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Launch of the State of World Population Report 2007-TehranIran

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									          Launch of the State of World Population Report 2007
                              Tehran/Iran

       A seminar was organized today 27th June 07 in Tehran, to launch the State of
World Population Report (SWOP) 2007. Considering the theme of the 2007 SWOP
on Urbanization, this year’s seminar was organized by UNFPA, with Tehran
University and Tehran Municipality. The Venue was Amirkabir Hall of the
University of Tehran and the seminar was attended by around 80 participants from
UN agencies, Academia, Tehran Municipality, NGOs and the Media. The media
widely covered the event and we expect more media coverage during the coming
days. A live TV interview with UNFPA Representative was broadcasted on 27th June
from the national television.

         The seminar was started with opening remarks from Mr. Knut Ostby UNRC,
UNFPA and UNESCO representatives and the Director of Demography Department
of University of Tehran. Four main presentations were made during the seminar: the
first presentation was made by the UNFPA Rep. on synopsis of the report. He talked
about the importance of urbanization as the topic of SWOP 2007, the main message
of the report, common misconceptions, the need for proactive measures by policy
makers and the role of the international organizations, including UNFPA in
unleashing the advantages of urban growth. He also introduced the Youth supplement
of the report. His presentation was followed by the UNFPA’s film spot on
urbanization with Farsi subtitles.




       Voice of young people, was presented by Ms. Razeqi one of Tehran
University students who had come from the small city of Sabzevar. She talked about
pros and cons of living in big cities from a youth perspective and focused on
challenges that she faced while migrating from a small provincial town to a Mega-city
like Tehran.

        The second presentation was made by Dr. Mousavipour, Advisor to Mayor of
Tehran and Director of Urban development of the Tehran Municipality. He gave an
interesting account of the history of Tehran’s development and the challenges faced
by the Municipality.
       Urbanization in Iran was the theme of the presentation by Dr. Habibollah
Zanjani from Center for Urban Development Studies of Ministry of Housing and
Urban Development followed by a Presentation by Dr. Rahmatollah Seddiq, from
Sociology Department of Tehran University who talked about socio-cultural
challenges of living in Mega-cities. A 10 minute film on the history and development
of Tehran and future plans of the Tehran Municipality was also screened during the
seminar.

        An interesting Q&A session followed which covered a very wide range of
topics including Global urbanization trends, the role of city councils and their relation
with municipalities, poverty and security in mega-cities, rural/urban migration, the
impact of higher education of women on fertility, marginal groups, civil rights, etc.




        The seminar was very thought provoking and intellectually stimulating and in
conclusion it addressed a variety of issues including opportunities and challenges
facing urban population with focus on Tehran, the young urban population structure
in Iran and their needs for employment, housing, health and education, the multi-
sectoral nature of urban management, migration, and environment, etc.

        The seminar was closed with a number of recommendations on good urban
governance, enhanced management, scientific approach to solving urban problems,
migration, promoting social participation of women, improving the status of
marginalized groups, improving the status of poor, young people and women in the
society, employment, and enhancing collaboration between municipalities,
government, civil society, and international organizations. UNFPA Representative
made a concrete recommendation for maintaining this forum of dialogue on
urbanization by UNFPA, Tehran Municipality and Academia.

                           “Urbanization is inevitable. The train is
                             in motion and together we have to
                            make sure we are on the right track.”

                       Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director, UNFPA

								
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