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On 20 December 2013, the UN General Assembly 68th Session proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL2015).

IYL 2015 programs promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating noteworthy anniversaries in 2015—from the first studies of optics 1,000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today.

This International Year has been the initiative of a large consortium of scientific and cultural bodies together with UNESCO, and brings together many stakeholders including scientific and cultural societies and unions, educational institutions, technology platforms, non-profit organisations and private sector partners.

In proclaiming an International Year focusing on the topic of light science and its applications, the United Nations has recognized the importance of raising global awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health.

Tehran ICH Centre, in cooperation with the Star Peace Project, ICOM National Committee of Iran and UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office is one of the centres involved in IYL 2015 and organized a sub regional gathering on the occasion of this year, on 18 August 2015 At Emaarat e Kushk.

Tehran ICH Centre, organized a sub regional event consisting of some short lectures, followed by observation of the night sky.

At the mentioned event, there were a series of speakers, including Dr Yadollah Parmoun director of Tehran ICH Centre ,  Dr. Talebian Deputy of Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization, Mr. Mudhafer Alrubai, head of Iraqi cultural centre, Dr Yaghobov, member of Academy of science of Tajikistan , and Ms. Niloofar Sadeghi(Representative of UNESCO’s Tehran Cluster Office), Dr Nasiri Secretary General of Iranian National Commission for UNESCO and Mr Siavash Saffarianpour, Manager of Star Peace Project in Iran.

At the end of the event , there was an observation of the night sky by Star Peace Project.

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