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Statement of the Islamic Republic of Iran under agenda item 28 (Social Development)

Statement by Mr. Mohammad Hassani Nejad, Counsellor

on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Iran

under agenda item 28 (Social Development)

Third Committee - 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly

(New York – 3 October 2018)


In the name of God




Let me begin by expressing my heartfelt congratulations to you Mr. Chairman and other members of the Bureau for your election and wish you success in leading the Committee’s work. My delegation also aligns itself with the statement made by Egypt on behalf of G77 and China.


Ending poverty in all its forms everywhere and ensuring healthy lives for all at all ages, are integral to our common development agenda. These goals are universal, interlinked and need to be addressed in unison. As also highlighted in the report on the Outcome of World Summit for Social Development, there is a need for adopting appropriate mix of policies by States. Meanwhile, the international community and development partners have a responsibility to support national efforts or at least avoid practicing harmful measures that constitute barriers towards achieving social development goals.


Imposition of illegal and inhumane unilateral sanctions are a clear instance of such destructive and harmful practices. They openly and indiscriminately target the daily life of ordinary citizens and are designed to undermine achievements in social development front.


Mr. Chairman,

The issue of poverty is also highlighted in article 28 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. However, persons with disabilities and their households are still more likely to live in poverty owing to various barriers in society, such as discrimination, limited access to education and employment.


Iran is a committed party to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The new “Comprehensive Law for the Protection and promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” was ratified in Iran in April 2018. Besides creating job opportunities for people with disabilities, the government is providing health insurance and a monthly allowance to people with disabilities, while also allocating them three percent of job openings in public sector.


Full employment, decent work and ensuring work-family balance is a major objective of the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family, as noted in the relevant report. In Iran, like some countries mentioned in the report, new measures have been designed to promote reconciliation between family and working life, aiming to improve work conditions and facilitate creating more quality time between parents and their children. Furthermore, women employees are entitled to 90 days of paid maternity leave while, men employed at government or public sector are also entitled to a paternity leave.


Mr. Chairman,

Followingthe successful hosting of the Regional Forum on Policy Implications of Ageing in Tabriz, northwest of Iran in 2017 and issuance of Tabriz Statement, Iran will host 2018 biennium Regional Conference on Ageing from 23 to 25 October 2018. The Conference will assess the trends in population ageing and dynamics, as well as reviewing how communities and governments across Asia have responded to it.


Mr. Chairman,

Literacy is recognized as a foundation for lifelong learning and sustainable development. Despite progress in the field, a substantial number of young people and adults, especially women, have poor literacy skills. Iran recognizes this problem and pursues achieving universal literacy through lifelong learning.


In 2017, a event was organized jointly by the Ministry of Education and UNESCO-UNICEF local offices in Tehran on out-of-school children to achieve a breakthrough in reducing the number of these children to advance Iran’s national education goals as stated in the Fundamental Reform Document of Education and the 6th Five-Year National Development Plan.


In closing Mr. Chairman we share the view that education is vital to nurture responsible and active stakeholders, capable of contributing effectively to peace and prosperity in their respective societies and beyond. However, we underscore the bare fact that unilateral coercive sanctions contributed to a significant erosion of human rights, particularly the right to education, in the countries on which such measures were imposed.


Thank you very much.

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