RNA – The ninth forum of the members of the board of trustees of the Research Centre for Islamic Culture and Thought was held in Qom in the presence of Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Sadeqi-Rashad, a member of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution.
At this forum, which was commissioned to review and critique of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Ayatollah Sadeqi-Rashad, the director and founder of the Research Centre for Islamic Culture and Thought, considered the role of the country’s scientific elite as unmatched and influential in the examination of national and transnational documents and said, “This document can be criticized from three angles: from the transnational perspective and the perspective of essentialism toward the issue. from the angle of the analysis of the content and the examination of the suspected documents and ultimately from the angle of the exposure of the authorities to this issue. More than that, during this forum, there was an overview of all three aspects of this document.”
He added, “With regard to the first approach, I don’t think that our friends are the one who have doubts that this document has been issued to improve the situation of people in the Third World and in weaker countries. It’s not really the case that this document isn’t an article that contains scientific criticism, although it’s good to examine this, although we must also examine the nature of such documents.”
Ayatollah Rashad argued that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is commonly referred to as a prescription for the Third World and eastern countries and Western civilization is taking steps to develop it and said, “The difference between the current West and the current East is not that they have technology and others don’t, the difference is in regard to lifestyle and the way in which family relationships and social issues are regulated and the West is seeking to impose its own civilization on our world.”
His Eminence added, “It is, of course, naïve to ask for some kind of protection. If we want to think correctly, we will know how to deal with these issues in the international community.”
In this forum, the various members of the board of trustees as representatives of different groups from four research institutes reviewed and criticized the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a set of seventeen global goals for 169 specific areas developed by the United Nations during a deliberative process involving its 193 member states on 25 September 2015.
Critics of the 2030 Agenda in Iran, including many sources of emulation and the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei, say the implementation of the agenda is betrayal of Iran’s Islamic codes, will violation its cultural independence and will demoralize its education system.