Malaysia committed to play more prominent role in health diplomacy

The nation looks forward to working with all stakeholders to build back better from the Covid-19 pandemic

by S BIRRUNTHA / graphic by MZUKRI MOHAMAD

MALAYSIA is committed to play a more prominent role in health diplomacy by collaborating with all stakeholders on an array of health-related issues.

Yesterday, the country joined the other 192 United Nations (UN) member states in celebrating the UN Day to mark the anniversary of the entry into force of the charter of the UN in 1945.

The Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Wisma Putra) said Malaysia renews its longstanding commitment to the UN on this day and it is of the belief that this august body is the best platform to pursue international cooperation and to address various problems around the world.

“Malaysia looks forward to working together with the world family and engaging with the UN agencies and member states to build back better from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Malaysia also believes there is an urgent need for the UN to address the Covid-19 pandemic including ensuring vaccines are accessible, equitable and affordable,” Wisma Putra said in a statement yesterday.

Apart from that, it said since joining the UN in 1957 and becoming the 82nd member of this august body, Malaysia attached great importance to the three main pillars of the UN.

The three pillars are peace and security, human rights and development.

Malaysia had played an active role in the UN and was elected as a member of the UN Security Council on four occasions between 1965 and 2016.

Malaysia was also elected as a member of another main organ of the UN, the Economic and Social Council on seven occasions between 1971 and 2010.

Additionally, Wisma Putra said Malaysia is delighted to have been elected recently for a third time to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) for the term 2022-2024.

“As a member of the HRC, Malaysia looks forward towards improving human rights in Malaysia and abroad by working closely with all countries and other relevant stakeholders through constructive engagement, cooperation, inclusivity, transparency and mutual respect.

“Malaysia is a firm believer in promoting peaceful coexistence between nations and between different peoples, faiths and cultures, with this being evident with the issuance of a Joint Communique to Commemorate the first anniversary of the Statement of Support to the Secretary-General’s Appeal for Global Ceasefire by the Co-Initiators in June this year,” it added.

In supporting the longstanding desire of the UN to achieve a nuclear-weapons-free world, Wisma Putra said Malaysia will continue to play an active role in nuclear disarmament, as it chairs Main Committee I on Nuclear Disarmament at the upcoming 10th Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) early next year.

The review conference will be an avenue for state parties to the NPT to reaffirm their obligations and past commitments towards the treaty and progress effectively towards its implementation.

In support of the plight of the Palestinians, the government had recently decided to extend a predictable long-term contribution amounting to US$1 million (RM4.15 million) to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

The contribution will be disbursed annually in the amount of US$200,000 per year from 2021 until 2025.

Malaysia also reaffirms its commitment to achieve a carbon neutral nation by 2050 to facilitate the transition to a more sustainable and climate-resilient future.

In this regard, the country looks forward to participating in the upcoming 26th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which is scheduled to be held in Glasgow, UK from Oct 31 to Nov 12 this year.

Previously, Malaysia had recently launched its 12th National Plan (2021-2025) with the theme “A Prosperous, Inclusive, Sustainable Malaysia”, which embeds the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

It also presented its second Voluntary National Review report at the High-Level Political Forum, which was held from July 6-15 this year in New York.

The report highlights the actions and measures taken by Malaysia to advance the implementation of SDGs and to fulfil the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

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