PUTRAJAYA, Feb 7 — The United Nations (UN) offices in Malaysia have been relocated to the country’s administrative capital, Putrajaya.
Previously located at Wisma UN in Damansara Heights in Kuala Lumpur since 1988, the new UN offices are currently located at Menara PJH, Precinct 2 here.
The new facility also houses the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator (RCO), 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).
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman at the inauguration of the new UN offices today said that Malaysia remained committed to work closely and collaborating with the UN offices at all levels to ensure development and progress by taking into account the country’s national interest.
“Malaysia strongly believes that the UN plays an imperative role as a platform for international cooperation based on the principles of mutual respect and international law,” he said.
Since joining the UN in Sept 1957, Anifah said Malaysia had been an active member in promoting the three founding pillars of the UN system namely peace and security; human rights and development during its non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council in 1965, 1989, 1999-2000 and 2015-2016.
Malaysia, which had been participating in the UN peacekeeping missions since 1960, had to-date participated in 36 UN peacekeeping missions with over 35,000 military and police personnel deployed, he said.
On the relocation of the UN offices to Putrajaya, Anifah said this would further contribute towards enhancing the circle of networking and strengthen cooperation between the UN personnel and various Malaysian government ministries and agencies.
He said the relocation was also timely as the UN had already established its UNDP Global Shared Services Centre in Cyberjaya and World Health Organisation Global Services Centre that provides administrative services to all WHO offices worldwide.
Assuring his ministry’s fullest cooperation to UN personnel, Anifah said Malaysia had greatly benefited from the assistance and collaboration provided by UNDP in implementing numerous development programmes and projects.
Earlier, Anifah received courtesy calls from UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia Stefan Priesner, Unicef representative Marianne Clark-Hattingh; and UNFPA Representative to Malaysia Marcela Suazo at his office in Wisma Putra, discussing on various regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest.
According to a Wisma Putra statement, during the calls, the Unicef and UNFPA representatives also presented their respective Letters of Credence to Anifah. — Bernama