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9 October 2016 - The English version of “The City Iranians Need” has been published

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Iran’s National Urban Campaign (INUC) one-year activity resulted in The City Iranians Need(TCIN) booklet. TCIN is a vision prepared through a voluntarily contribution of more than 1000 citizens from 48 cities and 10 organizations representing 12 constituent groups: women and men, youth and children, aging populations, and people with disabilities, research and academia, civil society organizations, grassroots organizations, social activists, artists, urban professionals, and the media.

This booklet is the production of a 3-step process of INUC since 5 October 2015: (i) data gathering (collecting people’s ideas, recommendations and solutions on urban problems through surveys, interactive website and social networks, interviews, people workshops and NGOs) from October 2015 to April 2016; (ii)  processing the received data through ten sessions of Urban Dialogue organized by UN-Habitat Iran from April  to August 2016 (engaging 20 young urban thinkers from various fields such as urbanism, architecture, geography, environment,  political science, economics, climatology, sociology, entrepreneurship, and agricultural engineering), and (iii) reaching consensus in September 2016 by involving three groups: people, urban decision makers and decision takers.

For download the book please click here.

INUC shares Iranians’ vision with the world in the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). This vision builds on what INUC, as a national platform for WUC, received from ideas, recommendations, and solutions from the Iranians towards the future they want. By preparing The City Iranians Need, INUC aimed at sensitizing people to urban issues as well as encouraging urban decision makers and takers to enable citizens’ participation in curbing urban problems.

INUC invites all Iranian decision makers/takers and the community at large to consider this common vision driven by principles and drivers of change in order to change their cities for a sustainable future.



30 May 2016 - UNESCO and UN-HABITAT hold induction capacity building workshop on seismic hazard and risk analysis

On 30 May,UNESCOand UNHABITAT kicked off a 3-day capacity building workshop, as part of a joint sub-regional project on Seismic Hazard and Risk Analysis, covering Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Turkmenistan.
The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and the International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES) have been major partners of the project from the beginning.
The capacity building workshop is taking place at the ECO secretariat in Tehran and brings together four participants from Pakistan, four from Turkmenistan, four from Afghanistan, plus several Afghan students in Geo-Physics who are pursuing their studies in Tehran, as well as a number of Iranian participants and an expert from Turkey.
During the opening session, Mr. Siamak Moghadam, Chief of UN-Habitat in Iran, talked about the importance and unique character of the project, which aims at using the most recent methods and technologies for seismic hazard analysis, which will result in evaluating and re-assessing the seismicity of the four countries.
An updated assessment will be carried out on the seismic hazardous parts of two selected cities in each of the four countries and a seismic risk map will be developed for those cities, in order to enable city planners and policy makers to make sound and well-informed decisions.
Ms. Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office stressed that disaster risk reduction is all about choices:“The ultimate goal of this sub-regional project is to provide your countries with the knowledge, expertise and tools that will enable all of us to make wiser choices.”
The UNESCO Representative mentioned that the project fit well within UNESCO’s mid-term strategy, which states that “UNESCO will promote international collaboration on the assessment and monitoring of global changes and natural hazards, including droughts and floods and geo-hazards, as well as tsunamis; the generation and sharing of scientific knowledge leading to the understanding of natural hazards; and by the reduction of disaster risks.”
She highlighted the fact that the nature of this particular project was unique, as it was a joint effort between two UN agencies, supported by ECO and IIEES, bringing together four neighboring countries in the region.
“Today’s workshop is the first step towards implementation, which fulfills our promise that this project will capitalize on training and national capacity-building to create a well-trained and confident team of national experts who will be able to carry out the tasks of the project,”said Ms. Kuisch Laroche.
Mr. Seyed Jalaledin Alavi, Deputy Secretary-General of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), underlined the strong support of ECO to the project, which covers four ECO countries, and he expressed the hope that in the future it could be expanded to also cover the remaining countries of the ECO region.
Dr. Mehdi Zare of the International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES) spoke about the high seismic risk in the four countries and the urgent need to focus on disaster risk reduction, resiliency and sustainable development.
After the opening session, Dr. Mehmet Akdogan of UN-HABITAT introduced the different sessions of the workshop, which will focus on urban inventory (elements at risk) and database development; probabilistic seismic hazard analysis; developing seismic zoning maps and uniform hazard spectra; and earthquake risk assessment.
At the end of the training, the participants will also pay visits to IIEES and the Road, Housing and Urban Development Research Centre in Tehran.

Mr. Siamak Moghaddam - UN-Habitat


Mr. Siamak Moghaddam

UN-Habitat Representative and Chief of Tehran Office a.i.


Nationality:  Iran

Academic Background: B.Sc. (Economy), London School of Economics and Political Sciences, University of London.


Work Experience:

From 1 Apr 2014 – present: Representative and Chief of Tehran Disaster Mitigation Office a.i. in Tehran.

2013 - March 2014: Senior Programme Officer, Office of Management, UN-Habitat and Fund Manager, Habitat III Conference Secretariat, Nairobi, Kenya.

2008 – 2012: Country Programme Manager, UN-Habitat, Islamabad, Pakistan.

2004 – 2008: Portfolio Manager, UNOPS Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand.

1999 – 2004: Portfolio Manager, UNOPS, New York, USA.

1991 – 1999:  Programme Management Officer & Fund Manager (Habitat II Conference Secretariat), UN-Habitat, Nairobi, Kenya.

1989 – 1991: Sr. Programme Officer (National), UNDP, Tehran, Iran.

1987 – 1989:  Economist, Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines, Tehran, Iran.

1985 – 1987:  Economist, Plan and Budget Ministry, Tehran.

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