Reform is necessary to strengthen the United Nation’s effectiveness as a multilateral organisation – PM Ismail

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KUALA LUMPUR SEPT.25: Malaysia is calling everybody to work together in the spirit of a “world family”, to address the deep-rooted challenges of inequality, political instability and global governance.

Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, in line with the spirit of “world family” Malaysia is fully committed in managing, overcoming and recovering from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our common mission in these unprecedented times calls us to recognize that humankind is one big extended family. It is in that spirit we in Malaysia have very consciously referred to ourselves as “Keluarga Malaysia.”

“Together and putting aside our differences, we will protect lives and livelihoods. We will ensure that Malaysia will not only bounce back but will thrive as the world emerges from the depths of the pandemic,” Ismail said.

Ismail said that in his speech that was live telecasted on TV1 and virtually at the General Debate of the 76th Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, New York here this evening.

The theme of this years’ General Assembly is “Building resilience through hope – to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people and revitalise the United Nations.”

Ismail called on the world to regard public health as a global public good rather than the exclusive domain of individual nations. It is because of this Malaysia will play a more prominent role and participate more actively in health diplomacy and inter-disciplinary in nature and involve more relevant stakeholders.

“As for COVID-19 we cannot afford to wait for an even deadlier variant to emerge and claim more lives. We need to act now,” Ismail said.

The Prime Minister also emphasized that the UN has been in existence for over 75 years and during which the world has changed significantly. As such the UN must keep pace with a rapidly changing world as it continues to face a crisis of expectations.

“Reform is necessary to strengthen the UN’s effectiveness as a multilateral organisation, to bring more transparency to it and to enhance its credibility. On this we must work together to reform the organisation and we hope Member States will demonstrate openness, flexibility and political will in the interest of international peace, security and prosperity,” Ismail reiterated.

Ismail added: “During its inception, we look to the United Nations to save humanity from the scourge of war. Today we place our resolve in the UN and its Member States to save humanity from the scourge of the global pandemic.

“The pandemic has shown that we need to improve our resolve to strengthen international cooperation and multilateralism and consider ourselves as a family of nations.

“At the same time, the world family must be made a more peaceful, prosperous, sustainable and equitable one. We must close ranks and enhance our unity and cohesion. We must live in peaceful coexistence. Only then will we have a chance to succeed,” the Prime Minister said. –Malaysia World News


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