US coercive measures:
Sustainable development turned into bitter joke in developing countries

Washington(IP) – The first counselor of the permanent mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations said the US’ illegitimate unilateral coercive measures had turned any effort or plan regarding the progress in growth in developing countries into a bitter joke.

Iran PressAmerica: Addressing the High-Level Political Forum of the UN Economic and Social Council in New York, Ali Hajilari stated: "The illegal unilateral coercive measures, imposed by the US and the passivity of the international community towards it, have turned the development into a decorative and absurd slogan."

"The US’ illegitimate unilateral coercive measures, including the imposition of illegal unilateral sanctions on developing countries, on the one hand, and the international community’s inaction towards US' measures, on the other hand, have turned the pivotal ideal of sustainable development namely 'no one should be left behind' into a purely decorative, absurd and meaningless claim," he noted.

Hajilari urged the international community to take immediate and effective action to end illegal and illegitimate sanctions against developing countries.

"The right to development, as an inalienable human right, will not be achievable while multilateralism is under increasing pressure, and the unilateral measures taken by a small number of countries endanger the foundations of international cooperation," he underlined.

"In order for the ideal of 'no one should be left behind' to be realized, the international community needs to take integrated, coherent, constructive, and effective steps to end any unilateral coercive measures, including illegitimate sanctions," he said.

"This will not happen unless immediate and united measures taken both against these illegal measures as well as against countries that impose such illegitimate actions on others," he added.

The High-Level Political Forum of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is held annually at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to address the challenges faced by developing countries on their way towards achieving sustainable development.


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