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Statement by Mr. Hossein Maleki On the agenda item 57: “Questions relating to Information”

Statement by Mr. Hossein Maleki, First Counselor  

Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nation

Before the Special Political and Decolonization Committee(4th Committee)

On the agenda item 57: “Questions relating to Information”

72stSession of the United Nations General Assembly

New York, 18October 2017

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Mr. Chairman,

At the outset I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ms. Alison Smale on her appointment as Under-Secretary-General for Communication and public information. I wish her success in her leadership over the Department of Public Information (DPI). I assure her of my delegation’s full support.

I align myself with the statement made by the distinguished Permanent Representative of Ecuador on behalf of G77 and China.


Mr. Chairman,

My delegation emphasizes the importance of the Committee on Information as the main intergovernmental policy-making body to provide guidance on UN policies in the field of communication and public information. We also attach great importance to the work and the function of the Department of Public Information (DPI) which aims at enabling the UN to establish better communication and connection with the international community and the people around the globe and by addressing the issues of high importance for the international community in an impartial and timely manner.


Mr. Chairman,

Information and communications technologies including social media are useful and effective tools in connecting the peoples with different faith and cultures all over the world.  However, at the same time, Social media can run the risk of misuse and abuse. Inaccurate reporting and distorted information can have negative impacts on countries and their citizens. We categorically reject such a practice and reiterate our position that the use of such technologies should be fully compatible with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, international law, in particular the principles of sovereignty and non-interference in internal affairs of States.

We believe that providing the people worldwide with accurate and factual information about the causes of problems and helping them to have a clear and transparent picture of what are happening nowadays, is of paramount importance. In this regard, as before, my delegation encourages the DPI to continue to promote through its public campaigns important decisions and agreements reached by the international communityand to focus on issues which have, inter alia, direct impacts on the international peace and security, such as occupation, violence, extremism, disarmament, poverty eradication, climate changeand terrorism, including political, economic and financial terrorism.

We also encourage the DPI to continue to promote all initiatives aiming at maintaining and promoting international peace and security. In this regard, my delegation emphasizes the importance of promoting initiatives such as “A World Against Violence and Violent Extremism” (WAVE) and “Dialogue among civilization”, the two initiatives of the current president and ex-president of the Islamic Republic of Iran at the 68th and 53rd United Nations General Assembly- one of them aims to combat Violence and Violent Extremism that lies at the root of many disasters in some parts of the world, including in the Middle East region, and the other initiative focusses on the dialogue as a powerful means of understanding among the nations.


Mr. Chairman

The Islamic Republic of Iran continues to emphasize the important responsibility of the United Nations vis-à-vis the Question of Palestine. Iran fully supports raising international awareness regarding the negative consequences of occupation and embargo on Palestinian people. We commend the DPI for its special information programme on the question of Palestine, including the training programme for Palestinian journalists. My delegation appreciates the DPl’s efforts in arranging coverage of events related to the question of Palestine such as International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, and encourages the Department to continue to do so. Furthermore, we urge the DPI to disseminate information about the importance and the function of UNRWA and to assist this important UN body, in particular, during its fund-raising programs. UNRWA provides assistance and protection for more than 5 million registered Palestine refugees to help them achieve their potential human development.

Iran also supports the implementation by the Department of Public Information of the ongoing Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalists’ Fellowship Program for broadcasters and journalists from developing countries as mandated by the General Assembly.


Mr. Chairman,

We support the work of the United Nations Information Centers (UNICs). UNICs can play significant role in disseminating the messages of the United Nations as well as promoting its public image, especially in developing countries. To better achieve these important goals, strengthening the UNICs, in particular in developing counties, should be on the agenda of the DPI.

we also commend the work of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) for establishing direct relationship with more than 1000 universities and academic circles in the world, including 25 Iranian universities. Such relationship can facilitate and accelerate dissemination of information about the United Nations activities among university students worldwide. This is a successful example of the DPI’s global outreach and partnership with universities and other higher- level education centers. We support strengthening such an outreach and partnership in order to be expanded to more institutions of higher learning and increase the number of schools and universities in its global network.

In conclusion Mr. Chairman, my delegation supports multilingualism. multilingualism contributes to the achievement of the goals of the United Nations, as set out in Article 1 of the Charter of the United Nations. The United Nations pursues multilingualism as a means of promoting, protecting and preserving diversity of languages and cultures globally. We believe that, in addition to the Six official languages of the UN, information should also be disseminated in other languages, including Persian Language that is spoken by tens of millions of peoples and is widely regarded as the root of great culture and civilization. Persian language is a conveyor of a rich literature and source of understanding and solidarity among several nations.


Thank you, Mr. Chairman

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