multilateral diplomacy
multilateral diplomacy


Malaysia is a member of a number of multilateral organisations including the United Nations (UN), Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Commonwealth, ASEAN, Group of Seventy Seven (G77), Developing Eight (D8), Asia Middle East Dialogue (AMED), Far East Asia Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC), Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC), Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM), Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).


Multilateral diplomacy is not just important but engrained in the conduct of Malaysia’s foreign policy since the country gained its indepenence. Malaysia has been working actively towards a global political and socio-economic stability and security within the multilateral system.


Malaysia will therefore promote security, international law as well as development through its active participation in the international fora, especially the United Nations system and its specialised agencies.

The United Nations through its universal membership and its Charter occupies the central and indispensable role within a multilateral system of governance. Malaysia recognises the need to address the pressing social and economic needs of the developing countries and as such looks to the United Nations to advance the development agenda related to underdevelopment and the eradication of poverty.


Through Malaysia’s participation in the multilateral fora, Malaysia has voiced the belief that resolution of international conflict should be peaceful and in accordance with the United Nations and international law. Malaysia will support all initiatives aimed at strengthening the UN and multilateralism. Malaysia has played a prominent role in advancing the development agenda of the South through its leadership roles in the NAM and OIC.

The contributions that Malaysia has made during its tenure as Chairman of both these organisations have re-invigorated and re-energized these organisations. Malaysia’s initiated programmes such as the Capacity Building Programme for OIC countries and the NAM Institute for the Empowerment of Women (NIEW) should be actively pursued and encouraged.
The strengthening of South-South cooperation has in recent years developed into high level intercontinental engagements, a development that bodes well for the strengthening of solidarity and development of interdependence among developing countries in addressing common social and economic challenges. Another key aspect in this engagement is the cooperation in the technical, scientific and trade fields. The strengthening of Malaysia’s multilateral diplomacy is imperative as the issues and challenges the country faces have increased and multiplied over the decades.




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