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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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22 Feb 2019 - UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office concluded a three-day Workshop on Youth Engagement in UNESCO Global Geoparks Conservation in Qeshm Island

The UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office in cooperation with Qeshm Island UNESCO Global Geopark and the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO co-organized the workshop on “Youth Engagement in UNESCO Global Geoparks Conservation” in Qeshm Island on 20-22 February 2019. The Geological Survey & Mineral Explorations of Iran (GSI), Qeshm Free Area, and Tabas and Aras National Aspiring Geoparks also collaborated with the organizers and supported the event.

The three-day workshop took place in Qeshm Island and brought together 35 young participants living around Qeshm Island, Tabas and Aras National Aspiring Geoparks areas respectively and national experts from different institutions including the Geological Survey & Mineral Explorations of Iran (GSI), GINA Private Institute, the Regional Research Centre for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in West and Central Asia under auspices of UNESCO and Qeshm Island UNESCO Global Geopark.

During the opening ceremony of the event, Ms. Maryam Soltanzadeh, the Officer-in-Charge of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, welcomed the participants and addressed the importance of the involvement of youth in developing geologically characterized areas such as Qeshm Island. “Today we live in a global society facing many challenges. Among them is the need for a more sustainable use of our natural resources and a greater need for many countries with these resources to maximize to their populations the benefit these resources bring”, said Ms. Soltanzadeh. She then highlighted that history has proven that only when the young brains are sharp and young hands are capable should the thrive of society become possible.

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Besides, Dr. Amrikazemi, Director of Qeshm Island UNESCO Gobal Geopark, Dr. Bita Mirzapour, Expert of Planning and Budget Office at GSI, and Mr. Mehdi Abbasi, Tourism Manager of Aras National Aspiring Geopark, along with a representative from Tabas National Aspiring Geopark also gave their remarks in the opening ceremony.

The objective of the workshop was to engage young women and men as active citizens towards sustainable development and peace in their communities, and also to empower youth in the Geoparks to play a leading role for mitigating challenges related to the climate change and mass tourism.

The Qeshm International Incubator hosted the sessions where facilitators shared their knowledge with the young participants on different themes such as Ecosystems, Employability through Geoproducts, Geoconservation, Sustainable Tourism, Disaster Risk Reduction, etc.

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In addition, two colleagues from FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran displayed their most recent programmes related to youth in a booth that was set up in the hall of the venue.

The workshop concluded by a field visit to the most relevant sites within Qeshm Island UNESCO Geopark. Youth then expressed their gratitude to the organizers for the privileged opportunity, which has helped them understand how a Geopark operates and which has also encouraged them to get engaged in the very core of the Geoparks management and conservation.

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دی 97 - اعلان شرکت در رقابت: جوایز آسیا – اقیانوسیه‌ی یونسکو برای حفاظت از میراث فرهنگی سال 2019

هم اکنون مدارک برای جوایز آسیا – اقیانوسیه‌ی یونسکو برای حفاظت از میراث فرهنگی سال 2019 پذیرفته می‌شود.

دوره جاری، بیستمین سالگرد جوایز آسیا – اقیانوسیه‌ی یونسکو برای بهترین پروژه حفاظت از میراث فرهنگی سال 2019 را گرامی می‌دارد.

جوایز آسیا – اقیانوسیه‌ی یونسکو برای حفاظت از میراث فرهنگی نمونه‌هایی از تلاش‌های افراد و سازمان‌ها برای حفاظت و مرمت ساختارها، مکان‌ها و اموال میراث با ارزش در منطقه بنا نهاده اشده است. هدف این جایزه تشویق دیگر مالکان برای انجام پروژه‌های حفاظت در جوامع خود به طور مستقل یا با همکاری بخش‌های دولتی و خصوصی است.

از سال 2000 تا کنون، مجموعا 233 مورد از 21 کشور، موفق به کسب جایزه یونسکو برای فعالیت‌های برگزیده در زمینه درک فضا، دستاوردهای فنی بی عیب و نقص و تاثیرات اجتماعی و خط مشی در سطوح محلی، ملی و منطقه‌ای شده‌اند.  با شناخت این اقدامات، می‌توان گفت این جوایز به دستاوردهای هدفمندی در ایجاد تغییرات در حفاظت از میراث فرهنگی، مالکیت و قیمومیت این فعالیت‌ها و این نکته که چگونه میراث فرهنگی به بهبودی پایدار شهرها، جوامع و محیط کمک کرده است، نائل آمده است.

یونسکو بیستمین سالروز موفقیت این جایزه را طی مراسمی منطقه‌ای با همکاری Think City جشن خواهد گرفت.Think City  سازمانی پیشرو و جامعه محور است در حوزه بازآفرینی شهری در کشور مالزی فعالیت می‌کند. متخصصین جوان و علاقه‌مند همچنین عموم جامعه می‌توانند برای دریافت اطلاعات بیشتر با دفتر یونسکو بانکوک از طریق اطلاعات تماس ذکر شده تماس برقرار کنند.

مهلت ارسال

مهلت ارسال مدارک تا 31 مارس 2019 (11 فروردین 1398) می‌باشد.

دسته بندی جوایز

اسامی برندگان در اوایل ماه نوامبر سال 2019 اعلام خواهد شد که منتخبین "نشان برتری"، "جایزه ممتاز"، " گواهی شایستگی"، " نشان افتخار" یا  "جایزه معماری نوین تلفیق شده با میراث فرهنگی " را دریافت خواهند نمود.

جایزه معماری نوین تلفیق شده با میراث فرهنگی به بناهای نوسازی اهدا میشود که طراحی برجسته آن‌ها با معماری تاریخی عجین شده باشد. این جایزه پروژه‌های ارسال شده که با طرح و معماری جدید تکمیل شده‌اند را ترغیب کرده تا میراث فرهنگی موجود را غنی‌تر سازند. ضمایم ساختمانی، ملحقات جدید، فضای‌های عمومی و ساختارهای جدید مانند پل‌ها، همگی واجد شرایط شرکت در این رقابت هستند.

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