The United Nations in Malaysia launches new office in PutrajayaFeb 7, 2018
After a 30 year stay in Kuala Lumpur, the United Nations offices in Malaysia has relocated to a new home in Putrajaya. This was marked by the inauguration of the new premises in the heart of the Federal Government Administrative Centre by the Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The opening ceremony was attended by Haoliang Xu, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Development Programme Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, the Diplomatic Corps, Senior Government Officials, Heads of UN agencies and civil society organisations.
The new offices of the UN located in Menara PJH, Precinct 2, houses the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator (RCO) , the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations University – Administration and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development - Automated System for Customs Data (UNCTAD-ASYCUDA).
In his remarks, Stefan Priesner, United Nations Resident Coordinator for Malaysia said the move to Putrajaya sees the UN as better positioned to impact policies and Government’s efforts in line with national priorities, international standards and conventions, and commitments made to sustainable development, rights and leaving no one behind as embodied in the transformative global agenda – and bringing to the fore, the voices of a broad range of stakeholders, namely civil society, the private sector, and the vulnerable.
The United Nations offices in Malaysia was previously located at Wisma UN in Damansara Heights, which was opened in 1988 by the then Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dato’Haji Abu Hassan bin Haji Omar.
Stefan added, “The UN has been a development partner to Malaysia since the 1950’s. For example, the United Nations Development Programme is in its 10th five-year Country Programme Action Plan which lines up with Malaysia’s own five-year development plan. Other agencies like UNICEF, WHO and UNFPA have also been in the country for many decades now.
Combining Malaysian and international expertise, the UN system is able to offer world class technical assistance and policy advisory services to support Malaysia’s aspirations to become a developed nation and to be at the forefront of delivering on the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and its other international commitments.”
The event was concluded by the raising of the UN flag in Menara PjH in Putrajaya, witnessed by Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman, the diplomatic community, government officials, civil society and other partners of the UN system.