Iran's envoy urges world to confront risks facing world

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the UN Gholamali Khoshroo in New York on Tuesday asked the world countries to confront the risks facing the world while appreciating the new opportunities for a better and brighter future.

'The world today faces greater risks than any time in the past, but we are also endowed with greater opportunities. Let's join hands to confront the risks while appreciating the new opportunities for a better and brighter future,' Khoshroo said in a statement to the UN General Assembly, on agenda item 110: Report of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organization.

The full text of the statement is as follows:

Mr. President

I would like to briefly touch upon some of the issues reflected in the report of the Secretary-General, contained in document AJ72/1, which we find note-worthy: As the world is witnessing a plethora of complex arid inter--'linked challenges, we join the Secretary-General in his assessment in' paragraph 4 of the report wherein it states that 'now more than ever, multilateral action is needed to 'find effective solutions to this mix of challenges'. We also share his concern in paragraph 140 of the report that 'multilateralism is being questioned at a time when we most need coherent global responses to these interconnected events'.

In a very pertinent case, we would like to reiterate that the Iran Nuclear Deal, known as the JCPOA, as a testament to the value of diplomacy, should be preserved from any attempt which will undermine not only the Deal, but also diplomacy and multilateralism in general. In this context, we renew our call to the Secretariat to take a more constructive approach in fulfilling its reporting function.

Mr. President,

On preserving the international peace and security, it is rightly pointed out in the report that the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was indeed 'a step, towards the universally desired goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world'. In our view, it was also a collective protest to an almost..fifty-year violation of nuclear disarmament obligations by the nuclear weapon States. In this context, the report was expected to also include the alarming trends of new nuclear arms race and new nuclear arms modernization race, as well as the existence of a strong international call for putting an immediate end to such races.

On the issue of peacekeeping operations, Iran believes that peacekeeping operations are among the strong and effective tools for maintaining global peace and security as well as containing conflicts. However, as recommended by the 'High level Independent Panel on Peace Operations' (AJ70/95.'. S/20.15/446), Iran believes that the United Nations peacekeeping missions should not engage in military counter-terrorism operations. Such operations should be undertaken by the host governments.

The creation of the Office of Counter-Terrorism to lead the counter-terrorism-related activities across the UN system could enhance the UN's capacity, strengthen coherence and coordination, and improve internal and external communication. It could also intensify the UN's capacity in addressing the root causes of terrorism and violent extremism. It is imperative to allocate sufficient financial resources for the OCT from the UN regular budget. We note with concern that in the new, structure, most of the positions will be funded through voluntary funds.

Moreover, there should be sufficient and sustainable funding available from the regular budget for capacity building to meet the needs of the member-states upon request in an impartial, balanced and sustainable manner.

Mr. President,

As to the ongoing UN reform consultation process on development, it is essential to bear in mind the significance of alignment and compatibility of the UN development system to the policies, priorities and needs of developing countries with an emphasis on national ownership and leadership at country level. In this context, we would like to recall the scope and mandate of operational activities for development of the UN system, envisioned in GA resolution 71/243.

Our region is now grappling with numerous human, environmental and social challenges. Achieving peace and sustainable development in tandem has become the most urgent priority of the Middle East region. As such, the UN reform process should help the countries of our region to meet their special needs and challenges.

It is also important that the United Nations regains its leading role in shaping the world public opinion, rather than following biased media trends or the agenda of the donor countries.

By way of conclusion, Mr. President, my delegation takes note of Secretary-General's efforts regarding the reform of the management of the Organization. I'd like to emphasize that any reform efforts must strengthen the ability of Member States to perform their oversight and monitoring role as well as to preserve the intergovernmental, multilateral and international nature of the Organization.

We will carefully study the Secretary-General's reform proposals and actively participate in the consultations on this issue.

The world today faces greater risks than any time in the past, but we are also endowed with greater opportunities.

Let's join hands to confront the risks while appreciating the new opportunities for a better and brighter future.

Thank you very much.


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