8 February 2010
Statement by Mr. Mohsen Emadi
Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran
before the Forty-eighth Session of the Commission for Social Development
on item 3b: Situation of Social Groups
(New York, 8 February 2010)
In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
This statement is delivered under agenda item 3b pertaining to the situation of social groups, disabled persons, youth, older people and the family.
Protection of persons with disabilities is a fundamental policy for the Islamic Republic of Iran. According to the latest statistics, the number of persons with disabilities in Iran is close to 3 million people, most of them are disabled as a result of the war imposed on Iran for 8 years, and of the actions by terrorist groups. With the adoption of a comprehensive legislation for the protection of the disabled in 2004, extensive efforts have been made to mitigate the material and psychological problems of this segment of the Iranian population. Creation of a medical fund for the treatment of the persons with disabilities, providing special employment facilities, housing and sports for them are among the measure taken over the recent years. Furthermore, the Islamic Republic of Iran had played an active role in the preparation and adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and since last year has become a party to the Convention. At the regional level, my country is an active partner in the activities related to disability in the Asian continent. On the issue of mainstreaming disability in the development agenda we would like to thank the Secretary General for his report on this issue contained in document E/CN.5/2010/6. We support the recommendation contained in the report of the Secretary General that Member States and development agencies should be encouraged to continue efforts to mainstream disability in overall development agendas, to further policy development for disability-inclusive development and to operationalize disability mainstreaming in development programming.
Protection of family foundation is a key element to achieve social integration. Family is the basic unit of a society and as such should be protected and preserved. Since 1994 a number of activities have been undertaken by the international community towards the objectives of the International Year of Family. We reiterate the call made by the G-77 and China that the Commission for Social Development considers preparations for the observance of the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family during its 49thsession. The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has designed various policies and programs to support family foundation. The Center for Women and Family Affairs affiliated to the Office of the President has the mandate to monitor implementation of those policies from the highest possible level.
Similarly, other social groups such as older persons and the youth are receiving appropriate attention and support from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. On the issue of ageing, respect for the well being of older persons is deeply rooted in the Iranian culture and was guaranteed by different laws and regulations. In the Islamic Republic of Iran supports and services to the elderly are given mainly through four governmental organizations namely Imam Khomeini Relief Committee, Martyr’s Foundation, the Ministry of Social Welfare and State Retirement Organization. These governmental bodies work along with other governmental and non-governmental organizations on this issue. Their tasks include, inter alia, reaching out to older persons to ensure their rights, economic security and health care. The Social Security Organization affiliated to the Ministry of Social Welfare has also initiated a plan called “Respect for the older persons” by which a wide range of health care services devoted to these people. Furthermore, the Iranian Research Center on Ageing is active on research and data collection on ageing in order to better understand the social and psychological needs of the older persons. We took note of the report of the Secretary General on “Further implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing” contained in document E/CN.5/2010/4. The Islamic Republic of Iran supports strengthening of the implementation of the Madrid Plan of Action on Aging. We believe that all the three priority directions contained in the Madrid International Plan of Actions are comprehensive and inclusive of rights of older persons and are equally important. We hope that the second review and appraisal cycle would adopt a holistic and effective approach towards the implementation of the goals contained in this important document.
For achieving social development at the national level a conducive and favorable international condition is vital. The current global crises are leaving a negative impact on the efforts of countries at national levels to achieve social development. Moreover, realization of social development is negatively affected in many developing countries by unilateral coercive measures which are totally unacceptable as they run against basic principles of international law and the Charter of the United Nations. These negative trends at the international level seriously impede the realization of goals and objectives of social development, and thus should be addressed accordingly.