Director General Mr.Hassani
“The General Assembly of the UN acknowledges the important role that the center plays in the promotion of human rights”
We are delighted to have you here to participate and share in the 2014 International Seminar of the Non-Aligned Movement Center for Human Rights and Cultural Diversity. Thank you for coming. That many of you travel long distances serves to remind us all, just how important our work is. We are honored to have Ambassadors and representative of Non- Aligned Movement Countries and also ambassador Ibrahim the Chairman of the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission with us today. The NAM Center for Human Rights and Cultural Diversity (NAMCHRCD) is an outcome of the NAM Ministerial Meeting on Human Rights and Cultural Diversity, held on September 2007, in Tehran. In the final document of the meeting, entitled “the Tehran Declaration and Plan of Action”, the Member States decided to establish the Center in Tehran. Taking into consideration the virtues of historical traditions and the values of all civilizations and cultures around the world, the Center as an educational- research institution provides scientific analysis and promotes discourse in global human rights and cultural diversity issues.
The main function of the Center is to prepare a platform for the exchange of knowledge, good practices, general reflections, and to have intensive debate in order to contribute to the advancement of human rights, with a special focus on the common human rights concerns and challenges that developing countries encounter. In this regard the center expect NAM member states contribution in the conception and activities of the center.
Cultural diversity is a cherished asset for theadvancement and welfare of humanity at large and should be valued,enjoyed, genuinely accepted and embraced as a permanent feature whichenriches our societies. Mutually respectful dialogue and cooperation among and between cultures and civilizations including in the field of human rights, would facilitate the promotion of a culture of tolerance and respect for diversity and contribute greatly to the enhancement of international cooperation in this field. While dialogue and cooperation are essential for enriching the universality of human rights the cultural imposition and the efforts to eliminate cultural identities cause a major setback to the promotion of human rights, international solidarity, enhancement of peace and support of sustained development.
The NAM center for human rights and cultural diversity based on its conceptual foundation, considers that the significance of national and regional particularities and various historical, cultural and religious backgrounds are vital elements in contribution for the building of international order based on inclusion, justice, equality and equity, human dignity, mutual understanding and promotion of, and respect for cultural diversity and universal human rights. I hope with interactions and discussions among participants of this Seminar we will take step forward for a better understanding of harmony and peace among humanity.
I would like also at the end to express my appreciation to prominent university of Tehran for the fabulous job in supporting this conference.