GMM was first introduced by YAB Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak during his maiden speech at the 65th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 27 September 2010 where he urged members and leaders of the world's major faiths to censure and reject their own extremists and jointly support GMM.
Since its introduction, Wisma Putra has been at the forefront of efforts to promote GMM and moderation at the international level.
It embodies ASEAN’s pledge to promote moderation as an ASEAN value that promotes peace, security and development as well as promotes the approach moderation in the conduct of interstate relations.
The GMM concept could be explained as follows:
Malaysia continues to promote the concept of moderation at the international level through diplomatic channels, the GMM Foundation (GMMF), the Academic Chair on Wasatiyyah at the University of Malaya (UM) and the Institute of Wasatiyyah, with the aim of exploring cooperation on GMM and promoting moderation as an approach towards global peace and justice. The GMMF (please hyperlink to GMMF website: http://www.gmomf.org/ ) was established in April 2012 as a think tank for the pursuit, development and sharing of the GMM approach and operationalize it into practical and impactful initiatives.
Malaysia’s campaign to the UN Security Council (UNSC), themed “Peace and Security through Moderation” highlights Malaysia’s strong belief that the practice of moderation can maintain peace, stability and unity. Malaysia believes that the United Nations (UN) could be used by its Member States and the international community as a platform to explore ways and means for the possible application of moderation to current challenges. The GMM as a whole can complement the mission and work of the UN system at various levels that seek to promote understanding, tolerance and responsibility as well as to advance an agenda for peace, harmony and justice.