Neishabour, Razavi Khorasan prov, Dec 19, IRNA-Deputy head of Neishabour Department of Education, Mohammad Hemmatabadi, said that given the extensive activity of the city's geological group, Neishabour was recently named by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the geological capital of Iran.
Speaking at a geology conference here Monday, Hemmatabadi added that due to efforts of Neishabour's geological group, the city has been designated by UNESCO to take charge of international assessment of Iran's geological sciences.
The project is implemented once every five years at the international level.
He noted that the initiative to mark `International Year of Planet Earth', was proposed to the United Nations Organization jointly by UNESCO and the International Union of Geological Sciences.
"The idea took shape with the aim of acquainting the general public with the numerous applications and the growing significance of geology for the human community.
"Geologists of the city of Neishabour are forerunners across the country in teaching geological sciences and cultural activities associated with the observance of the International Year of Planet Earth," he added.
Quoting the head of UNESCO science department, he said that programs which were planned for the event in Iran has already taken place in Neishabour.
Hemmatabadi said that UNESCO intends to introduce geological sciences to the general public and has launched a two-year plan to this effect, which started in 2005 and will continue up to 2007.
"Meanwhile, the coming Christian year, 2006, has been named as the International Year of Geological Sciences with the motto of `geological sciences for everyone'," he concluded.
The city of Neishabour is situated in the northeastern Razavi Khorasan province some 120 kilometers to the southwest of the provincial capital of Mashhad.
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