8 October 2012
Statement by H. E. Mr. Eshagh Al-Habib
Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative
Of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nation
Agenda item 27: Social Development
Third Committee of the 67th Session of the UNGA
New York, 8 October 2012
In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Allow me at the outset, to congratulate you and other members of the Bureau on your election to Third Committee at the 67th session of the General Assembly. I would also like to express gratitude to the Secretary General for his useful and informative reports on this agenda item which would help us to enrich our deliberations and discussions. Moreover, my delegation aligns itself with the statement delivered by Yemen on behalf of the G77 and China.
The Islamic republic of Iran attaches high importance to the three world summit registered themes of eradication of poverty, promotion of full and productive employment, and social integration which remain the key priority areas of social development. We also share many views of the Secretary General in his report on the Implementation of the outcome of the World Summit for Social Development and of the twenty-fourth special session of the General Assembly.
We believe too that Prioritizing and scaling up efforts to mobilize domestic resources should continue to be complemented by official development assistance commitments already made by developed countries. Governments should consider implementing a social protection floor consistent with national priorities and circumstances, given the importance of universal access to social protection to break the cycle of poverty and reduce inequality. Governments should consider extending the scope of social protection programs, where these do exist, in order to make the recovery sustainable and future economic growth more inclusive and equitable.
We are of the opinion that it should collaborate in the identification of best practices around the world and contribute to catalyzing exchanges between developed and developing countries, and through South-South cooperation.
Undoubtedly, the challenges to achieving social development remain daunting. The ongoing global economic and financial crises have had serious consequences for social development and have had a negative impact on the progress made in achieving the three pillars of the social development. In much of the developing world, national development efforts are sagging under the weight of the global financial and economic crisis. In particular, prospects for reducing poverty, hunger, malnutrition, unemployment, inequality and social exclusion have been undermined.
The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the 2013 high-level meeting on disability and development will provide important opportunity to bring global attention to the situation of persons with disabilities and to establish a strategic vision and its corresponding plan of action for disability inclusive development.
The harmonization of national legislative, policy and institutional structures in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and development instruments, should also be prioritized and accelerated.
Protection of persons with disabilities is a fundamental policy for the Islamic Republic of Iran. With the adoption of a comprehensive legislation for the protection of the persons with disabilities in 2004, extensive efforts have been made to mitigate the material and psychological problems of this important part 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
Iran completed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics with 24 medals including 10 golds. The Islamic Republic of Iran as a committed party to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has codified many bills of law for the betterment of life as well as promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities in the country and believes yet that there is a lot more to do.
In article 19 of the law of five year development plan of the country 2011 to 2016 comprehensive provisions are envisaged for the children with special needs. In the article 19 the ministry of education is in charge of special needs and the rehabilitation of the children at the preschool and school age. The law stipulates in this article the responsibilities of the ministry in making all schools adaptable and inclusive of special education along with mainstream education for all children in need. It is also responsible for the strengthen of the programs of national screening of the children for special needs and importantly responsible for public awareness raising as well as training of the parents along with the development of the special education section of the whole educational system.
In Iran 7 groups of disabilities are given the special education under the ministry of education and 39 percent of the whole children who attend special education are girls and 61percent are boys. This difference in percentage results partly from cultural consideration of the families which has been improved over the recent years.
The State Welfare Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran under the Ministry of Welfare and Social Security is in charge of preparing the national report on the implementation of the Convention which is due to be submitted until the end of 2012.
In parallel to the government efforts, it is noteworthy to mention that the Iranian Society of Persons with Disabilities had great achievements during the past 33 years from its establishment. It is a non-governmental organization which is active in the four corners of the country and has 32 colleague NGO’s in different specialized fields of disability.
On Ageing my delegation supports the recommendation of the Secretary General in his report on adopting and enforcing guidelines that establish standards for the provision of long-term support and assistance to older persons. In the same vein The State Welfare Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran prepared a national strategic plan on aging which is to become operational by the next year.
In conclusion, The Islamic Republic of Iran encourages all relevant UN bodies to improve their technical cooperation with the least developed and developing countries in addressing the alarming issues related to persons with disabilities and elderly people with a holistic approach.