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UK signs 1954 convention

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isis-destroys-hatra-unesco-iraqUK signs 1954 convention on protecting treasures in war zone
A major international agreement designed to protect cultural property during military conflict is to be finally ratified by the UK.

1954 Hague Convention, set up after the second world war to protect archaeological and historical sites, works of art, manuscripts, books and other objects.

More than 115 countries are party to the agreement, including all United Nations Security Council members, except for the UK.

Lamentable Loss

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shahriar-adlOn June 21 2015, Iranian cultural activists lost one of their important friends, a cultural personality with scientific approach to the Iranian history and cultural heritage.

Dr. Shahriar Adl was the influential figures who put a tremendous endeavor to register many of Iranian heritage. He was a member of French Organization for Scientific Studies. He was also the head of the committee commissioned to prepare “The History of Middle Asia”, a academic work that was bestowed with the UNESCO’s Cultural Medallion in 2009. 

Dr. Adl had studied History of Sciences at Sorbonne, as well as General History of Art, Archeology of the Orient, and the History of Islamic Arts in the Louver School. His doctorate degree was on Iranian and Mid-Asian History.

Dr. Adl, together with Dr. Varjavand and Mr. Amini were the main figures who could save Perspolis from the cluches oF Mr. Khalkhali whose aim was to destroy this unique archeological site.

He also had a major role in the registration of Pasargad site as a world cultural heritage. Later, as the Sivand Dam was completed and threatened this important site, he acted firmly to delimit the height of the lake behind the dam so that it would not harm the site of Cyrus the Great Mausoleum.

Pasargad Heritage Foundation shares this important loss and extends its condolences to his family and many friends and admirers.

His memory will shine even more as the time passes.

Historical School on the Verge of Destruction

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sepahsalar-5Sepahsalar School is one of the most majestic and eye-catching historical buildings in Tehran, the capital of Iran. It is a 135 year-old School, design to reflect the wonders of Grand School and Chahr-Bagh School of Isfahan, as well as the Sofia School of Istanbul.  Built by the architects of Qajar period, it was listed on the Register of National Buildings 25 years before the Revolution of 1978.

The construction of a trade center adjacent to the School has put this building on the verge of destruction. The excavation of the soil and scraping the external walls of the school has rendered the building in a dire situation. The height of trade center building is two meters above the top of the School disturbing its traditional line of sight.

According to official news agency of IRI (ISNA), in reference to his actions to stop the project, the manger of the Sepahsalar Theological School has stated: “I have informed the Tehran Municipality and the Cultural Heritage Organization about the situation. They have visited the site and although everything shows that the operations are illegal, no action has been taken”.

World Environment Day

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World Environment Day

World Environment Day is celebrated every year on 5 June to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth.

What do people do?

World Environment Day is celebrated in many ways in countries such as Kenya, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and the United States. Activities include street rallies and parades, as well as concerts, tree planting, and clean-up campaigns. In many countries, this annual event is used to enhance political attention and action towards improving the environment. This observance also provides an opportunity to sign or ratify international environmental conventions.