Address by H.E. Dr. Mahmud Ahmadinejad President
of the Islamic Republic of Iran before the 65th Session of the United Nations
York 23 September 2010
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 and on all divine messengers"
"Oh, 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
After about one hundred years of domination, the system of Capitalism and the
existing world order has proved to be unable to provide appropriate solution to
the problems of societies, thus coming to an end. I shall try to examine the
two main causes of this failure and picture some features of the ideal future
the divine prophets had the mission to call everyone to monotheism, love and
justice and show mankind the path to prosperity. They invite men to
contemplation and knowledge in order to better appreciate the truth and to
avoid atheism and egoism. The very nature of the message of all prophets is one
and the same. Every messenger endorsed the messenger before him and gave glad
tidings about the prophet to come, and presented a more complete version of the
religion in accordance with the capacity of the man at the time. This continued
up to the last messenger of God who presented the perfect and all inclusive
In opposition to that, the egotist and the greedy stood up against this clear
call, revolting against the message.
Nimrod countered Hazrat Abraham, Pharaoh countered Hazrat Moses and the greedy
countered Hazrat Jesus Christ and Hazrat Mohammad (Peace be upon them all). In
the recent centuries, the human ethics and values have been rejected as a cause
for backwardness. They were even portrayed as opposing wisdom and science
because of the earlier infliction on man by the proclaimers of religion in the
dark ages of the West
Man's disconnection from Heaven detached him from his true self.
Man with his potentials for understanding the secrets of the universe, his
instinct for seeking truth, his aspirations for justice and perfection, his
quest for beauty and purity and his capacity to represent God on earth was
reduced to a creature limited to the materialistic world with a mission to
maximize individualistic pleasures. Human instinct, then, replaced true human
Human beings and nations were considered rivals and the happiness of an
individual or a nation was defined in collision with, and elimination or
suppression of others. Constructive evolutionary cooperation was replaced with
a destructive struggle for survival.
The lust for capital and domination replaced monotheism which is the gate to
love and unity.
This widespread clash of the egoist with the divine values gave way to slavery
and colonialism. A large portion of the world came under the domination of a
few western States. Tens of millions of people were taken to slavery and tens
of millions of families were shattered as a result. All the resources, the
rights and the cultures of the colonized nations were plundered. Lands were
occupied and the indigenous people were humiliated and mass- murdered.
Yet, nations rose up, colonialism was alienated and the independence of the nations
was recognized. Thus, the hope for respect, prosperity and security was revived
amongst nations. In the beginning of the past century nice talks about freedom,
human rights and democracy created hopes for healing the deep wounds of the
past. Today, however, not only those dreams are not realized, but memories,
even at times worse than before, have been recorded.
As a result of the two World Wars, the occupation of Palestine, the Korean and
the Vietnam's Wars, the Iraqi war against Iran, the occupation of Afghanistan
and Iraq as well as many wars in Africa, hundreds of millions of people were
killed, wounded or displaced.
Terrorism, illicit drugs, poverty and the social gaps increased. The
dictatorial and coup d'état governments in Latin America committed
unprecedented crimes with the support of the West.
Instead of disarmament, the proliferation and stockpiling of nuclear,
biological and chemical weapons expanded, putting the world under a bigger
threat. As a result, the very same old goals of colonialists and the slave
masters were, this time round, pursued with a new façade.
the nuclear energy
Nuclear energy is clean and cheap and a heavenly gift which is amongst the most
suitable alternatives to cut the pollutions emanating from fossil fuels.
The Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT) allows all member States to use nuclear
energy without limits and the International Atomic Energy Agency is mandated to
provide member States with technical and legal support.
The nuclear bomb is the worst inhumane weapon and which must totally be
eliminated. The NPT prohibits its development and stockpiling and calls for
Nonetheless, note what some of the permanent members of the Security Council
and nuclear bomb holders have done:
They have equated nuclear energy with the nuclear bomb, and have distanced this
energy from the reach of most of nations by establishing monopolies and
pressuring the IAEA. While at the same time, they have continued to maintain,
expand and upgrade their own nuclear arsenals.
This has entailed the following:
Not only the nuclear disarmament has not been realized but also nuclear bombs
have been proliferated in some regions, including by the occupying and
intimidating Zionist regime.
I would like here to propose that the year 2011 be proclaimed the year of
nuclear disarmament and "Nuclear Energy for all, Nuclear Weapons for
In all these cases the United Nations has been unable to take any effective
course of action. Unfortunately, in the decade proclaimed as the
"International Decade for the Culture of Peace" hundreds of thousands
were killed and injured as a result of war, aggression and occupation, and
hostilities and antagonism increased.
years the inefficiency of the capitalism and the existing world management and
structures has been exposed and the majority of States and nations have been on
a quest for fundamental changes and for the prevalence of justice in global
The cause of the United Nation's ineptitude is in its unjust structure. Major
power is monopolized in the Security Council due to the veto privilege, and the
main pillar of the Organization, namely the General Assembly, is marginalized.
In the past several decades, at least one of the permanent members of the
Security Council has always been a party to the disputes.
The veto advantage grants impunity to aggression and occupation; How could,
therefore, one expect competence while both the judge and the prosecutor are a
party to the dispute?
Had Iran enjoyed veto privilege, would the Security Council and the IAEA
Director General have taken the same position in the nuclear issue?
The United Nations is the key center for coordinating the common global
management. Its structure needs to be reformed in a manner that all independent
States and nations be able to participate in the global governance actively and
The veto privilege should be revoked and the General Assembly should be the
highest body and the Secretary-General should be the most independent official
and all his positions and activities should be taken with the approval of the
General Assembly and should be directed towards promoting justice and
The Secretary-General should not come under pressure from powers and/or the
country hosting the Organization for his stating the truth and administration
It is suggested that the General Assembly should, within one year and in the
framework of an extraordinary session, finalize the reformation of the
The Islamic Republic of Iran has clear suggestions in this regard and stands
ready to participate actively and constructively in the process.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I announce clearly that the occupation of other countries under the pretext of
freedom and democracy is an unforgivable crime.
The world needs the logic of compassion and justice and inclusive participation
instead of logic of force, domination, unilateralism, war and intimidation.
The world needs to be governed by virtuous people like the Divine Prophets.