UN Celebrates 69th Year At The National Library Of MalaysiaOct 28, 2014
United Nations Country Team Launches Book Titled “Partners for Progress”
28 October 2014, Kuala Lumpur – The United Nations Country Team in Malaysia marked the 69th anniversary of the formation of the UN by launching a book titled “Partners for Progress” and a month-long exhibition at the National Library of Malaysia, which is the national depository of UN resources.
The commemoration themed “A Shared Future: A Choice for Multilateralism”, comes four days after the first level of UN Day celebrations by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the 24th of October, shortly after Malaysia had resoundingly won the confidence of 187 countries around the world to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. In a video broadcast, UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon in his UN Day message said that “The United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises. Poverty, disease, terrorism, discrimination and climate change are exacting a heavy toll. Millions of people continue to suffer deplorable exploitation through bonded labour, human trafficking, sexual slavery or unsafe conditions in factories, fields and mines. The global economy remains an uneven playing field. On United Nations Day, I call on Governments and individuals to work in common cause for the common good”.
“Malaysia’s choice for multilateralism is clear and encouraging. We see it in Malaysia’s contributions and engagement with various UN bodies and agencies and ratification of certain international conventions and treaties; Malaysia’s much valued involvement in peacekeeping and humanitarian aid; and South – South Cooperation”, said Ms. Michelle Gyles–McDonnough, United Nations Resident Coordinator for Malaysia, UNDP Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam and UNFPA Representative for Malaysia. She also commended Malaysia’s efforts in development cooperation through the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) that has benefited 27,000 participants from 143 developing countries to date.
During her speech, Ms. Gyles-McDonnough took the opportunity to share the status of the world’s attainment of the Millennium Development Goals clearly showing that while much has been achieved, there remains much more to be done. Rates of those living under USD$1.25 a day have been cut in half since 1990 but one in eight people around the world remain hungry. There are 17,000 fewer children who die each day – but more than 6 million children still die before their 5th birthday. In 2012, 9.7 million people were receiving medicines for HIV, even so, every hour 50 young women are newly infected with HIV. And while 23 billion people have gained access to clean drinking water, there remain 2.5 billion who do not have access to basic sanitation.
The book “Partners for Progress” highlights some of the major projects of the UN agencies in achieving the common aim of building a society that is economically strong, progressive and able to contribute to others in dealing with poverty, diversity and differences, and summarises the work of the UN system in meeting emerging challenges through its partnership with the Government, NGO partners, civil society, the private sector, young people and academia.
The exhibition aimed at raising awareness of the United Nations system, provides an insight on how Malaysia has been and continues to be involved in the United Nations; showcases UN resources that are available at the National Library, which is a depository library of the United Nations; and the many areas of work of the United Nations’ funds, programmes and specialised agencies and the people they serve. There are also interactive games and quizzes for children, at the children’s section at the library, in order to help them familiarize themselves with the United Nations. It will be open to public over the next one month.