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Remarks at the opening ceremony of GARD workshop at Mehrabad International Airport

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Salam vasobhbekheir,

Khanoom-ha vaaghayan,

Hamantorkeshayadmidanid, esme man Gary Lewis hast va man darsazman-e melaldar Iran karmikonam.

Dar in rooz-e khaas, man kheilikhosh-halamazinjaamadanvaazdidar-e shoma.

Hala, baozrkhaheeshoma, man mikhahamchandkalam-e bashomasohbatkonam, be Englisi.

Kheili mamnoon.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I would like to start this morning – as I have done in every single speech I have made in the past almost two weeks – by extending sincere condolences – tasliyatarzmikonim – on behalf of the United Nations for those who have lost family members in the tragedy that struck us two weeks ago in the west of this country.

I would like to also wish a speedy recovery to those who are injured and are recovering from their wounds.

And I would like to praise the work of the first responders – both on the ground in Kermanshah and those who came from elsewhere in the country to help.

We – in the United Nations – pledge our continued commitment to support in the recovery phase that is needed at this time.

Now, I have indicated that I am very happy to be here this morning, and I would like to share a few thoughts with you at seeing so many other leaders of this country, and of this city, here with us today.

I would like to welcome, Mr. Najjar, who is a very good partner with the United Nations.  He is Deputy Minister of Interior and the Head of the National Disaster Management Organization.

I would like to say how pleased I am to see Dr. Kashan here with us, Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development.

Mr. Mahabadi, the Head of Iran Airports, who led us off this morning with reflections on how we can make ourselves resilient to earthquakes.

I would also like to recognize Ms. Sharafbafi who is the CEO of Iran Air Company and is also the first female CEO of Iran Air.

I recognize Dr. Darabi of DHL who explained to us how private-sector and the corporate and Government world can work together.

General Mehri, General Hashemi from the security services, who are important role-players in responding to natural disasters, we welcome you as well.

Just under two-weeks ago, I was sitting in our home in Tehran with my wife and I heard something fall over.  I wondered what it was, and I thought someone was trying to enter our house without permission.  I got up and I lookedaround.  I saw that some objects had fallen over.  I also saw some curtains moving.  I still did not understand it as there was no one in our house besides my wife and me. 

Two minutes later I received a call from a member of my team explaining that there had been a large earthquake that had hit Iran.

Two minutes later I received another call.  More information.  People in Kermanshah and nearby had been affected by a massive earthquake.

As time passed, we would come to learn more and more horrific details. 

In Sarpol-e Zahaband Salas-e Babajani regions of Kermanshah the news started to come in about this 7.3 magnitude earthquake.

Eventually we would learn that there are over 450 people killed and 9,000 injured.  2,000 cities, villages, towns have been affected in some way.  90,000 people needing shelter.

We have all seen this on television and on social media. 

And yesterday, I saw it for myself with the team that went from the United Nations in Tehran to help with the recovery phase of the emergency.

Six hours ago, I landed here in Mehrabad Airport.  I was returning from that disaster zone.  For those of you who have not been in the affected areas, I can tell you that it was a very moving experience.  And, I would like to extend, again, my personal admiration and respect for those Iranians who went to help.

Many people have been praised, but I would like to add my voice to recognize the role of Artesh (Iranian Army), the Helal Ahmar (the Iranian Red Crescent Society), the Sepah (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps), as well as the National Disaster Management Organization for responding.

But, I would like to point specifically to the words of Mr. Kashan who spoke about the role of the people of Iran in responding – without even being requested to do so by any authority.  There were convoys of cars bringing food, clothing, blankets and other support. 

I have worked in the United Nations for over 30-years and in many countries.  I can tell you that this sort of response by the Iranian people is not something that you see everyday.  And I think you should take great pride, as a nation, in how your citizens responded as well as your Government to this crisis.

So, now we are the stage where we are trying to recover.  And, the voice of the UN and what modest things we can provide as support will be placed at your disposal.

But, the purpose of today’s gathering – at which I am so happy to see so many of you – is different. 

We are here to talk about what happened between now and the 13 days that proceeded us.  Because that is the emergency phase.  And that is when we need three things to be effective:

  1. The first is leadership.
  2. The second is communications.
  3. The third is logistical efficiency.

All of those things are brought together if we have an effective airport system.  I was listening very carefully to Mr. Seidi’s story a few moments ago about what happened 14 years ago in Bam.  And, I was pleased when I was in Kermanshah, yesterday, to meet many people who had been engaged in the Bam earthquake relief operation and who said that we have learnt so much as a country in those 14 years that we could apply it more effectively to the Kermanshah earthquake. 

Especially, regarding how we manage our airports. 

Yesterday, during my conversation with the Governor of Kermanshah, Mr. Bazvand, I learned the following things.  I learned that in the 13 days since the earthquake struck, there have been:

  • 907 flights into Kermanshah Airport. One of them – I should use the opportunity to say – was from the United Nations where we brought in 40 metric tons of surgical supplies and trauma kits, at the request of the national authorities.  But, those 40 tons where a small part of the massive 1,300 tons of equipment and supplies that came in through that airport.
  • The effective management of that airport was also responsible for the fact that within the first 24 hours, 200 citizens of the region that needed to be medevac to Tehran were carried out effectively.

These facts that I am sharing with you should make it quite clear that management of airports is absolutely central to an emergency response.

And believe me ladies and gentlemen, we need it because here in Iran, we are one of the countries that are most greatly exposed to natural disasters of any country on the planet.

We know about the damage of earthquakes.  But, as a result of climate change we will see increasing incidences of droughts and floods as well as drought.  And that is why we need to be more prepared.

Now, this initiative which, in English, is called GARD which stands for Get Airports Ready for Disasters, is something that has a very interesting story behind it which I will come back to shortly. 

But, it is essentially the result a partnership between Deutsche Post DHL Group, the UNDP and UN-OCHA, and here in Iran with Iran Airports and Air Navigation Company.

I would like to at this point in the meeting to ask you to join me in welcoming to the Islamic Republic of Iran, three DHL support team members who will do the training this week, and they will be joined by another gentleman tomorrow.

I would like to take this opportunity to also thank my team from UNDP and OCHA for making this event possible. 

I would also like to thank three gentlemen from Mehrabad Airport who were essential in making this happen in Iran:

  • Golich
  • Ejtehadi
  • Rostami

The combination of all of this talent is going to make this event a major success, I am sure.  So, please join me in welcoming and thanking these colleagues who did the work to get this all together.

[Applause.]

I would like to conclude by saying the following things.

In a very strange way, GARD is coming home.  As of today, GARD has been delivered and has provided training in over 20 counties and in over 43 airports.  About 1,000 people have received this training.  But, not many people know that the actual content of the training was derived from lessons learned in Bam, 14 years ago, here in Iran.  And that is the reason I said earlier that GARD is actually coming home for the very first time, today.

There is a second thing.  Many of you may not know, but the two of the most important people who were involved in managing the airlift into Kermanshah, over the past two weeks, were also involved in the Bam earthquake and were responsible for managing the airports in Kerman and Bam, 14 years ago.  These are Mr. Bayati and Mr. Shorafaie, and I understand that they are actually with us in the audience today.  Please stand up and be recognized.

[Applause.]

The third point I want to make, connecting GARD to Kermanshah is this.  Last night, at 9 o’clock when I was saying goodbye to the Deputy Governor, Mr. Nik Kerdar in Kermanshah, we said that we were coming back today to Tehran to open the GARD workshop.  He immediately realized how important this type of event was.  And, he said that for the refresher course that needs to take place in Iran next year, Kermanshah Airport will volunteer to be the location for that refresher course.  This is great news and we look forward to not only to this year’s training, but also to next year’s in Kermanshah.

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to conclude my remarks today by recalling some of the most of the beautiful lines written by Mr. Ferdowsi in the Shahnameh. 

We can have all the strength in the world that we may possess, but unless we have knowledge, we will not be able to maximize the impact of that strength. 

So, I would like to end by trying – in my poor Farsi – to share with you, a couple of lines that reflects the essence of what we are trying to do today.

توانا بود هر که دانا بود

That means, for our foreign visitors that knowledge will make you stronger.  But, it ends with another line which says that knowledge also makes you younger and makes you think like someone that is a little bit more energetic.

ز دانش دل پير برنا بود

Let us be guided by this timeless knowledge as we search to protect ourselves from disasters that may yet befall us.

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you.

Sepasgozaram.

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27 Nov 2017 - Iran becomes the 21st country to receive training in how to make airports ready to handle disasters

Iran is among the top 10 disaster prone countries in the world.  It is confronted with more than 34 out of 41 types of the world’s known natural disasters.

When a disaster strikes, providing support to those in need depends on good communications and logistics.

Airports are central to the relief effort.

But in many countries the level of preparedness required – the level of planning – and practice – in how to operate in the “boiler house” of a real emergency – is often sadly lacking.

That is why Deutsche Post DHL Group and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have put together a training programme to help countries build their resilience by “Get Airports Ready for Disaster” – or GARD.

The GARD training helps those organizations and aid agencies involved in emergency and early recovery exercises better understand the processes at the airport in the aftermath of a disaster in order to have effective coordination.

The GARD training at Mehrabad airport which started on 25 November coincided, sadly, with the immediate aftermath of the deadly Kermanshah earthquake.  But the timing is extremely relevant, given the nature of the disaster.  

The training was organized by DHL and UNDP, in collaboration with Iran Airports and Air Navigation Company. 

The event was officially inaugurated on 25 November in the presence of Mr. Rahmatollah Mahabadi, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Iran Airports and Air Navigation Company, Mr. Behrooz Darabi, DHL Iran General Manager, Mr. Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative along with other government officials, airport authorities and the media.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr. Mahabadi said: “Natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and storms have resulted in loss of life and negative social and economic consequences along with major loss of inhabitants […] GARD will enable us to better respond to disasters and help the communities in need.  This workshop will create a platform which will enable our local authorities to share their experiences and lessons learnt, and also learn from international experts’ best practices and experiences.  We are pleased to partner with the UN – specifically UNDP and UNOCHA to organize this workshop.”

20171126 undp04Mr. Rahmatollah Mahabadi, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Iran Airports and Air Navigation Company

On behalf of the United Nations, Mr. Lewis extended condolences to all those affected by the earthquake which hit western parts of Iran on 12 November.

Mr. Lewis then went on to talk about the emergency phase of responding to a disaster.  In this regard he said: “In order to be effective during the emergency phase, three things are needed:

  1. The first is leadership.
  2. The second is communications.
  3. The third is logistical efficiency.

All of those things are brought together if we have an effective airport system.”

He added: “I was pleased when I was in Kermanshah, yesterday, to meet many people who had been engaged in the Bam earthquake relief operation and who said that we have learnt so much as a country in those 14 years that we could apply it more effectively to the Kermanshah earthquake.”

In regard to GARD being held in Iran, Mr. Lewis said: “This initiative which, in English, is called GARD which stands for Get Airports Ready for Disasters, is something that has a very interesting story behind […] In a very strange way, GARD is coming home.  As of today, GARD has been delivered and has provided training in over 20 counties and in over 43 airports.  About 1,000 people have received this training.  But, not many people know that the actual content of the training was derived from lessons learned in Bam, 14 years ago, here in Iran.  And that is the reason I said earlier that GARD is actually coming home for the very first time, today.”

20171126 undp02Mr. Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Photo credit: Naab Studio

“GARD comes home”

Make a reference to the fact that the overall idea for GARD started in 2003 from lessons learnt in the Bam earthquake.  We need to sell this story to an Iranian audience and this is a major catch.  Or do a second story with only that angle.

He concluded his remarks by saying: “We can have all the strength in the world that we may possess, but unless we have knowledge, we will not be able to maximize the impact of that strength.”

Mr. Darabi also spoke at the event, stating: “GARD is a long-term strategic plan.  This workshop allows for humanitarian aid workers, logistics specialists and local authorities to come together for exchange of information and to create a network that will enable them to better respond when, and if a disaster strikes.”  

20171126 undp03Mr. Behrooz Darabi, DHL Iran General Manager. Photo credit: Naab Studio

The opening ceremony of GARD was also attended by Dr. Hanachi, Deputy Technical and Development Officer of Tehran Municipality, Dr. Rezaei, Chairperson of the Civil Affairs Committee of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, Dr. Fakhriya Kashan, Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development, Dr. Najjar, Deputy Minister of the Interior, and Head of the National Disaster Management Organization, Sardar Mehri, Police Chief of Airports, Dr. Farzaneh Sharfabafi, CEO of Iran Air and Mr. Khodayi, Deputy Chairman of the Civil Aviation Organization.

The workshop will be last till 29 November. 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.

 

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آذر 96 - استقبال برنامه جهانی غذا از کمک یک میلیون دلاری چین برای حمایت از پناهندگان افغان و عراقی در جمهوری اسلامی ایران

تهران-  برنامه جهانی غذا سازمان ملل متحد از کمک دولت جمهوری خلق چین در راستای تامین مواد غذائی برای  پناهندگان افغان  و عراقی و همچنین ارتقاء سطح تحصیل دختران پناهنده در جمهوری اسلامی ایران استقبال می نماید.

کمک یک میلیون دلاری جمهوری خلق چین برای خرید آرد گندم غنی شده، روغن آفتابگردان غنی شده با ویتامین،  عدس، برنج و شکر جهت توزیع میان پناهندگان افغان  و عراقی ساکن مهمانشهرها در سراسر ایران استفاده خواهد شد. به منظور حصول اطمینان از تحویل سریع و تبعیت از استانداردهای ایران، تمامی مواد غذائی از داخل کشور خریداری خواهد شد.

نگار گرامی، نماینده برنامه جهانی غذا در ایران گفت: "برنامه جهانی غذا از دولت جمهوری خلق چین برای این کمک سخاوتمندانه که ما را قادر خواهد ساخت تا پاسخگوی نیازهای اصلی غذایی پناهندگان افغان و عراقی در ایران باشیم،  معیشت آنان را تقویت و امنیت غذاییشان را تامین نماییم بی نهایت تشکر می نماید. "

برنامه جهانی غذا، هر ماه برای 30،000 نفر از آسیب پذیرترین پناهندگان یک سبد از اقلام غذایی اصلی شامل نان، برنج، شکر، عدس و روغن ارائه می نماید. همچنین این سازمان بمنظور ارتقاء سطح تحصیل دختران و کاهش فاصله تحصیلی آنان با پسران، هرماه برای 3000 نفر از دختران دانش آموز پناهنده و بانوان آموزگارشان در 20 مهمانشهر در ایران بسته های روغن تشویقی توزیع می نماید.

سفارت چین در ایران اظهار داشت:"بعنوان بخشی از فعالیتهای صندوق همکاری جنوب-جنوب که در سپتامبر 2015 میلادی (شهریور 1394)  توسط شی جین پینگ، رئیس جمهور خلق چین در مجمع توسعه پایدار سازمان ملل متحد اعلام گردید، سعی بر این است که امنیت غذایی برای آسیب پذیرترین پناهندگان افغان  در ایران حاصل گردد. دولت و مردم جمهوری خلق چین همدلی خود را با برادران و خواهران پناهنده که در وضعیت دشوار به سر می برند ابراز می دارندو از تلاش برنامه جهانی غذا و همکاران ایرانی  در راستای  اثر بخشی اجرای این پروژه قدردانی می نماید."

برنامه جهانی غذا از اواخر دهه 1980 زمانیکه اولین پناهجویان از کشورهای عراق و افغانستان وارد ایران شدند به پناهندگان کمک های غذائی ارائه می نماید.

برنامه جهانی غذا بزرگترین آژانس بشردوستانه دنیا در مبارزه با گرسنگی است که با ارائه کمک های غذایی و همکاری با جوامع در هنگام بحران به بازسازی وضعیت معیشت آسیب دیدگان می پردازد. این سازمان هر ساله به حدود 80 میلیون نفر در 80 کشور دنیا امداد غذایی می رساند.

برای اطلاعات بیشتر در خصوص فعالیت های برنامه جهانی غذا در ایران، به تارنمای اختصاصی ما برای ایران مراجعه نمایید:

www.wfp.org/countries/iran

ما را با نشانی @WFPIranدر توئیتر دنبال کنید.

برای اطلاعات بیشتر، خواهشمند است با (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) تماس حاصل نمایید.

دارا دربندی، برنامه جهانی غذا - تهران

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27 Nov 2017 - WFP welcomes contribution from China to support Afghan and Iraqi refugees in Iran

TEHRAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes China’s contribution to provide food assistance to Afghan and Iraqi refugees and promote education for refugee girls residing in the Islamic Republic of Iran. 

The US$1 million contribution will be used to purchase fortified wheat flour, sunflower oil enriched with vitamins, lentils, rice and sugar for food distributions among Afghan and Iraqi refugees living in settlements across Iran. The commodities will be locally purchased to ensure speedy delivery and conformity with Iranian standards.

Each month, WFP provides 30,000 of the most vulnerable refugees with food assistance that includes bread, rice, sugar, lentils and oil. In addition, WFP provides a take-home ration of sunflower oil to 3,000 refugee schoolgirls and their female teachers in 20 settlements across Iran, which help to promote girls’ education and bridge the gender gap.

“WFP is very grateful to the Government of the People’s Republic of China for its contribution that will enable us to address the basic food needs of Afghan and Iraqi refugees in Iran, strengthen their livelihoods and provide food security,” said WFP Representative in Iran Negar Gerami.

Chinese Embassy in Iran said: "As part of the implementation of the South-South Cooperation Assistance Fund declared by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, efforts are being made to achieve food security of the most vulnerable Afghan refugees in Iran. The Chinese government and people are together with those brothers and sisters who are in difficulty. We appreciate the efforts and efficiency in implementing this project by our WFP and Iranian colleagues. "

WFP has been providing food assistance to these refugees since the first asylum seekers arrived from Afghanistan and Iraq in the late 1980s.

WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

For more information on WFP’s work in Iran, visit:

http://www.wfp.org/countries/iran

Follow us on Twitter @WFPIran

For more information please contact (email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):

Dara Darbandi, WFP/Tehran, Tel. (+98 21) 22794060, Mob. (+98 912) 3084147

 

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