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STATEMENT (4C): GENEDERAL DEBATE ON ITEMS 50-61 AT THE FOURTH COMMITTEE, 20 OCTOBER 2020

STATEMENT BY 

MR. MUHAMMAD FALAH AZIZAN

COUNSELLOR
PERMANENT MISSION OF MALAYSIA TO THE UNITED NATIONS

 

ON THE JOINT GENERAL DEBATE ON ITEMS 50 - 61 
AT THE FOURTH COMMITTEE OF THE 75TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

NEW YORK, 20 OCTOBER 2020

 

 

Mr. Chairman,

 

Malaysia congratulates you on your appointment as Chair of the Fourth Committee as well as to the members of the Bureau.

 

2.   Malaysia aligns itself with the statement delivered by Azerbaijan and Indonesia, on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), respectively.

 

Mr. Chairman,

 

3.   Malaysia reiterates its full commitment to enhance international cooperation on the peaceful uses of outer space.  With increasing number of actors participating in space programmes, both by states and private entities, the role of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) in ensuring that the exploration and use of outer space be carried out for the benefit of all countries and mankind has become more vital than ever. Malaysia looks forward to working closely with Member States of COPUOS towards achieving the “2030Space Agenda”.

 

4.   Malaysia adopted its National Space Policy 2030 in 2017 and has also introduced the Malaysia Space Exploration 2030 Programme (Malaysia Space-X 2030).  It is our hope that by 2030, the country’s space sector could contribute at least 0.3% to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country and create 500 knowledge workers (k-workers).

 

5.   In December 2019, the Government established the Malaysian Space Agency (MYSA) through the merging of the National Space Agency (ANGKASA) and the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency (MRSA). The merger will enable the Malaysian Government to enhance its efficiency of delivering government services in the space sector.

 

6.   To regulate space activities, Malaysia is in the process of enacting our national space legislation.  We hope that the Space Bill would be passed by the end of 2020.

 

Mr. Chairman,

 

7.   Malaysia continues to recognise the important role played by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The unwavering commitment and exceptional work carried out by UNRWA has provided assistance and protection to over 5 million Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, as well as in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

 

8.   Malaysia has consistently rendered assistance and contributions to the Government and the people of Palestine, both financially and in kind, including through UNRWA. We are a regular contributor to UNRWA since 1978, and has also made financial contribution this year.

 

9.   Malaysia reiterates its strong condemnation of Israel’s flagrant violations, including the continued restriction of movement of UNRWA personnel and goods in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, which have undermined the Agency’s ability to effectively execute its mandate for the Palestinian refugees.

 

10.  Malaysia also calls on the restoration of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including the establishment of an independent and sovereign State of Palestine based on pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. We also reject any unilateral action regarding the final status of Jerusalem. The only viable way forward is a negotiated two-state solution.

 

Mr. Chairman,

 

11.  Malaysia reaffirms its commitment to the vital importance of peacekeeping operations in the maintenance of international peace and security. We cherish this noble effort, and would like to pay tribute to the sacrifices of peacekeepers; to the devoted men and women serving with unwavering dedication in the name of peace.

 

12.  At present, Malaysian peacekeepers are serving in five peacekeeping missions throughout the globe. Currently, Malaysia is in transition for the rotation of 820 of our soldiers in UNIFIL. We are pleased that we have been able to continue our partnership with Brunei Darussalam whereby 30 personnel from the Royal Bruneian Armed Forces are embedded with their Malaysian counterparts.

 

13.  We are also pleased to be able to continue increasing the number of women peacekeepers serving under the UN banner. It is our hope that our women peacekeepers will contribute significantly to the success of those missions.

 

Mr. Chairman,

 

14.  The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the conduct of United Nations peacekeeping operations. Malaysia supported ongoing efforts by the UN Secretariat in ensuring the maintenance of effective operational requirement during this difficult and troubling period. We could certainly learn from past health experiences and draw from the experience of Member States in dealing with the pandemic and continue to coordinate closely particularly with the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

15.  Malaysia also supports efforts to thoroughly re-examine tactical, technical and procedural aspects of peacekeeping while operating in such harsh circumstances resulting from the pandemic. But such efforts should also include the sharing of best practices and lessons learnt while operating during the pandemic, in order to ensure a more effective, prepared and resilient peacekeeping to deal with future pandemics.

 

16.  To conclude, Malaysia would like to assure you of our full support and cooperation in the work of the Committee at this session.

 

I thank you, Mr. Chairman.