10 March 2014
Statement by H.E. Mrs. Shahindokht Mowlaverdi,
Vice-President of the Islamic Republic of Iran for Women and Family Affairs
before the High-level Roundtable on:
“Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation
of the Millennium Development Goals for Women and Girls”
10 March 2014 , New York
In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful
Let me start by expressing my hope that the opportunity provided in this round table allows for in-depth interaction, sharing of experiences and information and better prepares us for constructive practices in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) with respect to women and girls.
Please allow me to share with you some of our national experiences, showing the efforts made by the Islamic Republic of Iran in its way to achieve the MDGs.
In fact, we began on the understanding that, in order to attain these goals, any comprehensive and long-term plan had to take into consideration national characteristics of every country. In this respect, the Islamic Republic of Iran has developed a comprehensive strategic plan, which is set out in the 20-year Vision Document and the country’s Five-Year Development Plan. Within these frameworks, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran worked towards empowering women through inter-disciplinary cooperation and collaboration in the Government, whileinvolving civil society institutions.
The development plans in Iran, particularly that of the current Government of Hope and Prudence, is mainly based on promoting health and coherence of family, in parallel with the efforts towards social, political and economic empowerment of women, in order to create a balance between women’s multiple roles and help them enjoy maximum effectiveness and efficiency in both the family and the society.
Like in many other countries, the progress of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the MDGs has been mixed. Iran has had outstanding progress in the field of girl’s primary and higher education. In the field of health, 97 percent of women enjoy safe delivery, and maternal mortality rate is 22 per 100,000 live births, while women’s life expectancy in Iran is 74 years today.
These are also indicative of the general road map to development that will be followed by the Iranian Government after 2015. In order to pave the way for women to play a greater role in the process of development, it is crucial to lay the necessary infrastructure and remove the obstacles, which is on the agenda of the new Government.
I would like also to refer to a number of points, which will be on the agenda of my Government in the post-2015 development agenda. They are as follows :
- Attention to cultural, historical and religious characteristics of societies during preparation of development strategies;
- Facilitation of protective measures and unlimited global access to technology, knowledge and information as a global asset;
- Thorough attention to the root causes of slow pace of in achieving millennium goals at the international level;
- Attention to the necessity of strengthening, protecting and preserving the sacred institution of family by ensuring the full participation of women in private and public decision-making processes;
Taking into account gender dimensions in all development goals in addition to an exclusive goal for gender justice;
- Considering the implications of coercive measures and unilateral and multilateral sanctions as an obstacle to the process of development;
- Special attention to the tragic conditions of women and girls in the occupied territories and in war-stricken areas
The last but not the least, the delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran, while emphasizing the importance of international cooperation in achieving sustainable development, believes that the vision, goals and strategies in this regard should be identified in a way that a comprehensive solution can be achieved; a solution that is found by all and is applicable to all.
Thank you Mr. Chairperson.