Inauguration of United Nations Offices in MalaysiaFeb 7, 2018
Yang Berhormat Dato' Sri Anifah Haji Aman, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia,
Mr. Hoaliang Xu, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Development Programme Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific - representing Mr. Tegegnework Gettu, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator, who couldn’t be here due to unforeseen circumstances,
Excellencies and Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
Members of the UN Country Team,
Our friends from the media,
A very warm welcome to the new offices of the United Nations system in Malaysia!
Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman, it is a great privilege and honour to have you inaugurate our new premises.
And I take this opportunity to convey on behalf of UNDP and the other co-locating agencies of United Nations Country Team, namely UNFPA, UNICEF, UNU-IIGH and UNCTAD-ASYCUDA, our utmost appreciation to the Government of Malaysia for hosting us here in Menara PJH.
Our heartfelt thanks goes out especially to:
1) The Economic Planning Unit under the Prime Minister’s Department – its top Management, led by Director General, Datuk Nik Azman; and the amazing team at EPU’s International Cooperation Section, the Legal Services Section, and Management Services Section;
3) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
4) The Attorney General’s Chambers;
5) The management and staff of Putrajaya Holdings and Putrajaya Corporation;
6) Our contractors and project manager;
6) And not forgetting the high-spirited members of our staff;
- all of whom, helped ensure a smooth and efficient relocation process, in more ways than one.
With the great view of the Putrajaya Lake, the Seri Wawasan Bridge and the pink-domed Putra Mosque, directly outside our windows, the ambience is hard to compare and has made our work experience, in this initial two weeks that we have been here, enjoyable and inspiring, even as we explored the fastest routes to get here and new and interesting lunch destinations.
Delivering together on the SDGs
As countries around the globe call on the support of the United Nations funds, programmes and specialised agencies in their implementation of the SDGs, having core agencies of the UN co-located in the same premises, is increasingly more of a requirement rather than a choice, to ensure the kind of integrated support that is necessary in the era of the 2030 Agenda and UN Reform.
When before, we occupied four floors in Wisma UN in KL, we are now on one large floor, in an open office concept. And I can see that this has already begun to positively impact the way we work and interact not only across agencies but also within our own agencies. The breaking down of physical walls, is definitely a big step toward fulfilling our commitment to deliver together on the SDGs.
Responding to the call by Member States
Being located in the main boulevard of the Federal Government Administrative Centre, close to heart of policy-making, I see 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 our broad range of stakeholders, namely civil society, the private sector, and the vulnerable.
And so, let me now end, by saying a big thank you to each and every one of you for taking time to attend this event to celebrate our partnership and the establishment of our new offices in Putrajaya.