Iran’s Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Mission to the UN Zahra Ershadi described xenophobia and Islamophobia as main challenges in culture of peace.
In her statement addressing the United Nations High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace, Ershadi said, “Today, culture of peace has been seriously challenged by such phenomenon as hate speech, xenophobia and Islamophobia, creating environment conducive to violence and violent extremism.”
“We support efforts to promote culture of peace and to that end, underline the importance of dialogue among cultures and civilization,” she added.
“Our world today is facing pressing challenges,” she said adding, “It suffers from wars, conflicts, terrorism and violent extremism, poverty and discrimination, as well as unilateralism and unilateral coercive measures which are contrary to international law.”
“As the Secretary-General has rightly put it, world order is becoming increasingly chaotic, democratic principles are under siege, the rule of law is being undermined and multilateralism is under fire, precisely when we need it most,” Ershadi said.