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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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28 July 2017 - Iran and UNOCHA prepare cities to be disaster resilient

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The strengthening of disaster management capacity in Iran has always been one of the goals of UN Family and OCHA. OCHA works closely with the Iranian Government and NGOs in order to implement programs that will result in reduction of effects in disasters and to improve preparedness of general public, increasing the resilience of the country, with specific focus on city resiliency and having empowered inhabitants to deal with the emergencies, mainly earthquakes, floods, fire and traffic accidents.

This initiative to train trainers for public awareness campaigns of disasters preparedness is part of a larger project in city of Tehran to raise awareness of three million inhabitants in the next three years on these subjects. OCHA/IRC NGO/TDMMO have initiated a project to train the first batch of trainers. Other organizations such as IRCS and Tehran Fire Fighter services are also cooperating in this macro project to educate/raise awareness of the general public.

UN, IRC NGO and TDMMO contributed to this macro project and contributed by organizing the first Trainer of Trainers (ToT) for “Essential Activities in Emergencies” workshop held from 1st to 3rd of July 2017 which has been a success, to train public education trainers. After this successful activity, the second workshop of Trainer of Trainers (ToT) series has been held from 26th to 28th of July 2017 in District 6 Disaster Response Center of (Park Laleh) Tehran.

During the opening of the second workshop, Dr. Ostad Taghizadeh (Deputy TDMMO), shared his remarks and reaffirmed that the only way that Tehran resiliency in natural disasters could be improved is through public education and community participation. He added that the international community is moving toward a comprehensive plan of action, rather than sectoral view on these issues, and Sendai framework of action emphasized to create an overall scientific concept for improving resiliency in communities around the world. Now is proved that institutions and organizations by themselves, even governments, could not make much difference if all partners are not cooperating together in a holistic manner, with full participation of the communities and empowered people. Mr. Khosravani, Head of district 6 Disaster Center, emphasized the important role of NGOs and civil society in public education for disasters readiness, and to improve resilience of societies/cities. Mr. Shahrivar, Deputy of Tehran Governor in Social Affairs, reminded that the notion of humanitarian assistance is deeply rooted in the Iranian culture and that it is part of the Iranian tradition to bring as many help as possible to those in need. He affirmed that without civil society engagement and NGOs in such initiatives, the process will fail or reach little results. He thanked UN and IRC to organize such important training opportunities.

The 50 selected participants (the majority of whom were women) have been trained and familiarized with the effective methods of public participation in the disaster management cycle, and are now skilled to lead effective trainings. Each of them will have to organize five public education sessions on emergencies, risks and hazards in the urban areas (mainly Tehran) and to educate groups of people on preventive, preparedness and response phase, life saving measures in case of earthquakes, floods, traffic accidents and fire.

These two workshops have been an effective and concrete contribution of OCHA in working with NGOs, public and private sector, and Government partners to improve Iran’s capacity to respond to disasters and improve its preparedness.

The project has been such a success that created much demand for these workshops and we were not able to meet due to capacity issues. It has been planned that another workshop will be held in the future for trainers of other cities of Iran, as an additional contribution by UN to increase the awareness level of citizens. The project has been possible due to generous sponsorship of UN and international donors and the cooperation of the Iran Rescue Center NGO (Khaneh Nejat Iran) and TDMMO.

We hereby announce that if organizations, companies or community centers need to have special training sessions for essential activities in emergencies, these trainers could be deployed. If there is such a request please contact OCHA Tehran (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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شهریور 95 - ایرانیان و مانور بین المللی امداد و نجات در یوگیا کارتا،مدیرت بحران در زیر باران

تیمی متشکل از نمایندگان سازمان پیشگیری و مدیریت بحران شهر تهران و نمایندگان جمعیت هلال احمر کشور به همراه نماینده اوچا در ایران در مانوری که برای تمرین استانداردها و عملیات سرزمینی از تاریخ 25 تا 29 جولای در شهر یوگیاکارتای کشور اندونزی برگزار شد، شرکت کردند.

برای خواندن مطلب اینجا را کلیک کنید.

 

 

 

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