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STATEMENT (2C): AGENDA ITEM 25 - OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR DEVELOPMENT, 5 OCTOBER 2020

STATEMENT BY 
H.E. SYED MOHD HASRIN AIDID 
PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF MALAYSIA TO THE UNITED NATIONS 

ON AGENDA ITEM 25: OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR DEVELOPMENT

AT THE SECOND COMMITTEE 

OF THE 75TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

NEW YORK, 5 OCTOBER 2020

 

Mr Chairman.

At the outset, I wish to congratulate you on your election as Chair of the Second Committee as well as to the Bureau members.

2.   My delegation aligns itself with the statement made by Guyana on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, as well as the statement made by Thailand, on behalf of ASEAN.

Mr. Chairman,

3.   Malaysia welcomes the conclusion of the repositioning of the UN Development System (UNDS). We are pleased that significant progress has been made in repositioning the UNDS, especially where it matters most - at the country level.

4.   We also acknowledge the coordinated and comprehensive response to COVID-19 by the UNDS, including those led by the reinvigorated Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams. It is crucial for the work of the UNDS to respond to the specific needs of countries, and correspond with the realities and challenges on the ground. Hence, we believe the 2020 QCPR is a crucial opportunity to reflect, not only in our immediate response and sustainable recovery from COVID-19, but in tackling the longer-term sustainable development challenges ahead.

5.   Malaysia further believes that the QCPR would be able to guide the UNDS in helping Member States to build back better, and accelerate actions towards a sustainable, resilient and inclusive development, in line with the 2030 Agenda. In this regard, Malaysia looks forward to the consultations on the 2020 QCPR during this Session.

Mr Chairman,

6.   For Malaysia, South-South cooperation remains relevant to developing countries, especially in addressing existing global challenges and the impact of the pandemic. Malaysia believes that South-South Cooperation serves as an enabler for exchanges and sharing of knowledge, best practices and resources among developing countries and other stakeholders.

7.   By mobilising South-South Cooperation, Malaysia and other like-minded developing countries are able to consolidate our common position on a multitude of issues, particularly on economy, trade and development at the multilateral fora. However, we reiterate that South-South Cooperation is a complement to, rather than a substitute for, North-South cooperation.

8.   Malaysia particularly recognises the vital role of trade as an indispensable tool for economic growth, development and eradication of poverty. Looking at the trends of the South-South trade from 1995 to 2016, which made up almost 29% of global trade, Malaysia is confident of the opportunity and capacity that the South has, especially in building back better.

9.   Malaysia will continue to bolster and intensify existing cooperation through the present mechanisms namely bilateral, regional and intra-regional levels from both the public and private sectors, including via public-private partnerships in all areas of cooperation. We stand ready to share our development experiences through the MTCP and other mutually acceptable initiatives.

10.   To conclude, Malaysia reaffirms its continued support for the Secretary-General’s efforts to deliver an effective and fit-for-purpose UN Development System. We look forward to a more coherent, accountable and effective UN system in supporting the acceleration of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as in mitigating the pandemic impacts.  

I thank you.