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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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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:

https://whc.unesco.org/en/earthen-architecture/

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

https://whc.unesco.org/

 

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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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26 Dec 2018 - 2019 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

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Submissions are now being accepted for the 2019 Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

The upcoming cycle will mark the 20th year of the Awards honouring best conservation practices in the Asia-Pacific.

The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation recognizes exemplary efforts by individuals and organizations to restore or conserve structures, places and properties of heritage value in the region. It aims to encourage other property owners to undertake conservation projects within their communities, either independently or by seeking public-private partnerships.

Since 2000, the Awards have recognized 233 winners from 21 countries for their thorough understanding of the places, sound technical achievements, and significant social and policy impacts at the local, national and regional levels. By recognizing these practices, the Awards have contributed to meaningful achievements in changing the conversation about what constitutes cultural heritage, who has a stake in its stewardship, and how cultural heritage can contribute to the sustainable well-being of cities, societies and the environment.

UNESCO will celebrate these 20 years of success through a regional event organized in partnership with Think City, a leading community-based urban regeneration organization based in Malaysia. Interested young professionals and members of the public are encouraged to communicate with UNESCO Bangkok for further information via the contact details below.

Deadline

The deadline for the receipt of materials is 31 March 2019.

Award Categories

Winners will be announced in November 2019 in the following categories: Award of Excellence, Award of Distinction, Award of Merit, Honourable Mention and Award for New Design in Heritage Contexts.

The Award for New Design in Heritage Contexts is given to newly built projects that demonstrate outstanding design that is well integrated into historic contexts. Submissions of completed new architecture and designs that enrich the existing heritage setting are encouraged. Building annexes, as well as new extensions, new buildings, new public spaces and new structures, such as bridges, are all eligible for consideration.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible projects must have been completed within the last 10 years. Houses, commercial and institutional buildings, historic towns and villages, archaeological sites and cultural landscapes, for example, are all suitable for entry.

How to Apply

Entries for the 2019 Awards programme must be submitted to UNESCO Bangkok before date, using an official entry form, a description of the project in the official format, and drawings and photographs in hard and softcopy formats.

To Apply for the 2019 Awards and for official application materials, please visit: http://bangkok.unesco.org/content/apply-awards

In 2018, 41 projects from eight countries across the Asia-Pacific region were submitted for awards consideration, with 10 projects from five countries recognized. The 2018 Award of Excellence was given to the Shijo-cho Ofune-hoko Float Machiya in Kyoto, Japan. The Awards for New Design in Heritage Contexts went to Kaomai Estate 1955 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and The Harts Mill in Port Adelaide, Australia.

For further details on previous winners, please visit:

http://bangkok.unesco.org/content/winning-projects

Think City is a community-focused urban regeneration organization established in 2009. Its first task was to rejuvenate the World Heritage city of George Town, Penang. Think City works closely with local governments, international agencies and various local communities to build effective partnerships and enhance capacity.

The partnership for the Heritage Awards builds on long-standing cooperation between UNESCO and Think City in promoting best practices in conservation in the Asia-Pacific region.

For more information on project submissions, please contact:

Culture Unit, UNESCO Bangkok

Tel: (66 2) 391-0577 Ext. 511 / Fax: (66 2) 391-0866

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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12 Dec 2018 - UNESCO organized the 8th Asian G-WADI meeting and 2nd International Drought Initiative (IDI) expert group meeting

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UNESCO in collaboration with the Regional Centre on Urban Water Management (RCUWM) under auspices of UNESCO, Khorasan Razavi Regional Water Authority and Ferdowsi University of Mashhad organized the 8th Asian G-WADI meeting and 2nd International Drought Initiative (IDI) expert group meeting in Mashhad from 10 to 12 December 2018.

Over 25 experts from the Asian G-WADI network and the International Drought Initiative (IDI) shared their knowledge and experience in adaptation to water scarcity and new advances in drought management. The three-day event brought together around 100 participants from Iran as well as other countries of the world such as Afghanistan, China, France, India, Mongolia, Oman, Thailand, Slovenia, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. Representatives from international organizations active in the field of drought management such as the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) and the Global Water Partnership (GWP) were also present in the meeting.  

The meeting was opened by Dr. Mohammad Kafi, the dean of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad and Mr. Mohammad Alaee, the Director of Khorasan Razavi Regional Water Authority followed by a welcome message by Mr. Alexander Leicht, the Officer-in-Charge of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office. 

Dr. Kafi stressed the importance of collaboration between all scientific organizations to develop new approaches in adaptation to water scarcity in arid areas. The importance of collaborative approaches to achieve the adaptation plans objectives also emphasized by Mr. Alaee.

“Freshwater is an important resource for human health. According to the latest research, the global demand for water has been increasing at a rate of about 1% per year as a function of economic growth and changing consumption patterns, among other factors. The demand will continue to grow significantly over the next two decades, and so will the associated challenges.  It is therefore indeed timely to share our experiences in water management in countries which are facing particular challenges and to jointly explore solutions to water scarcity.” stated by Mr. Alexander Leicht during his remarks. He thanked the Ministry of Energy of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO for their continued support and for the excellent cooperation between Iran and UNESCO in the various domains of natural sciences.

The objectives of the three-day event were to increase regional cooperation for adaptation to water scarcity in arid and semi-arid zones as well as developing synergies between active programmes in the field of drought management.

The Asian G-WADI Network was established as far back as March 2005 by representatives from Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan to respond to the urgent need for regional co-operation for the sustainable development of arid and semi-arid zones.

The International Drought Initiative (IDI) was approved at the 19th session of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP_ Intergovernmental Council in July 2010, in Paris, upon a proposal from Iran. The Regional Centre on Urban Water Management (RCUWM) in Tehran hosts the Secretariat of the Initiative. The Initiative provides a platform for networking and the dissemination of knowledge and information among stakeholders that are working to address droughts.

For more information about UNESCO IDI please see: https://en.unesco.org/themes/water-security/hydrology/programmes/droughts

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28 Nov 2018 - UNESCO and UNICEF co-organize a 4-day Training Workshop on Educational Planning for Disaster Risk Reduction

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UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, UNICEF Iran, the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO (NatCom), and the Ministry of Education (MoE) have partnered together to organize the training workshop on Educational Planning for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) from 26 to 29 November 2018 at Bashgah-e-Farhangian in Tehran.

The training builds on the Government of Iran’s efforts to improve its response capacity to natural disasters. More concretely, the workshop will feature practical and participatory sessions on analysing risk of natural disasters in the education sector and development of programmes to reduce risks; costing and financing of these programmes; and identification of relevant indicators in order to monitor progress towards the objectives.

At the opening ceremony, Dr. Maryam Soltanzadeh, Officer-in-Charge of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office outlined the workshop’s main objective to serve as a platform for sharing experiences and learning from successful practices of other countries. “the dialogue between provincial and Central actors with regards to past experiences could create an opportunity for new collaborations, development of effective programmes at local level, and mutual understanding of complexities and challenges of work in the provinces as well as in the central ministry” highlighted, Dr. Soltanzadeh.

Dr. Hojatollah Ayoubi, Secretary-General of the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, likewise underlined the importance of dissemination of updated information and good practices. NatCom Secretary-General mentioned that UNESCO is well-known as a non-politicized intellectual organization with purely educational, scientific and cultural mandates.

Dr. Will Parks, UNICEF Representative briefed the audience on UNICEF’s work to deliver uninterrupted learning for every child affected by crises. “We work to provide learning spaces that are safe, available, suitable for children and equipped with water and sanitation facilities. We work to make sure that while in school, children can learn, despite their circumstances. We provide teachers with training and learning materials. We help children develop skills to deal with disaster as well as reduce risk exposure.  We work with teachers, parents and the community to assure that children get the care and love they need in these circumstances. We work with governments to include disaster risk reduction programmes in their planning.” highlighted Dr. Parks.  

Dr. Hamidi, deputy of Physical Education and Health Affairs of the Ministry of Education expressed hope that the workshop participants would pass along what they learn to their colleagues, and quoted Dr. Ayoubi on the importance of generosity with dissemination of knowledge. Dr. Jafari, the Research and Education Deputy of Natural Disasters Research Institute of Iran stressed on the importance of education not only as a preventing factor, but also as contributor to the response mechanism and reduction of recovery time at the time of disaster.

The event brings together about forty officials from the Ministry of education in Tehran and nine provinces on Iran that are most at risk of earthquake, flood, and sandstorms. Two experts from the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) will facilitate the sessions with the assistance of national facilitators.

In addition, the third day of the programme will involve a visit to a retrofitted school in Karaj to attend the 20th National Community-led and Community-driven Earthquake and Safety Drill. The initiative aims to strengthen disaster risk reduction awareness and preparedness. Since 2015, the drill is performed at the community level, mobilizing citizens living in the vicinity of schools to join the drill. In this process, schools transform into local crisis management centres when disaster strikes. The initiative is conducted annually by , IIEES-the International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (more information here) and supported by UNESCO. IIEES was established in 1989 following the recommendation of the 24th UNESCO General Conference and has played an effective role in strengthening formal and informal education on disaster risk reduction in Iran and the region.  

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