‘Sanctions run counter to UN Charter, Sustainable Development Goals’

March 4, 2022 - 17:44

TEHRAN – Illegal sanctions against nations are in a clear contradiction with the UN Charter and Sustainable Development Goals, Department of Environment chief Ali Salajegheh, has said.

“Fifty years have passed since the world’s first major environmental event, the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Environment in Stockholm. The establishment of the UNEP as the main coordinating body for environmental activities has played an important role in recognizing and analyzing challenges related to the natural and human environment, developing plans and agreements, and promoting environmental knowledge and information,” he said addressing the closing ceremony of the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) on Thursday in Nairobi, Kenya, IRNA reported.

“Illegal and inhumane economic sanctions against nations, along with their negative consequences for the enjoyment of fundamental human rights are in clear contradiction with the spirit of the UN Charter and the content of the Sustainable Development Goals. Sanctions have hampered timely and cost-effective access to the goods and technologies needed to ensure the ecosystem's safe management and recovery.

As global development progresses, we have taken important steps to set up the Department of Environment, which is also celebrating its 50th anniversary, as the highest regulatory body and policymaker to improve, protect and manage the country's environment.

During these years, Iran has faced many problems, including the imposed war and unilateral illegal sanctions, which have led to economic challenges and have had an impact on the preservation of the environment as a vital element of human life.

Multilateralism, peace, and cooperation in today's world, along with the observance of justice and equality, is a definite necessity for improving the environment for all.

As environmental challenges such as the water crisis, the rise of sand and dust storms as a cross-border issue, and direct effects of climate change resulting from economic sanctions are increasing, Iran is working with member countries and international organizations to improve and enhance the environment.” 

On Wednesday, Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program, praised Iran’s approach toward environmental protection.

Environmental measures and protection of natural resources, waste management, and other measures show Iran's environmental approach, she said on the sidelines of the Fifth Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) held in Nairobi from February 28 to March 2.

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