Iran compares unilateral coercive measures to Covid virus that inhibits growth
TEHRAN – Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations on Friday called Covid-19 and unilateral coercive measures (UCM) two of the most destructive anti-growth and anti-development viruses, attacking the United States for having recourse to illegal unilateral sanctions on the development of countries.
Addressing the general debate of the second committee of the United Nations General Assembly, Majid Takht Ravanchi said that the United States’ illegitimate unilateral coercive measures, including the imposition of illegal unilateral sanctions against developing countries, together with the inaction of the international community have transformed the central ideal of sustainable development, namely “no one should be left behind”, into a purely decorative, absurd and meaningless claim.
The following is the text of his speech published on the Tasnim website:
My delegation wishes to associate itself with the statement made by the delegation of the Republic of Guinea on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.
Covid-19 remains a wake-up call to the whole world, reminding us once again that the development, well-being and prosperity of all human beings are interdependent.
This virus not only threatens the lives and well-being of people around the world, but it also greatly increases and exacerbates poverty, hunger and the inequalities that exist between and among countries.
It seems alarming that the unfair, illegal, selfish, illegitimate and one-sided approaches taken by a few are undermining and threatening multilateralism when it is most needed.
It seems alarming that the unjust, illegal, selfish illegitimate and one-sided approaches taken by a few undermine and threaten multilateralism when it is most needed. In fact, the main current global challenges remain the two most destructive anti-growth and anti-development viruses, namely Covid-19 and UCM.
The illegitimate unilateral coercive actions of the United States, including the imposition of unlawful unilateral sanctions on developing countries, on the one hand, and the inaction of the international community in this regard, on the other hand, have transformed the central ideal of sustainable development, namely “no one should be left behind”, into a purely decorative, absurd and meaningless claim.
Such measures are designed and carried out to deprive nations of their inherent human rights – in particular the right to development, depriving governments of essential means to achieve sustainable development. Currently, as this unprecedented global public health crisis continues to ravage communities across the globe, UCMs are fundamentally crippling national health systems in total disregard of Agenda Goal 3.
Despite all the constraints, including those resulting from the unjustifiable and unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the JCPOA and the re-imposition of illegal sanctions, the Islamic Republic of Iran, while deprived of the expected benefits of the agreement, is ready to step up. His efforts. to build a more prosperous and sustainable future for its people.
Thanks to these tireless efforts, Iran ranks 59th out of 166 countries in the Sustainable Development Goals Index according to the “Sustainable Development Report 2020”, confirming the extent of Iran’s achievements despite all constraints. For example, in the field of education; ending illiteracy and providing free and universal public education up to secondary school, has almost reached full realization.
Regarding women and their participation in social and economic sectors, currently 27% of faculty members, more than 50% of college students and nearly 37% of physicians are women.
At the decision-making level, there has been a 60% increase in appointments of women to these aforementioned careers.
Despite unfair sanctions, we have also made amazing progress in biotechnology and stem cells. And today, we are proud to announce that Iran has become one of the makers of Covid-19 vaccines.
With regard to climate change mitigation and adaptation, my country’s particular circumstances under illegitimate unilateral sanctions have left no access to the means of implementing climate action under the Convention.
Despite these obstacles, the strategy of a low-carbon economy is only one of the environmental mandates, as stated by our Supreme Leader, under which Iran has made significant progress in the transformation towards a low carbon economy.
In the area of âânatural disasters, Iran is committed to playing an important role and has a significant part in helping vulnerable countries to be more resilient in the face of such disasters.
In this regard, Iran hosts the ESCAP Center for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM) and voluntarily funds its activities.
Here let me refer to one of the most important challenges facing our country and countries across the region: sand and dust storms. Iran, with its arid lands, faces the thickest sand barrier in some areas for much of the dry season.
A comprehensive national plan has been put in place to combat desertification and drought. Cooperation with other affected countries in the region has continued in order to synergize our efforts to address the problem.
Iran has taken vital steps in the area of ââsustainable energy and unimpeded public access to it. Accordingly, to provide access to energy in a fair, cost-effective, adequate, reliable, sustainable and optimal manner in accordance with the United Nations “Sustainable Development Goal 7” (SDG7), Iran has, despite unilateral economic sanctions, spent huge sums of money to develop critical infrastructure in an adaptable and resilient manner.
The average access index of over 99.80% of the population to electricity and over 95% of the population to natural gas attests to our success in achieving the highest energy access indices. high levels and our achievements in the field of sustainable development.
The Islamic Republic of Iran stands ready to support the United Nations General Assembly’s “Energy Dialogue” initiative.