EXPLANATION OF VOTE BY
MR. AZRIL ABD AZIZ
DEPUTY PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF MALAYSIA TO THE UNITED NATIONS
FOLLOWING THE ADOPTION OF
THE POLITICAL DECLARATION ON HIV AND AIDS
NEW YORK, 8 JUNE 2021
Malaysia commends the initiative of the United Nations in organising the High- Level Meeting on “HIV and AIDS” and recognises the importance of global collaboration to achieve the target of ending HIV/AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.
In line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Malaysia has embraced the principles of ‘Health for All’ and ‘No One is Left Behind’, and continues to provide the best healthcare to its population regardless of social status, skin colour or one’s belief.
Malaysia reaffirms its commitment to getting on track to end HIV/AIDS by 2030 as mentioned in the 2021 Political Declaration. However, we express our concern with regard to the use of ambiguous terminologies in the Political Declaration adopted.
In this regard, while we have supported the adoption of the Political Declaration, we would like to disassociate ourselves with the paragraphs that refer to problematic terminologies, namely; "multiple and intersecting forms", “sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)” and "comprehensive sexuality education" which in our view are not UN agreed or consensus language.
Malaysia reiterates its support for the initiatives spelt out in the Political Declaration according to national laws, national development priorities and national strategy. Malaysia hopes with the collaboration and partnership with other key players, especially non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil societies, we can together achieve to end HIV/AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.
Finally, Malaysia remains open to share its experiences and achievements as well as learn from and adopting the best practices of other member states on this matter.