6 July 2012
Statement by Mr. Mohammad Hassani Nejad
Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran
at the High Level Segment of ECOSOC
on Promotion of Productive Capacity, Employment
and Decent Work to Eradicate Poverty (New York – 6 July 2012)
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is my pleasure to address the High-level Segment of ECOSOC on its main theme. In fact, developing and strengthening of productive capacities at national level are the most efficient and sustained paths in creating decent jobs with all its secondary positive impacts particularly on eradication of poverty. Meanwhile, national development policies need to be perused in the context of a supportive and enabling external environment.
It is however unfortunate to notice that based on the latest assessments, the global economic outlook, notwithstanding few signs of improvement, continue to be bleak. In the face of subdued growth, the job crisis gets momentum. The risks to the global prospect are tilted to the downside- mainly due to the debt crisis in euro zone – that is now seen as the biggest threat to the world economy.
The vicious cycle of rising unemployment, austerity measures and financial sector fragility in developed countries is grappling the world economy with inevitable consequences for developing countries, making the achievement of their development goals a formidable task.
Irresponsible policies and misconduct of the world’s major economies have played the major role in creation of today’s undesirable economic prospects. On the political and economic fronts, the management of the world affairs represent a non-democratic and ill-functioning structure which is characterized with injustices and deep inequalities.
Indeed, in the course of the last two decades, international community has not only missed many unique opportunities to build a more peaceful and prosperous world for all, but as a result of sidetracking true multilateralism, is now confronted with unexpected new challenges.
There is a clear need for a new development paradigm which, among others, places at its heart the need to mobilize political will and resources for a renewed and rebalanced global approach to development, as well as the importance of the reform of the global economic governance; affording developing countries the adequate policy space necessary to pursue nationally-owned and specifically tailored development policies to maximize prosperity and welfare for all; and strengthening the productive capacities of developing countries to fully and meaningfully engage in the global economic system while eradicating poverty and fighting inequality in their respective countries.
International community shall enhance its efforts to create an enabling environment for promotion of productive capacity, employment and decent work for poverty eradication through increasing market access for and transfer of technology to developing countries.
This is, however, a matter of serious concern that some developed countries not only eschew undertaking any new responsibilities in the context of multilateralism but trying to disregard and backtrack on the commitments they have already made, while at the same time attempting to shift responsibilities to the South-South cooperation. Such approach was clearly noticeable during the recent negotiations on the Rio+20 outcome document. What is even more regrettable, is their concerted attempt under false pretexts to impose illegal, inhumane and yet futile practices such as economic sanctions against developing countries and their people to prevent them breaking the cycle of economic dependence in order to enhance their productive capacities for attainment of sustainable development and poverty eradication.
In conclusion, we think ECOSOC, in light of its mandate for system-wide coordination, is best suited to advance dialogue and cooperation among member states to promote productive capacity, employment and decent work to eradicate poverty including through identifying and addressing different barriers and challenges to the development efforts of developing countries.
Thank you Mr. President.