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13 Mar 2018 - Dr. Leila Joudane, UNFPA Representative in Iran meeting H.E. Dr. Hassan Ghazizadeh Hashemi, Minister of Health and Medical Education

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Shortly before Nowrooz 1397, the Iranian new year, Dr. Leila Joudane, UNFPA Representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran, met H.E. Dr. Hassan Ghazizadeh Hashemi, the  Minister of Health and Medical Education in his office. Before the start of the meeting, Dr. Joudane wished a happy new year to the Minister of Health and Medical Education and offered him a new year’s gift from UNFPA Iran.

At the onset of the meeting, Dr. Joudane thanked the Minister for the opportunity to meet him and his staff. She briefed the Minister on the goals of the 6th UNFPA Country Programme, which are to contribute to universal health coverage, with focus on reproductive health, in particular maternal health and preventing preventable maternal deaths by 2030. In this regard she mentioned UNFPA’s support to MOHME to achieve a costed SRH package for all Iranians without discrimination. While stressing the fact that UNFPA’s work is fully in line with the national priorities of IR. of Iran, she thanked Dr. Hashemi and his team for the close cooperation and she also commended the excellent work done in South South cooperation, mainly for the support of Iran to Afghanistan on midwifery and maternal health in Afghanistan and for Afghan refugees in Iran.

Dr. Joudane mentioned the global budget cuts for UNFPA and briefed Dr. Hashemi about successful joint fundraising activities between UNFPA and MOHME for South South initiatives, as well as for programmes, related to HIV/AIDS.

The Minister thanked Dr. Joudane for UNFPA’s support to MOHME. In particular, he thanked Dr; joudane and UNFPA for the support provided in late 2017 to women affected by the Kermanshah earthquake through procurement and distribution of dignity kits for pregnant women.


7 March 2018 - The start of a collaboration between UNFPA and UN-Habitat in I.R. Iran

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The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Iran’s Representative, Dr. Leila Joudane, and the United Nations Human Settlement Programme, UN-Habitat’s Chief, Mr. Siamak Moghaddam, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today, Wednesday 7 March 2018.

The MoU announces the start of a joint cooperation between the two UN agencies in the field of internal mobility patterns in Iran in order to inform formulation of urban policies. 

The cooperation will bring forth favorable grounds for advocacy dialogues between the University of Tehran and the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development.  


1 Feb 2018 - Iran to Host 2018 Regional Conference on Population Ageing

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I.R. of Iran to host 2018 biennium HelpAge Regional Conference on Population Ageing from 23-25 October 2018 (01–03 Aban 1397). UNFPA Iran and HelpAge International signed a trilateral memorandum of understanding with the Deputy Minister and Head of State Welfare Organization (SWO) on behalf of the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare.

After the successful hosting of the Regional Forum on Policy Implications of Population Ageing in Tabriz, Iran back in 2017 and issuance of Tabriz Statement, State Welfare Organization, HelpAge International, and UNFPA will coordinate to co-host the Regional Conference on issues relevant to population ageing in the Asia Pacific. The main theme of the conference is “Family, Community and State in Ageing Societies”.

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The conference will be two days long and on the third day a field visit will be organized to older people centers. Day 1 of the conference assesses the trends in population ageing and family dynamics, as well as how communities and governments across Asia have responded. Through parallel streams on Day 2, the conference will then examine policies and community services to ease adaptation to ageing trends particularly in relation to social inclusion, income security, and health and care.

It is anticipated that  this conference bring together 250 participants from various countries in the region and few countries from other regions, representing government, international organizations, academic institutions, civil society organizations, parliamentarians and private sector.


10 Jan 2017 - UNFPA & National Implementing Partners Review Achievement & Discuss Road Ahead

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Annual Programme Review Meeting of the sixth Country Programme between UNFPA and the national implementing partners was Co-Chaired by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNFPA Representative, Dr. Leila Joudane on Wednesday 10 January 2018.  High level participation from all relevant national ministries and organizations provided a good forum to review the achievements and discuss the road ahead to achieve results.

Officials of the Statistical Center of Iran (SCI), University of Tehran (UT), & Ministry of Cooperative, Labor, & Social Welfare (MoCLSW ), Secretariat of National Council of Elderly, and the Ministry of Health & Medical Education (MOHME) presented their proposed activities and workplans for 2018  in details  for endorsement of the Co-chairs.  Some of the anticipated results to be achieved are the road map for ending preventable maternal deaths, establishment of a technical committee to develop the demographic dividend road map,  and  Iran hosting the regional ageing international forum .  Among others, rich exchange on mechanisms and lessons learnt for enhancing the inter sectoral collaboration between various implementing partners for achieving maximum results was also the highlight of the event. 

During this event, national officials also presented their 2017 achievements as a result of the joint programmes with UNFPA. Some of the notable results achieved in 2017 were Tabriz Statement as an outcome document of the Regional Forum advocating with policy makers to reaffirm their commitment to have right policies in place for older persons, the National Transfer Account Report which is an effective tool for analyzing the impact of changing population structure on economy, and offering variety of policy options for harnessing the first and second demographic dividend; as well as, responding effectively to the implications of population ageing , and report on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) indicator related to population and development including data gaps in  Iran.

During this long day event, Dr. Joudane also  introduced  UNFPA’s Strategic Plan (2018 – 2021) to the participants emphasizing on UNFPA’s   ultimate goal of delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe and potential of youth fulfilled.  She touched based on UNFPA’s global transformative results and noted that UNFPA sixth Country Programme will work towards ending preventable maternal death and ending harmful practices.  Dr. Joudane highlighted that UNFPA’s strategic plan calls for working together to deliver SDG goals and to be vocal about achievement of results.  Expressing her contentment, Dr. Joudane noted that Iran’s UNFPA sixth Country Programme is aligned with UNFPA’s strategic plan and reaffirmed UNFPA’s commitment to help government achieve its development priorities. 

Dr. Joudane concluded the meeting by acknowledging the implementing partner’s collaboration and efforts in 2017 and wishing all a result-based 2018.




4 Dec 2017 - UNFPA & Australia Sign Direct Aid Programme

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UNFPA Iran Country Office is pleased to announce the acceptance of the application for funding under the Australian Direct Aid Programme (DAP). Today during the signing ceremony of the agreement, UNFPA Representative in Iran, Dr. Leila Joudane and Ambassador of Australia H.E. Mr. Ian Biggs reaffirmed their commitment to support HIV/AIDS programmes.  

The agreed activities are in line with the sustainable development principle of “leaving no one behind”, as it targets the most vulnerable and margalinzed population.   This is the second cooperation between UNFPA and Australia in Iran.



29 Nov 2017 - Syrian Delegation visits Iran’s midwifery and reproductive health programme

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A study tour, facilitated by UNFPA Iran, and consisting of a delegation of 17 participants from the Ministry of Health of Syria and UNFPA Syria, visited the midwifery and reproductive health programme of Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education from 25 to 29 November 2017.  Dr. Mohammad Afifi from the UNFPA Arab States Regional Office (ASRO) accompanied the delegation.

Participants visited the Dornian Basic Health Care Center in the south of Tehran, the Noor-Saadat pre-marital counseling center and 2 maternity hospitals. Prominent experts from the Ministry of Health and the Iranian Red Crescent Society presented Iran’s national reproductive health programme, the maternal health and the neonatal health programmes, the midwifery curriculum, as well as reproductive health in disasters.

Some members of the delegation, UNFPA Iran and UNFPA Syria met with Dr. Asadi Lari, the Acting Minister and Head of International Affairs in the Ministry of Health and Medical Education.  The Head of the delegation, Dr. Reem Eskandar Al-Ateki pointed at cultural commonalities between the two countries.  Stressing on the devastating crisis in Syria and the migration of health providers, Dr. Al-Ateki expressed much interest in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Iran especially in areas of pre-marital counseling, maternal health and the experience of Iran in family planning.  

Dr. Leila Joudane, UNFPA Iran Representative, and Dr. Omar Ballan, UNFPA Assistant Representative committed their support for the continuation of such exchanges, and hoped for future South-South collaborations between the 2 countries. Dr. Asadi Lari concluded the meeting on a positive note suggesting the preparation of a Plan of Action, as part of a Memorandum of Understanding in reproductive and maternal health between Iran and Syria.

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