H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
President of the Islamic
Republic of Iran
Session of the United Nations General Assembly
23 September 2009
الله الرحمن الرحيم
العالمين و الصلوه و
السلام علي سيدنا و
نبينا محمد و آله الطاهرين
و صحبه المنتجبين
اللهم عجل لوليك
الفرج و العافيه و النصر
و اجعلنا من خير انصاره
و اعوانه و المستشهدين
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
"All praise be to Allah, the Lord
of the Universe, and peace and blessing be upon our Master and Prophet, Mohammad, and his pure Household, and his noble Companions"
God, hasten the arrival of Imam Al- Mahdi and grant him good health and victory and make us his followers and those who attest
to his rightfulness"
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I thank the
Almighty God for granting me, once more, this opportunity to address this important international meeting.
I wish to begin by congratulating you, Mr. President, for having assumed
the presidency of the 64th Session of the UN General Assembly and wish you all the success. I also extend my thanks
to H.E. Mr. Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, President of the 63rd Session of the General Assembly, for his excellent stewardship
of the work of the General Assembly during his term.
Over the past four years I have spoken to you concerning the main challenges facing our world. I have discussed about the
roots and underlying causes of these challenges and the need for the world powers to review their outlook and workout new
mechanisms to address the pressing international problems. I have talked about the two conflicting outlooks prevailing
in our world; one that is based on the predominance of its materialistic interests through spreading inequality and oppression,
poverty and deprivation, aggression, occupation and deception, and tends to bring the entire world under its control and impose
its will on other nations. This outlook has produced nothing but frustration, disappointment and a dark future for the entire
The other outlook is the one that spouses with
the belief in the Oneness of the Almighty God, follows the teaching of His messengers, respects human dignity and seeks to
build a secure world for all members of the human community, in which everybody can equally enjoy the blessings of sustainable
peace and spirituality. The latter is an outlook that respects all human beings, nations, and valuable cultures in defiance
of all types of discrimination in the world, and commits itself into a constant fight to promote equality for all before the
law on the basis of justice and fraternity, laying a solid foundation to guarantee equal access for all human beings in their
quest to excel in knowledge and science.
I have laid emphasis
time and again on the need to make fundamental changes in the current outlook towards the world and the human being in order
to be able to create a bright future.
Friends and Colleagues;
Today, I wish to share with you a few points about the changes that
should take place.
Clearly, the continuation of the current circumstances in the world is impossible. The current inequitable
and unfavorable conditions run counter to the very nature of human kind and move in a direction which contravenes the truth
and the goal behind the creation of the world.
It is no longer possible to inject thousands of billions
of dollars of unreal wealth to the world economy simply by printing worthless paper assets, or transfer inflation as well
as social and economic problems to others through creating sever budget deficits. The engine of unbridled capitalism with
its unfair system of thought has reached the end of the road and is unable to move. The era of capitalist thinking and
imposition of one's thoughts on the international community, intended to dominate the world in the name of globalization and
the age of setting up empires is over. It is no longer possible to humiliate nations and impose double standard policies
on the world community.
Approaches in which realization of
the interests of certain powers is considered as the only criteria to weigh democracy, and using the ugliest methods of intimidation
and deceit under the mantle of freedom as a democratic practice, and approaches through which sometimes dictators are portrayed
as democrats, lack legitimacy and must be totally rejected.
The time has come to an end for those who define democracy and freedom and set standards whilst they themselves are
the first who violate its fundamental principles. They can no longer sit both the judge and the executor and challenge
the real democratically- established governments.
awakening of nations and the expansion of freedom worldwide will no longer allow others to continue their hypocrisy and vicious
attitudes. Because of all these reasons most nations including the people of the Untied States are waiting for real
and profound changes. They have welcomed and will continue to welcome changes.
How can one imagine that the inhuman policies in Palestine may continue; to force the entire population
of a country out of their homeland for more than 60 years by resorting to force and coercion; to attack them with all types
of arms and even prohibited weapons; to deny them of their legitimate right of self-defense, while much to the express of
the international community calling the occupiers as the peace- lovers, and portraying the victims as terrorists.
How can the crimes of the occupiers against defenseless women and children and destruction of their homes, farms, hospitals
and schools be supported unconditionally by certain governments, and at the same time, the oppressed men and women be subjected
to genocide and heaviest economic blockade being denied of their basic needs, food, water and medicine.
They are not even allowed to rebuild their homes which were destroyed during the 22-day barbaric attacks carried out by the
Zionist regime, as the winter is approaching. Whereas the aggressors and their supporters deceitfully continue their rhetoric
in defense of human rights in order to put others under pressure.
It is no longer acceptable that a small minority would dominate the politics, economy and culture of vast parts of the world
by its complicated networks, and establish a new form of slavery, and harm the reputation of other nations, even European
nations and the U.S., to attain its racist ambitions.
is not acceptable that some who are several thousands of kilometers away from the Middle East would send in their troops for
military intervention and for spreading war, bloodshed, aggression, terror and intimidation in the whole region while blaming
the protests of nations in the region, that are concerned about their fate and their national security, as a move against
peace and as interference in others' affairs. Look at the situations in Iraq and in Afghanistan.
It is no longer possible to bring a country under military occupation in the name of fight against terrorism
and drug trafficking while the production of illicit drugs has multiplied, terrorism has widened its dimensions and has tightened
its grips, thousands of innocent people have been killed, injured or displaced, infrastructures have been destroyed and regional
security has been seriously jeopardized; and those who have created the current disastrous situation continue to blame others.
How you can talk about friendship and solidarity with other nations while you expand your military bases in different parts
of the world including in Latin America. This situation cannot continue. It is all the more impossible to advance expansionist
and inhuman policies on the basis of militaristic logic. The logic of coercion and intimidation will produce dire consequences,
exacerbating the present global problems.
It is not
acceptable that the military budget of some governments exceeds far larger than those of the entire countries of the world.
They export billions of dollars of arms every year, stockpile chemical and biological weapons, establish military bases or
have military presence in other countries while accusing others of militarism, and mobilize all their resources in the world
to impede scientific and technological progress of other nations under the pretext of countering arms proliferation.
It is not acceptable that the United Nations and the Security Council, whose decisions must represent all nations and governments
by the application of the most democratic methods in their decision making processes, be dominated by a few governments and
serve their interests. In a world where cultures, thoughts and public opinions should be the determining factors, the continuation
of the present situation is impossible, and fundamental changes seem to be unavoidable.
Any change must be structural and fundamental both in theory and practice, involving all domains of our life. The outdated
mechanisms which themselves were instrumental in and the root cause for present problems in human societies can never be used
to bring changes and create our desired world. Liberalism and capitalism that have alienated human beings from heavenly
and moral values will never bring happiness for humanity because they are the main source of all misfortune wars, poverty
We have all seen that how the inequitable economic structures controlled by
certain political interests have been used to plunder national wealth of countries for the benefit of a group of corrupt business
giants. The present structures are incapable of reforming the present situation.
The political and economic structures created following the World War II that was based on intentions to
dominate the world failed to promote justice and lasting security.
Rulers whose hearts do not beat for the love of humankind and who sacrificed the spirit of justice in their minds
never offer the promise of peace and friendship to humanity. By the grace of God, Marxism is gone. It is now history.
The expansionist Capitalism will certainly have the same fate. Because based on the divine traditions referred to as
a principle in the Holy Quran, the wrong is like the bubbles on the surface of water, will disappear. There remains only what
that can be used forever towards the interest of human societies.
We must all remain vigilant to prevent the pursuit of colonialist, discriminatory and inhuman goals under the cover of the
slogans for change and in new formats. The world needs to undergo fundamental changes and all must engage collectively
to make them happen in the right direction, and through such efforts no one and no government would consider itself an exception
to change or superior to others and try to impose its will on others by proclaiming world leadership.
All problems existing in
our world today emanate from the fact that rulers have distanced themselves from human values, morality and the teachings
of divine messengers. Regrettably, in the current international relations, selfishness and insatiable greed have taken the
place of such humanitarian concepts as love, sacrifice, dignity, and justice. The belief in the One God has been replaced
with selfishness. Some have taken the place of God and insist to impose their values and wishes on others. Lies have
taken the place of honesty; hypocrisy has replaced integrity and selfishness has taken the place of sacrifice. Deception in
interactions is called foresight and statesmanship; looting the wealth of other nations is called development efforts; occupation
is introduced as a gift towards promotion of freedom and democracy, and defenseless nations are subjected to repression in
the name of defending human rights.
Friends and Colleagues;
Settlement of global problems and administration of justice and maintenance of peace will only be materialized with collective
determination and cooperation of all nations and states. The age of polarizing the world on the premises of the hegemony or
domination of a few governments is over.
Today we must rise
together in a collective commitment against the present challenges; we must take change seriously and help others through
collective work to return to the basic moral and human values. Messengers were sent by God to show the light of the truth
to human kind, they came to make people aware of their individual and social obligations. Piety, having faith to Allah
and its judgment of human behavior or conduct in the next world, belief in the primacy of justice in both lives, seeking one's
happiness, well being and security in the happiness, well-being and security of others, respecting human kind, making efforts
to expand love and compassion against hostility were all on top of the teachings offered by the Messengers of God from Adam
to Noah, from Noah to Abraham, Moses, Jesus Christ and the last one Prophet Mohammad (PUH). All of them came to do something
to eliminate war and ignorance, to eradicate poverty and uproot discrimination in order to spread happiness in the entire
world. They are the best gifts that God Almighty has granted to human beings.
If the belief in Entezar(Awaiting patiently for the Imam to return) will turn into a common and
we join hands to achieve prosperity for all, then there will be more real and increasing hopes for reform.
In my opinion, we have several important agendas in front of us. The Secretary-General and the UN General Assembly can
take the lead by undertaking necessary measures for the fulfillment of our shared goals on the basis of:
Restructuring the United Nations in order to transform this world body to an efficient and fully democratic organization,
capable of playing an impartial, equitable, and effective role in international relations; reforming the structure of the
Security Council, specially by abolishing the discriminatory privilege of the veto right; restoration
of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people by organizing a referendum and free elections in Palestine in order to
prepare a conducive environment for all Palestinian populations, including Muslims, Christians and Jews to live together in
peace and harmony; putting an end to all types of interferences in the affairs of Iraq, Afghanistan, Middle East, and
in all countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe.
As our great Prophet said, a government may survive with blasphemy, but never with oppression. Oppression against Palestinians
and violation of their rights still continue; a new group of Palestinians who lived in al-Quds al-Sharif were again forced
out of their homes as the destruction of their residential homes continues by the occupiers; bombings in Afghanistan and Pakistan
have not yet sopped; and Guantanamo Prison has not yet been shut down and there are still secret prisons in Europe.
Continuation of the present situation
adds to hostilities and violence. Oppression and military aggression must be stopped. Regrettably, official reports
concerning the brutalities of the Zionist regime in Gaza have not been completely published. The Secretary-General and the
United Nations have crucial responsibilities in this respect and the international community is impatiently waiting for the
punishment of the aggressors and the murderers of the defenseless people of Gaza.
the current economic structures and setting up a new international economic order based on human and moral values and obligations.
A new course is needed that would help promote justice and progress worldwide by flourishing the potentials and talents of
all nations thus bringing well-being for all and for future generations;
3- Reforming the
international political relations based on the promotion of lasting peace and friendship, eradication of arms race and elimination
of all nuclear, chemical and biological weapons;
Reforming cultural structures , respect for diverse customs and traditions of all nations, fostering moral values and spirituality
aimed at institution of family as the backbone of all human societies;
5- Worldwide efforts
to protect the environment and full observance of the international agreements and arrangements to prevent the annihilation
of nature's non-renewable resources.
Our nation has successfully gone through a glorious and fully- democratic election, opening a new chapter for our country
in the march towards national progress and enhanced international interactions. They entrusted me once more with a large
majority this heavy responsibility.
And now, I want to declare that our great nation that has made great contribution to the world civilization, and the Islamic
Republic of Iran as one of the most democratic and progressive governments of the world is ready to mobilize all its cultural,
political and economic capabilities to engage in a constructive process aimed at addressing the international concerns and
challenges. Our country has been a main victim of terrorism and the target of an all-out military aggression during
the first decade of the revolution.
All through the past thirty years we have been subject to hostile attitudes of those who supported Saddam’s military
aggression and his use of chemical weapons against us, and then they took military action in Iraq to get rid of him.
Today, our nation seeks to create a world in which justice and compassion prevail. We announce our commitment to participate
in the process of building a durable peace and security worldwide for all nations based on justice, spirituality and human
dignity, while being dedicated to strongly defending our legitimate and legal rights.
To materialize these goals, our nation is prepared to warmly shake all those hands
which are honestly extended to us. No nation can claim to be free from the need to change and reform in this journey towards
perfectness. We welcome real and humane changes and stand ready to actively engage in fundamental global reforms.
Therefore, we emphasize that:
The only path to remain safe is to return to Monotheism (believing in the Oneness of God) and justice, and this is the greatest
hope and opportunity in all ages and generations. Without belief in God and commitment to the cause of justice and fight against
injustice and discrimination, the world structure be corrected.
at the center of the universe. The man's unique feature is his humanity. The same feature which seeks for justice, piety,
love, knowledge, awareness and all other high values. These human values should be supported, and each and every fellow humans
should be given the opportunity to acquire them. Neglecting any of them is tantamount to the omission of a constituting piece
of humanity. These are common elements which connect all human communities and constitute the basis of peace, security and
The divine religions pay attention to all aspects of human life, including obedience to God, morality, justice, fighting oppression,
and endeavor to establish just and good governance. Prophet Abraham called for Oneness of God against Nimrod, as Prophet Moses
did the same against Pharaohs and the Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon them) did against the oppressors of
their own time. They were all threatened to death and were forced out of their homelands.
Without resistance and objection, the injustices would not be removed from the face of the earth.
The world is in continuous change and evolution. The promised destiny for the mankind
is the establishment of the humane pure life. Will come a time when justice will prevail across the globe and every single
human being will enjoy respect and dignity. That will be the time when the Mankind's path to moral and spiritual perfectness
will be opened and his journey to God and the manifestation of the God's Divine Names will come true. The mankind should excel
to represent the God's "knowledge and wisdom", His "compassion and benevolence", His "justice and
fairness", His "power and art", and His "kindness and forgiveness".
These will all come true under the rule of
the Perfect Man, the last Divine Source on earth, Hazrat Mahdi (Peace be upon him); an offspring of the Prophet of Islam,
who will re-emerge, and Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him) and other noble men will accompany him in the accomplishment
of this grand universal mission. And this is the belief in Entezar (Awaiting patiently for the Imam to return). Waiting with
patience for the rule of goodness and the governance of the Best which is a universal human notion and which is a source of
nations' hope for the betterment of the world.
They will come, and with the help of righteous people and
true believers will materialize the man's long-standing desires for freedom, perfectness, maturity, security and tranquility,
peace and beauty. They will come to put an end to war and aggression and present the entire knowledge as well as spirituality
and friendship to the whole world.
Yes; Indeed, the bright future for the mankind will come.
In waiting for that brilliant time to come and in a collective commitment, let's make due contributions in paving the grounds
and preparing the conditions for building that bright future.
live love and spirituality; long live peace and security; long live justice and freedom.
God's Peace and blessing be upon you all.
و السلام عليكم و رحمة
الله و بركاته
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