7 March 2014

Statement by the Delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran

At the High-level Event of the General Assembly

On “the Contribution of Women, the Young, and Civil Society to

 The Post-2015 Development Agenda”

7 March 2014,New York

بسم الله

In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful


Mr. President,

At the outset my delegation would like to appreciate H. E. Dr. John Ashe, President of the General Assembly and His Excellency’s team for this important initiative. My thanks also goes to the panelists and discussant of today and yesterday’s meeting for their fruitful interventions.
I would also like to associate myself with the statement made by Bolivia, on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, and add some points in my national capacity.

Mr. President,

Although some may think that the inequalities, violence and discriminations among and against different strata of society, including women and youth, are as old as the history itself, the occurring global crises and more importantly the level of global awareness about these inequalities, violence and discriminations, and the untapped potentials for the betterment of humanity is unprecedented in today’s world. Therefore, we arenot only facing multiple crises, which require a structural change, but also the global communities are getting closer and closer and the real meaning of global village is actually materialized, which makes this kind of change unavoidable.
That is why my delegation also concurs with the distinguished representative of the civil society in this session that we need to radically change the political and economic system through a transformative and redistributive framework that aims to reduce inequalities of wealth, power and resources within and between countries,  be it rich and poor, or men and women.
Fifteen years after drawing of MDGs, women and youth have been more adversely and disproportionally affected  by the impacts of several ongoing and interrelated crises including the world financial and economic crises, volatile food and energy prices, food insecurity, and environmental crises resulting in, inter alia, climate change. These crises represent an urgent challenge with multiple implications for the realization of economic and social rights of women and youth and the achievement of MDGs. These challenges reflect the need for a shift from the current political and economic mentalities and frameworks, which perpetuate inequality and poverty.
Additionally, it is noteworthy that the Millennium Development Goals have not captured sufficiently the demographicdynamics and dimensions of poverty, hunger and malnutrition. Equitable access to technology, market, credits and control over assets and productive resources are fundamental for achieving poverty eradication, food security and sustainable livelihoods.

The new Post-2015 Agenda and SDGs must:

1-     Build on the lessons learnt, by directly tackling the obstacles and gaps that impede sustainable development and discriminate against women and youth.

2-     Address the broader context for their empowerment, such as the impact of economic crises, violence, climate change, and environmental degradation.

3-     Fully integrate family based approach across all goals and targets.

4-     Be relevant to the contexts of developed and developing countries.

Mr. President,

the Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes the call for inclusion of women’s empowerment in the new development agenda, as a stand- alone goal,as well as along with youth and different disaggregated segments of the population, integrated into other goals of any new development framework.
To conclude, on civil society, my delegation would like to acknowledge their salient role in the transformation of the world as we are living today; therefore, we are of the opinion that along with strengthening the contribution of civil society and enhancing the enabling conditions, means and opportunities for the civil society, as was mentioned by the representative of the civil society this morning, we need stricter regulatory framework to ensure that transnational corporations, and I would rather add, also civil society, are fully transparent, rules based and held accountable for their behaviors; they should not be relied on the goodwill and self-regulations.
In addition to enhancing active engagement and involvement of civil society in every aspect of society, it is upon us to develop accountability and monitoring mechanisms not only for the governing bodies but also for the civil society.

I thank you Mr. President, 

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