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STATEMENT: INFORMAL ON THE FOLLOW-UP TO THE DECLARATION ON THE COMMEMORATION OF UN75, 15 DECEMBER 2020

STATEMENT BY 
MR. MOHD HAFIZ OTHMAN 
MINISTER COUNSELLOR
PERMANENT MISSION OF MALAYSIA

AT THE INFORMAL MEETING OF THE PLENARY ON THE FOLLOW-UP TO THE DECLARATION ON THE COMMEMORATION OF THE SEVENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNITED NATIONS

NEW YORK, 15 DECEMBER 2020

 

 

Mr. President,

At the outset, I would like to express my appreciation to you and the Secretary-General for your engagement today.

2.   The key takeaway of the Declaration on UN75 is crystal clear. We, Member States, need to build a post-pandemic world that is equitable, safer, prosperous, and greener, in a full spirit of inclusive multilateralism.

3.   As such, the UN 75th anniversary presents a golden opportunity for us to do better. To do so, Malaysia remains convinced that the reform of the Organisation must continue so that it could better respond to common challenges that the world is facing. We need to bring about the necessary changes in the way the Organisation works, particularly on the implementation of relevant resolutions, pledges, and commitments.

4.   We must work together towards the realisation of three pillars of the UN system reform as envisaged by the Secretary-General, namely management, peace and security and development. The reform of the Security Council must also immediately take place to make it more legitimate, representative, democratic, accountable and transparent – in which Member States must demonstrate openness, flexibility, and political will to work towards a mutually acceptable solution. At the same time, the revitalisation of the work of the General Assembly must constantly be improved to ensure that it is more effective, transparent, and accountable to the people we serve – given its representative character and credibility.

5.   Above all, we need a reformed UN that is more inclusive and fully embraces diversity in all its forms. A UN that listens to the aspirations of all, especially the young people and vulnerable groups.

Mr. President,

6.   There will never be a shortage of global challenges. Multiple crises – health, environmental, political, economic, and social – will continue to test our resolve across the globe. Malaysia is convinced that multilateralism is the only vaccine to safeguard our future.

7.   The best way to convince the people we serve is by showing them that multilateralism works – and it can keep them safe and improve their day-to-day lives. For a safer world, we need to do more to support peace, dialogue, and mediation in addressing differences and disputes. In this context, Malaysia continues to call on all Member States and relevant parties to do the utmost to respond to the Secretary-General’s appeal for a global ceasefire – which he repeated during the recent High-Level Week.

8.   In June this year, Malaysia, is pleased to have facilitated the expression of support and commitment by the majority of Member States in this endeavour. We, alongside Bangladesh, Ecuador, Egypt, Jamaica, Japan, Oman, Senegal, Slovenia, and Sweden, initiated the Statement of Support for Global Ceasefire amid the COVID-19 pandemic – which was endorsed by 172 UN Member States and Observers. The issuance of this Statement is indeed a reflection of a strong testament of multilateralism among the wider membership of the Organisation.

Mr. President,

9.   The UN will become stronger only with the continued support of committed and constructive members of its Organisation. Only by acting together on our shared goals can we shape a better future for current and succeeding generations. Let me conclude by reaffirming Malaysia’s steadfast commitment to international cooperation and multilateralism – with the UN at its centre.

Thank you.