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آبان 96 - پیام هماهنگ کننده مقیم سازمان ملل متحد در ایران برای زلزله شب گذشته

سلام و تسلیت عرض می کنم به مردم ایران

اسم من گری لوییس است و من به عنوان هماهنگ کننده مقیم سازمان ملل متحد در جمهوری اسلامی ایران فعالیت می کنم. 

از دیشب و زمانی که زلزله در مرزهای غربی ایران اتفاق افتاد، با قلبی پُر اندوه، تعداد کشته شدگان و زخمی ها را دنبال می کنیم.

هدف از این پیام، عرض تسلیت از طرف خانواده سازمان ملل متحد به دولت و مردم ایران، خصوصا خانواده های داغ دیده است.

برای زخمی ها آرزوی بهبود هر‌چه سریع تر‌ را داریم.

همچنین می خواهیم از امدادرسانان شجاع، متعهد و پر توان تشکر کنیم.

من به مقامات دولتی هم اعلام کردم که در صورت نیاز سازمان ملل آماده هرگونه همکاری است.

با آرزوی بهترین ها برای همه.

سپاسگزارم

 

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آبان 96 - بیانه منتسب به سخنگوی دبیرکل سازمان ملل متحد در مورد زمین لرزه درجمهوری اسلامی ایران و جمهوری عراق

تهران 22 آبان 1396 (مرکز اطلاعات سازمان ملل متحد) – دبیرکل سازمان ملل متحد به دلیل از دست رفتن جان مردم  و خسارت ناشی از زمین لرزه ای که منطقه مرزی جمهوری اسلامی ایران و عراق را یکشنبه شب لرزاند، عمیقا اظهار تاسف می نمایند.

ایشان مراتب تسلیت خود را به خانواده های داغدار، دولت  و مردم جمهوری اسلامی ایران و جمهوری عراق ابراز می نمایند. وی آرزوی بهبودی سریع برای مجروحان حادثه دارند. 

دبیرکل تلاش های محلی در حال انجام  برای کمک به زلزله زده گان را تحسین می نمایند.  سازمان ملل متحد در صورت نیاز،  آماده کمک رسانی است.

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13 Nov 2017 - Statement of the UN Secretary-General on the earthquake in the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Iraq

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The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the loss of life and damage following the earthquake that struck the border region of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Iraq on Sunday evening.

He conveys his condolences to the bereaved families and to the Governments and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Iraq. He wishes those injured a speedy recovery.

The Secretary-General commends the local response efforts underway. The United Nations stands ready to assist if required.

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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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6 Nov 2017 - “Environment no longer a silent victim of war – Mother Nature is joining the debate”

The international community needs to think increasingly about how environmental factors will become the actual drivers of conflict.  And take measures to prevent this.

Speaking recently at a ceremony to mark the world’s need to stop conflicts from despoiling the environment, Gary Lewis, the UN Resident Coordinator in Iran, turned this perspective on its head and urged that there is a greater danger in underestimating the consequences of climate change and resource scarcity on conflict.

“We tend to think that the environment is a perpetual silent victim of war.  But Mother Nature is talking back at us.  She has joined the debate.  And she will win it,” Lewis said.

“Droughts, heatwaves, storms, floods and sea-level-rise are but the beginning of what she has in store for us.  And the resulting scarcities of water, food price spikes and unequal resource access may well contribute to weakened state structures and political violence in future – driving migrations, climate refugees and producing insecurity,” he added.

Sixteen years ago, the UN General Assembly declared that every 6 November will be the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. 

To commemorate the day in Iran, the Centre for Peace and Environment in collaboration with the Vice-Presidency for Women and Family Affairs organized the 9th International Seminar on Environmental Consequences of War and Armed Conflict.  Lewis was invited to speak at the event.

Lewis focused on the gigatons of CO2 that human activities are pumping into the atmosphere, which – along with other greenhouse gases – are contributing to a warming of the planet that has dramatically disturbed the climate’s natural equilibrium. 

Resulting climate change has driven up average global temperatures beyond 1 degree Celsius compared with the pre-industrial average, Lewis noted. 

4.	Mr. Gary Lewis addressing the participants at the Ninth International Seminar on Environmental Consequences of War and Armed ConflictParticipants attending Ninth International Seminar on Environmental Consequences of War and Armed Conflict

He drew attention to the now-classic example of Syria, where environmental changes contributed significantly to the start of the ongoing civil war.  He noted the severe drought had driven millions of farmers and pastoralists away from the countryside and into Syria’s cities – cities which were ill-equipped to cope with such a sudden inrush of people. 

This trend comingled with increasing anger and frustration towards the government amongst the people of the poorest urban areas, where many of the internally-displaced people settled.  Protests erupted, he noted, and this was then followed by the violent clashes which eventually led to civil war.

“The role of a hotter, drier climate as a driver of this conflict cannot be over-estimated,” Lewis added.

“What matters as future drivers of climate insecurity is the interplay between energy, water and food,” he continued.  “Who will suffer most?  As always, people in the developing countries.  The women – the poor – and the most vulnerable within those very same countries.  But solutions exist,” Lewis said.

In concluding, the UN Resident Coordinator offered what he called five lessons for leaders – both in Iran and beyond.

Lewis began by suggesting that States should start looking at traditional security issues from the “Human Security” angle.  Governments needed, he noted, to focus more on ensuring the security of people, and not only of States – this was especially the case as environmental challenges do not respect borders.

Second, was to “improve our knowledge on the impact of climate change through advanced satellite technology and constant climate surveillance”.  He also stressed the importance of what he termed, “feedback for applied learning”.

Third, was to develop “transformational” technologies which would help decarbonize the economy quickly.  The key goal, he noted, would be to reduce – and eventually eliminate – man-made GHGs, especially CO2 entering the atmosphere and contributing to the greenhouse effect.  He praised the emphasis of the administration of President Rouhani on promoting the need for Iran to adopt a low-carbon economy approach.

Lewis’ fourth point stressed the need for international collaboration.  He said there was a need to broaden collaborative international planning and emphasize “climate governance”.  There was a need, he stressed, to improve environmental dispute resolution capacity in peace-building efforts.  Also important was the need to improve trans-boundary resource management approaches, such as those which would be needed to secure solutions for water-basin challenges linked to the Hamouns and Hur-ul Azim systems bordering Iran and, respectively, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Finally, he called for a long-term perspective in reducing the security threat of climate change. 

“The ‘dwell time’ for CO2 in the atmosphere will be centuries.  We need to think and plan in those terms – or at least in terms of decades.  But no longer just years,” Lewis said. 

“We need to implement the SDGs – especially those linked to natural resource management and climate change – and engage the private sector in this quest,” he added.  “For governments alone cannot do the job.  In order to make our current consumption and production patterns sustainable we need to invest trillions, not just billions, in renewables like solar, hydro, wind and geothermal – all of which Iran possesses.  The private sector must see a profit potential in joining the march to renewable energy.”

"This is happening,” Lewis said, “but the pace needs to quicken.”

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25 Oct 2017 - UN working with Iran to build emergency medical teams to halt epidemic outbreaks

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Remember those movies where an international epidemic breaks out and the international community “surges” a medical response team instantly to solve the problem?

Well, as we know from hard experience, including the recent Ebola pandemic in West Africa, this rarely occurs in real life.

In reality, responses to epidemics and disasters are often too slow, usually uncoordinated, and do not deliver the response to the places in greatest need.

That is why, back in 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a system which will ensure quality standards for emergency medical teams (EMTs) in emergency and outbreak settings.  To date over 75 teams have completed the process and are fully classified. 

20171026 unrc01Group photo of the participants

By the end of 2017, the number of such teams is expected to rise to 200.  This will make available to the international community, a potential emergency workforce of over 100,000 people.

Iran has indicated it wants to be part of such a system.  Both to have WHO-accredited EMTs within the country and to be able to supply EMTs in the region in response to potential emergencies and outbreaks, should they occur in neighboring countries.

As part of this process, this week, the WHO – in coordination with Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education and the Iranian Red Crescent Society – organized a training workshop in Tehran to provide guidance on EMT operations, logistics and coordination.  The overall aim is to provide an opportunity for key country health and emergency service leaders and members of Iran’s EMT task force to strengthen national capacity.

Speaking at the concluding ceremony today, UN Resident Coordinator, Gary Lewis said: “It is a sad reality that in medical responses involving direct patient care, ‘good intentions’ are never enough.  EMTs need to be properly trained.  They must have the right equipment and supplies.  This will enable them to work in a safe manner, rather than arriving uncoordinated, not self-sufficient and – instead of helping – becoming a burden on the community affected.” 

International best practice shows that national teams of medical and public health providers are always the most appropriate first responders.  Building on this premise, WHO is advocating for a stronger national and regional system of preparedness and response.

“This will save more lives, and the work will be carried out in a more culturally-appropriate manner,” Mr. Lewis said.

For this reason, the WHO EMT initiative does not only focus on international responders.  In fact, its main emphasis is to strengthen the national EMTs and public-health, rapid-response system.  It will also strengthen the Ministry of Health’s ability to identify, accept and coordinate elements of the global health emergency workforce consistent with its needs.

Following the workshop, Iran’s Ministry of Health will create a working group/task force to manage the initiative. 

The next steps after this will be to develop and accredit national EMTs, while enhancing the capacity of existing EMTs to be quality-assured by WHO and join the global registry of verified teams ready for international deployment.

In time, the ability of countries to really – and effectively – and quickly – respond to future emergencies and outbreaks will no longer be confined to events depicted on the silver screen.  They will be an actual reality on the ground.

 

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