UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Gary Lewis met and conferred with newly-appointed Managing Director of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) at IRNA Building in Tehran on Tuesday 8 October 2013.
During the meeting both sides agreed to cooperate to promote the overall vision contained in the ideals of the UN Charter.
“IRNA is ready for cooperation with the UN to bolster international peace and solidarity,” Mr. Mohammad Khoddadi told Mr. Lewis.
He said IRNA was ready for cooperation with the UN in many fields, including giving coverage to UN programmes and arranging educational workshops for journalists as well as giving visibility to UN projects.
Established in 1934, IRNA is the oldest news agency in Iran. The agency is also the largest in the country and maintains 70 local bureaux, 30 bureaux outside Iran and owns 5 newspapers.
Mr. Lewis said the UN system in Iran consists of 17 UN agencies, funds and programmes, one of the largest UN presences in the world.
He said the UN system is “cooperating strongly” with Iran in different areas and has been supporting Iran – a founder member of the UN – since 1948.
He pointed out that the UN currently partners with Iran primarily in the following areas – inclusive growth, health and development, environment, disaster mitigation, drug control and refugee support.