12 June 2014
Statement by the delegation of The Islamic Republic of Iran On
The Seventh Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention
on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
10-12 June 2014, New York
In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful
At the outset, let me congratulate you on your re-election as the President of this important annual meeting and wish you every success in leading this conference.
The Islamic Republic of Iran attaches great importance to the rights of persons with disabilities and as a committed party to the international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, is pleased to inform the conference of state parties to the convention that Iran has submitted its initial national report on the implementation of the convention to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in December 2013.
In this report on the section for the implementation of the article six of the convention about women with disabilities, we have reiterated that according to the Article 21 of Iranian Constitution, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran is obliged to ensure the comprehensive rights for all women. It should be emphasized that in addition to the special protection assigned to them, women with disabilities enjoy the general protection of this article of the Constitution.
In Iran, many measures have been taken for the empowerment of women with disabilities. Reinforcement of special education, opening of cultural and sport centers for women, which support pre-vocational training for school girls with special needs, and advocating vocational training for girls in high schools are among the measures adopted by the government of the Islamic republic of Iran.
Today, you can see, next to me, the first ever Iranian female gold medalist in either a Paralympics or an Olympics. Before her car accident which caused her spinal cord injury and as a result waist- down paralysis, she had achieved a black belt in Taekwondo, yet she never surrendered to her disability. Instead, she mastered the sport of archery and achieved the gold medal in the Para-Olympics games in London in 2012. Today she is an inspiration, not only to the woman and girls in Iran but also all around the world, as her success story in life is yet, another living proof that hope is the torch of life and one should never surrender to obstacles no matter how big they seem, but to make opportunities out of challenges and success out of misery. I am also pleased to mention that the permanent mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran and International Disability Alliance cosponsoring a side event for Zahra Nemati a success story this morning at 11:45 at conference room E. to show more support on the rights of persons with disability I encourage everyone to attend this important event.
We believe new opportunities such as sports, should be provided to the persons with disabilities to re-empower and eventually reintegrate them into their societies and communities as successful, energetic people with a new introduction in life.
Every year, on the National Paralympics day in Iran, around 30,000 people with disabilities, about half of which are women, are introduced to different Para-sports so they can find their own favorite line of sports that match their interest and their capabilities.
In parallel to the governmental efforts, it is worth mentioning that the Iranian non -governmental Society of Persons with Disabilities has had great achievements both in terms of quantity and quality during the past 3 decades. The number of NGOs and charities active in the field of the rights of persons with disabilities is growing while awareness-raising campaigns among the public for defending the rights of persons with disabilities in different fora are on the rise.
On the proposed goals and targets on sustainable development for the Post 2015 Development Agenda, The Islamic Republic of Iran underlines the need to promote and strengthen international cooperation and exchange of good practices and partnerships for disability inclusive of development, in support of national efforts.
In the same vein, we strongly support that by 2030, all states must ensure all cities are accessible and offer opportunities to persons with disabilities, by 2030 equal access to productive employment and decent work for all, including for persons with disabilities must be achieved, and by 2030 all states must ensure that persons with disabilities have access to inclusive education, skills development and vocational training aligned with labor market needs, and promote the social and economic inclusion also, including for persons with disabilities.
In conclusion Mr. President,
As today, nearly one billion persons in the world are living with disabilities and 80 percent of them are living in the developing countries, we believe that the inclusion of disability in the post-2015 development agenda is an imperative which should seriously be taken in to consideration by the international community.
I Thank You Mr. President