موفقیت های ایران در رشته های مختلف ورزشی و تربیت بدنی به ویژه در خصوص ورزش معلولین بسیار چشمگیر است.

وی اظهار داشت ایران می تواند تجارب و دستاورد خود را با سایر کشورهای جهان به اشتراک بگذارد.

 مدیر بخش جوانان و ورزش یونسکو تصریح کرد که ایران از تاریخ غنی ورزشی برخودار است که نه تنها در رقابت های بین المللی نمود پیدا کرده است بلکه در میراث ارزشمند ورزشهای باستانی نیز به وضوح قابل مشاهده است.

در این مراسم خانم استر کیش لاروش، مدیر دفتر منطقه ای یونسکو در تهران نیز به عنوان یکی از سخنرانان اصلی مراسم اظهار داشت، ورزش ابزاری قدرتمند برای تقویت انسجام اجتماعی و شبکه های آن است که می تواند در ارتقا آرمان های همچون برادری، اتحاد، پرهیز از خشونت و تحقق عدالت تاثیرگذار باشد.

وی افزود، ورزش نقش مهمی را ترویج انسجام اجتماعی و توسعه اقتصادی در بستر های مختلف فرهنگ و سیاسی ایفا می کند.

در حال حاضر یونسکو به عنوان کارگزاری سازمان ملل متحد نقش راهبردی را در هدایت فعالیت های مرتبط با تربیت بدنی و ورزش در سطح جهان بر عهده دارد. این سازمان همچنین ارائه کننده تجارب و طراحی مدل برنامه های اجرایی در حوزه ورزش نیز محسوب شده و به عنوان دبیرخانه دائمی کمیته بین الدولی تربیت بدنی و ورزش موسوم به (CIGEPS) نیز ایفای نقش می کند. 

یونسکو از سال 1952 فعالانه در زمینه ارتقای قدرت و پتانسیل بی نظیر ورزش در فراهم ساختن بستر های رسمی وغیر رسمی برای بسط و گسترش تربیت بدنی اقدام می کند و  تامین کننده خدمات همیاری و مشاوره به دولت ها ، سازمان های مردم نهاد و متخصصین و سایر دست اندرکارن فعال در مواجه با چالش های مرتبط با تربیت بدنی و ورزش به شمار می آید.

شایان ذکر است در سال 2013، مجمع عمومی سازمان ملل متحد روز ششم آوریل (17 فروردین) را به عنوان روز بین المللی ورزش برای صلح و توسعه نام گذاری کرد تا از این طریق بر اهمیت ورزش و تربیت بدنی بر آموزش، توسعه انسانی، سبک زندگی سالم در جهانی صلح آمیز تاکید شود. 

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