MS. NUR ATIQA MD AKIM
REPRESENTATIVE OF MALAYSIA
ON ITEM 130: COOPERATION BETWEEN THE UNITED NATIONS AND
REGIONAL AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS
NEW YORK, 23 NOVEMBER 2020
Malaysia welcomes the draft resolutions presented before the General Assembly on cooperation between the United Nations and various regional and other organisations. The draft resolutions are testament to the importance of engagements between the United Nations and these organisations.
2. Malaysia, in particular, welcomes the continued cooperation between the United Nations and the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO).
3. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) is a key instrument of global nuclear-disarmament and non-proliferation architecture. Malaysia believes that the CTBT will complement the existing international legal instruments relating to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, such as the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). The CTBT will also complement the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) that will enter into force in January 2021, in achieving the goal of the total elimination of nuclear weapons.
4. The expeditious entry into force of the CTBT is enormously important, yet it is long overdue. Malaysia will continue to advocate for the urgency of the entry into force of the CTBT and urges the Annex 2 States to sign and ratify the Treaty, without further delay.
5. Malaysia expresses its support towards efforts made by the Provisional Technical Secretariat of the CTBTO to ensure business continuity in the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic. On the election of the Executive Secretary of the CTBTO, Malaysia stands ready to support ongoing efforts that have been made to reach a conclusion on this matter.
6. Malaysia is pleased to once again co-sponsor the draft resolution on the cooperation between the United Nations and the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO. Malaysia reaffirms its readiness to work closely with other Member States, the CTBTO and all stakeholders in exploring concrete steps and activities to achieve the entry into force and universalization of the Treaty.
7. Malaysia would also like to take this opportunity to thank Member States for the co-sponsorship and support on the resolution “Cooperation between the United Nations and ASEAN.” Both ASEAN and the United Nations have had a long history of engagement based on common desires to promote cooperation in political and security, economic and socio-cultural pillars. Malaysia, for its part, will continue to work closely to strengthen dialogue and cooperation with the relevant stakeholders in responding to regional and global challenges.
Thank you, Madam President.