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second workshop on: Refugees, Humanitarian assistance and efforts towards a peaceful life

refugeeThe second session of a workshop on "Refugees, Humanitarian Assistance and Efforts toward Peaceful Life" was held at Tehran Peace Museum on 25 September 2013.

In the workshop which was a joint program of the UN Refugee Agency -UNHCR- and the TPM, over 30 students and TPM volunteers participated to discuss different topics including:

History and mission of the UNHCR, basic facts, terminology, and the refugees challenges. To see the photos of the workshop click here.

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

Peace-day2-2013On Saturday 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 a diplomats attended the ceremony.

During the program, Mr Ban Ki moon's message was read by UN resident coordinator in Iran, Mr Gary Lewis, then the message of UNESCO was read by Secretary General of National commission of UNESCO.

Reading the message of Tehran Peace Museum by a war victims, traditional music performance by a chemical warfare survivor, children's song and lighting candle were other parts of the program.

To see photos of the ceremony click here.

To read the message of Tehran Peace Museum, click here.

UN under SG visited Tehran Peace Museum

walry-amoosMs Valerie Amos, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Visited the Tehran Peace Museum on Monday 16 September.

Following her visit to the museum, she had a meeting with board members and a group of chemical warfare survivors who are volunteer guides of the museum and discussed the role of war survivors in raising awareness against violence and in promoting the culture of peace.

Ms Amos was accompanied by a number of her colleagues from UN-OCHA (office for coordination of humanitarian affairs ) and Mr Gary Lewis, the UN resident coordinator in Iran.

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Temporary Exhibition: A picture for Peace traveling exhibition

Camera The INMP (International Network of Museums for Peace) has composed a travelling exhibition out of the winning photo and ten runners-up of the "A Picture for Peace" photo contest, which will travel across different peace museums around the world.

To mark the International Day of Peace, the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders) has given young people aged 15-30 all over the world the chance to show their contributions to peace by taking part in a photo contest: "Why do youth play an important part in peacebuilding?"

Opening hours: Saturday to Wednesday, 9:00 -13:00 & 14:30-17:00

Dates: 14-28 September 2013         Admission: free

A TOT session on “Peace Education in Iran & Japan at a glance” held in TPM

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A half-day TOT session on “Peace Education in Iran & Japan at a glance” held in Tehran Peace Museum on 12 September 2013.

This session held by a group of teachers and educational managers peace education group.

The session also included a report on this group’s recent study visit to Hiroshima.

Write a 55-word story on Peace and friendship!

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Tehran Peace Museum and UNESCO-Tehran Office are conducting a "55-word story contest" with the theme of peace and friendship to commemorate International Day of Peace (21 September).

A group of juries selected by both organizations will select the best stories and the selected ones will be awarded and receive certificate in a joint ceremony on early October.

Email your short stories to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TPM student on board the Peace Boat global voyage

Oceanic-PeaceBoat-Yok-Ken-Murayama1Five students from Tehran Peace Museum, joined the 80 global voyage of the Peace Boat.
Iranian students during their 10 days journey attended an exchange program with German students and participated in several educational programs and workshops with the theme of peace and conflict resoloution. they also had a presentation for international participants and Japanese passengers of the Peace Boat.

Peace Boat is a Japan-based international non-governmental and non-profit organization that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment.

for more information visit PB website: www.peaceboat.org

TPM members in Hiroshima on 6th of August

AtomicDomA delegation from Tehran Peace Museum visited Hiroshima to attend the 6th of August peace memorial ceremony on the 68th anniversary of the atomic bomb attack.

During their visit, members of Tehran Peace museum met with the director of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum as well as members of several NGOs , journalists, citizend and  survivors of atomic bomb.

This visit marked the 10th anniversary of the peace exchange between citizens of Tehran and Hiroshima which has been organized by MOCT association from Hiroshima and SCWVS from Iran.

 

New issue of the OPCW Newsletter is now available

opcwtodayThe 4th issue of the OPCW (ORGANISATION FOR THE PROHIBITION OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS) newsletter was published in July 2013.

In this issue, there is full coverage of The Third Review Conference (8-19 April 2013), in which some of the members and volunteers of Tehran Peace Museum were participated. You can see the pictures of TPM representatives in pages 21 & 22.

Download the newsletter in PDF from here to know more about the OPCW and the Third Review Conference.

30July, International day of friendship

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"On this International Day of Friendship, let us cultivate warm ties that strengthen our common humanity and promote the well-being of the human family. "

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

The resolution (A/RES/65/275) places particular emphasis on involving young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.

Representative of Iraqi Kurdistan regional government visited Tehran Peace Museum

Iraqi-Kurdistan-news Mr. Nazim Omar Dabbagh, the representative of Iraqi Kurdistan regional government in Iran, visited Tehran Peace Museum on Sunday 21 July 2013.

During this visit, Mr. Dabbagh had a meeting with TPM members and volunteers, and discussed the joint cultural and scientific programs between TPM and the Halabja Monument Museum, as well as cooperation and relationship between Iranian and Iraqi victims of chemical weapons, who are working as volunteers with SCWVS and TPM.

To see the photos of this event click here.

22 July, anniversary of the massacre in villages of "Zardeh" and "Direh" with gas attack

Zardeh va direhThe chemical bombing of the village of Zardeh in western Iran was one of the most shocking criminal acts of Saddam Hussein’s regime during the Iran-Iraq war.

The bombing took place on July 22nd, launched an attack with mustard gas and nerve agents. Amongst the targeted were defenseless villagers and pilgrims in the vicinity for a religious ceremony. Of the 275 were killed, around 1500 were injured gardens of the village barren. These figures do not include the casualties incurred by pilgrims in the area.

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Peace Philanthropy Symposium

INMP This is a reminder that the online registration for INMP’s Peace Philanthropy Symposium has opened!

Peace Philanthropy Symposium is an international symposium to celebrate the centenary of the Peace Palace in The Hague, the gift of Andrew Carnegie; and also for celebrating Peace Philanthropy and Furthering Peace Education - In the Footsteps of Andrew Carnegie.

The Symposium is organized by the INMP (International Network of Museums for Peace) in cooperation with the Peace Palace / Carnegie Foundation; and will be held on 2 & 3 September 2013 in The Hague, Netherlands.

Please find more info and the Peace Philanthropy Symposium Program and registration form on INMP website, via the link below:

http://inmp.net/index.php/2013/113-peace-philanthropy-symposium

Tehran Peace Museum’s Teachers delegation visited Hiroshima

Teacher-Hiroshima-News-timA delegation of Iranian teachers from the Peace Education group of the Tehran Peace Museum visited Hiroshima, Japan, under the auspices of a Japanese peace NGO and the Hiroshima Bureau of Education. In this one week visit, the Iranian delegation met with Japanese teachers, directors, and school officials. The Iranian teachers also visited several schools and educational centers and became acquainted with the methods of peace education in Japan. This teachers’ delegation discussed common grounds of exchange with educational directors in Hiroshima.

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Somalia Becomes 189th State Party To The Chemical Weapons Convention

opcw On 28 June 2013 the Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force for Somalia, making it the 189th State Party to the treaty. This has reduced to seven the number of States that have not yet joined the CWC.

(Angola, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, Israel, Myanmar, South Sudan, Syria)

Victims of chemical weapons in Iran, welcome this development as another significant step toward achieving universality of the Convention and thereby strengthening global peace and security.

For more details click here

http://www.opcw.org/somalia-becomes-189th-state-party-to-the-chemical-weapons-convention

Ceremony Held at Tehran Peace Museum for “Art for Peace” Website Launch

art-for-peaceThe launch ceremony for the “Art for Peace” website, synchronized with the beginning of the second phase of the Art for Peace project, was held in Tehran Peace Museum on Tuesday 2 July 2013 at 4-5 pm.

Since the inception of the Tehran Peace Museum, the Art for Peace project has been one of the fundamental programs of the Museum. With the aim of creating a dialogue between artists and peace activists, the Art for Peace’s first phase included exhibitions and festivals for the public. The second phase of the project, the website, provides a sustainable online forum to introduce, engage, and create networks between artists and peace activists.

In the launch ceremony of the website, the Museum was host to established artists such as Dr. Mohit Tabatabaei, Director of Iranian ICOM (International Council of Museums), Mr. Ali Merikhi, a famous caricaturist, as well as emerging artists interested in working on peace. The ceremony included discussions about the ways in which art can be an effective medium in promoting cultures of peace.

Artists and interested individuals can refer to this website and become a member to join the network of the volunteers of the Art for Peace projects.

To see the photos of this event please click here.

Art for Peace website:  http://art.tpm.ir    http://art.tehranpeacemuseum.org

Report: “29 June” Memorial ceremony was held in the Peace Museum

29-June2013timOn the occasion of “National day for commemoration of victims of Chemical Weapons” and the anniversary of “Saradsht” chemical attack, a memorial ceremony was held in Tehran Peace Museum on Saturday 29 June 2013. Citizens, journalists, UN agencies representatives, CW victims and their families, NGOs members and activists, officials, artists, as well as the TPM members and volunteers were among the participants of the ceremony.

Apart from the ceremony, on this day, at Tehran Peace Museum several CW victims - most of them are volunteer guides of the museum – hosted visitors to share their experience with them and to raise awareness about the consequences of Chemical Weapons, from 9 am to 4pm.

To see the photos of this event please click here.

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Opportunity for listening to eye witness accounts of Chemical Warfare survivors

29June2013On the occasion of “National day for commemoration of victims of Chemical Weapons” and the anniversary of “Saradsht” chemical attack, there will be an opportunity for all citizens / Journalists to meet with survivors of chemical warfare and listen to their eye witness accounts.

On Saturday 29 June2013, at Tehran Peace Museum several CW victims - most of them are volunteer guides of the museum – will host visitors to share their experience with them and to raise awareness about the consequences of Chemical Weapons.

Those who are interested to meet with them and listen to their eye witness accounts are invited to join us on 29 June from 9 am to 4 pm.

on the sideline of the event there will be a ceremony to commemorate those who lost their lives due to chemical weapons attacks during Iran-Iraq war.

For further information please contact us on : ( +98 21)66756945

Ambassador of the Netherlands visited Tehran Peace Museum

NetherlandMr. Cees J. Kole, Ambassador of the Netherlands, together with the First Secretary, Mr. John van der Zende, visited the TPM on 19 June 2013.

Following his visit and during a meeting with museum's staff and volunteers, Ambassador Kole mentioned that: Tehran Peace Museum is more than a museum; it is an educational center to promote culture of peace.

During the meeting, chemical warfare survivors, who volunteer for TPM, expressed their wish for world peace and talked about their relationship with the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons -OPCW- in the Netherlands, and thanked the Dutch government as the first country to conducted Trial for the companies and individuals who helped Sadam's regime in producing and usage of chemical weapons.

To see the photos of this event click here.

New issue of the INMP Newsletter is now available

 

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The 5th issue of the INMP -International Network of Museums for Peace - newsletter was published in May 2013.

In this issue, there is a full page coverage of some of the activities of Tehran Peace Museum.

Download the newsletter in PDF from here to know more about programs and activities of INMP and the museum for peace around the world.

sister-ship agreement between Tehran Peace Museum & Halabja Monument

sistershipA sister-ship agreement between Tehran Peace Museum and Halabja Monument/ Museum was signed in Tehran on Monday 10 June 2013.

Tehran Peace Museum (located in Tehran, Iran) and Halabja Monument Museum (located in Halabja, Iraqi Kurdistan) are the only museums in the world to address the chemical warfare and its consequences and have guides who are survivors of chemical warfare.

According to this agreement, the two museums will share experiences, have joint cultural- artistic or research projects, exchange experts and will cooperate on recording the chemical weapons victims testimonies as the oral history.

One of the main goals of both museums is to promote culture of peace through raising awareness about the consequences of war and to prevent repeat of such disasters.

To see the photos of this event click here.

To download the agreement's text, click here.

UN Resident Coordinator in Iran visited the Peace Museum

garyMr.Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Iran, visited the TPM on Monday 27 May 2013.

Following a visit to the Museum, Mr Lewis had a friendly meeting with some TPM members, war veterans and chemical warfare survivors who work with the peace museum as volunteer guides.

During the meeting, Mr Lewis reiterated the importance of raising awareness about the consequences of war to promote culture of peace and the role of war survivors in such awareness programs.

To see the photos of this event click here.

Report: “My friend”, Iranian Children’s Drawing Exhibition

Arasbaran-May-2013“My Friend” was the title of an exhibition of Iranian Children’s Drawings held on 22 & 23 May 2013 in Tehran’s Arasbaran civic center, as collaboration between Tehran Peace Museum and Hadis Pre-school center.

In this exhibition which was the 4th joint program of Hadis Pre-school center and Tehran Peace Museum, 40 drawings of children (4-12 years) were exhibited.

During two days, interested people, students as well as representatives of media, visited the exhibition and enjoyed watching children’s drawings.

To see the photos of the exhibition please click here.

Workshop on: Refugees, Humanitarian assistance and efforts towards a peaceful life

UNHCRlogo1A workshop on "Refugees, Humanitarian Assistance and Efforts toward Peaceful Life" was held at Tehran Peace Museum on 23 May 2013.

In the workshop which was a joint program of the UN Refugee Agency -UNHCR- and the TPM, over 50 students and TPM volunteers participated to discuss different topics including: History and mission of the UNHCR, basic facts, terminology, and the refugees challenges.

The participants also had chance to listen to the life story of one of the afghan refugees.

To se the photos of the workshop click here.