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Report: “This is not my earth” Artistic Workshop

kuchSepidAn artistic workshop entitled, “This is not my earth”, with the focus on Peace and Children, was held as a collaboration between the Kooche Sepid Artistic Group and the Tehran Peace Museum in the City Park on Friday 1 November 2013. Many children and families attended this event, supported by our enthusiastic volunteers.

In this workshop, which was conducted by different artistic groups, children made tiny puppets, paper cranes, drawings and wrote their peace messages. In addition, one of the participating groups used storytelling methods to talk about “Peace in the City”, to the children who attended this event.

At the end of this half-day workshop, Mr. MReza Taghipoor (the museum’s manager) said this workshop was a rewarding experience for the museum and also for the people who live nearby. He shared his perspective that, “Peace is these few hours that we worked together”.

To see the photos of this event please click here.

The man who walks around the world in Tehran Peace Museum

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Spanish young man who walks around the world, after passing 10 countries, was in Iran and visited Tehran Peace Museum on Monday 21 October 2013.

Ignacio Dean Mouliaa, who takes this five-year charity stroll that will be a circuit of the globe to raise awareness about environmental problems, attended one of the free discussion sessions of the museum in English and shared his experience of his travels with the members and volunteers of the museum.

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New Ambassador of the Netherlands visited Tehran Peace Museum

AmbDouma1On Wednesday 23 October 2013, H.E Mr. Johannes Douma, new ambassador of the kingdom of the Netherlands visited Tehran Peace Museum ,together with his spouse and the first secretary, Mr. John van der Zende.

Following his visit and during a meeting with museum's staff and volunteers, chemical warfare survivors, who volunteer for TPM expressed their appreciation to the government and people of the Netherlands for medical care of the CW victims during Iran-Iraq war and for conducting trial for the companies and individuals who helped Sadam's regime in producing and usage of chemical weapons in 1980s. They also mentioned that as the Netherlands hosts OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) and also INMP (International Network of Museums for Peace) secretariat in The Hague, TPM's relations with Holland is so important. They also presented a brief report of the museum’s educational programs to the ambassador Douma.

Ambassador Douma, admired TPM's activities and its humanitarian goals and that he would support the museum to be in contact with related institutes in the Netherlands.

To see the photos of this visit click here.

Celebration of the 10th anniversary of the collaboration between MOCT and the Iranian SCWVS held in TPM

10th With the presence of chairperson of MOCT association of Hiroshima, and a delegation of MOCT’s members, a ceremony to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the collaboration between MOCT and the Iranian SCWVS (Society for Chemical Weapons Victims Support) -which has founded Tehran Peace Museum, held on Monday 14 October 2013 in Tehran Peace Museum.

In this ceremony despite from MOCT delegation, SCWVS president and a group of chemical weapons victims and survivors, physicians, members and volunteers of TPM, artists and media representatives were present. During this ceremony, representatives and members of both NGOs shared cultural and scientific achievements and memories of these 10 years of collaboration in a friendly atmosphere.

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

Report: Chairperson and members of “MOCT” association of Hiroshima visited Iran

MOCT2The chairperson and a group of members of MOCT association of Hiroshima visited Iran on 12-16 October 2013.

Mrs. Shizuko Tsuya, Chairperson of MOCT, and a delegation of MOCT’s members traveled to Iran to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the exchange program between MOCT and the Iranian SCWVS (Society for Chemical Weapons Victims Support) -which has founded Tehran Peace Museum. During these five days of stay, the delegation hosted by the museum, and have attended in several meetings to discuss on ways of continue this collaboration and exchange programs; and have visited several CW victims and survivors in Tehran and Hamadan.

It has been 10 years that a delegation from MOCT attend in the memorial ceremony for Victims of Chemical Warfar on 29 June each year; and invite a delegation from Tehran Peace Museum and SCWVS to attend the in Hiroshima peace memorial ceremony on the anniversary of the atomic bomb attack on 6th of August.

Syria: 190th state party to the CWC

cwc190On 14 October 2013, the Chemical Weapons Convention -CWC- entered into force for the Syrian Arab Republic, making it the 190th State Party to the treaty. Syria deposited its instrument of accession with the United Nations Secretary-General on 14 September.

At its 74th session in October 2013, the OPCW Executive Council noted the accession of the Syrian Arab Republic and urgently called upon all States not Party to the Convention to join without delay or precondition.

North Korea, Egypt, South Sudan, Angola, Israel and myanmar have not joined the CWC yet, known as 6 states non party to the convention.

The OPCW, winner of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize

opcw noble prizeThe Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), won the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday 11 October. The Norwegian Nobel Committee said the OPCW won the award "for its extensive efforts" to rid the world of such weapons. "The conventions and the work of the OPCW have defined the use of chemical weapons as a taboo under international law," the committee said. "Recent events in Syria, where chemical weapons have again been put to use, have underlined the need to enhance the efforts to do away with such weapons." The $1.25 million Nobel Peace Prize will be presented in Oslo, Norway, on Dec. 10, the anniversary of the death of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, who founded the awards in his 1895 will.

The OPCW was entablished in the Hague in 1997 following entering into force of the Chemical Weapons Convention which has 189 member states at the moment. the OPCW is currently overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical arsenal.

Swiss Diplomatic Delegation visited TPM

SwissMFAMr Yves Rossier, State Secretary of  Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland and the Ambassador of Switzerland in Tehran visited the Tehran Peace Museum on Tuesday  08 October 2013.

At the entrance of the museum they laid flower and lit a candle in tribute of all victims of chemical warfare and prayed for peace.

Following their visit, the diplomatic delegations had a friendly chat with the director and volunteer guides of the peace Museum who are war survivors and victims of chemical warfare.

The TPM members appreciated the role of Switzerland in efforts for peace and humanitarian assistance to war victims and hoped for elimination of WMD from the world.

To see the photos of this event click here.

Taj Mahal in Tehran!

TajMahal-002A ceremony co-organized by UNESCO cluster office in Iran and Tehran Peace Museum was held in Sooreh Hall on Thursday 03 October 2013 to commemorate the Peace Week.

Following the reading of the messages of UN Secretary General, UNESCO Director General and the Tehran Peace Museum, an Iranian Film “Taj mahal” was shown following an introduction by its young director Dansh Eghbashawi.

Three  winners of the “55-word story for peace competition” were also awarded during the ceremony

More than 200 officials, Diplomats, artists, war veterans and other citizens attended the ceremony. To see the Photos of this program, Click here.

Model UN/UN Security Council simulation at Tehran Peace Museum

UNSG The UN Security Council simulation (UN Model) was held at Tehran Peace Museum on 19 September 2013. 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 of crisis in Syria.

Renowned Iranian political scientist and university professor Dr. Davoud Hermidas-Bavand was the honorary guest of the program who assisted the President of the SC, the Australian delegation. The one-day session concluded with the adoption of a resolution.

According to an agreement with ISJ, from now on, there would be similar UN model at Tehran Peace Museum, every year in the last week of September.

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

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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