PUTRAJAYA OCT.24: Malaysia joins the other 192 United Nations (UN) Member States in celebrating the United Nations Day that falls on 24th October every year to mark the anniversary of the entry into force of the Charter of the United Nations in 1945.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its statement said, since joining the UN in 1957 and becoming the 82nd member of this august body, Malaysia attaches great importance to the three (3) main pillars of the UN, namely peace and security, human rights and development.
The statement added Malaysia has played an active role in the UN and was elected as a member of the UN Security Council on four occasions: 1965, 1989-1990, 1999-2000 and 2015-2016.
Malaysia was also elected as a member of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on seven occasions; 1971-1973, 1976-1978, 1983-1985, 1991-1993, 1995-1997, 2003-2005 and 2008-2010.
“Recently Malaysia has been elected for a third time to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) for the term 2022-2024. As a member of the HRC, Malaysia looks forward towards improving human rights in Malaysia and abroad by working closely with all countries and other relevant stakeholders through constructive engagement, cooperation, inclusivity, transparency and mutual respect,” the statement added.
In supporting the longstanding desire of the UN to achieve a nuclear-weapons-free world, the statement said, Malaysia will continue to play an active role in nuclear disarmament, as it chairs Main Committee I on Nuclear Disarmament at the upcoming 10th Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) early next year.
“In support of the plight of the Palestinians, the Government decided recently to extend predictable long-term contribution amounting to USD 1 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The contribution will be disbursed annually in the amount of USD 200,000 per year from 2021 until 2025,” the statement said.
The Ministry’s statement also stressed on the launching of the 12th Malaysia Plan (2021-2025) with the theme “A Prosperous, Inclusive, Sustainable Malaysia”, which embeds the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“Malaysia also presented its second Voluntary National Review (VNR) report at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), which was held from 6th to 15th July 2021 in New York. It highlights actions and measures taken by Malaysia to advance the implementation of SDGs and to fulfil the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.
“Malaysia reaffirms its commitment to achieve a carbon neutral nation by 2050 to facilitate the transition to a more sustainable and climate-resilient future. In this regard, Malaysia looks forward to participating in the upcoming 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which is scheduled to be held in Glasgow, United Kingdom from October 31 to November 12,2021,” the statement said.
The statement also stressed that Malaysia believes there is an urgent need for the United Nations to address the COVID-19 pandemic including on ensuring vaccines are accessible, equitable and affordable.
“Malaysia looks forward to work together with the world family and engage with the UN agencies and Member States to build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Malaysia is also committed to play a more prominent role in health diplomacy by collaborating with all stakeholders on an array of health-related issues,” the statement reiterated.- Malaysia World News