United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


Mr. Chairman,
I would like to thank the panelists for their contributions. I also associate
myself with the statement made by the representative of Indonesia on
behalf of G-77 and China.
Transport is a major vehicle for economic growth of countries, driving
among other MDGs, their poverty alleviation agendas. Transport and
mobility have direct impact on socio-economic and environmental
livelihood of countries. Sufficient infrastructures as well as efficient,
clean and affordable transport services have positive impacts on poverty
alleviation, expansion of trade, creation of jobs and communication.
Rural transport infrastructure is an absolute necessity to bring agricultural
products to consumption markets which in turn, contributes to long term
sustainable development in rural area in developing countries. The Iranian
Plateau with its mountainous landscape has always been a natural
obstacle to easy ways of communication. Nevertheless from ancient times
up to the present, important trading routes have been finding their way
through the region: among them the famous Silk Road. In this
connection, Islamic Republic of Iran in the past three decades has
invested gigantic amounts on road and railroad construction projects and
connected remote areas to major cities. Through these roads, some of the
land-locked neighboring countries are also connected to main ports.
Numerous bridges and tunnels have been constructed to surmount the
natural obstacles. The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has
been active in expanding and diversify its transport routes not only at the
national and regional levels but even beyond regional level. The
country?s railway links to most of its neighboring countries and will soon
close the remaining gap between European and Indian subcontinent rail
network. With the opening of the Silk Road railway to Turkmenistan,
merchandises from Central Asia find a convenient way to the sea crossing
Iran by rail.
Mr. Chairman
Islamic Republic of Iran as one of the most important transit developing
countries with particular geographical position is hosting very important
multimodal transportation routes that development and maintenance of
them created great challenges .If these concerns and challenges are not
addressed they will hamper the cooperation among transit developing
countries. Moreover development and maintenance of infrastructure
require greater share of investment, financial assistance from donors,
international financial institutions and development assistance agencies.
To further encourage integrated cross-border infrastructure investment,
Islamic Republic of Iran and ESCAP have jointly set up two workshops
recently focusing to facilitate rail and road transit transport. My country is
also on the verge of accession to the Transport Corridor Europe-
Caucasus-Asia (TRACECA) which aims at promoting and facilitating
transit transport. These efforts by the Government of the Islamic Republic
of Iran have addressed sustainable development goals in Agenda 21 and
the World Summit on Sustainable Development on transport.
I thank you