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25 April 2018 - UNESCO Joins Celebration of Tabriz as Capital of Islamic Tourism 2018

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UNESCO joined the festive ceremony attended by President Hassan Rouhani and representatives of the international community to celebrate the designation of Tabriz as Capital of Islamic Tourism in 2018 by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). 

President Rouhani in his opening remarks highlighted the development of tourism as one of the means of fostering inter-cultural dialogue and constructive interactions in the world: "Tourism will make the nations truly understand the world and the history of the past, and in fact, provide better understanding of human connections in the past and make it possible to understand the present and future of the world”.

Ms. Esther Kuisch-Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Cluster Office in Tehran attended the ceremony and expressed her support by saying: “At UNESCO we are delighted that Tabriz is the capital of Islamic tourism for 2018.

Tabriz has always been a place of cultural exchange since antiquity. Its historic bazaar complex, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010, was one of the most important commercial centres on the Silk Road. In addition, the city hosts many other cultural and historical treasures. It is my hope that many tourists will come to Tabriz this year to discover the beauty of the city and the region.”

The historic bazaar complex of Tabriz consists of a series of interconnected, covered, brick structures, buildings, and enclosed spaces for different functions. Tabriz and its Bazaar were already prosperous and famous in the 13th century, when the town, in the province of Eastern Azerbaijan, became the capital city of the Safavid kingdom. The city lost its status as capital in the 16th century, but remained important as a commercial hub until the end of the 18th century, with the expansion of Ottoman power. It is one of the most complete examples of the traditional commercial and cultural system of Iran.

On December 23, 2015, the final day of the three-day 9th Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers in Niamey, Niger, OIC ministers of tourism approved the selection of Tabriz as the capital of Islamic tourism in 2018.

In September 2016, Tabriz was declared a World Craft City by the World Craft Council, which, along with Isfahan, makes it one of Iran’s only two cities to boast the title.

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فروردین 97 - تاکید یونسکو بر ظرفیت ورزشی ایران برای صلح و توسعه

تهران، 3  اردیبهشت 1397: یونسکو و دانشگاه تهران امروز طی مراسمی به مناسبت پنجمین سالروز بین المللی ورزش برای صلح و توسعه بر اهمیت سرمایه گذاری در فعالیت های فیزیکی برای حال و آینده کشور تاکید کردند.

به گزارش روابط عمومی دفتر منطقه ای یونسکو در تهران، در این مراسم که به میزبانی دانشکده تربیت بدنی و علوم ورزشی دانشگاه تهران برگزار شد، الکساندر شیشلیک، مدیر بخش جوانان و ورزش سازمان تربیتی، علمی و فرهنگی ملل متحد (یونسکو) تصریح کرد که موفقیت های ایران در رشته های مختلف ورزشی و تربیت بدنی به ویژه در خصوص ورزش معلولین بسیار چشمگیر است.

وی اظهار داشت ایران می تواند تجارب و دستاورد خود را با سایر کشورهای جهان به اشتراک بگذارد.

 مدیر بخش جوانان و ورزش یونسکو تصریح کرد که ایران از تاریخ غنی ورزشی برخودار است که نه تنها در رقابت های بین المللی نمود پیدا کرده است بلکه در میراث ارزشمند ورزشهای باستانی نیز به وضوح قابل مشاهده است.

در این مراسم خانم استر کیش لاروش، مدیر دفتر منطقه ای یونسکو در تهران نیز به عنوان یکی از سخنرانان اصلی مراسم اظهار داشت، ورزش ابزاری قدرتمند برای تقویت انسجام اجتماعی و شبکه های آن است که می تواند در ارتقا آرمان های همچون برادری، اتحاد، پرهیز از خشونت و تحقق عدالت تاثیرگذار باشد.

وی افزود، ورزش نقش مهمی را ترویج انسجام اجتماعی و توسعه اقتصادی در بستر های مختلف فرهنگ و سیاسی ایفا می کند.

در حال حاضر یونسکو به عنوان کارگزاری سازمان ملل متحد نقش راهبردی را در هدایت فعالیت های مرتبط با تربیت بدنی و ورزش در سطح جهان بر عهده دارد. این سازمان همچنین ارائه کننده تجارب و طراحی مدل برنامه های اجرایی در حوزه ورزش نیز محسوب شده و به عنوان دبیرخانه دائمی کمیته بین الدولی تربیت بدنی و ورزش موسوم به (CIGEPS) نیز ایفای نقش می کند. 

یونسکو از سال 1952 فعالانه در زمینه ارتقای قدرت و پتانسیل بی نظیر ورزش در فراهم ساختن بستر های رسمی وغیر رسمی برای بسط و گسترش تربیت بدنی اقدام می کند و  تامین کننده خدمات همیاری و مشاوره به دولت ها ، سازمان های مردم نهاد و متخصصین و سایر دست اندرکارن فعال در مواجه با چالش های مرتبط با تربیت بدنی و ورزش به شمار می آید.

شایان ذکر است در سال 2013، مجمع عمومی سازمان ملل متحد روز ششم آوریل (17 فروردین) را به عنوان روز بین المللی ورزش برای صلح و توسعه نام گذاری کرد تا از این طریق بر اهمیت ورزش و تربیت بدنی بر آموزش، توسعه انسانی، سبک زندگی سالم در جهانی صلح آمیز تاکید شود. 

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23 April 2018 - UNESCO Highlights Iran’s Capacities in Sports for Peace and Development

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Tehran – 23 April 2018: UNESCO and the University of Tehran celebrated the 5th International Day of Sport for Development and Peace to highlight the importance of investment in physical activities for the present and future of the country.

At a ceremony that was hosted by the Faculty of Sports and Physical Education of the University of Tehran, Alexander Schischlik, Chief of the Youth and Sports Section at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris underscored Iran’s impressive achievements in the fields of sports and physical education –particularly for persons with disabilities. He stated that Iran could share its experiences and best practices with other countries around the world.

“Iran benefits from a very rich sporting history not only in the main international disciplines, but also has an invaluable heritage of traditional sports” he added.

Ms. Esther Kuisch-Laroche, Director of the UNESCO Cluster Office in Tehran, as one of the key note speakers of the event said that sport is a very powerful tool to strengthen social ties and networks, and to promote the ideals of fraternity, solidarity, non-violence, and justice. 

“Sports also play a significant role as a promoter of social integration and economic development in different cultural and political contexts” she added.

UNESCO as the United Nations’ lead agency for Physical Education and Sport provides assistance and guidance services for governments, NGOs, and experts to debate the evolving challenges of physical education and sport.

The Organization also offers expertise in the design and implementation of development programmes in the domain of sport and plays the secretariat role for the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS).

Since 1952, UNESCO has been working actively to promote the power and cross-cutting potential of sports and to facilitate access to physical education in both formal and non-formal settings. 

In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 6 April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, to celebrate the contribution of sports and physical activity to education, human development, healthy lifestyles and a peaceful world.

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27 Feb 2018 - UNESCO and ECO Cultural Institute celebrate International Mother Language Day 2018

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In 1999, UNESCO declared that 21 February be regarded as International Mother Language Day. To mark the 19th celebration of this day, the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office and ECO Cultural Institute (ECI) held a cultural event in Tehran with the cooperation of various embassies. 

In the opening speech, H.E. Dr. Mohammad Mahdi Mazaheri, President of ECO Cultural Institute, spoke about importance of languages for identity and the transmission of cultural heritage.

Echoing that message, Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, said: “A language is far more than just a means of communication. It is the very condition of our humanity. Our values, our beliefs and our identity are embedded within it. It is through language that we transmit our experiences, our traditions and our knowledge. The diversity of languages reflects the incontestable wealth of our imaginations and ways of life.”

She talked about UNESCO’s global efforts to preserve linguistic diversity. “Each language offers a unique testimony of its civilization’s cultural genius and contributions to the world’s heritage – not to mention its crucial role in building intercultural dialogue, reconciliation and peace.”

H.E. Mr. A.K.M. Majibur Rahman Bhuiyan, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, then delivered a speech about the importance of the International Mother Language Day to the people of Bangladesh.

H.E. Mr. Alfonso Zegbe, Ambassador of Mexico, recited a poem in Spanish by Nezahualcoyotl - poet, philosopher and ruler of the city-state of Texcoco in pre-Columbian era Mexico. His recitation was followed by a musical performance by the Afghan ensemble Maam-e Mihan.

After that, there were poetry recitations from Bangladesh, Tajikistan and China.

The event was attended by many representatives of diplomatic missions and international organizations, as well as artists and government representatives.

At the end of the programme, the guests visited a photo exhibition organized by the UN Information Centre (UNIC) depicting the history of the United Nations in Iran; as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Iran.

The exhibition will be open to the public until the end of the week at the ECO Cultural Institute in Tehran.

 

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25 Jan 2018 - UNESCO organizes training on transboundary water management for water professionals from Afghanistan and Iran

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From 22-24 January 2018, UNESCO organized a training on transboundary water management for a group of 30 water professionals from Afghanistan and Iran. The training was held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, as part of a series of tailor-made regional trainings by the International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP) on Transboundary Water Management. UNESCO-IHP has held similar training workshops for different regions across the world.

The training provided advanced learning on transboundary water resource management with case studies and lessons learned from different regions in the world, including the Senegal River Basin, the Orange River and the Mekong. Renowned international experts made presentations about topics such as international water law principles, data management, environmental impact assessment (EIA) and strategic environmental assessment (SEA), and on climate change and its impact on transboundary cooperation.

The Paris-based training was followed by a two-day field visit on 25-26 Jan 2018 to Germany and the Netherlands, where the participants were able to see how those two countries manage their transboundary waters together. The group of Afghan and Iranian water professionals visited several bilateral water projects between Germany and the Netherlands, and were able to discuss practical issues regarding transboundary water cooperation with their European colleagues.

This training was organized with the generous financial contribution of the Federal Government of Germany and the Government of the Netherlands, and with technical support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education.

For more information about UNESCO’s work in the field of water security, please see: https://en.unesco.org/themes/water-security

 

 

 

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7 Dec 2017 - Chogān and Kamantcheh from Iran inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

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The 12th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage takes place in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, from Monday 4 to Saturday 9 December 2017.

On the fourth day of the meeting, two elements from the Islamic Republic of Iran were inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The two inscriptions are Chogān, a horse-riding game accompanied by music and storytelling, and the art of crafting and playing with Kamantcheh/Kamancha, a bowed string musical instrument. The second element is jointly inscribed by the Islamic Republic of Iran and Azerbaijan.

This year, the Committee considers six nominations for inclusion on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding designed to rally international cooperation and assistance for threatened cultural expressions. Thirty-four nominations for inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity will also be examined alongside two proposals for the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices and two International Assistance Requests for safeguarding plans or inventories.

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