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RIES, UCCGHA, and IAPG signed a MoU

RIES - Research Institute for Earth Sciences – Geological Survey of Iran, UCCGHA - UNESCO Chair on Coastal Geo-Hazard Analysis, and IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 26 January 2023.

The aim of the MoU is to develop a coordinated approach, where appropriate, for promoting initiatives and events discussing the ethical, social, and cultural implications of geosciences, with a focus on coastal geo-hazard analysis, and favoring high ethical standards in the research and practice of geoscience in order to better serve the geoscience community and society as a whole.

The MoU expresses a mutual desire to cooperate on a range of themes in the field of geoethics. It helps to assure a continued IAPG–RIES–UCCGHA cooperation and coordination on issues of common interests, in particular the following:

  • Promotion of principles of ethics, research integrity, and professional deontology in geoscientific activities.

  • Definition of ethical issues, with accompanying case-studies, where appropriate, affecting the geoscientific community and organizations in Iran.

  • Co-organization of scientific events to disseminate concepts of ethics in geosciences, among both the professional and research communities, with particular attention to young and early career geoscientists.

  • Production of relevant publications and communications.

Both organizations will establish a liaison to ensure good information flow and cooperation.

RIES and UCCGHA agree to support the “Cape Town Statement on Geoethics” (that contains the Geoethical Promise, a Hippocratic-like oath for geoscientists: and to be included among the list of supporting organizations of the statement.

RIES (, as a public research institute is affiliated by Geological Survey of Iran (GSI) was established in 1992, which has more than 450 graduates as Master’s and doctoral students in its educational records. Administratively, The RIES runs between two ministries of the Science and Technology and the Industry, Mine and Trade in Iran respectively. The main scope and mission of the RIES is making Research and Development in the GSI. The RIES was officially accepted as the host of the UCCGHA on December 3, 2021 (ED/FLI/21/160).

UCCGHA ( was established by UNESCO Department of Education in 2021 on the platform of the RIES. The UCCGHA is a unique and new platform in the exchange of ideas in the field of geology, oceanography, seismology and Geo-archaeology with the aim of global convergence, equality, outside of gender and beliefs segregation that seeks transparency and access to unlimited information.


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