TEHRAN – Tabrbiat Modares (Professor Training) University in partnership with UNIC Tehran held a seminar as well as panel discussion on the Role of the United Nations in Preventing the Crime of Genocide and Establishing Peace in the World at its Faculty of Social Science on Sunday 5 May 2019.
Before the opening of the seminar, the exhibition of some 60 historical photos and documents highlighting special moments in the UN-Iran partnership was inaugurated by UNIC Director Dr. Maria Dotsenko and senior university officials and professors.
The seminar which focused on three main UN events namely the 25th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda (7 April) , International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace (24 April) and International Day of Living Together in Peace (16 May), opened by speech of Dean of Faculty of Law of Tarbiat Modaress University, Dr Morteza Shahbazinia.
UNIC Director Dr. Dotsenko and to her left UNIC’s Moghadam
Then UNIC Director Dr. Maria Dotsenko in her remarks spoke about UN conventions against genocide and the need to prevent genocide and punish those responsible has been of concern to the international community since the end of the Second World War.
“Genocide is not something that happens overnight or without warning,” she said adding that it is, in fact, a deliberate strategy.
UNIC Director said the effects of genocide are felt beyond the borders of the affected country as it negatively impacts the safety and security of people in neighboring areas.
From left to right: Arash Rahimimehr(moderator at the podium), Dr Hourieh Hosseini, Dr. Sattar Azizi, Dr. Mohammad Reza Ziaeibigdeli, Mohammad Rajai-Moghadam and Dr. Hassan Savari.
Referring to multilateralism, Dr. Dotsenko said preserving the values of multilateralism and international cooperation, which underpin the UN Charter and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, is fundamental to promote and support the three pillars of the UN namely peace and security, development and human rights.
Elsewhere in her speech UNIC Director said living together in peace is all about accepting differences and having the ability to listen to, recognize, respect and appreciate others, as well as living in a peaceful and united way.
Tarbiat Modares students watching UN-Iran historical photos and documents exhibition
The seminar continued with speeches and panel discussions by law faculty member of Tarbiat Modares U., Dr. Hassan Savari; Associate Professor from Department of Law at Buali Sina University, Dr. Sattar Azizi; Tabiat Modares University Associate Professor, Dr Hourieh Hosseini and UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Rajai-Moghadam.