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14 Feb 2019 - Tehran ICH Centre Second International Photography Competition "Intangible Cultural Heritage and Youth" Second Call for Entries

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The Regional Research Centre for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in West and Central Asia, Under the Auspices of UNESCO (Tehran ICH Centre) works towards achieving the following goals in the west and central Asian region:

-          to promote the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) - known as the 2003 Convention - and its implementation in west and central Asia;

  • to promote public awareness and expert capacities in the field of Intangible Cultural Heritage;
  • to strengthen capacities and cooperation in the region for identifying, inventorying documenting and studying Intangible Cultural Heritage to contribute to its safeguarding;
  • to promote peace and friendship and synergy in the region;

The geographical area assigned to Tehran ICH Centre includes 24 countries. These countries in alphabetic order are: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, the Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Yemen.

“ICH has a deep importance in the everyday lives of people of our region. This competition is aimed at raising awareness of this and at broadening the identification of ICH through the efforts of amateur/professional photographers, while also underlining the important role photography plays in the documentation of ICH.”

Subject of the Competition

Next generations (especially the youth) are central to ICH in all its forms. When ICH is transmitted - that is, the art, knowledge, skills, meanings and values are transferred from one generation to the next (the youth) - it is young people who receive and absorb it. In this way, a sense of belonging is inculcated in young people, through which the future of ICH is made viable.

Everywhere in the world, the communities that are host to ICH, the groups of practitioners and knowledge bearers, have developed their own systems for transmitting their knowledge and skills. These have usually depended on oral methods and on direct practice under guidance and instruction.

The theme of the competition, 'Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Youth', intends especially to:

* show the presence and participation of young people in intangible cultural heritage, in all its forms;

* illustrate how the transmission of ICH is carried out;

* describe the diversity of the forms of ICH - such as artistic expression, handicraft and textile, the utilisation of nature's gifts, social institutions that organise communities and knowledge;

* highlight the participation of girls and women.

Competition Timeline

  • Entrants should send their competition entries through uploading them in the following address. http://www.tichct.ir/photocompetition up to 6 March 2019;
  • Final winners will be announced by early April 2019, and the awards ceremony will be held with prior notice. 

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14 Feb 2019 - UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office supported the first international workshop on “Earthen architecture, World Heritage City of Yazd: Conservation Problems and Challenges” held on 10-16 February 2019

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UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office in cooperation with the Municipality of Yazd, Yazd University and the Iranian Cultural Heritage Handicrafts and Tourism Organization organized the first international workshop on “Earthen Architecture, World Heritage City of Yazd: Conservation Problems and Challenges” in Yazd, I.R. of Iran on 10-16 February 2019.

Three international renowned experts from International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and CRAterre facilitated the workshop together with national experts from universities, ICHHTO and ICHHTO Research Institute.  The workshop was attended by thirty-three national and international participants.

Earthen Heritage includes a great variety of structures, ranging from mosques, palaces and granaries, to historic city centers, cultural landscapes and archaeological sites. Increasingly threatened by natural and human impacts such as floods and earthquakes, industrialization, urbanization, modern building technologies, disappearance of traditional conservation practices, etc. earthen structures deserve particular attention in terms of conservation and maintenance.

During the opening of the workshop, the Deputy for Cultural Heritage at the Iranian Cultural Heritage Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) mentioned the importance of a municipality to host a cultural heritage event and thanked the efforts of the Mayor of Yazd for his efforts in protection of cultural heritage.

During his speech, Dr. Talebian pointed to the criteria iii (to bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared) and criteria iv (to be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history), based on which the Historic City of Yazd is registered on UNESCO World Heritage List.

Earthen architecture has become a symbolic expression of the human capacity to create an environment built by valorising locally available resources. The disappearance of the elements that compose this sizable architectural family world be an irreplaceable loss to humanity.

“We therefore urgently need to focus on ensuring its recognition and appreciation, its preservation, and the dissemination of good practices for its safeguarding.”, said Ms. Mohegh from UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office during her speech.

The six- day workshop will run until 16 February 2019 with several panel discussions on challenges of protection of earthen architecture and field visits.

For more information on UNESCO’s programme on Earthen Architecture, please see:


For more information on UNESCO World Heritage List, please see:




13 Feb 2019 - The United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) Vacancy Announcement

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The United Nations (UN) is seeking judges for its internal system of administration of justice that addresses employment-related disputes.

The internal justice system includes a first instance United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) and an appellate instance United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT).

The UNDT sits in New York, Geneva and Nairobi and is comprised of three full-time judges and six half-time judges. The full-time and half-time judges serve for non-renewable seven-year terms.

The UNAT is comprised of seven judges, who also serve for a fixed non-renewable seven-year term, and its seat is in New York.

The UN is presently undertaking a selection process to fill four half-time judicial positions in the UNDT.

Half-time judges work for up to six months in a calendar year in New York, Geneva or Nairobi. Half-time judges may not be deployed in a particular year or may be deployed less than a cumulative period of six months a year if their deployment is not justified by the UNDT’s caseload.

The President of the UNDT decides whether and where to deploy a half-time judge, including whether to make use of telecommuting in their deployment.

Mandatory qualifications for judges of the UNDT:

  1. All persons applying to serve as a judge of the UNDT must be of high moral character and impartial. 
  1. Candidates must have at least 10 years of judicial experience (i.e. experience as a judge or equivalent) in the field of administrative law, or the equivalent (e.g., employment law, law applicable to civil servants, civil litigation) within one or more national jurisdictions. 
  1. English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. All candidates must be fluent, both orally and in writing, in English or French in order to conduct judicial proceedings, and draft decisions or judicial orders in either of the two languages.

A current or former judge of UNAT is ineligible to serve in the UNDT.


Interested candidates are invited to apply by completing the prescribed application form in either English or French. The prescribed form is available at 2

http://www.un.org/en/internaljustice/overview/judicial-vacancies.shtml (in English) and

http://www.un.org/fr/internaljustice/overview/judicial-vacancies.shtml (in French).

The completed form must be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be received by 11:59 p.m. (U.S. Eastern time) on 31 March 2019.

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10 Feb 2019 - United to Reform

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres has made proposals to reform the United Nations since the beginning of his term in January 2017. To improve the delivery of our mandate, the United Nations is making sweeping changes in the following areas:

Development. The 2030 Agenda will require bold changes to the UN development system for the emergence of a new generation of country teams, centred on a strategic UN Development Assistance Framework and led by an impartial, independent and empowered resident coordinator.

Management. A new management paradigm for the Secretariat and a United Nations that empowers managers and staff, simplifies processes, increases transparency and improves on the delivery of our mandates.

Peace and Security. The overarching goals of the reform are to prioritize prevention and sustaining peace; enhance the effectiveness and coherence of peacekeeping operations and special political missions and move towards a single, integrated peace and security pillar.

Please check out this website for more information: https://reform.un.org/


01 Jan 2019 - UN Secretary-General’s 2019 New Year’s Video Message

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Click on the link above to watch the video message by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres for 2019 New Year.


دی 97 - پیام دبیرکل سازمان ملل متحد به مناسبت سال جدید میلادی

شهروندان عزیز جهان،

برایتان سالی نو سرشار از شادی، صلح و کامیابی آرزومندم.

سال گذشته اینجانب هشدار قرمز دادم و به مخاطراتی اشاره کردم که هنوز وجود دارند. این ایام برای افراد زیادی همراه با دلواپسی است و جهان ما تحت آزمایش فشار روحی قرار دارد.

تغییرات اقلیمی سریع تر از اقدامات ما پیش می روند.

تقسیمات جغرافیای سیاسی عمیق تر و این موجب حل و فصل دشوارتر درگیری ها می شود.

تعداد افراد بیشتری در جستجوی امنیت و حمایت جابه جا می شوند.

نابرابری در حال رشد است و مردم می پرسند چرا در جهان تعداد معدودی از افراد صاحب ثروتی برابر با دارایی نیمی از جامعه بشری هستند.

نابردباری در حال افزایش و اعتماد در حال کاهش است.

در عین حال دلایلی نیز برا ی امیدواری وجود دارد.

مذاکرات یمن فرصتی برای صلح ایجاد کرده است.

توافق امضا شده در ریاض بین اتیوپی و اریتره در سپتامبر، تنش طولانی را کاهش داده و دورنمایی بهتر  برای تمامی منطقه به ارمغان آورده است.

توافق بین طرف های درگیر در سودان جنوبی، فرصت دستیابی به  صلح را احیا کرد و موجب پیشرفت بیشتر طی چهار ماه گذشته نسبت به چهار سال قبل گردیده است.

سازمان ملل متحد توانست کشور ها را برای تصویب برنامه کار در راستای اجرای توافق پاریس در باره تغییرات اقلیمی در شهر کاتوویتس گردهم آورد . 

اینک نیاز داریم بلندپروازی را افزایش دهیم تا تهدید موجود را از بین ببریم .

زمان آن فرا رسیده تا از آخرین و بهترین فرصت استفاده کنیم.

زمان آن فرارسیده تا تغییرات اقلیمی غیر قابل کنترل و فزاینده را متوقف نماییم.

سازمان ملل متحد در هفته های اخیر شاهد توافقات بزرگ جهانی در زمینه مهاجرت و پناهندگان بود که به نجات جان ها و غلبه بر اسطوره های مخرب کمک خواهد کرد.

مردم در هرجا در حمایت از آرمان های توسعه پایدار بسیج می شوند، آرمان هایی که برنامه کار جهانی ما برای صلح، عدالت و رفاه  در سیاره ای سالم است.

هنگامی که همکاری بین المللی برقرار باشد، جهان برنده است.

سازمان ملل متحد در 2019 تلاش هایش را برای نزدیک کردن مردم به یکدیگر به منظور  پل زدن و ایجاد  فضا در دستیابی به  راه حل ها تداوم می دهد.

به وادار کردن ادامه خواهیم داد.

و هرگز تسلیم نخواهیم شد.

اجازه دهید در حالی  که این سال نو را آغاز می کنیم، با هم برای رویارویی با تهدید ها تصمیم بگیریم، از منزلت انسان دفاع کنیم و آینده ای بهتر بسازیم.

در این سال نو برای شما و خانواده هایتان سلامتی و صلح آرزومندم. 


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