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23 May 2016 - Iran pays tribute to UNESCO Avicenna Prize laureate

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On 23 May 2016, the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology paid tribute to Pakistani scientist Prof. Dr. Zabta Khan Shinwari – the 2015 laureate of theUNESCOAvicenna Prize for Ethics in Science.
 
 
Established in 2003 by the Executive Board of UNESCO at its 166th session on the initiative of the Islamic Republic of Iran, this Prize, awarded every two years, is intended to reward the activities of individuals and groups in the field of ethics in science.
 
 
By thus promoting ethical reflection on issues raised by advances in science and technology, it is expected to help significantly to increase international awareness and highlight the importance of ethics in science.
 
 
Prof. Shinwari received the Prize in recognition of his scientific and education work in biotechnology, biosafety, and biosecurity. It also rewards his contribution to advancing the social responsibility of science and his work to promote the participation of indigenous peoples and women in science, including his defense of the intellectual property rights of indigenous groups.
 
 
“Without a doubt, your invaluable attempts and ceaseless endeavours in science and in the field of ethics in biotechnology and empowering local communities to use their natural resources and biodiversity for the sustainable development of your country, is an exemplary and encouraging endeavor for all scientists across the world, and for the Muslim nations in particular”,said Dr. Farhadi, Minister of Science Research and Technology in his welcoming remarks.
 
 
Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office talked about the significance of the Avicenna Prize:“At UNESCO we believe that this award is very important, because we need science that is founded on ethics and human rights”, she said.“To move forward, we must combine progress with high standards of responsible research, with scientific integrity, and with risk management for societies and nature. This calls for well-informed leaders and public opinion, where all are included in making decisions on vital issues for human life and for enlightened scientists and scientific educators, working and communicating in a transparent way. Professor Shinwari has played an exemplary role in this regard throughout his illustrious career.”
 
The Avicenna Prize consists of a gold medal of Avicenna along with a certificate and the sum of $10,000, which Professor Shinwari has donated entirely to research in his native Pakistan.
 
In addition, the Prize includes a one-week academic visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is to include the delivery of speeches in the relevant academic gatherings, organized for this purpose by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. In this context, Professor Shinwari is currently in Tehran and will also deliver lectures at the Universities of Isfahan and Shiraz.
 
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23 May 2016 - Iran focuses on its heritage of historical churches during Cultural Heritage Week celebrations

 
On 23 May 2016, the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) organized a celebration focused on the historical churches of Iran, as part of a series of events to mark Cultural Heritage Week.
 
 
The gathering, with the theme of “Cultural Heritage and Peace” took part in the museum of the Armenian Church of Holy Mary in the center of Tehran, and was attended by Dr. Beheshti, Head of the ICHHTO Research Center; Dr. Talebian, Deputy Head of ICHHTO; Mr. Biglerian; Armenian Representative in Parliament; representatives of the Armenian Embassy in Tehran, and many others.
 
 
Ms. Avdian, Site Manager of the Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran, which were registered onUNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2008, provided an overview of the functions of the different monasteries.
 
 
In his speech, Mr. Biglerian, Armenian Representative in Parliament, talked about the historical co-existence of Christians, Jews and Muslims in his native city of Isfahan and the tolerance and mutual respect that has existed their for centuries.
 
 
Ms. Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, commended ICHHTO for the special focus on historical churches in Iran within a regional context increasingly marked by intolerance, extremism and the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage in an attempt to wipe out cultural and religious diversity.
 
 
“The Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran are examples of outstanding universal value of the Armenian architectural and decorative traditions. They bear testimony to very important interchanges with other regional cultures, in particular the Byzantine, Orthodox and Persian cultures. And these churches are the last regional remains of this culture that are still in a satisfactory state of integrity and authenticity. Furthermore, as places of pilgrimage, the monastic ensembles are living witnesses of Armenian religious traditions through the centuries”,said Ms. Kuisch Laroche. “The monasteries that have been registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites are universal symbols of tolerance and understanding”.
 
 
After some Armenian musical performances, Dr. Talebian unveiled the 9thvolume of the National Heritage Magazine and the guests were able to visit the museum and the historical church.
 
 
Cultural Heritage Week is celebrated annually in Iran during the month of May with many events throughout the country. The Week provides an important opportunity to highlight Iran’s rich cultural diversity and ancient heritage.
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خرداد 95 – گزارش ویژه المانیتور درباره محبوبیت ناگهانی لئوناردو دیکاپریو در ایران

المانیتوراخیرا گزارش ویژه ای از محبوبیت ناگهانی لئوناردو دیکاپریو در ایران منتشر کرده است و در این گزارش نقل قول هایی از آقای گری لوییس، هماهنگ کننده مقیم سازمان ملل متحد در جمهوری اسلامی ایران نیز آورده شده  است.

 

برای خواندن متن کامل این گزارش اینجا کلیک کنید.

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18 May 2016 - UNESCO celebrates World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development in Tehran

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On 18 May 2016UNESCOcelebrated the World Day of Cultural Diversity in cooperation with the Non-Aligned Movement Center for Human Rights and Cultural Diversity; the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO); the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO; and the embassies of Bangladesh, Mexico and Turkmenistan.
 

The grand celebration took place in Niavaran Palace in Tehran and consisted of a series of cultural performances from Turkmenistan and different provinces of Iran, as well as a cultural exhibition and a traditional food festival with dishes from Bangladesh, Turkmenistan and Rasht in Iran.
 

Rasht became a member of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network in 2015 for its gastronomy and the city showcased its culinary diversity in the food festival.
 

The open-air celebration was attended by many embassies, government officials, artists, NGOs and UN agencies, and was also open to the general public. Hundreds of tourists stopped by to visit the exhibition space and watch the cultural performances.
Mr. Jakov Kitarović, husband of the President of Croatia, H.E. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, also paid a surprise visit and attended part of the ceremony.
 

During the opening ceremony, Ms. Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, said: “In the year 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, declared May 21 to be the “World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development”. This day provides us with an important opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better. At UNESCO we believe that exchange and dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based on mutual understanding and respect and the equal dignity of all cultures, is the essential prerequisite for constructing social cohesion, reconciliation among peoples, and peace among nations.”
Dr. Talebian, Deputy Head of ICHHTO talked about the cultural diversity within Iran and the 60 official languages that exist in the country. He said: “If we study this carefully, we will find that most of these languages have common roots, which shows our unity in diversity.”
 

Dr. Hasani, Director of the Non-Aligned Movement Center for Human Rights and Cultural Diversity talked about the origins of the Center and referred to the NAM Ministerial Meeting on “Human Rights and Cultural Diversity”, which was held from 3 to 4 September 2007. It was sponsored by the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), UNESCO and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Tehran.  The Declaration of the Ministers included the decision to establish a NAM Centre for Human Rights and Cultural Diversity in Tehran.
 

“All human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated and the international community must treat human rights globally in a fair and equal manner, on the same footing and with the same emphasis, and that, while the significance of national and regional particularities and various historical, cultural and religious backgrounds must be borne in mind, it is the duty of States, regardless of their political, economic and cultural systems, to promote and protect all human rights and fundamental freedoms”, said Dr. Hasani.
 

The culture exhibition, which took place alongside the ceremony, consisted of photos from Iran’s 19 World Heritage Sites, handicrafts from different parts of the countries, as well as cultural exhibitions from Bangladesh, Mexico and Turkmenistan.
 
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17 May 2016 - UNESCO participates in AIESEC Youth Speak Forum in Tehran

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The first ever AIESEC Youth Speak Forum in Iran took place on 17 May at Tehran University. AIESEC is the world’s largest student-run organization, active in over 2400 universities across more than 124 countries and territories.
 
 
The Youth Speak Forum in Tehran was centered on the Sustainable Development Goals, and Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office was invited as a keynote speaker to talk about the critical role of youth in achieving SDG 4.
 
 
During her speech, Ms. Kuisch Laroche said that education was the basis for sustainable development and essential for the achievement of all SDGs, including goals on health, poverty alleviation, employment, sustainable consumption and production, and climate change.
 
 
She highlighted the importance of educating girls and women because of the benefits for society at large.“A child born to a mother who can read is 50 per cent more likely to survive past the age of five years old. That is just one figure among many that demonstrates the transformational impact of education – especially secondary education”,said Ms. Kuisch Laroche.
 
 
After the opening session, a number of parallel workshops took place on different Sustainable Development Goals. Ms. Kuisch Laroche and Ms. Manuson (Education Officer at the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office) facilitated a workshop on SDG 4 with a specific focus on Target 4.7: (“By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.)
 
 
They asked the students a number of thought-provoking questions about how best to implement and monitor progress against this specific target, and what role the youth could play in support of SDG 4 in general.
 
 
After the workshops, the students brainstormed about projects to achieve the SDGs, and the judges chose one winning idea that AIESEC will run in the future.
 
 
AIESEC is an international non-governmental not-for-profit organization that provides young people with leadership development and cross-cultural global internship and volunteer exchange experiences across the globe, with a focus to empower young people so they can make a positive impact on society.
 
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