Press Release

UN Iran holds art exhibition with participation of 35 countries

11 December 2023

Tehran, 11 December 2023 – On 7 December, the UN Resident Coordinator to the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr. Stefan Priesner, officially opened the art exhibition titled “Humanity. Solidarity. One Planet.”

The exhibition is currently on display at the Niavaran Cultural-Historic Complex’s Blue Hall of Tehran, until 17 December. The initiative brings together pieces of art and cultural heritage of 35 countries from across the world, including from Iran. Besides country contributions, it also showcases photographs of selected gifts to the United Nations’ Headquarters in New York.

Innagurated on 7 December, 2023, the exhibition is one of the initiatives organized by the United Nations in the Islamic Republic of Iran to mark the UN Day in the country.

Guided by the spirit of the UN Charter, the three interconnected themes of this exhibition - Humanity, Solidarity and One Planet - underline that, despite the diversity of humankind, we should be united among us and stand in the defense of our one planet.

The exhibition is open to the public every day, from 10:00 to 16:00, until Sunday, 17 December, 2023.

Speaking at the innagural ceremony, the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Stefan Priesner, extended his gratitude towards the participating countries for the support in organizing this exhibition.

Mr. Priesner said: “I believe that this exhibition is unique. Because of its theme that recalls the core principles of the United Nations based on the UN Charter, which is a singular document in history. It reminds us that despite our differences, we all belong to the same family called Humanity, which is the basis for human rights. It is also based on the principle of Solidarity so that no country and no person is left behind. And last but not least, it calls on us to protect this precious One and only planet that we all call our home.”

“Today, through this exhibit, we wish to open a window to stories from all corners of the world for the people of Iran. This is important because the UN is not only a forum of countries and governments, it is a confluence of peoples,” added the UN Resident Coordinator.

The countries participating in this exhibition included Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Cote D’Ivoire, Croatioa, Finland, Holy See (Vatican), Hungary, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Ukraine, Venezuela, Yemen and Zimbabwe.

This exhibition was organized by the United Nations in the Islamic Republic of Iran, with the support of the Nivaran Cultural-Historic Complex, and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts.

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11 December 2023



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