At a major U.N. summit of world leaders, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says terrorism is forcing western Asian nations to take sustainable development out of their agendas in order to fight against insecurity. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday (September 26) warned of the "dual calamities" of terrorism and climate change facing western Asian countries like Iran. Rouhani was speaking at the United Nations summit in New York, where world leaders have gathered to discuss a variety of global concerns including sustainable development. "Violence against man and nature are the dual calamities befalling the west Asia region… Terrorist groups crush the sustainable development goals and the continuation of this situation results in further poverty and environmental destruction," Rouhani said to the assembly. "They have taken sustainable development out of the agenda of countries, forcing them to expend their national resources on fighting against insecurity," he continued. Rouhani also said the nuclear deal between Iran and western powers has created conditions for improved cooperation in environmental preservation. Leaders from nearly 200 nations are poised to adopt a sweeping plank of global goals to combat poverty, inequality and climate change in the broadest and most comprehensive effort ever by the United Nations to tackle the world's ills. Adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, caps three years of brainstorming and negotiations with input from nearly every corner of the world, organizers say, and provides a roadmap for countries to finance and create change.