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7 Oct 2017 - UN’s 72nd anniversary celebrated in Tehran

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“This day – UN Day – fills my heart with pride at seeing so many of you who have come to share our special day with us.  As so many of you have faithfully done in years past.  And, with you present, I would like to thank you – with all my heart – for your support.  More than this, I would like you to know that serving the UN in the Islamic Republic of Iran has – to date – been the richest professional experience of my life.”

These words were shared by the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Gary Lewis at the UN Day ceremony which was celebrated in Tehran at Iran’s National Library, yesterday – 7 November. 

20171107 unday07Ms. Mahtab Keramati, Iranian actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador (left) and Ms. Mitra Hajjar, Iranian actress (right). Photo credit: Naab Studio

Among the attendees were Deputy Foreign Minister, Dr. Seyed Abbas Araghchi, government counterparts, members of the diplomatic corps, Iranian celebrities, the media and members of the UN family in Iran.

The video message of the UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres for UN Day 2017 was screened during the ceremony.

20171107 unday01UN Resident Coordinator in Iran, Mr. Gary Lewis. Photo Credit: Ghazal Mobara

Mr. Lewis spoke about the future, present and the past partnership between the UN and Iran.  In regard to the future and present he said: “Regarding the present and future, the UN has been tasked – by all its Member States – to assist the Governments of the world – to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals […] Here in Iran, in order to support this objective, the UN’s top priority – in the area of development – is to support the Government to successfully implement the National Development Plan.”

Mr. Lewis added: “This partnership extends beyond the realm of development work and also embraces the UN’s humanitarian work in Iran.”

Regarding the past accomplishments, Dr. Araghchi and Mr. Lewis unveiled the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) End-of-Cycle Progress Report  which highlights the achievements of the UN together with its partners in Iran between 2012-2016.

20171107 unday06Unveiling of UNDAF End-of-Cycle Progress Report 2012-2016. Photo credit: Ghazal Mobara

A video clip highlighting UN-Iran’s partnership was also screened at the UN Day ceremony.

Dr. Araghchi then shared his remarks with the audience.  He stated: “The UN gives us the sense that we are not just states seeking our selfish goals with no consideration for others’ opinions, needs and sufferings.  It gives us hope that we can and should try to make a better world through peaceful means, through understanding and dialogue.”

20171107 unday05Deputy Foreign Minister, Dr. Seyed Abbas Araghchi. Photo credit: Ghazal Mobara

Dr. Araghchi added: “One recent and very bold example of such endeavor is, the collective efforts by seven nations of the world as well as the European Union, to arrive to a mutual understanding in order to resolve a complicated issue and unnecessary crisis produced mainly out of unwarranted suspicion, an agreement we call the JCPOA.”

Dr. Araghchi then congratulated the attendees on UN Day and said: “Iran counts on it partners in the UN system for their support in materializing higher development.”

The Deputy Foreign Minister then praised the UN Resident Coordinator for his efforts in Iran and said: “And finally, allow me to commend my dear friend the distinguished UN Resident Coordinator in Iran, Mr. Gary Lewis, for his utter dedication and hard work, for his devotion to Iran and for his achievements during his tenure of office.  You, sir, leave a remarkable trace of your presence when you finally depart Iran.  You fought hard alongside your Iranian partners in many fronts, whether it was saving the Asiatic Cheetah, reviving Lake Urmia, combating diseases or taking care of sand and dust storms in Ahvaz.  We have seen Gary in all those places.  We shall be grateful to you and your able team and will remember you as a great friend of Iran.

Yesterday’s celebration marked Mr. Lewis’ fifth, and last, United Nations Day in Iran, but not his last day in Iran. 

Before the conclusion of the ceremony, appreciation letters were given to four Iranians who had been winners of UN photographic competitions.

20171107 unday02Appreciation letters being given to four Iranians who had been winners of UN photographic competitions. Photo credit: Naab studio

The attendees then had a chance to visit the UN exhibition where staff spoke of the work of different UN agencies, funds and programmes in Iran.

20171107 unday04UN exhibition hall. Photo credit: Ghazal Mobara

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7 Nov 2017 - UN Iran releases a video clip on UN-Iran partnership

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Click here to watch the full clip on Aparat.

On the occasion of the United Nations 72nd anniversary and the launch of the UN Development Assistance Framework End-of-Cycle Progress Report (2012-2016), UN Iran released a video clip on the United Nations and the Government of Iran’s partnership.

Click here to watch the full clip on Aparat.

 

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7 Oct 2017 - UN Iran releases UNDAF Progress Report 2012-2016

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Click here to download the UNDAF Progress Report 2012-2016 in English.

Click here to download the UNDAF Progress Report 2012-2016 in Farsi.

The UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) End-of-Cycle Progress Report 2012-2016 was launched today on the occasion of UN Day 2017.

The event was commemorated in Tehran at the National Library in the presence of Deputy Foreign Minister, Dr. Seyed Abbas Araghchi, government counterparts, members of the diplomatic corps, the media, members of the UN family in Iran including UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Gary Lewis.

The UNDAF is a strategic, medium term results framework that describes the collective vision and response of the UN system to national development priorities and results on the basis of normative programming principles. 

Click here to download the UNDAF Progress Report 2012-2016 in English.

Click here to download the UNDAF Progress Report 2012-2016 in Farsi.

 

 

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24 Oct 2017 - Secretary-General's Message for UN Day 2017

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Our world faces many grave challenges.

Widening conflicts and inequality.

Extreme weather and deadly intolerance.

Security threats – including nuclear weapons.

We have the tools and wealth to overcome these challenges. All we need is the will.

The world’s problems transcend borders.

We have to transcend our differences to transform our future.

When we achieve human rights and human dignity for all people – they will build a peaceful, sustainable and just world.

On United Nations Day, let us, ‘We the Peoples’, make this vision a reality.

Thank you.  Shokran.  Xie Xie.  Merci.  Spasibo.  Gracias.  Obrigado. Yet

 

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