26 September 2013
Statement by H.E. Mr. Amir H. Zamaninia Senior Advisor to the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran,
On behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement Thirty-Seventh Annual Meeting of the
Foreign Ministers of the Group of 77 and China
In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
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Honorable Ministers, Distinguished Delegates
It is my pleasure to have the opportunity to address this Ministerial Meeting on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement as well as in my own national capacity.
Indeed, the sincere efforts made by the Government and the Permanent Mission of Fiji to the United Nations in New York in leading the Group during last year, is commendable.
The Group’s Secretariat also deserves appreciation for its hard works.
Allow me to welcome and congratulate the distinguish Foreign Minister of Kiribati for joining the Group of 77 and China, and for receiving unanimous support of the Group.
An overview of the results achieved in the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), held last year in Brazil, to review the implementation of the outcomes of the UN Conference on Environment and Sustainable Development, held in 1992, and the World Summit on Sustainable Development, held in 2002, show that despite the efforts by developing countries, sustainable development remains a distant goal and there are persistent implementation gaps, and many unfulfilled commitments for achieving sustainable development due to lack of political will by developed countries in order to support the efforts by developing countries through the provision of new and additional financial resources, transfer of environmentally sound technologies and capacity building.
While welcoming the reaffirmation of the 1992 Rio Principles, we are nevertheless disappointed at the lack of meaningful participation and support of developed countries towards sustainable development and the overriding priority of poverty eradication.
The challenges faced by developing countries, as a result, are intensified by the effects of the multiple and interrelated global crises, from which the world is still suffering, particularly food crisis, climate change, the global economic and financial crisis as well as energy crisis.
These challenges are posing serious threats to the achievement of sustainable development, inclusive and purposeful economic growth and development and internationally agreed development goals, including the MDG’s. We continue to be deeply concerned at the ongoing global financial and economic crisis and its negative impact on the world economy.
We are cognizant of the fact that the crisis has further accentuated the deficiencies and imbalances in the global financial and economic governance systems. In this context, we urged the international community to work on a vigorous, coordinated and comprehensive global response to the crisis, particularly to minimize the negative effects on the development efforts of developing countries and to ensure that development assistance commitments are not compromised, and to undertake immediate actions and initiatives to overcome these challenges. In this regard, we recognize the central role of the United Nations.
I would like to add some additional points in my national capacity.
We believe that the importance of the draft Ministerial Declaration that we are about to adopt today should be fully put to practice by members of the Group. It is the result of collective efforts of the countries in the South and the real embodiment of their views in relation with the development agenda of the United Nations in the months and years ahead.
There is no need to reiterate that how critical these coming months and years are for us in terms of implementing the unattained aspiration of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the remaining 850 days or so, and shaping an agenda beyond 2015 that is “sustainably developmental”. The “development” aspect of the Agenda beyond 2015 should be kept intact so as to prepare the ground for the improvement of the livelihood of our people.
Unfortunately, the economic and financial crisis that begun in 2008 still lingers its shadow over all other development processes, and much to our dismay, our partners are not willing to even acknowledge its devastating effects on the South, let alone to shoulder their responsibilities.
There is no doubt that the systemic issues are acting as a countermeasure against achievements of certain MDGs; for instance, statistics show that for any number of those thrusting to get above the poverty line, there is a significant number that go below that line with deteriorating conditions.
Additionally, the imposition of internal laws and regulations, and even trying to re-interpret the well-functioning and established norms and proprieties under the rubric of “development” is another phenomena in the International arena that we have to be aware of and prepared for.
The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly believes that, at this crucial juncture, it is the responsibility and mandate bestowed upon each and every member of the Group to join together and collectively address these issues by supporting the implementation of the provisions of current draft Ministerial Declaration in different negotiating environment, relating to , inter alia, poverty eradication, debt and ODA, Trade, MDGs, SDGs, and Reforms either within the UN system or in the international economic and financial system.
unity of the Group should be considered as a sacrosanct issue, and the interest of the Group as a whole shall be regarded top priority of us all. Now, it is time for our collective and unified approach toward setting a development agenda that at the end of the day benefit all members of the Group.
To conclude, Mr. Chairman,
I would like to stress again that the Group needs to come to a real common sense in terms of materializing the common positions agreed in this draft Declaration, and in this regard my delegation fully trust the leadership of Fiji and reassures it of its full commitment in cooperating with the Chairs to promote the interest of the Group.
I thank you Mr. Chairman.