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Statement on the agenda items 58: “Questions relating to information”

Statement by Mr. Mohammad Ghorbanpour

Advisor at Permanent Mission of

the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations

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

on the agenda items 58: “Questions relating to information”

 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

(New York, 19 October 2018)

 

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Mr. Chairman,

At the outset, I would like to thank you for giving me the floor to speak in this august body. I assure you of my delegation’s full cooperation and support.

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

Mr. Chairman,

My delegation recognizes 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 aroundthe world.  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 state 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. Meanwhile, Dissemination of information on outcomes of international courts and tribunals can play a pivotal role in strengthening the Rule of Law at international level. We are also of the view that publicizing the countries practice regarding international agreements, including adherence to or withdrawal from those international instruments has a direct effect on respecting international law and promoting rule of law in international arena.

 

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 highlights the importance of promoting initiatives such as “A World Against Violence and Violent Extremism” (WAVE) and “Dialogue among civilizations”, the two initiatives of the current and ex-president of the Islamic Republic of Iran at the 68th and 53rd United Nations General Assembly respectively, aiming at combating 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 promoting dialogue as a powerful means of understanding among the nations.

I would like to highlight the importance of multilateralism in global affairs. As the world’s problems grow, multilateralism represents to best path to meet the challenges that lie ahead. In this connection, we encourage the DPI to take appropriate measures to promote multilateralism as a means to enhance the values of the United 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.

 

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.

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. 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 and source of understanding and solidarity among several nations.

 

Thank you,


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