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Iran’s envoy to UN: Sanctions breach development right of people

New York, Iran's envoy to the United Nations said that economic sanctions are leading to the increase of poverty in the world as the sanctions impede the process of achieving sustainable development and infringe the right of the people in the targeted countries.

Iran's permanent Ambassador to the UN Eshagh Al Habib at the 56th session of the UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD) on Thursday said, 'Despite the positive steps taken in previous years, it remains a source of concern that a large number of people still live in acute poverty across the world.'

Referring to the armed conflict and insecurity concerns in the world, especially in the Middle East, he highlighted the role of such conflicts and instabilities in exacerbating the social lives of many people, in particular women and children.

He also noted that 'combating poverty as the world's current utmost priority in the field of social development should not fall prey to foreign political pressures.'

Al Eshagh also said, 'Imposing illegitimate economic sanctions and extending its scope by resorting to the application of unjustified extraterritorial jurisdiction impede the process of achieving SDGs [Sustainable Development Goals] and infringe the right to development of the people in the targeted countries.'

'The Islamic Republic of Iran continues to follow and implement policies focusing on the

eradication of poverty and deprivation through adoption of multiple approaches with a view to

the specific nature, urgency, and severity of each situation of poverty,' the ambassador said.

The 56th session of the UN Commission for Social Development started work at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on January 29, 2018. The session will run until February 7 with a focus on eradicating poverty for achieving sustainable development goals for all.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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