21 Nov 2016- Statement by H. E. Mr. Gholamhossein Dehghani Ambassador and Charge d’Affaires of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations before the General Assembly on the Agenda item 126, Cooperation between the United Nations and regional and other organizations

Statement by H. E. Mr. Gholamhossein Dehghani

Ambassador and Charge d’Affaires of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations

 before the General Assembly on the Agenda item 126, Cooperation between the United Nations and regional and other organizations

(21 November 2016) bismillah

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

 

Mr. President,

              I have the honor to speak on behalf of the members of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO); to introduce draft resolution A/71/L.14, entitled, Cooperation between the United Nations and the Economic Cooperation Organization, which is based on resolution 69/111, dated 2014 on the same topic.

Mr. President,

              Regional cooperation is now a prevailing paradigm and a phenomenon of interest in international relations. Cooperation among neighboring and regional countries within the context of institutional frameworks, such as ECO, has proved its value for economic development and prosperity of people of ECO which was established in 1964, has become a dynamic and outward-looking regional organization and has been successful in forging a range of economic and non-economic cooperation arrangements.

Mr. President,

As one of the largest groupings in the world, Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) spans a territory of 8 million square kilometers with more than 450 million inhabitants. ECO Region covers 10 countries  in the West and East Asia as well as Central Asia and Caucasus, connecting Europe to China and Russia to Persian Gulf. ECO is now functioning in two tracks, namely, as a regional cooperation framework to complement individual developmental efforts of its Member States, and as a platform to translate global agenda into actions at the regional level. In accomplishing these two functions, ECO has been expanding partnerships and cooperation arrangements with potential partners. United Nations system has always been the prime target in “ECO outreach policy” to help implement global agenda in this part of the world. This is why we are of the view that UN-ECO relationships as consolidated by this draft resolution not only help ECO to utilize capacities, resources and knowledge of UN agencies in the interest of the ECO Member States, but also offer to the UN system the regional capacities, networks and platforms developed by ECO over the last three decades.

Mr. President,

ECO will soon begin to implement its new Vision for the next 10 years, which is drafted In line with the agenda 2030 for sustainable development. The new Vision, guided by regional needs and requirements as well as the global development agenda, will focus on cooperation in areas such as economic growth and productivity, trade expansion, enhanced connectivity, energy efficiency and human development and social welfare. This is encouraging to see that this resolution will be in place in the first two years of the new ECO Vision, enabling ECO and its Member States to benefit from the enhanced relationship with UN funds, programmes and specialized agencies, while implementing the Vision’s plans and programmes.

Mr. President,

              The draft document has been prepared after continuous engagement and receiving inputs from Member States. This document is built on the lessons learned from the implementation of the “ECO Vision 2015” adopted in 2005 in Astana. The draft Vision 2025 aims to address the emerging needs and requirements for economic development of ECO member states and the region as a whole, and also endeavors to focus on core matters like trade, transport connectivity and energy as per the needs and aspirations of member states. A comprehensive framework for implementation and periodic review has been included to ensure its optimal implementation.

 

Mr. President,

              In conclusion, I wish to take this opportunity to express, on behalf of the member States of the organization, our sincere thanks to all Member States who participated actively and constructively in the consultations on this resolution and showed flexibility throughout the process, without which no agreement would have been possible.

              In view of that, I would like to request all Member States to lend their continued support to this year’s draft resolution by adopting it by consensus, as in the previous years.

I thank you,

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