4 June 2012

Statement by Mr. Mohammad Hassani-Nejad

Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran

on the Report of the Secretary General on Human Security

(New York, 4 June 2012)

In the name of God the Merciful the Compassionate


Mr. President,

I would like to begin my comments on the report of the Secretary General contained in A/66/763 by thanking him for presenting the report and noting positive elements therein in an attempt to give a common understanding on human security. In particular paragraph 36 of the report tries to address serious concerns that member states expressed during previous debates on the subject. We find them helpful in bridging the gap in understanding the notion of human security.

We welcome the reaffirmation of the report of the right and responsibility of national governments for ensuring the survival, livelihood and dignity of their citizens and the complementary role of international community to provide support to Governments, upon their request, in full respect for the purposes and principles enshrined in the Charter, including the full respect for sovereignty of States, territorial integrity and non-interference.

Also we note that according to the report, human security does not entail additional legal obligations on the part of States; underscores the universality of fundamental freedoms in developing and developed countries alike, while strengthens solutions that are based on national ownership.

That being said unfortunately, the report in one hand, fails or avoids addressing root causes of insecurity in the world and on the other, mostly confines itself to community and national levels and almost fully overlooks systemic sources behind human insecurity and accordingly the responsibility of the perpetrators.

After all, the fact is that the nature and genesis of several global challenges and crises – being the current economic and financial crisis or other challenges such as the ones related to food, energy, climate and conflicts- are evidently systemic. They are putting security of people everywhere on peril. The solution, therefore, should address the long standing severe inequalities and persistent failures at the systemic level. A substantive lack of “global security” as a result of misconduct of main political and economic players continues to put at constant risk the livelihood and dignity of people around the globe.

On the notion of Human Security and its mainstreaming in the work of the United Nations, we would like to reiterate our concerns on the unreliability of the current multilateral and international system characterized by a huge deficit in the areas of fairness and impartiality. While, resorting to selective approaches and double standards is a common practice, concepts are regularly and cynically being misinterpreted out of their original context or implied arbitrarily against only a few, whenever and however desirable by the most powerful. In the meantime, the real sources of insecurity and their clients -rest assured of the unconditional support of their patrons- enjoy full impunity.

Thank you very much.

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