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Statement by Deputy Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran at the UN-Women Annual Session (19 June 2018)


Statement by Mr. Ambassador Eshagh Al-Habib

Deputy Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran

at the UN-Women Annual Session (19 June 2018)


Mm. President,

At the beginning, I would like to thank Mm. Executive Director (Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka) for her substantive report under this agenda item. We recognize UN-Women’s achievements in implementing the Strategic Plan 2014-2017 – as presented in document UNW/2018/2- and hope for a successful implementation of the new 2018-2021 Strategic Plan with a real impact on realizing gender equality and the empowerment of the women. I take this opportunity to also welcome onboard the new deputy Executive Director and wish her every success.


A gender responsive implementation of the Agenda for Sustainable Development underlines the role that the Entity can play at a global scale. The mandate of the UN-Women as well as the coverage of the Agenda for Sustainable Development that also happens to be universal in nature requires that the issue of advancement of women be addressed at a global level. The movements such as #MeToo campaign echoed an unprecedented call for ending sexual abuse and harassment. They remind us that the advancement of women and girls is a global issue in need of global attention.  


Mm. President,

We attentively listened to the encouraging achievements of the UNWOMEN in different areas. However, I would like to highlight one untouched area with significant implications on the empowerment of women and girls. It is highly disappointing that the illegal and inhumane unilateral sanctions continue to be imposed and augmented on developing countries with a high toll on gender-responsive policies and budgeting in the targeted countries. In particular, such unilateral sanctions affect women and girl’s access to basic healthcare services and medicine. Women and children’s right to food and their food security are directly targeted through imposition of such illegal measures. Collective punishment of civilians is reprehensible and is against international law including international humanitarian and human rights law. Unilateral sanctions disproportionately target women, children and other vulnerable populations of the targeted countries and therefore should be condemned and stopped.


Mm. President,

During past several years, the menaces of violent extremism and terrorism have wreaked havoc around the world. They have brought unimaginable sufferings to women and girls. Women and children bear the brunt of conflicts emanating from violent extremism and terrorism exacerbated by foreign interventions and occupation in the Middle East. Demolition of basic infrastructures, loss of loved ones and destruction of the family, loss of financial support, displacement and mental trauma leave wounds that barely recover.


I would like to conclude by recalling the International Event on Women, Sustainable Peace and Security held in Tehran on 8 March 2018 (the Women Day) which highlighted the crucial role women have to play in establishing security for the realization of sustainable development. Among others, participants underscored the missing role of women in conflict prevention and in the peace processes and political settlements. They also called for a strong women’s movement to advance peace and to fight violent extremism and terrorism in the region and beyond.     


Thank you very much.


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