Malaysia joins international community in adopting New York Declaration

Source: NST Online

NEW YORK: Malaysia has joined the international community in adopting the New York Declaration that will pave the way for greater efforts to assist 65 million displaced people around the world.

In assuring its continued commitment towards providing assistance to bona fide refugees and addressing conflict-induced migration, Malaysia gave its support for the declaration in the ongoing 71st United Nations General Assembly.

In the declaration during the High Level Meeting on Large Movement of Refugees and Migrants, member countries agreed to share responsibilities on the need for coordinated and complementary action on population movements and displacements.

In his speech during the summit, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the initiative by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon was commendable.

Ban mooted the idea last year for the summit to discuss, for the first time, with the 193 member states of the UN on what can be done with over 65 million displaced people around the world.

“I strongly give my assurance that Malaysia would not neglect its international obligations and commitments in addressing conflict-induced migration caused by war, natural calamities, political unrest and armed conflicts,” he stressed.

Zahid told the floor that a reflection of the country’s devotion to the evolving issue was the arrival of 79 Syrian migrants in two batches in May, and 421 more before the end of the year.

This was part of the Malaysian pledge by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak – in the 70th United Nations General Assembly last year – to receive 3,000 Syrian migrants over three years due to the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. Read more

Malaysia trains sights on pressing issues at UN General Assembly

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The United Nations in NY City - Pic courtesy of Justine Chew

The United Nations in NY City – Pic courtesy of Justine Chew

Malaysia is set to voice out its views on and offer possible solutions to a number of pressing issues plaguing the world as the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (Unga) convenes at the UN headquarters in New York.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is leading the Malaysian delegation, will also get the chance to highlight Kuala Lumpur’s contributions towards addressing issues such as the refugee crisis and securing global peace.

“It’s worth noting that Malaysia is a (non-permanent) member of the United Nations Security Council and, as such, has been able to convey our views on matters affecting the international community,” he told Malaysian media covering his participation at Unga here yesterday.

Today, Ahmad Zahid, who is also home minister, will participate in the High-Level Meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants at the General Assembly.

On the refugee crisis stemming from conflicts including in places like Syria, he said Malaysia remained committed to fulfilling its pledge to receive 3,000 Syrian migrants over a three-year period as announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at last year’s Unga.

This, he said, was despite Malaysia not being a party to the 1951 Refugee Convention.

Ahmad Zahid said that at tomorrow’s meeting, he would like to highlight efforts being done by Kuala Lumpur to address issues like those concerning the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) card holders. Read more