Address By His Excellency Dr. Ali Akbar Salehi

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In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

 

»O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribesthat ye may know each other«

(Holy Quran, Al Hujurat 13)

 

at the outset I would like to express my appreciation to you for attending this ceremony. This ceremony has almost coincided with anniversary of the great ministerial NAM conference on Human Rights and Cultural Diversity which convened five years ago on September 3-4 2007 with the participation of more than 100 high ranking delegations in Tehran. The said conference was attended by 98 member states, 10 observer states, 3 international observer organizations and 5 international organizations and is still considered the second largest diplomatic event in Iran right behind the NAM Summit which is currently being held in Iran.

 

As the result of the final document of the Conference, approved in consensus, the NAM member states decided to set up a body called “the NAM Center for Human Rights and Cultural Diversity” in Tehran.

 

Dear Friends,

The NAM member states enjoy long-standing cultural and civilizational backgrounds and

the major civilizations of the world came in the existence in the lands which now constitute the main body of the Movement. As always, NAM intends to utilize this cultural diversity to bring about more prosperity for nations, not to create a new pole against other poles already in place or to be a new challenge to other civilizations of the world. It is and will always be in the blood

and nature of the NAM to avoid bellicosity. This is the reflection of the justice-seeking spirit and ideals of humankind to overcome insecurity, discrimination and instability.

 

While the motto of “respect for the human dignity and human rights” has become a sacred concept and the rallying point of all cultures and civilizations, unfortunately the political and instrumental use of human rights has, for the most part, diluted its spiritual, moral, cultural and

religious aspects. The world today expects NAM to play its part and lead the world towards a better status quo, peace, security and genuine freedom and human rights for the whole world. NAM has been critical of the inability and inefficacy of the hegemonic system dominating the

global relations in promoting the human dignity and status, respecting human rights and establishing a desirable international community and has been trying to open new horizons in this regard.

 

As a matter of fact, NAM has always been the harbinger of hope for the independence seeking

nations of the world and needs to be commended for holding the Human Rights & Cultural Diversity conference 5 years ago and deciding to establish this center in Tehran in order to create a mechanism for an independent human rights dialogue needed for gaining an exalted status that is expected from NAM.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, Honorable

Colleagues

 

With the establishment of the NAM Center for Human Rights and Cultural Diversity, a permanent mechanism was created for institutionalizing the intercultural dialogue on human rights aimed at enhancing the contributions made by NAM to the universal dialogue on human

rights. In this line, the activities of the Center have been geared towards expounding human

rights-related teachings of different cultures as well as creating a conceptual and scientific framework for the institutionalization of intercultural human rights dialogue towards promoting respect for Human Rights. The innovative approach adopted by this center is visibly

seen in its motto: “to unify diverse cultures towards the advancement human rights”, which has laid the foundation stone for its diverse and varied scientific activities.

 

As an international academic institution, the centre has been able to prove its scientific mettle, thanks to the activities it has undertaken in recent years. Rest assured that the activities of the center will remain in line with those of the NAM member states and other organizations and coalitions of the developing countries.

 

With 120 members, the center can be the second largest trans-regional human rights organization in the world after the UN human rights bodies, and according to its draft statues representatives of all the 120 member states may be present on its board of trustees or the scientific board. Trying its utmost to be the best host possible, the Islamic Republic of Iran hopes that it will be able to help the center achieve its goals.

 

However and in order to ensure full success, the participation of all the members of NAM in guiding the activities of the center, is an inescapable necessity. In conclusion, I hope that this center will prove to be an asset and a capable scientific hand to NAM and the developing countries in the area of Human Rights just like the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization

(AALCO) in New Delhi has been in the area of international law.

 

Thank you