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INU - On Wednesday, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, criticized President Hassan Rouhani for accepting the terms of the UNESCO 2030 Agenda agreement. He declared, “The fact that some people say this agreement is not binding is naïve. All aspects of this agreement are binding and if due action is not taken they will take action against us.” He added, “This is a very important issue, for some people to sit in the United Nations and establish an intellectual, cultural, scientific and practical system for all nations, to have the entire world think as they wish.”

The UNESCO 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development agreement oversees such issues as the guarantee of equal and comprehensive education, environmental issues, gender equality — including equal social opportunities for men and women — human rights, ending minority segregation, and encouraging peace and non-violence.

Khamenei emphasized, “It has been years since we have proposed the Iranian Islamic advances example. This proposal must be perfected by our college professors and prevent Westerners from suggesting examples for our country.”

Accusations by Rouhani during his presidential campaign included allegations that his rivals provided “false reports” to Khamenei regarding the 2030 Agenda.

In response, Khamenei said he had received correct reports.

After Rouhani posted on his Instagram page that last September the 2030 Agenda was provided to Khamenei’s office, the parliament, judiciary, the General Inspectors Office, and other state entities, the controversy escalated.

The document was posted without any description, but with under signature of Isaac Jahangiri on September 15, 2016. Therefore, the the fact that the first vice-president signed the document at that time is indisputable.

Government affiliated ISNA news agency wrote, “This document indicates that in addition to executive branch, judiciary and parliament were aware about the details of this document, but no one had any objection to its implementation.”

The publication of this document has again fueled division between the regime’s factions. Khamenei’s state media has attacked Rouhani and the 2030 document.

In a confusing statement, Cleric Ahmad Salek acknowledges, "this document has been signed and communicated in September of last year,” but then adds that “implementation of some of its articles are attacks on the clerics government,” and are, "the movements of the enemy.” He added, “One of the enemies ways in arranging contracts is to influence our fundamental believes. So, we could have gotten engaged in some trades, economics, energy, ballistic missiles, international businesses and etc. contracts, however, the 2030 document contract is such, that with its implementation is going to be no more values left in the country. This the same as infiltration of enemy.”

Cleric Ali Salimi, member of the House Education Committee, said that "various aspects of the 2030 document should be scrupulously examined. The raised question is that, whether the IRGC affiliated militia military training in the schools is evidence of violence and the culture of violence is a true testimony? These are questions that need to be answered.”

Government affiliated Keyhan newspaper, which didn't mention that the date of this document was last year, blamed Rouhani and wrote, “The executive branch has lined up all its resources in a psychological war against society that the implementation of document 2030 is not mandatory.”

In the meantime, Fazel Lankarani, a cleric who is affiliated with Ali Khamenei, called for a ban of the 2030 UNESCO document, signed in by the government of President Hassan Rouhani. He stated, “The pen that has written this document is blasphemous.”

In the latest news, at a meeting with Hassan Rouhani on the evening of Tuesday June 13, 2017, Iran's Supreme Cultural Revolution Council members revoked the 2030 UNESCO document.

The majority of the members of Iran's Supreme Cultural Revolution Council ratified that all the aspects of the fundamental evolutionary plans of education and training should be taken into consideration, and country’s educational issues should be designed according to Iranian superior documents. Therefore, the 2030 document would not be taken into consideration.

In a letter to Rouhani just hours before this announcement, 151 members of parliament stated, “Because this 2030 UNESCO document was not approved in the Parliament it is not valid.”

Khamenei has previously stated that he considers the implementation of this document "illegal”, and said, “The Islamic Republic will not give in to documents such as UNESCO’s 2030 Agenda.”

 

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