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18 May 2019 - UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office participates in the International Museum Day 2019

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UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office participated in the “International Museum Day”, organized by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and Iranian Academy of the Arts on 18 May 2019.

A number of Iranian officials including the Vice President and Head of the Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Organization Dr. Ali Asghar Monesan, the Director of National Committee of ICOM Dr. Seyyed Ahmad Mohit-Tabatabaie, the  Deputy of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Organization Dr. Mohammad Hassan Talebian, the Head of Iranian Academy of the Arts Dr. Alireza Esmaeili and others.

Mr. Cvetan Cvetkovski, Officer-in-Charge of the UNESCO Tehran Office delivered a speech on the occasion of celebration of International Museum Day 2019.  In his statement he underscored the importance of the museums as an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.

The International Museum Day is celebrated this year under the theme of “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of tradition”, which emphasizes the important role of museums in the transmission of knowledge, learning and understanding of cultural identities. As such, museums are important agents of sustainable development, as they provide quality educational and cultural contents for local and international communities. UNESCO shall continue to ensure the development of collection inventories and documentation, which are of paramount importance to improving the overall management of museums and in curbing the illicit trafficking of cultural property.

As museums increasingly grow into their roles as cultural hubs, they are in permanent search for new ways to honour their collections, their histories and their legacies, creating traditions that will have new meaning for future generations and relevance for an increasingly diverse contemporary audience at a global level. In addition, museums can play a leading role in bolstering the creative economy locally and regionally.

Museums are also increasingly present in the social sphere, acting as platforms for debate and discussion, tackling complex societal issues and encouraging public participation. In Iran, UNESCO continue working with its partners: the Iranian Cultural Heritage Handicrafts and Tourism Organization and ICOM Iran,  for capacity building of the museum managers and other relevant stakeholders for more effective and sustainable management of museums in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The celebration of the International Museum Day also covered the announcement of the results and appreciation of the selection of the Twelfth Top Museum in 2018, who received their awards during the ceremony.

As a side event to this celebration, the exhibition of artworks named “The Future of Tradition”, as well as the exhibition of handicrafts from Isfahan and Baluchistan took place, as an opportunity to showcase works by celebrated Iranian artists.


12 May 2019 - UNESCO International Water Conference

Leveraging the trans-sectoral management of water resources for sustainable water security and peace

Looking from space, satellite imagery shows the abundant masses of water that characterize the Earth. Yet, less than 1% account for usable fresh water.

Almost all human activities depend on water, be it food production, energy generation, industry or even recreation. Water management and governance affect the health of humans and ecosystems, and reflect the conditions of gender equality, education and cultural diversity of a region. Water resources are critical to sustainable development and poverty reduction.

Once more, UNESCO brings together its actors and partners to share innovative solutions to contemporary challenges. Thanks to its experience and expertise in the fields of Education, Sciences (both natural, and social and human sciences), Culture and Communication, UNESCO contributes through holistic, sustainable approaches to resolve issues impacting the governance and management of water.

Objectives of the conference

  • Bringing everyone around the table to discuss trans-sectoral approaches to the governance and management of water resources.
  • Launching a Call for Action to foster, embrace, and adopt trans-sectoral water management.
  • Sharing good practices enabling participation, transparency and information-sharing.
  • Evidencing of the importance of interdisciplinarity and the integration of sciences to support Member States in reaching the goals of the water-related international agendas.



1 May 2019 - UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office participates in the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

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UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office participated in the “International Day of Sport for Development and Peace”, which was co-organized by the I. R. Iran Sports Federation for the Disabled, the Iranian Paralympic Committee and the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO on 1 May 2019. Mr. Cvetan Cvetkovski, Officer-in-Charge of the UNESCO Office and Ms. Saray Lobato De La Fuente, Consultant for Social and Human Science Sector of UNESCO attended the event and Mr. Cvetan Cvetkovski delivered a speech in the event.

At the beginning of the event, Mr. Cvetan Cvetkovski along with other governmental participants joined the Iranian disabled Boccia athletes and played the game of Boccia with them. Boccia, which a is precision ball sport taken up widely among the disabled sportswomen and sportsmen around the world, is of increasing popularity in Iran. 

Later in the first speech given by Dr. Ahmadi, the Deputy Minister for Cultural Affairs of the Ministry of Sport and Youth, he emphasized the significant role of sport in the process of achieving peace around the world. He also confirmed that the authority of Iran has inserted a huge investment to the development of sport for all.

In the speech delivered by Mr. Cvetan Cvetkovski, he pressed on the important role of sport in achieving social inclusion and adaption: “Regardless of age, gender or ethnicity, sport is enjoyed by all; its reach is unrivalled. Throughout history, we see many examples of motivational stories of how expanding sporting opportunity leads to greater inclusion in society overcoming prejudice against different groups, including people living with a disability.  Sport is a catalyst for inclusion of persons with disabilities in society. It can help reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with disability because it can transform community attitudes about persons with disabilities by highlighting their skills and reducing the tendency to see the disability instead of the person”.

In the later part of his speech, he also presented the past actions that UNESCO carried out for promoting Sport for person with disabilities and encouraged people to foster the implementation in this field.

The ceremony of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace was concluded by a video clip showing the achievement that the Iranian disabled athletes had fulfilled in the Paralympic Games.


30 April 2019 - UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office concluded a three-day Training Course on Qanat Construction and Maintenance for Afghan Experts and Practitioners

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The UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office in cooperation with UNESCO Kabul Office, International Centre on Qanats and Historical Hydraulic Structure (ICQHS) and the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, together with the Yazd Regional Water Authority co-organized the Training Course on “Qanat Construction and Mainenance for Afghan Experts and Practitioners” in Yazd from 28 to 30 April 2019.

The three-day training course brought together four young Afghan experts in the field of hydrology and Qanats.

During the opening ceremony of the event, Mr. Hossein Ghafori, Director of the ICQHS opened the ceremony and welcomed the participants. Ms. Saray Lobato de la Fuente, Consultant for Natural Sciences of UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, remarked on the importance of maintaining and restoring the historic Qanats system. “As a system of gently sloping subterranean canal, Qanats run across the dessert like the body’s vines, bringing life and prosperity to the people who used to live off the water flowing down them. Thus, it is not exaggerating to say that Qanats are the focal point of the genesis of civilization and accordingly should be seen as technical and cultural legacy, which deserves more attention.”, said Ms. Lobato de la Fuente. She then highlighted the significance of passing on the ancient technique of Qanats construction to the young generation.

The other speakers on the occasion included Dr. Semsar Yazdi, the Senior Advisor of the Centre, who expressed the hope of establishing a better cooperation between ICQHS and Afghanistan; Mr. Rabanizada, Water Resources and Environmental Specialist from the Senior Advisory Office to the President of Afghanistan on Agriculture and Development, and Dr. Mostafavi from Yazd Agricultural Jahad Organization.

In Mr. Rabanizada’s speech, he stressed the perilous condition of Qanats in rural areas due to the immigration trends to urban area and the loss of indigenous knowledge in Qanats. Dr. Mostafavi talked about the abundant knowledge that Yazd has in terms of Qanats and mentioned that the province has already built an online database regarding the situation of local Qanats which may serve as a model for other areas.

The objective of the training course was to make contribution to preserve the ancient Qanats system in Afghanistan as well as its building technique.

During the first day, Iranian experts and ICQHS colleagues conducted four theoretical sessions on Qanat construction. Also, the experts and Ms. Saray Lobato de la Fuente from UNESCO visited the Yazd Water Museum and some other historical sites in the Old City of Yazd, which is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list.

The second day was crucial for the experts as they attended three sessions on Qanat maintenance and had the opportunity to discuss with an expert from the Ministry of Agriculture Jihad on practical cases in the Yazd province. In addition, they visited the Qanat of Ghasem Abad, which was unexpectedly dried up.

The delegation also got the chance to discuss with one of the villagers about the developments in the Qanat of Ghasem Abad in recent years.

Finally, the training course concluded by a trip to the Vazir watermill and the Qanat of Hasan Abad Moshir in Mehriz, along with other sites in the surrounding area of Yazd. These field visits visualized the real scenario of the Qanats constructing and maintaining process as well as showcased the advantages and disadvantages of using this system as the means of extracting water resources.

The four Afghan participants then expressed their gratitude to the organizers for the privileged opportunity, which has helped them further understand the building technique and maintenance practices. They also showed the will of personally devoting to the project of maintaining the Qanats system in Afghanistan. A second phase of the training course is planned to take place in Kabul before the end of 2019.


29 April 2019- UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office participates in the International Conference on the Future of the Islamic World in the Horizon of 2035

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UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office participated in the “Second International Conference on the Future of the Islamic World in the Horizon of 2035”, organized by Tehran University on 28 and 29 April 2019. Mr. Cvetan Cvetkovski, Officer-in-Charge of the UNESCO Office delivered his speech and participated in the discussions in the Panel “Future of Civilizations, Cultures and Values” moderated by Dr. Hojatollah Ayoubi, Secretary General of the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO.

Mr. Cvetkovski presented UNESCO work on futures studies and futures literacy and explored prospects for cooperation in this field between UNESCO and the Iranian government, academia and civil society, as well as with other partners from Iran and from the region.

In his discussion, he highlighted the UNESCO approach in mainstreaming anticipatory systems and processes in all its programmes and initiatives. By connecting complex theories with more pragmatic designs of practical modules, this approach contributes to enhancing human capacities for anticipating and discerning different kinds of futures as part of the decision-making processes in all fields of UNESCO  competence. In particular, he presented UNESCO Futures Literacy Project as a global laboratory of ideas of great interest to scholars, researchers, students, policy-makers and activists working on sustainability issues and innovation.

He emphasized the potentials of the Futures Literacy Project in the context of the future of civilizations, cultures and values, whose assumptions could be used as an active ingredient of the individual and collective capacity for intercultural and inter-religious dialogue. In this sense, it could also be used as vehicle for promotion and dissemination of values, attitudes and behaviours conducive to dialogue, non-violence and rapprochement of cultures and religions.

The cooperation in this field with Iran is more than ever meaningful - at times when challenges, including these emanating from recent floods and other natural disasters, most negatively affect the macro and micro economy of the country and the wellbeing of the Iranian people. Within this context, the biggest challenge for the international development cooperation is related to the extremely high level of uncertainty and unpredictability of many variables - most of them totally or partially out of control of the decision-makers. All of this further emphasizes the need for cooperation for development of the institutional capacities for foresight as part of the decision-making process, supporting knowledge generation and sharing best practices.


15 April 2019- UNESCO provided technical support to the Government of I.R. of Iran for stabilization and rehabilitation of Shushtar Historic Hydraulic System World Heritage Site

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UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office in response to the request of the Iranian Cultural Heritage Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) for technical advice for stabilization and rehabilitation of Shushtar Historic Hydraulic System World Heritage Site invited an international expert.

Due to landslide, the Site had faced damages and cracks. UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office invited Mr. Giovanni Gigli, an expert from Earth Sciences Department of University of Florence, "Prevention and Sustainable Management of Geo-hydrological Hazard" UNESCO Chair with expertise on geological and geomorphologic investigations. The expert is accompanied by the Deputy for Cultural Heritage of ICHHTO and a team of local cultural heritage experts during his mission.

Moreover, due to the recent flood which happened in I.R. of Iran in March 2019, the Shushtar Historic Hydraulic System World Heritage Site as well as many other cultural heritages sites in Khuzestan Province had been affected. As early response of UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office to support the efforts of the Government of I.R. of Iran in rehabilitation of cultural heritage sites affected by the flood, during this mission Mr. Gigli will have an overall assessment on the cultural heritage sites in Khuzestan Province and provide the Government with technical advice for rehabilitation of the sites. The missions runs until 15 April 2019.

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