Malaysia, together with 192 United Nations Member States, celebrates the 74th anniversary of the United Nations today, 24 October 2019. The United Nations Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter in 1945.


Malaysia became a member of the United Nations upon gaining its independence in 1957. Since then, Malaysia has consistently promoted the three founding pillars of the United Nations system namely, peace and security, human rights and development.


In addition to fulfilling international commitments and responsibilities under the UN framework, Malaysia has actively participated in United Nations peacekeeping missions since 1960 and contributed towards preventing conflicts and sustaining peace during its non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council on four occasions: 1965, 1989-1990, 1999-2000 and 2015-2016.


In terms of development, Malaysia remains committed in implementing the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDG 2030). Indeed, SDG 2030 has already been embedded into the Eleventh Malaysia Plan (2016-2020). Recently, Malaysia launched the Shared Prosperity Vision 2021-2030 (SPV 2030) on 5 October 2019, which aims to develop a fair and equitable distribution of economic development at all levels by 2030, as envisaged by SDG 2030.


Today, 74 years since its formation, Malaysia views that the United Nations remains the best platform to pursue international cooperation based on the principles of mutual respect and international law, consistent with the Charter of the United Nations.


Looking forward, Malaysia has identified a few issues to be prioritised at the UN next year, which coincides with the 75th anniversary of the UN, in our pursuit to strengthen multilateralism. Among others, Malaysia would focus on the reform of the United Nations in general, and participate in programmes such as Beijing+25 Summit and the Review Conference on the Treaty of Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), to name a few.


Malaysia remains committed in continuing collaboration and engagement with the United Nations, guided by its long-standing and principled positions on issues deliberated as well as principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations.







24 October 2019