13 August 2013
Statement by Mr. . Mesbah Ansari Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran
In The Forth Session of the Open Ended Working Group On Ageing
New York – 12-15 August 2013
In the name of God the companionate the merciful
At the outset, let me take the opportunity to congratulate you and your Bureau members for your assumption of the office and assure you of my delegation’s full cooperation.
The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes the forth session of the open-ended Working Group on Ageing. Protection of the rights of older persons is an important issue for my delegation and becomes more and more important as the number of the older persons in the world including in my country grows over the course of time.
Among binding international legal instruments that directly or indirectly address Ageing, the Convention on the rights of Persons with Disabilities contains very important provisions that explicitly address the rights of older persons with disabilities.
As disabilities are common among older persons because of ageing, they will become more vulnerable to violations of their rights. Article 13 of the CRPD on access to justice, article 16 on freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse, article 28 on adequate standard of living and social protection and article 25 on health are a number of provisions which address the rights and dignity of an important group of older persons.
The Islamic Republic of Iran attaches great importance to the promotion and protection of the rights of older persons. Iran as a developing country is undergoing a rapid transformation in its demographic structure with a considerable rate of ageing. The percentage of older persons in Iran’s population is now 8.2 and by the year 2028 will reach 14.5. It is also estimated that older persons in Iran will constitute more than 22 percent of the whole population by the year 2040.
Today, in Iran 86 percent of the older persons are living with their spouses and or with other members of their family but this rate will not remain intact over the course of time and the number of older persons who are in need of social protection and geriatric services will rise.
In a recent poll in Iran, older persons have been asked about their own view on life satisfaction, 67 percent expressed they are happy with their life and some 20 percent said they are not satisfied and the rest had no clear answer.
In 2004 the national council of older persons has been established by a cabinet approval based on the third five year development plan of the country.
State Welfare Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran is the main organization in charge of the promotion and protection of the rights of the older persons in the country. Iran’s national charity foundations as well as the non-governmental organizations are also active in promoting and protecting the rights of older persons specially, the older persons with disabilities.
Furthermore, the national strategic plan for older persons has been carefully drafted by the experts in the State Welfare Organization. It is a comprehensive national document that covers almost all areas of life for older persons from housing to health.
Awareness of the Madrid Plan of Action on Ageing remains limited or non-existent, which limits the scope of implementation efforts at the international level.
International efforts to develop national capacity to address their national implementation priorities identified should be strengthened during the review and appraisal of the Madrid Plan of Action on Ageing.
We believe that the implementation phase must be devised by strategies that take into account the entirety of the human life-course and foster intergenerational as well as the family solidarity in order to increase the likelihood of greater success in the years ahead.
Finally Mr. Chair,
The Islamic Republic of Iran is of the opinion that the Open Ended Working Group plays an important role in addressing the protection and promotion of all rights of older persons among which the socio-economic rights are in many cases the most urgent ones.
Thank you very much Mr. Chair