On 29 November 2017, UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office supported the International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES) in conducting the 19th national earthquake and safety drill which simultaneously took place in all schools across Iran.By simulating earthquake situations in schools and their communities, the initiative aims to strengthen disaster risk reduction awareness and preparedness in the country.
The GARD opening ceremony was officially inaugurated on 25 November at Mehrabad International Airport
Iran is among the top 10 disaster prone countries in the world. It is confronted with more than 34 out of 41 types of the world’s known natural disasters.
When a disaster strikes, providing support to those in need depends on good communications and logistics.
Airports are central to the relief effort.
(Tehran, 23 November 2017): Yesterday, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) Mark Lowcock concluded a two-day visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran, where he met with senior officials to discuss regional and global humanitarian crises, and also conveyed his condolences to the Government and Iranian people for the loss of life caused by the devastating earthquake that hit Kermanshah on 12 November.
Remember those movies where an international epidemic breaks out and the international community “surges” a medical response team instantly to solve the problem?
Well, as we know from hard experience, including the recent Ebola pandemic in West Africa, this rarely occurs in real life.
In reality, responses to epidemics and disasters are often too slow, usually uncoordinated, and do not deliver the response to the places in greatest need.
In the face of disaster, most airports look very much alike – chaotic. The unprecedented flow of people and supplies combined with the overall burden of disaster, are more than many airports are equipped to handle.
Time is of the essence when a disaster strikes, and an effective, coordinated, rapid response is required. Disaster preparedness measures and planning reduce the effects of these disasters, and airports preparedness, in particular, is vital to ensure relief goods and supplies reach those affected victims on time.
Investing in preparedness and building the resilience of farmers is fundamental to facing situations of extreme drought, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.
According to a press release published by the FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, "Saving livelihoods means saving lives - this is what building resilience is all about," he said in a speech at the start of an International Seminar on Drought and Agriculture organized by Iran, the Netherlands, and FAO and held at the UN agency's Rome headquarters.
The FAO Representative to Iran received a Note of Appreciation on Wednesday (28 Sep. 2016) from his UNHCR counterpart that welcoming the Organization as the latest partner to the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR).
Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) organized a one day training session (8 June 2016) on civil-military coordination (CMcoord) guidelines and concepts in disasters for the Iranian Civil Defence Organization (Passive Defence). A number of key senior military officers attended the training, although it was Holy month Ramadan which working hours are reduced. These officers were mainly in charge of coordination of military assets and support for civilian activities in time a natural disaster in Iran.
From 29 November to 1 December, the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office and the UN Habitat Office in Tehran organized the kick-off meeting of a unique joint project on seismic hazard and risk analysis covering Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Turkmenistan.
Buildings crumbled into a pile of rubble. Unimaginable loss of life. Rations. People scrambling for food and water. Families torn apart. Communication lines down. Darkness approaching with no prospect of electricity. Supplies running out. Hospitals working overtime at full capacity. Impassable roads. Makeshift tents everywhere. Sadness. Tears.
This is the human face of a devastating natural disaster. Iran is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world with floods, drought and earthquakes being the most frequent tragedies to strike.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Iran adapted a wise strategy of oil for girls’ education since 1999, a programme with a wide impact on the life of refugees and their future.
During the academic year 2013/2014, WFP’s campaign covered all 2,861 primary and secondary Afghan and Iraqi school girls attending school in settlements and 183 teachers of girls’ school with the four litter monthly ration of sunflower oil.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative and Deputy Representative along with the Deputy Director General of the Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants’ Affairs (BAFIA), Deputy Head of Mission for the Australian Embassy and Second Secretary from the Japanese Embassy inaugurated Molavi School located in Tabadkan area in Mashhad. The area hosts one of the highest concentrations of refugees of school age in the province (22,000 in Tabadkan out of 47,444 in Khorasan e Razavi province) and one third of all refugee students in Mashhad.
The Republic of Korea has confirmed a first ever multi-year contribution to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) within the framework of the Solution Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR). A regional, multi-year strategy, the SSAR has been spearheaded by UNHCR and endorsed by the Islamic Republics of Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan, supporting voluntary repatriation and sustainable reintegration as well as the efforts of host countries to assist refugees.
Tehran – Refugees have an important role in the reconstruction of their homeland. The Government of Japan has consistently supported efforts to promote education, livelihood opportunities and access to health care for Afghan refugees in Iran so they may be healthy and better equipped to contribute to the Afghan society when they choose to return in a safe and dignified manner.
“The situation regarding Lake Urmia right now is pretty devastating” says the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr. Gary Lewis who also believes that one of Iran’s top environmental challenges is water.
During his visit to Tabriz and the eastern shores of Lake Urmia, the FAO Representative to the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr. Serge Nakouzi, noted the significant adverse impacts that the continued decline of Lake Urmia was having on surrounding areas and local populations.
He stated that FAO was ready to provide technical assistance to Iran to address this challenge in a sustainable manner.
By Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative - Islamic Republic of Iran
Mr. Lewis recently visited Shahid Nasseri Refugee Camp near the city of Saveh in Markazi Province. He contributed this story based on what he observed.
“Emergency Management Workshop on Refugee Protection” is currently taking place at the Tehran Milad Tower co-organized by the Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants Affairs (BAFIA) from the Ministry of Interior of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the UNHCR Office in Tehran from the 20-24th of April 2014.
TEHRAN, 3 April (UNIC) -- United Nations agencies in Iran have so far made available about $450,000 in financial aid for emergency needs to the people of the earthquake-affected areas of Lorestan province. The United Nations agencies are also rushing help in the form of blankets, tents and health kits.
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, July 2001