14 February 2011
Statement by Delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran
at the 49th Session of the Commission for Social Development
on agenda item 3B: Follow-up to the World Summit for Social Development
Priority theme: Disabilities
(New York, 14 February 2011)
In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
I would like to thank The Special Rapporteur on Disability, Mr. Shuaib Chalklen for his comprehensive and valuable reports. Moreover, my delegation aligns itself with the statement delivered by Argentina on behalf of the G77 and China.
The Copenhagen Declaration, the General Assembly’s twenty fourth special session and the Programmed of Action of the World Summit for Social Developments, as well as continued global dialogue on social development, constitute the basic framework for the promotion of social development for all, at both national and international levels.
The General Assembly at its forty-eight session adopted the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, contained in the annex to its resolution 48/96. These 22 Standard Rules provide a framework to further implement the goals of “equality” and “full participation” of disabled persons in social life and development. Also it is set forth in the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by the General Assembly in its resolution 37/52.
On the issue of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, I would also like to reaffirm on the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which recognize persons with disabilities as both development agents and beneficiaries in all aspects of development
The significant human rights dimension of disability is an issue which calls for greater attention. Disability is often caused by violations of human rights or humanitarian law. It is aggravated through insufficient care and cruelty. Refugees, indigenous people and migrant workers are more vulnerable because they already have limited access to health care services and rehabilitation facilities and their vulnerability is compounded if they are or become disabled.
We need more effective and structured action to implement the international commitments made towards the people with disabilities to facilitate coordination and sharing of responsibilities within the United Nations system.
My delegation agrees with the Report of Special Rapporteur on Disability where it states and I quote: “Full and effective implementation of the Standard Rules for the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, can continue to play an important role for Member States in their endeavors to ensure equal opportunities for, and full participation of, persons with disabilities in all aspects of development”, end of quote.
More than 660 million people — that is some 10 per cent of the world’s total population — suffer from some type of disability. In the majority of countries, at least one out of ten persons has a physical, mental or sensory impairment, and at least 25 per cent of the entire population is adversely affected by the presence of disabilities.
The Islamic republic of Iran is among 96 countries that has ratified the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. My country has always attached great importance to the protection of the rights and interests of persons with disabilities as well as the guarantee of their social welfare.
According to the latest statistics by the World Health Organization, the population of the disabled in Iran is nearly 3 million peoples; most of them have been disabled by both the imposed war on Iran for 8 years and by the activities of the terrorist groups.
Upon the adoption of a comprehensive legislation for the protection of disabled groups, extensive efforts have been made to mitigate the physical and psychological problems of this segment of the population. Creation of a medical fund for their treatment and providing special employment opportunities, housing and sports facilities for them, are among the measures taken over recent years.
In conclusion Mr. President, I wish to reemphasize on the fact that the implementation phase of a convention is always far more delicate than its convening phase. At this crucial juncture, I wish to express hope that all parties to this convention adopt a well balanced and prioritized approach towards the economic, social and cultural rights of persons with disabilities as well as their civil and political rights.