13 October 2008

Statement by:

H.E. Mr. Eshagh Al Habib

Ambassador & Deputy Permanent Representative

of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations

on Agenda Item 118, Program Budget 0809

Development related activities

New York, 13 October 2008

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful



At the outset, let me congratulate you Mr. Chairman on your meritorious election as the Chairman of this Committee and assure you of the full cooperation of my delegation.

I would also like to thank the Under Secretary General for Management for the introduction of the report of the Secretary General as contained in document A/62/708 as well as the Chairperson of ACABQ for introducing the report under this agenda item.

We fully associate ourselves with the statement of the Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda made on behalf of G77 and China. Development is, and will continue to be, one of the main responsibilities of our multilateral system. We firmly believe that collective security has two faces namely: the human security and the economic and social components.The UN has to address both dimensions and with an equal attention. The efforts to prevent conflicts are meaningless if the economic roots of the conflicts are not addressed. In all the developing countries, development is part of the general political agenda because it is closely related to stability,poverty alleviation, employment, economic growth and sustainable development. We all have common interests in ensuring that development is at the top of the UN agenda and activities.

The Charter of UN recognizes the economic and social development as a crucial element of a peaceful and cooperative world. After more than six decades, this element proved to be even more vital than what the drafters of the Charter had in mind. Today, two other pillars of the UN seem more and more interlinked with social and economic development. We can not more agree with this view of the Secretary General that ” if the development pillar of the UN is weak, the entire international system is weak……and that a strong UN needs a strong development pillar”. But I doubt that the realities of UN, including the allocation of resources in program planning and budget setting, reflect the same Vision.

For years, the allocation of resources in UN program and budget has been in detriment of the development pillar and development-related activities. ACABQ in paragraph 5 of its report indicates that” there has been erosion in the resources devoted to development activities”. These are all alarming indications that UN is not moving in the right direction.

This Delegation, along with the majority of developing Member States, have lent its support to the various proposals of the Secretary General to reform the Secretariat, with the hope that the delivery would be consonant with the wish and aspirations of the majority of the Member States. We are still ready to do so.

The outcome of 2005 World summit and numerous resolutions of the General Assembly and the most recent one 62/236 are vivid expressions of the prevailing political will of UN Member States to see a more strengthened, efficient and effective mechanism for delivery of development-related mandates in UN Secretariat is finally put in place and functioning. Today, there is an urgent need for systematic efforts to improve the capacities of the Organization in development pillar. A system in place and be supported with adequate financial and human resources.

With this view, we welcome the report of the Secretary General, as contained in Document A/62/708 and his proposal to strengthen the development pillar, as the very first important step, to scale up the capacities of the Organization in the field of economic and social development. We are looking forward to the informal discussions to exchanges our view on the details of the proposals but we think it is the right track and we support it.

I thank you Mr. Chairman.

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