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7 July 2019 - Capacity Building and Skill Development for Digital Transformation in Digital Economy

The global economy is undergoing a rapid digital transformation. The internet has totally changed the way we communicate, socialise, work and even shop and sell products. The global digital economy is worth 3 trillion US Dollar today. New business models are born as a result of digital economy. The digital talent gap and workforce digital skills readiness are the topics with high priority in the Digital Era.

Recognizing the significance of Digital Transformation, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Faculty of Applied Science of Post and Telecommunication, the training centre, Iran ICT Ministry, are jointly organizing an international 5 - day face-to-face workshop program in Tehran, I.R. Iran in July 2019.

The main objectives of this face-to-face workshop are to:

  • Inform and create awareness of the use of telecommunications or ICT in support of the digital economy and society;
  • Share international best practices on Digital Transformation; and
  • Build capacity and skills development in the digital era through digital transformation.

The workshop is designed to enhance understanding of participants by sharing best practices and build capacity for ICT stakeholders. The course is offered free of charge to all the participants and is paperless to save the environment.

To achieve the main objectives, the program has been designed to enhance the understanding of participants of new technologies and innovation methodologies. The main topic covered include the following:

  • The role of Innovation and new technologies for achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals
  • Digital Transformation and the Digital Economy
  • Fostering innovation in the workplace and the community
  • Modern design processes and methodologies
  • Technology skill development for employment and business growth
  • Introduction to mobile app development

Over 75 participants including representatives from Afghanistan, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, as well as the host country I. R. Iran will present their respective country case studies on Digital Transformation.

Under the overall supervision of Mr. Sameer Sharma, Senior Advisor ITU, Mr. Pete Argent, CEO of Business Design Institute in Australia and Mr. Shahryar Khan, a mobile application development expert from Pakistan will lead the training sessions for this extensive 5 days event.

As a part of the training, participants will take part in a mini-hackathon where they will compete in teams to develop concepts for technology solutions to country and community challenges. This is a great opportunity for representatives from different countries to work together on innovative ideas that aim to make life better for citizens.

 “Given the crucial role of telecommunications/ICTs in digital transformation and, in particular, in the advancement of the digital economy, it is important to enhance international cooperation on sharing best practices in digital transformation and the development of approaches, regulatory texts, standards and applications and future digital skills required for the digital economy” said Mr. Sameer Sharma, Senior Advisor, ITU at the opening ceremony of the event which was held on 6 July at Ferdowsi Hotel.

Also speaking at the ceremony was Mr. Claudio Providas, UNDP Resident Representative. I.R. Iran who stated: “Each year, more individuals acquire the means of accessing digital services through greater and better quality network coverage. With this, the potential grows for more conventional services to shift to or to be further enabled in the digital world, as well as for new services to be created that can only exist online.”

"Blockchain Technology has started to have a significant influence in the Internet of Things by upgrading security. Information technology equipment, cloud services, standardised software for various purposes, web and device applications, and e-commerce and other platforms are also subject to digital commoditisation. Growing access to the internet, together with network and platform effects, are accelerating this commoditisation and expanding its scope." These words were shared by Mr. Sadegh Abbasi Shahkooh, Head of ICT Faculty, I.R. Iran

Mr. Sattar Hashemi, Deputy Minister for Technology and Innovation was also present at the ceremony. Sharing some statistics about Iran with the attendees, he said: “Iran is the second top country in the region of Central and Southern Asia in terms of innovation score by GII. Iran made considerable progress by expanding its e-government services and has tried to leverage efficiency accessibility transparency and accountability in the government sector. Iran government currently offers 201 general services and 734 specific services electronically from judiciary and agriculture to education health and Culture.”

Mr. Hashemi added: “Iran government service bus GSB has served more than 315 million transactions during the past year. There are currently 44 entities or providing services to GSB and the services they offer to various sectors such as Central Bank police and etc. Access to information is another crucial aspect as it is essential to ensure transparency and prevent corruption. Our focus in future is on digital economy, which we consider as the enabler for creating national wealth and improving the quality of life. whenever there was cooperation amongst all players and stakeholders, better and more efficient results have been produced for the benefit of mankind. Relying on our capabilities, we welcome opportunities for international cooperation as well. With professional youth and innovative private sector, we are improving efficiencies in many important areas, like new job opportunities, and in increasing the national wealth.”

About ITU

ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs.

ITU allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide. ITU is committed to connecting all the world's people – wherever they live and whatever their means. Through ITU’s work, ITU protect and support everyone's fundamental right to communicate.

Faculty of Applied Science of Post and Telecommunication

Established in 1928 Faculty of Applied Science of Post and Telecommunication (ICT Faculty) has accepted students in the field of Communications Engineering, ICT, IT, Post and Postbank from associated up to master degree. The faculty over the past decade through a memorandum of understanding with International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recognized as the Spectrum Management hub and one of the ITU and ITU Asian Pacific Training Centres of Excellence. ICT based short – term and academic courses enriched with the professional laboratories in different fields for ICT managers and experts in the region is one the main activities of the faculty in its new structure.



26 June 2019 - Press Release: The incoming UNDP Resident Representative presents credentials to Foreign Minister Zarif


Tehran –The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Islamic Republic of Iran is delighted to announce that on 25th June, Mr. Claudio Providas presented his credentials to His Excellency, Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and has officially assumed his duties as UNDP Resident Representative to I.R. of Iran.

During the meeting, H.E. Foreign Minister Zarif and Mr. Providas discussed and exchanged views on prospects for deepening the strategic partnership between the Government of I.R. of Iran and UNDP.

“I am happy to be in Iran and I look forward to working with our partners in achieving Iran’s development goals” Mr. Providas said.

Prior this appointment, Mr. Providas was serving as the UNDP Country Director in Timor-Leste. He joined the United Nations in 1993 in Mozambique and has been working with UNDP since 1996 in Headquarters New York, and several Country Offices including Trinidad and Tobago, Ecuador and Bolivia.

Mr. Providas, a dual citizen of Uruguay and Belgium, holds a specialized Master of Management degree, and is accompanied by his wife and son in I.R. of Iran.


On the ground in about 170 countries and territories, UNDP works to eradicate poverty while protecting the planet. We help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships and institutions so that the countries can sustain their development results.





Mr. Claudio Providas - UNDP

IR Claudio Providas

Mr. Claudio Providas

UNDP Resident Representative


Nationality: Belgium

Work Experience:

June 2019 – Present:  UNDP Resident Representative, Islamic Republic of Iran

July 2015 – May 2019: UNDP Country Director, Timor-Leste  

Jan 2011 – June 2015: UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Bolivia

Aug 2008 – Jan 2011: UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Ecuador

Sep 2004 – Aug 2008: UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Trinidad & Tobago, and Suriname

Jan 2000 – Aug 2004: Information Manager, Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, UNDP HQ, New York

Mar 1998 – Dec 1999: Information Manager, Emergency Response Division (today Bureau for Crisis) UNDP HQ, New York

Apr 1996 – Feb 1998: Information Management Specialist, Division for Audit and Management Review, UNDP HQ, New York

June 1995 – Apr 1996: Information Analyst, Department of Public of Information (today Department of Global Communications), New York

Aug 1993 – Mar 1995: Camp Officer, UNV-ONUMOZ, Mozambique


13 December 2018 - From Iran to Azerbaijan: countries exchange best practices on harm reduction for people who use drugs

  • Published in Drugs

Iran has a concentrated HIV epidemic with a low prevalence of less than 0.1% in the general population but a high prevalence among most at-risk populations, particularly people who inject drugs.

UNDP works with the government and the Global Fund to fight HIV, TB and Malaria to implement activities focused on reaching this vulnerable group, which includes a Peer Education Programme in prisons.

To share best practice, a study-tour was organised from 10-15 November 2018 for a delegation from Republic of Azerbaijan.

The visit was overseen by the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) which provides support for the overall direction of the Global Fund grants in country and includes representatives from government, the private sector, technical partners, and representatives from civil society and communities living with the diseases.

In addition to exploring Iran’s best practices from the Harm Reduction Programme, the aim of the tour was to strengthen cooperation between the two countries and to share lessons learned from the implementation of the programme in Iran.

The delegation from Azerbaijan included representatives from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Justice who were accompanied by Iran’s CCM Coordinator, National Harm Reduction staff and staff from UNDP Iran HIV/AIDS Unit.

Through organizing meetings and daily visits for the delegation, the host country provided a thorough review of the programme in Iran, including meetings with national authorities and visits to centers providing services to people who use drugs. A platform was also created so that the members of the delegation could ask questions, raise concerns and better understand each countries approach.

The study tour included meetings with the CCM Vice Chair and with UNDP as the Principal Recipient of the Global Fund HIV grant. Meetings with Sub-Recipients of the Global Fund HIV grant and national related bodies were also organized in which each organization presented on the Harm Reduction Programmes being implemented in their settings. A meeting was also held with the representative of Drug Control Headquarters.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the tour included visits to the Center for Communicable Diseases Control, the Mental Health Social Health of Addiction Department, the Welfare Organization and the Prisons Organization which facilitated a visit to Hamedan Central Prison.

A de-briefing session was held on the final day of the tour with Joint UN Team on AIDS (JUNTA) who shared their views on HIV/AIDS and their supports towards Harm Reduction Programme. In this meeting, representatives from UNAIDS, UNDP, UNODC, UNHCR and UNIC were also present to respond to questions from the Azerbaijan delegation. 

The visit was a great success and a strong example of our commitment to sharing learning. This exchange provided an excellent opportunity for us to learn from each other’s contexts and we look forward to working together to reduce the HIV prevalence rate among people who use drugs in both countries.


25 Nov 2018 - Joint UN Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

  • Published in Other

Statement by the Heads of UN agencies, UNFPA, UNDP, UNICEF and UN WOMEN, calling for solidarity with survivors and survivor advocates and women’s human rights defenders who are working to prevent and end violence against women and girls.

To commemorate this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Secretary-General’s UNiTE Campaign is calling upon us to stand in solidarity with survivors and survivor advocates and women’s human rights defenders who are working to prevent and end violence against women and girls. Our duty is not only to stand in solidarity with them but also to intensify our efforts to find solutions and measures to stop this preventable global scourge with a detrimental impact on women’s and girls’ lives and health.

The last year has been extraordinary in terms of the awareness that has been raised on the extent and magnitude of the different forms of violence inflicted on women and girls. The #MeToo campaign—one of the most viral and powerful social movements of recent times—has brought this issue into the spotlight. This awareness has been further reinforced by the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 to two remarkable activists, Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege, who work on ending violence against women in conflict situations.

More than a third of women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives. Furthermore, research indicates that the cost of violence against women could amount annually to around 2 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP). This is equivalent to 1.5 trillion dollars[1].

Beyond raising awareness, governments, the private sector, the artistic community, civil society organizations, academia and engaged citizens are again looking into new ways to urgently address this global scourge.

For more than 20 years, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women has been investing in national and local initiatives that translate policy promises into concrete benefits for women and girls, and contribute to the prevention of violence in the long run.

As part of the Spotlight Initiative to end violence against women and girls, a global, multi-year partnership between the United Nations and the European Union, we are working with different partners to increase the scale and level of ambition of our interventions. We understand that reducing and preventing violence against women is transformational: it improves the heath of women and children, reduces risks of acquiring HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), improves economic productivity and educational attainment, and reduces the risks of mental illness and substance abuse, among other benefits.

Through the Spotlight Initiative, our agencies are mobilizing an array of stakeholders to address both the root causes of violence as well as its most immediate consequences. In line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the initiative fully integrates the principle of leaving no one behind. Spotlight will also build on existing good practices and evidence-based programming, as well as incorporate new solutions for accelerated results.

The UN family is working tirelessly with our partners to strengthen legal frameworks and institutions, to improve services for survivors, and to address the root causes of violence by challenging social norms and behaviours and tackling the wider gender inequalities.

Ending violence against women and girls is not a short-term endeavor. It requires coordinated and sustained efforts from all of us. Showing that these efforts yield results is the best tribute to survivors and the survivor advocates and women’s human rights defenders that we are celebrating today.



8 May 2018 - Photo Story: UNDP’s mission to Deh Chenashk village

20180508 undp2First stop of the visit was a women empowerment center in Ghale Ghafe village. Throughout our project we have done community mobilization efforts to empower local communities to take part in community forestry, livelihood development, waste management, etc. With the support of this project and trainings, the women of Ghale Ghafe are now able to help their families financially

20180508 undp3Next stop, a local mosque in Deh Chenashk village in which the local community gathered to discuss the project and how their livelihoods has enhanced by taking part in this project

20180508 undp4Mr. Toosi, the local community representative addressed the audience by saying: “I would like to take this opportunity and thank the project and local authorities. Throughout this project we learned how to care more about the environment.” Mr. Toosi continued by saying: “This project helped us to modify our cultivating practices and that resulted in less water consumption.”

20180508 undp5Then a visit at the local exhibition of handicrafts took place. These handicrafts are produced by the women of the village who are taking part in this project. The women use their artistic talents and make these goods from scratch and sell them and through this practice they support their families financially

20180508 undp6To wrap-up the mission, a visit to a Borage field in Deh Chenashk village took place. The local community are changing their cultivating patterns by choosing different types of plants which consumes less water and financially benefits them more – a win-win for the environment and the local community

20180508 undp7At the end of every mission, a group photo is a must!


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