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Abbas Kiarostami Visits Tehran Peace Museum

Kiaroustami“Visiting the museum inspires me and everybody to do whatever we can for the war veterans.”

These are the words of renowned Iranian filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami, who visited the Tehran Peace Museum on Tuesday 9 December 2014.

During his two-hour visit, Mr. Kiarostami familiarized himself with the consequences of chemical weapons used against Iranian soldiers and civilians during the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988).  The celebrated director was overwhelmed by the presence of so many chemical weapons survivors volunteering at the museum and listened to them courageously sharing their experiences.  He commented on the effectiveness of such a unique approach to inform visitors first-hand about the scourge of chemical weapons.

To see the photos of this visit please click here.

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Lecture by Professor Jan Oberg on “New Cold War” held in Tehran Peace Museum

jan-oberg2014On Monday 8th December 2014, the Tehran Peace Museum was honored to welcome Dr. Jan Oberg to give a talk titled “Is a New Cold War Shaping? If Yes, Where Is the World ahead?” before the Museum’s regular open English discussion group’s session. The talk was followed by an informal dialogue and a lively question and answer session. The audiences were a group of interested individuals as well as the Tehran Peace Museum’s members and volunteers. One of the highlights of this session was the presence of Mr. Thore Vestby, the Mayor of Frogn, Norway and the vice-president of Mayors for Peace. 

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Mayor Thore Vestby, Vice-President of Mayors for Peace Visited Tehran Peace Museum

Mayor-Thore-VestbyMr. Thore Vestby, the mayor of Frogn, Norway and the vice-president of Mayors for Peace, visited Tehran Peace Museum, on December 8th, 2014.  After visiting TPM, in a meeting in which some Iranian mayors and municipality representatives were present, Mr. Vestby said that he is impressed by the work TPM and also the efforts of Mayors for Peace secretariat which is located in TPM. He said that by the help of the Iran Embassy and the Mayor of Oslo, he is trying to build a bilateral cooperation between Iranian and Norwegian Mayors for Peace member cities. Mr. Vestby also stated that he believes some Iranian cities are qualified to be known as “Leading Cities” not only in Iran, but also in the region.

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Lecture by professor Jan Oberg on New Cold War

professor-Jan-Oberg-Title: “Is a New Cold War Shaping? If Yes, Where Is the World ahead?”
Date and Time: Monday 8/12/ 2014, 14:30-15:30 
Venue: Tehran Peace Museum
Dr. Oberg is the director and co-founder of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research in Lund, Sweden. The Foundation is an independent think tank, which has been dedicated for more than 28 years to academic research, as well as practical, on the ground experience with the purpose of promoting Article 1 of the UN Charter that peace shall be created by peaceful means.
To find out more about the work of Dr. Oberg and his colleagues, you can visit the links below: http://www.transnational.org/   PS: The Lecture will be delivered in English.

Tehran Peace Museum representatives in the Hague CWC conference

CSPAn International Law specialist/Tehran University lecturer and a PhD student in chemistry, both volunteer members of the Tehran Peace Museum and Society for Chemical Weapons Victims Support-SCWVS-, participated in the  19th Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention-CWC- in The Hague, 1-5 December 2014.

 TPM/SCWVS representatives who are both survivors of chemical weapons attacks, attended in several technical sessions and side events of this conference and set up an exhibition on peaceful activities of CW victims in the TPM.

Delegations of 140 states parties and 40 NGOs as well as CW victims from Sardasht and Halabja attended the conference in the Hague.

 The CWC was opened for signature in 1993 and entered into force in April 1997. 

The memorial Ceremony of Mr. Ahmad Zangiabadi was held in TPM

Ahmad-Zangi-abadiThe memorial Ceremony of Mr. Ahmad ZangiAbadi was held in Tehran Peace Museum on December 3rd, 2014. Mr Ahmad Zangiabadi, CW victims and volunteer member of Tehran Peace Museum and SCWVS, died of respiratory collapse on Tuesday (18 November 2014) .
In this event, some of his friends who are also suffering from the Mustard gas exposure, recounted their memories with him. Some short clips of him were displayed, as well. At the end, Mr. Zangiabadi's widow thanked all the participants for their presence.

To see the photos of this event, please click here.
You can read a short article on his life, on TPM's Oral History's page or on the website of United Nations in Iran with the UN resident coordinator's introduction.
UN Website Link.

“Peace Counts” opening ceremony held in Tehran Peace Museum

Cover-Persian-newsOn Wednesday 19 November 2014, “Peace Counts” exhibition’s opening ceremony held in Tehran Peace Museum. Several national and international guests attended the event including the  representatives of UN agencies, embassies, ministries and NGOs; during the program, Ambassador Hasan Ghashghavi, deputy foreign minister for consular affairs, H.E. Michael von Ungern-Sternberg, the ambassador of Germany, Mr. Uli Jager, the director of Peace Education and Global Learning Department of Berghof Foundation and Ms. Anne Romund, Peace Counts Project Manager delivered speeches.

To see photos of the ceremony click here.

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Another survivor of chemical warfare died in silence...

AhmadMr Ahmad Zangiabadi, CW victims and volunteer member of Tehran Peace Museum and SCWVS, Died of respiratory collapse on Tuesday (18 November 2014) morning in a hospital in Tehran.

He was seriously injured during a Mustard gas attack in 1985 and for the past 30 years he suffered from severe exposure related illnesses including very severe lung problem.

In the past few months, he was able to breath only using respiratory support machine.

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Tehran Peace Museum will be closed for visits from 15th to 18th of November

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Tehran Peace museum will host "Peace Counts" poster exhibition from 19th of November for 1 month. The museum would be closed from 15th to 18th of November for preparations and tour guiding practices.

This poster exhibition includes 25 stories of successful peace Builders from around the world and is a part of international "Peace Counts" tour by Berghof Foundation. "Peace Counts" has been recognized by UNESCO as a contribution to the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence." 

TPM Appreciation to Dr. Matthias Jochheim

Dr-MatthiasOn Saturday 1 November 2014, a group of Chemical Weapons Victims, Peace Activists, physicians and volunteer members of SCWVS (Society for Chemical Weapons Victims Support) and Tehran Peace Museum, thanked Dr. Matthias Jochheim -German physician who was visiting Iran on vacation with the company of her daughter- in Tehran Peace Museum.

In this program representatives from Tehran Peace Museum, SCWVS, Iranian affiliate of IPPNW (International Physicians to Prevention of Nuclear War), volunteers and CW victims appreciated Dr. Jochheim’s help to provide necessary medications for CW victims; with the dedication of a note of appreciation and a plaque by TPM and CW victims.

To read the short autobiography of Dr. Matthias Jochheim, please click here.

To see the pictures of this event click here.

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“The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons” published in New York Times

nytimes​The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons by C. J. CHIVERS was published in New York Times on October 14th, 2014.
Finding aging chemical weapons which were abandoned for years, exposure of U.S soldiers to these weapons, the medical care for these soldiers and the terrorist groups control on these weapons are discussed in this article.
To read this article, please click here.

Tehran Peace Museum Presents their Oral History Projects at the OPCW Conference: Education for Peace

opcw conOn 22-23 September, the OPCW held an innovative conference at their headquarters in The Hague titled OPCW Education and Outreach Event: Education for Peace – New Pathways for Securing Chemical Disarmament.  

The Tehran Peace Museum, represented by Elizabeth Lewis, delivered a presentation on two of the Tehran Peace Museum’s latest oral history projects.

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Message of Tehran Peace Museum for International Peace Day

TPM LogoThis year, we commemorate the International Day of Peace while millions of people around the world are suffering from war and violence and its aftermath.
This does not mean that our efforts for peace are in vain and that peace is not achievable, it is indeed achievable and today more than ever we need to promote a culture of peace.
That is why we are gathered here in the Peace Museum on the International Day of Peace, to recall that we all belong to each other, regardless of political boundaries that separate nations from each other.
As the 13th century Iranian poet Saadi said: we are all from one essence.
Let’s think about similarities instead of differences, love instead of hate, forgiveness instead of revenge, dialogue instead of confrontation and peace instead of violence.
Let’s give peace a chance!

21 September: International Peace Day ceremony was held in Tehran Peace Museum

imagesOn Sunday 21 September, an observance for the International Peace Day was held in Tehran Peace Museum.

Many NGO representatives, activists, young people, artists, war survivors as well as representatives of International organizations attended the ceremony.

The Ceremony started by reading the message of Tehran Peace Museum by a war victim and the director of the Tehran Peace Museum, Mr. MohamadReza Taghipour.

 During the program, Mr. Ban Ki moon's message was read by UNIC’s National Information Officer, Mr. Mohamad Rajaei Moghadam; and then speech by Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, the director and representative of UNESCO Cluster Office in Tehran, delivered. Other speakers of this program were Mr. Seyed Mohamad Khatami, former president, and the UN resident coordinator in Iran, Mr. Gary Lewis.

One minute silence to commemorate the victims of war, and dedicating flowers to the participants were other parts of the program. Visiting the museum and the exhibitions there were side events of this program. To see photos of the ceremony click here.

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

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Today is the International Day of Peace.

Each year, on this day, the United Nations calls for a global ceasefire.  

We ask combatants to put down their arms so all can breathe the air of peace.

Armed conflict causes untold grief to families, communities and entire countries.

Too many are suffering today at the brutal hands of warmongers and terrorists.

Let us stand with them in solidarity.

Peace and security are essential foundations for social progress and sustainable development.

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Speech by Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative, UNESCO Cluster Office in Tehran

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on the occasion of International Day of Peace (21 September 2014)

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

The International Day of Peace reflects the innermost aspiration of all peoples to live together, free and equal in dignity and rights. The theme of 2014 is the “right of peoples to peace”, selected to mark the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace by the United Nations.
The right to peace is of the utmost importance in view of the violence that is currently tearing the world apart. To build peace, we must understand the new realities of war today, and the way in which both human lives and identities are under attack in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, in violence that aims to strike at the cultural and religious values of peoples.

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UNESCO's message for International Peace Day

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Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the International Day of Peace, 21 September 2014.


The International Day of Peace reflects the innermost aspiration of all peoples to live together, free and equal in dignity and rights. The theme of 2014 is the “right of peoples to peace”, selected to mark the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace by the United Nations.

 

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The Exhibition of “i can Painting Cards” on International Peace Day

I-can-card-PicTitle: PEACE & I CAN


Goal: Converting the bombs into the peaceful objects
By: Iranians who are interested in peace
Location: Tehran Peace Museum
Date: 20 Sep. 2014


Exhibition is free to visit to the public from 20 to 24 Sep 2014

The selected cards will be presented in the i can website: www.icanw.org

Second Model UN/UN Security Council simulation at Tehran Peace Museum

Isj-2014The second UN Security Council simulation (UN Model) was held at Tehran Peace Museum on 18 September 2014. It was co-organized by the International Studies Journal (ISJ) in cooperation with UNIC (United Nations Information Center). More than 30 graduate and post graduate students of international relations and law as well as political science from different universities from across Iran participated in the simulation which addressed the issue ofthe situation in Ukraine.
Tehran –Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mohammad JavadZarif said here that from the Islamic Republic of Iran’s point of view, organizing simulations – in particular the Model United Nations Security Council practice – is very important and useful.
To see the photos of this event, please click here.

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Director of UNESCO Cluster Office in Tehran visited the Peace Museum

Ms.-EstherMs. Esther Kuish-Laroche, new director and representative of UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office visited the Tehran Peace Museum on September 3, 2014. “Today, all we hear in the media is about the number of people who are being killed or injured in the conflicts “she said in a meeting with TPM’s volunteers including CW victims. “But we should remember that each one of them are a unique individual with a unique life”.

Then  Ms.  Kuish-Laroche explained about UNESCO various activities regarding Culture, Education and Science and she added that Iran has a very good contribution in these fields.

At the end of the meeting, Ms. Kuish-Laroche and TPM volunteers discussed their common fields of action and agreed to conduct joint programs in the future in order to improve the culture of peace. To see the photos of this event please click here.

Conclusion of a ​MOC between Tehran Peace Museum and Ministry of Sport and Youth

Ministry-of-Sport-and-Youth A delegation from the ministry of sport and youth visited Tehran peace museum on 31 August 2014.

During a joint session, th​e​ representatives​ of the ministry of Sport and youth​ and TPM members explained their approaches and steps towards the promotion of ​the culture of peace and discussed future cooperation on studying and enhancing peace and youth linkage.

In order ​t​ o analyze ​ such area and to achieve the goal of establishment of youth parliament a ​MOC was signed between TPM and MSY to launch scientific relations and exchanges.

To see the photos ​ of this event​, ​please ​ click here.

Tehran Peace Museum / SCWVS delegation met with Mayor of Hiroshima

Peace-MayorsFrom August 3 to 8, a delegation of the Tehran Peace Museum and Society for Chemical Weapons Victims Support (SCWVS) from Iran visited Hiroshima and met with President Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima on August 7. The Tehran Peace Museum, founded by the SCWVS, conducted an active campaign to invite Iranian mayors to join Mayors for Peace and successfully achieved a 270 city increase of the number of member cities in Iran in the past one-year period.

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8th issue of the INMP Newsletter is published

INMPThe 8th issue of the INMP (International Network of Museums for Peace) Newsletter is published and is now available on the following link.
In this issue of the newsletter, you can find reports and news from the peace museums around the world as well as useful information about the new peace related publications.
Half of the one of the pages of this issue of the newsletter (page 8) is allocated to the news from Tehran Peace Museum.

To read the newsletter click here.

The fourth workshop on International Humanitarian Law was held in TPM on the occasion of 65th anniversary of ratification of Geneva conventions

ihl4-workshopThe fourth workshop on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) was held in Tehran Peace Museum on 12 August 2014 in collaboration with National Committee of International Humanitarian Law (NCIHL) on the occasion of 65th anniversary of ratification of Geneva conventions.

More than 30 students of different courses including international law participated in this workshop in which several subjects including Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, principles of IHL, cyber wars and IHL, health care in danger and chemical weapons convention were discussed. ​​

To see the photos of the event click here.