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10 March 2019 - UN chief ‘deeply saddened’ by Ethiopia plane crash which killed more than 150, including 19 UN staff

An Ethiopian  Airlines fight crashed shortly after take off from the capital Addis Ababa on Sunday, killing more than 150 people on board. The UN  Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement that he was “deeply saddened at the tragic loss of lives” , as reports emerged that UN staff were also among the dead.

The Boeing airliner bound for the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, took off at 8:44 am local time, losing contact with air traffic control atj Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, just six minutes later, according to news reports. The plane was reportedly carrying passengers from more than 35 different countries. 

Mr. Guterres conveyed his “heartfelt sympathies and solidarity to the victims’ families and loved ones, including those of United Nations staff members, as well as sincere condolences to the Government and people of Ethiopia”.

According to the UN Department of Safety and Security in Kenya, 19 UN staff perished in the crash. The World Food Programme (WFP) lost seven staff, the Office of the High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) lost two, as did the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Sudan, World Bank and UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) each lost one staff member. Six staff from the UN Office in Nairobi (UNON) were also tragically killed.

The cause of the disaster is not yet known, although weather conditions were reportedly good and the plane went down in a field near Bishoftu, around 35 miles southeast of the capital.

The UN is in contact with the Ethiopian authorities and “working closely with them to establish the details of United Nations personnel who lost their lives in this tragedy” the Secretary-General stated.

The disaster happened on the eve of the UN Environment Assembly when Heads of State, environment ministers and thousands of others will convene for five days in the Kenyan capital.

UN officials express condolences, sadness

Many senior UN officials took to Social Media to express their condolences and sadness. On Twitter, José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO,) sent his “heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the bereaved families”, saying that one FAO staff member was among the victims.

Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) David Beasley tweeted  that “the WFP family mourns today”, adding that “we will do all that is humanly possible to help the families at this painful time. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers”, he said.

In a statement issued later in th day, he said Mr. Guterres had called him "to express his solidarity and support for the WFP family, and I want to thank him and all of the others around the world for their expressions of condolences."

"As we mourn, let us reflect that each of these WFP colleagues were willing to travel and work far from their homes and loved ones to help make the world a better place to live. That was their calling, as it is for the rest of the WFP family," he added.

Houlin Zhao, ITU SecretaryGeneral tweeted his "sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the  plane crash" Noting that two ITU staff were on the flight, he said: "Our colleagues in Addis are providing support to their families during this difficult time."

“All of us at UNICEF mourn the tragic loss of our UN colleagues and all those who died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash today. May they rest in peace. Our thoughts are with their families and loved ones”, Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund, tweeted.

On behalf of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), whose Headquarters are in Nairobi, Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif tweeted here “deepest condolences and prayers to the Great Nation of Ethiopia and to the families of the passengers and crew members who lost their lives in this tragedy. May they rest in eternal peace”.

High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi issued a condolence statement saying: “UNHCR has suffered today a huge loss”.

IOM Director-General António Vitorino issued a statement expressing his deep sadness over the lives lost, “including a young IOM staff member Anne-Katrin Feigl”, who “was en route to a training course in Nairobi as part of her role as a Junior Professional Officer”. 

Catherine Northing, Chief of the IOM Mission in Sudan where Ms. Feigl worked, called her “an extremely valued colleague and popular staff member, committed and professional”, saying “her tragic passing has left a big hole and we will all miss her greatly”.  

As a mark of respect IOM said it would “fly its flag at half-mast at its offices tomorrow, as will the UN and it’s agencies”.



11 March 2019 - Training Session for Tarbiat Modarres University Students

TEHRAN, 12 March 2019 (UNIC) --The UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tehran held a workshop on “Finding UN Information and Documentation” for some 15 graduate students of international law from Tarbiat Modarres University on 11 March 2019  at the UN Office in Tehran.

At the beginning of the session after welcoming the participates, UNIC Public Information Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami requested them to observe a minute of silence for honoring the victims of the Ethiopia plane crash which killed 157, including 21 UN workers on 10 March 2019. 

20190311 UNICworkshop3Finding UN information and documentation workshop participants 

Then Ghaemmaghami addressed the participants on how to retrieve UN documentation and information from UNIC and UN websites and on the Dag Hammarskjold Library’s (DHL) web page during the workshop. As it was requested, she briefed the group about Academic Impact and focused on UNDP among the UN Funds, Programmes and Specialized Agencies as well as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Students got familiar with the structure of the UN document symbols as well as the structure of a UN resolution. There was also an overview of important information-searching tools located through DHL resources and databases, including the AudioVisual Library of International Law and Official Document System(ODS). The participants also navigated through the UN Treaty Collection webpage. They learnt where to find Glossary of terms relating to Treaty actions as well as a sample convention and it’s status.

Persian copies of the UN Charter, Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN System Chart were distributed among participants. 

20190311 UNICworkshop2Public Information Assistant Nazanin Ghaemmaghami-Farahani and participants

Mr Rahimi Mehr one of the students who organized the programme found the workshop very useful and hoped that the University can have more cooperation with UNIC in near future.

Workshops “Finding UN Information and Documentation” are regularly organized by the UNIC for all interested groups. For more information about how to attend these workshops and learn how to navigate the UN web site, please contact UN Information Center: Reference Assistant Ms. Nazanin Ghaemmaghami (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Tel. No.: 0098 21- 22873837) 


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اسفند 97 - جلسه آموزشی برای دانشجویان کارشناسی ارشد حقوق بین الملل دانشگاه تربیت مدرس

مرکز اطلاعات سازمان ملل متحد کارگاه آموزشی "بازیابی اطلاعات و اسناد سازمان ملل متحد از طریق وب سایت این سازمان جهانی" را برای  15 نفر از دانشجوبان دوره کارشناسی ارشد  حقوق بین الملل دانشگاه تربیت مدرس در تاریخ20 اسفند  ماه 1397 در ساختمان سازمان ملل متحد در تهران برگزار کرد. 

در ابتدای جلسه خانم نازنین قائم مقامی، کتابدار مرکز اطلاعات سازمان ملل متحد که عهده دار برگزاری کارگاه آموزشی بود، پس از خوشامدگویی به حاضران،  به مناسبت گرامیداشت 157 نفر از جمله 21 نفر از کارکنان سازمان ملل متحد که در حادثه سقوط هواپیمای شرکت هواپیمایی اتیوپی در 19 اسفند ماه جان خود را از دست دادند،درخواست یک دقیقه سکوت و ادای احترام به آنان نمود.

20190311 UNICworkshop3شرکت کنندگان در کارگاه آموزشی "بازیابی اطلاعات و اسناد ملل متحد

جستار در وب سایت سازمان ملل متحد با ایراد توضیحاتی درمورد برخی نکات  اساسی درباره ملل متحد از جمله تاریخ تاسیس آن و چگونگی بازیابی و جستجوی اطلاعات در وب سایت های مرکز اطلاعات سازمان ملل متحد و  سازمان ملل متحد  آغاز شد. وب سایت های برنامه توسعه ملل متحد و آرمان های توسعه هزاره نیز مرور شدند.

کتابخانه دگ همرشولد با تاکید بر راهنمای پژوهش و ابزارهای جستجوی اطلاعات و پایگاه‌ داده برای بازیابی منابع آن کتابخانه از جمله کاتالوگ کتابخانه (UNBISnet) که اسناد بسیاری را می توان از طریق آن جستجو و بازیابی کرد و پایگاه‌ ODS مورد بررسی قرار گرفت و درباره نشانه های اسناد و ساختار آنها و ساختار قطعنامه ها نکته هایی کلیدی مطرح گردید. شرکت کنندگان همچنین با بخش مجموعه معاهدات سازمان ملل متحد، کتابخانه دیداری شنیداری حقوق بین الملل،  بازیابی نمونه ای از کنوانسیون ها و دولت های ملحق به آن آشنا شدند.

نسخه هایی از منشور ملل متحد، اعلامیه جهانی حقوق بشر و نمودار نظام ملل متحد بین دانشجویان توزیع شد.

20190311 UNICworkshop2نازنین قائم مقامی، کتابدار مرکز اطلاعات سازمان ملل متحد و شرکت کنندگان در کارگاه آموزشی

هماهنگی برای تشکیل این جلسه به عهده آقای آرش رحیمی مهر، یکی از دانشجویان گروه دانشجویی بود. ایشان موضوعات مطرح شده در کارگاه آموزشی را بسیار مفید ارزیابی کرد و اظهار امیدواری نمود جلسات بیشتری برای گروه های دانشجویی این دانشگاه برگزار گردد.

کارگاه آموزشی "بازیابی اطلاعات و اسناد ملل متحد" به عنوان فعالیتی در زمینه اطلاع رسانی و آموزشی به وسیله مرکز اطلاعات سازمان ملل متحد مرتبا برای گروه های علاقه مند برگزار می شود. برای دریافت اطلاعات بیشتر درباره شرکت در این کارگاه ها و چگونگی برگزاری آن با خانم نازنین قائم مقامی فراهانی به آدرس ایمیل This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  یا  شماره تلفن 22873837 تماس حاصل فرمائید.

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