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Delivered by Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana

01 November 2021

ESCAP ES

Excellencies, distinguished participants, Ladies and gentlemen,

Assalamu’alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

I am delighted to be taking part in this consultation with our esteemed national partners in Iran. 

Let me also thank the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for co-hosting this important discussion and send my greetings to you all and to Resident Coordinator Stefan Priesner and UN colleagues in Iran.

Notwithstanding the tremendous efforts from many governments, we are witnessing how the pandemic has had a deeply negative impact on people’s lives — on their health and well-being; on their employment, businesses and incomes; and their safety. 

The impact of the COVID‑19 pandemic, together with the climate crisis and environmental degradation, has resulted in a decline in global human development for the first time in 30 years.

Even before the pandemic, the Asia-Pacific region was the world's most disaster-prone region. In this context, I would like to express my appreciation to the Government for its generous support and unwavering commitment to the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management.

Now more than ever we need a paradigm shift in how we approach sustainable development. We must build back better together, and we must serve the interests of future generations.

We are now at a pivotal moment in the partnership between the United Nations System in Iran and the Government. Together with UN colleagues you are charting the priorities for the partnership for the coming five years. 

The UN will continue to be the longstanding trusted partner for all the ministries in Iran in the priority areas that you identify together.

We know that in the face of the global challenges – climate change, rising inequality, and degradation to the environment, natural ecosystems and biodiversity – there can be no “business as usual”. 

We need fresh thinking and new approaches to build more inclusive, more resilient and more sustainable economies and societies.

Sustainable development is only impactful if its benefits reach everyone in society, especially those most vulnerable. These principles of dignity and equity of long been part of the Iranian tradition and a cornerstone of the partnership with the UN development system. 

In the United Nations, we call this the principle of “leave no one behind”, a recognition that everyone has the right to enjoy positive effects of development.

Together with the UN family, we stand ready to support the Islamic Republic of Iran on its continued and accelerated journey towards the realization of inclusive, resilient and sustainable development.

Thank you very much.

Wassalamu’alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

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