18 February 2014
Statement by the Delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran
At The PGA’s Thematic Debate On “WATER, SANITATION AND ENERGY”
18 February 2014 , New York
In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful
Mr. Chairman, Mr. Moderator,
Since this is the first time I am taking the floor, let me thank President of the GA for his initiative of holding this thematic debate, which is, somehow, the continuation of the debates held under the Open Working Group for Sustainable Development, if not in parallel.
My appreciation also goes to the panelists of this morning and afternoon meetings for their important inputs.
Aligning myself with the statement made by the delegation of Bolivia on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, I would like to raise some points in my national capacity.
Needless to say that my delegation has also prepared a statement for this morning’s meeting, which was not delivered due to lack of time, and will be submitted to the Secretariat for having it posted on the related website.
The Rio+20 outcome document affirms the international community’s commitment to action so as to make sustainable energy for all a reality and through this, to help eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and bring about sustainable development and global prosperity.
I am not going to allude more to the importance “energy”, as it was the focus of most of the panelists’ and other interventions.
My delegation believes that the issue of access to energy is a critical enabling element for sustainable development; however “access” is not the only critical elements and it should be seen along with energy efficiency as well as a balanced approach to availability of different energy resources, including the renewable.
The Post 2015 Development Agenda should recognize the importance of energy and in addressing this issue, it should recognize the opportunity to upgrade infrastructure and national capacities, use new, cleaner technologies, while at the same time support the diversification of the sources of energy.
That is why my delegation puts particular premium on the capacity building, knowledge sharing, and facilitation for the affordable attainment of related technologies by the developing countries. In this regard, my delegation also welcomes the adoption by the GA to hold four structural dialogues on Technology Facilitation Mechanism, which we hope will result in a very practicable mechanism on issues related to energy as well.
I Thank you Mr. Moderator,