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23 Nov 2017 - UNESCO Participates in International Equestrian Martial Arts Competition in Saryazd, Iran

The First International Equestrian Martial Arts Competition was held in Saryazd district, Yazd Province, hosted by the Equestrian Federation of Islamic Republic of Iran and Arg-e-Saryazd Development Company.

Twelve countries, namely Germany, France, Sweden, Finland, Poland, South Korea, Qatar, Romania, Hungry, Bulgaria, Turkey and Iran took part in the three- day competition.

A festive ceremony marked the opening of the competition. Mr. Zamani Ghomi, Governor of Yazd Province mentioned in his welcoming remarks that the competition was the first international event hosted in Yazd Province after having been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Ms. Mahta Mohegh of UNESCO, read out a message from Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESO Tehran Cluster Office.  She focused on the importance of sports in creating positive change within societies and fostering ties of friendships between nations. “The power of sports goes beyond geographical boundaries, social classes, politics, and ethnic background. It has a unique way of bringing us all together around shared, universal values”, said the UNESCO message. “Traditional sports, such as equestrian martial arts, also remind us of our common history and humanity, and inspire us to build upon ancient links of friendship to create lasting peace. Equestrian martial arts are an element of intangible cultural heritage, shared by many countries along the ancient Silk Road. These sports bears witness to the ancient traditions of intercultural dialogue and exchange.”  

Ms. Mohegh also referred to the 2014 Asia-Pacific Award of Distinction for Conservation of Cultural Heritage, which UNESCO attributed to Mr. Majid Saryazdi, Managing Director of the Arg-e- Saryazd Development Company, for his restoration and renovation of the Saryazd Citadel. The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards have over the past 18 years brought to light successful private sector efforts in conserving heritage buildings in the region.

She thanked Mr. Saryazdi for his ongoing efforts to conserve and safeguard the tangible and intangible heritage of the area.

The opening speeches were followed by several cultural performances. The International Equestrian Martial Arts Competition will continue until 25 November 2017.

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

(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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آذر 96 - برنامه جهانی غذا سازمان ملل متحد سی امین سال حضورش را در ایران گرامی داشت

برنامه جهانی غذا سازمان ملل متحد سی امین سال حضورش را در ایران طی مراسمی با حضور ستارگان محبوب کشور در عرصه های گوناگون در روز پنجشنبه دوم آذرماه سال جاری در سالن همایش  دانشکده علوم ورزشی و تربیت بدنی دانشگاه تهران گرامی داشت.

نگار گرامی، نماینده برنامه جهانی غذا در ایران ضمن ایراد مقدمه ای در مورد 30 سال خدمت این سازمان به پناهندگان افغان و عراقی در کشور به  میهمانان خوش آمد گفت.
وی گفت: " ما هرسال  به جای برپایی جشن به مناسبت روز جهانی غذا به بزرگداشت این روز می پردازیم. من شخصا معتقدم مادامی که حتی یک انسان، گرسنه سر بر بالین می نهد جشن گرفتن مفهومی ندارد. اما امشب 30 سال خدمت، تعهد و همدلی خود را با این عزیزان جشن می گیریم. ما این واقعیت را که دست کم یک نسل (30 سال خود بمنزله یک نسل است) در صلح و ثبات زندگی کرده و به واسطه حضور برنامه جهانی غذا علی رغم چالش های پیش روی هر پناهنده  نگران وعده غذایی بعدی خود نبوده اندرا جشن می گیریم."
پس از سخنرانی نماینده برنامه جهانی غذا، علیرضا عصار یکی از نوازندگان مشهور و خوانندگان سبک پاپ ایرانی به اجرای ویژه موسیقی خود پرداخت.

همچنین در این مراسم 30 اثر منتخب از نقاشی کودکان پناهنده تحت پوشش کمک های غذایی برنامه جهانی غذا به نمایش و فروش رسید.
ویشکا آسایش هنرپیشه با استعداد و محبوب کشور که رهبری هیئت داوران را به عهده داشت به صحنه فراخوانده شد   تا توضیحاتی در مورد روند برپایی مسابقه نقاشی برای 6000 کودک پناهنده تحت پوشش کمک غذایی این سازمان ارائه نماید.

پس از پخش ویدئو کلیپی  میهمانان به  بازدید از نمایشگاه نقاشی و خرید آثاری که به وضوح نمایانگر امیدها و آرزوهای کودکان بود، دعوت شدند. 30 اثر ارائه شده در نمایشگاه توسط هیئت داوران  برجسته از جمله دکتر غلامرضا کاظمی دینان و سه هنرپیشه  بنام کشور ویشکا آسایش، سحر دولتشاهی و لیلی رشیدی انتخاب شده بودند.
در طی این مراسم،  تمبر یادبود این مناسبت توسط کلیه  کارمندان برنامه جهانی غذا که روی صحنه فراخوانده شدند، رونمایی شد. هرکدام از کارمندان فرصت یافتند تاضمن معرفی خود سابقه فعالیتشان در سازمان را بیان نمایند. نگار گرامی، نماینده سازمان از تیم کوچک برنامه جهانی غذا برا

ی تلاش، تعهد و خدمتشان در طول سالیان که در مجموع 150 سال خدمت خالصانه را شامل می شود تقدیر و تشکر نمود.
پیش از پایان مراسم به پنج نفر از حامیان برنامه جهانی غذا از جمله باران جمالی، دختر با استعدادی که با اجرای خود به عنوان مجری برنامه میهمان را تحت تاثیر قرار داد لوح تقدیر اهدا شد. همچنین از شرکت نووونوردیسک، شرکت دارویی که تنها حامی مالی برگزاری مسابقه نقاشی و مراسم بزرگداشت سی امین سال حضور برنامه جهانی غذا در ایران بود تقدیر به عمل آمد.
این مراسم با حضور بیش از 500 میهمان ازجمله سفرا، اعضای هیئت های دیپلماتیک، نمایندگان آژانس های سازمان ملل متحد و کارمندان این دفاتر، چهره های سرشناس ایرانی و حامیان بخش خصوصی برنامه جهانی غذا در ایران برگزارشد.
برنامه جهانی غذا بزرگترین آژانس بشردوستانه در مبارزه با گرسنگی است که در طول سه دهه گذشته نقش موثری در تامین نیازهای غذایی آسیب پذیر ترین قشر پناهندگان افغان و عراقی که در پی درگیری ها و نا امنی مجبور به ترک سرزمینشان شده اند، داشته است. این سازمان همچنین در گذشته طی عملیات اضطراری به ارائه کمک های غذایی برای نجات جان بازماندگان زلزله بم و قزوین پرداخته است.

 

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23 Nov 2017 - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) commemorated 30 years of presence in Iran

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) commemorated 30 years of presence in the Islamic Republic of Iran during a star studded ceremony at the Conference Hall of Faculty of Physical Education, Tehran University on the evening of Thursday 23rd of November 2017.

Negar Gerami, WFP Representative in Iran welcomed the guests with a heartfelt introduction on 30 years of WFP service to the refugees from Afghanistan and Iraq

She said: “We usually commemorate rather than celebrate World Food Day each year. It is my personal belief that there is no cause for celebration when even one person goes to bed hungry. But tonight we celebrate 30 years of service, of commitment and empathy for those less fortunate. We celebrate the fact that at least one generation (30 years is a generation) has lived in peace and stability and despite the struggles of any refugee, has not had to worry about where the next meal comes from because of WFP’s intervention.

The opening remarks were followed by a special performance dedicated by Alireza Assar, one of the most popular musicians and Pop singers in Iran.

The evening was also used as an opportunity to showcase and sell 30 paintings from refugee children who receive assistance from WFP.

Vishka Asayesh, the talented and famous Iranian actress, who had spearheaded the selection panel was invited on stage to brief the audience about the process of organizing the painting competition among 6,000 schoolchildren who receive WFP food assistance.

After displaying a short video clip, she encouraged the audience to visit the exhibition during the intermission and to purchase the paintings that so vividly depicted these children’s hopes and dreams. 30 paintings exhibited were selected by a high profile jury which included herself, and Dr. Gholamreza Kazemi Dinan, and two other renowned actresses Sahar Dolatshahi and Leili Rashidi.

A commemorative stamp was also unveiled during this occasion, by all WFP staff who were invited on Stage by Negar Gerami for this purpose. Each staff member had the opportunity to introduce him or herself and tell the audience how long they had been working for WFP.  The WFP Representative thanked her small team for their commitment, hard work and service throughout the years, which collectively totalled 150 years.  

Before the evening concluded, certificates of appreciation were handed over to five WFP supporters including the talented young girl, Baran Jamali, who entertained the audience with her enchanting performance as Master of Ceremonies, as well as “Novo Nordisk” pharmaceutical company that was the sole sponsor of both the painting competition and the evening’s event.

The event was well attended by more than 500 guests including Ambassadors, Members of Diplomatic Corps, UN Heads of Agencies and colleagues, Iranian celebrities and WFP private sector partners.

WFP is the largest humanitarian agency in the fight against hunger; during the past three decades WFP has been taking an active role in providing food assistance to the most vulnerable Afghan and Iraqi refugees who had to flee from their homeland due to conflicts and insecurity. WFP has also organized lifesaving missions during emergency operations in the past to the survivors who were in need of food after earthquakes in Bam and Qazvin.

 

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23 Nov 2017 - Discussion session with Donors & International Community on the 2017 State of World Population Report

A technical briefing session was hosted for the donors and the international community on the 2017 State of World Population (SWOP) Report. The global launch of this United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) flagship report, entitled “Worlds Apart: Reproductive Health and Rights in an Age of Inequality” coincided this year with the international day for eradication of poverty.

Ambassadors and representatives from a large number of embassies and international organizations including UN agencies participated in the session on Thursday 23 November 2017. Dr. Leila Joudane, UNFPA Representative in her welcome speech elaborated that the report aims to reflect on how sexual and reproductive health and rights may contribute to a fairer, more inclusive society, where everyone’s rights are respected. She quoted, Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of UNFPA “our world is increasingly unequal, but this inequality is not only about money, it’ also about power, rights and opportunities’’ and underlined that if a woman or adolescent girl cannot enjoy her reproductive health and rights, then she cannot stay healthy, cannot complete her education, cannot find decent work, and cannot chart her own economic future to ultimately contribute to her society.

Dr. Joudane lauded Iran’s significant achievements in the health and education sectors and noted that efforts should continue to be made to sustain these achievements while addressing any disparities and inequalities. She elaborated on the current demographic profile – window of opportunity – positioning Iran with the largest number of young people for the next decade which is an asset for the country.  To fully benefit from this demographic window of opportunity, a life course continuum approach should be adopted to provide the youth and adolescent with the required knowledge and skills to remain in good health, to ensure healthy families, so that their effective participation in labor force is guaranteed and stable peaceful society ensured.

The global SWOP report was presented to the audience by Dr. Monire-Therese Bassir, UNFPA Programme Specialist and Dr. Kambiz Kabiri, UNFPA Programme Analyst. The report argued that while economic inequality may be improving between countries, it is worsening within many countries. In at least thirty-four (34) countries, gaps between the richest and poorest grew between 2008 and 2013. In many countries, a privileged few are rising to the top and are staying there, while the ranks of those at the bottom grow. Inequalities in reproductive health are linked to economic inequality. Within most developing countries, women in the poorest 20 per cent of the population have, for example, the least access to sexual and reproductive health services, including contraception, while, women at the top of the wealth scale generally have access to a fuller range of high-quality services.

Following the presentation of the SWOP report, a thought-provoking discussion was held on the issues addressed in the report. Among  which issues of boys having to leave the school to take part in workforce, discrepancy between men and women in labor force, availability and access on primary health care coverage can be highlighted.  In addition possible areas of South-South and North-South collaboration with Iran was discussed.

Dr. Joudane concluded the session by thanking the distinguished participants for attending the session and emphasizing on the fact that stopping the present downward spiral of inequality globally requires a new vision, a vision for inclusive societies, where all human potential is realized. She added that this has been envisaged in the UNFPA Strategic Plan (2018-2021) and reiterated on UNFPA’s commitment to work with host governments, partners, donors and other United Nations agencies towards a future where no one is left behind, and where zero is the only acceptable number:

Zero maternal deaths,

Zero unintended pregnancies

and Zero gender-based violence and harmful practices.

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