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17 Jan 2019 - The Islamic Republic of Iran expands the Child-Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI)

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“For the first time in history, the majority of the global population lives in urban centres. Of the 4 billion urban dwellers today, nearly a third of them are children. And it is estimated that by 2050, almost 70 per cent of the world’s children will live in urban areas,” these were some of the remarks made by Dr. Will Parks, UNICEF Iran Representative addressing Iran’s first National Conference on Child-Friendly Cities, organized jointly by the Ministry of Interior, Isfahan Municipality, and UNICEF Iran, in the city of Isfahan on 16 and 17 January 2019.

Dr. Parks continued: “Unless we improve our approach to urbanization, many of these children will reside in disadvantaged urban settings where their young potentialities will be diminished and as a result, national development will be weakened.”

An estimated 120 officials and decision-makers including municipal teams, business leaders, chambers of commerce and non-governmental organizations from 31 provinces of Iran attended this first national conference entitled “Children at the Heart of the City.”

Presenters at conference included international and national experts on Child-Friendly Cities with the presence of Ms. Louise Thivant, Child Friendly Cities Advisor, from UNICEF’s Fundraising and Partnership Division, Dr. Sebastian Sedlmayr from the German Committee for UNICEF and Dr. Wolfgang Dietz, Lord Mayor, city of Weil-am-Rhein.

Cities: Opportunity for children

UNICEF Iran’s Representative in his speech emphasized that cities can be the sources of solutions to, rather than the causes of, the problems urban children face: “…cities, small and large, are among the world’s strongest sources of growth and innovation, diversity and connectivity and can potentially provide great opportunities for children to live, learn and thrive.”

The conference was organized in line with a request to UNICEF from Iran’s Ministry of Interior to help create the Iranian Child-Friendly Cities Network across the country, building upon efforts made by several Municipalities such as Bam, Sari, Isfahan, and Tehran.

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Children’s Voice, a Main Component of a Child Friendly City

Children were included in the execution of the Child Friendly City conference in Isfahan. A group of children acted as young media teams and covered the event through news writing, photography and interviewing the participants and speakers. A number of art and cultural pieces, including songs and music, emphasizing the conference theme were also presented and performed by children during the conference.

Sama Esmaili, a 12 year-old student from Isfahan said: “In my opinion a Child-Friendly City is one which prioritizes children. It is a city where a child, walking on the street, feels equal to adults, never feels discriminated against, and easily and safely plays. I believe the opinions of children about what they like should be asked.”

Ms Louise Thivant defined a Child-Friendly City as a city or community that is committed to implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child at the local level. “At the core,” she added: “it is a city or community which is committed to giving children a voice and considering their priorities and needs in local decision-making processes that affect their lives.”

Dr. Wolfgang Dietz, the mayor of a child-friendly city in Germany and one of the instructors in the conference, also highlighted the importance of collecting information from the public, especially children, as one of the primary steps in implementing the CFCI: “We had conversations in schools and in our youth centers to collect this information. Of course, the means of communication has changed, and you should decide on how to do it.”

During the Conference, Dr. Dietz shared his years long years of experiences and lessons learnt with his Iranian counterparts and other stakeholders.

Isfahan, on its way to receiving recognition as Iran’s first Child-Friendly City

In his opening remarks at the Conference, Dr. Ghodratollah Noroozi, Mayor of Isfahan, expressed his satisfaction with holding this conference in Isfahan and pledged that the city will do its best to observe children’s rights. “This is an investment towards sustainable development in the future,” he added.

Also, Dr. Seyed Ramezan Shojaee Kiasari, Deputy Minister of Interior for International Affairs, highlighted the importance of Iranian cities developing into child-friendly, smart and creative centers across the country: “We should provide children with a safe haven through creating vital spaces, children's parks, secure transportation, creative games, and also children's museums and libraries.”

The Child-Friendly Cities Initiative in Iran, as elsewhere, encourages local governments and other stakeholders to pay greater attention to meeting the needs of their youngest citizens, and ensuring the latter’s participation in local decision making.

UNICEF’s global Child-Friendly Cities Initiative supports municipal governments in realizing the rights of children at the local level using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as its foundation.


دی 97 - امضای تفاهم نامه همکاری میان یونیسف ایران و پارک فن آوری پردیس

یک برنامه همکاری پر بار میان پارک فن آوری پردیس و دفتر یونیسف ایران، توسط جناب آقای صفاری نیا، مدیر کل پارک فن آوری پردیس و آقای دکتر پارکس، نماینده یونیسف در ایران به امضا رسید. این برنامه همکاری، قسمتی از برنامه ی کلان همکاری با معاونت علمی فن آوری دفتر ریاست جمهوری است که موضوع اصلی آن بر برنامه ی نوآوری برای کودکان تمرکز دارد. قرار است اواخر امسال رسما آغاز به کار نماید.  

پارک فن آوری پردیس، به عنوان زیر مجموعه معاونت علمی فن آوری ریاست جمهوری فعالیت می کند و یکی از پارک های فن آوری پیشگام در جمهوری اسلامی ایران است که با تشویق و حمایت از شرکت هایی با تکنولوژی پیشرفته، توانایی آنها را در رقابت با بازار بین المللی جهانی افزایش می دهد.


8 Jan 2019 - UNICEF Iran and Pardis Technology Park sign MoU

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Another exciting new partnership was officially launched today between Pardis Technology Park (PTP) and UNICEF Iran. The MoU was signed by Mr Safarinia, President of PTP, and Dr Parks, UNICEF Iran Representative. The partnership is a key element of the Innovations for Children in Iran Initiative to be formally launched later this year, and is part of the overall collaboration between the Vice Presidency for Science and Technology and UNICEF Iran.

Pardis Technology Park, which is run under the auspices of the Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology is the most pioneering technology park in the Islamic Republic of Iran which aims to encourage and support hi-tech companies to increase their ability to compete in the international world market.


آذر 97 - همکاری کارگزای های ملل متحد به منظور پیشگیری و درمان مصرف مواد مخدر در میان کودکان

دفتر مقابله با مواد مخدر و جرم سازمان ملل متحد در جمهوری اسلامی ایران، صندوق کودکان سازمان ملل متحد در جمهوری اسلامی ایران و سازمان بهداشت جهانی در جمهوری اسلامی ایران، تفاهم نامه بین سازمانی مشترکی را برای تدوین یک پروژه مشترک به منظور پیشگیری و درمان مصرف مواد مخدر در میان کودکان و خانواده هایشان به امضا می رسانند.

این رویداد در تاریخ 12 آذر 2018 (3 دسامبر 2018) در مرکز بین المللی همایش های برج میلاد در تهران، در حاشیه نشست سالانه عالی چارچوب همکاری های توسعه ای سازمان ملل متحد و با حمایت وزارت امور خارجه جمهوری اسلامی ایران برگزار شد. رؤسای دفاتر مختلف سازمان ملل متحد و نمایندگانی از همتایان کشوری ذیربط در این رویداد شرکت کردند.

چارچوب همکاری های توسعه ای سازمان ملل متحد در جمهوری اسلامی ایران (2021-2017) بستر مناسبی را برای اجرای برنامه ها و پروژه های مشترک فراهم می کند. در حال حاضر دفاتر سازمان ملل متحد در ایران تحت رکن چهارم این چارچوب با عنوان "کنترل مواد مخدر" پیرامون پیشگیری و درمان مواد مخدر با هم همکاری می کنند.

هدف اصلی از این تفاهم نامه بین سازمانی، ایجاد چارچوبی برای تقویت همکاری میان این سه دفتر سازمان ملل متحد پیرامون پیشگیری و درمان مصرف مواد مخدر میان کودکان و خانواده هایشان است. همکاری مشترک میان این سه دفتر ملل متحد از ماهیت بشردوستانه برخوردار است و به همتایان کشوری در حمایت از گروه های آسیب پذیر در ایران کمک می کند.

در قالب این چارچوب، این سه دفتر ملل متحد می بایست فعالیت ها، پروژه ها و برنامه های ویژه ای را تعریف کنند و برای جذب منابع مالی آنها اقدام لازم را انجام دهند. این فعالیت ها می بایست با روحیه همکاری و تعهد مشترک اجرا شوند تا بتوانند همکاری میان این سه دفتر سازمان ملل متحد تحت رکن چهارم چارچوب همکاری های توسعه ای سازمان ملل متحد در جمهوری اسلامی ایران (2021-2017)، "کنترل مواد مخدر" را گسترش دهند.



3 Dec 2018 - Joint UN collaboration on prevention and treatment of drug use among children

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in the Islamic Republic of Iran, United Nations Children Fund in the Islamic Republic of Iran and World Health Organization in the Islamic Republic of Iran have signed Interoffice Memorandum on developing a joint project focused on prevention and treatment of drug use among children and their families. This joint Interoffice Memorandum became as the first internal UN protocol in Iran on cooperation signed by three UN agencies after announcement of the UN Development Reform.

The ceremony took place in Tehran in Milad Tower International Convention Center on 3 December 2018, as a part of United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) High Level Steering Committee Annual Meeting, with the support of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Heads of different United Nations agencies and senior representatives from relevant national counterparts in Iran attended the event.

The UNDAF in the Islamic Republic of Iran (2017-2021) provides platform for implementation of joint programmes and projects. UN Agencies in Iran are already collaborating in the area of drug prevention and treatment under the Pillar -IV of the UNDAF Iran named as “Drug Control”.

The main objective of this Interoffice Memorandum is to develop a framework for strengthening partnership among the three UN agencies in prevention and treatment of drug use among children and their families. The joint collaboration among UN parties has humanitarian nature and will help national partners to support protection of vulnerable groups in the country.  

Within this framework the agencies should develop and fundraise for specific activities to be implemented in a spirit of cooperation and common commitment to broaden the inherent collaboration of these agencies under the UNDAF in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Pillar-IV “Drug Control”.




آذر 97 - امضای تفاهم نامه همکاری میان یونیسف ایران و اتاق بازرگانی ایران سوئیس

دفتر یونیسف در ایران و اتاق بازرگانی ایران سوئیس به منظور بهبود زندگی کودکان ایران، تفاهم نامه همکاری امضاء کردند. هدف از این همکاری مشترک، توسعه و تقویت دانش تخصصی برای برآورده ساختن نیازهای کودکان آسیب‌پذیر در ایران است. این امر از طریق ارتقاء مسئولیت اجتماعی شرکت‌ها در حوزه کودکان و نیز ارائه راه‌حل‌های ابتکاری برای حل مسائل -دیرینه و در حال ظهور پیش روی کودکان و جوانان در ایران محقق خواهد شد. این تفاهم نامه توسط آقای دکتر ویل پارکس، نماینده یونیسف در ایران و آقای شریف نظام مافی، رئیس اتاق مشترک ایران سوئیس، طی مراسمی در دفتر یونیسف ایران به امضاء رسید.

اتاق مشترک ایران سوئیس با حمایت از راه حل های نوآورانه که به اشاعه رشد اقتصادی، ایجاد اشتغال و افزایش سرمایه گذاری در جمهوری اسلامی ایران منجر می شود، به رشد و شکوفایی استعدادهای اعضایش کمک می کند.


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