At the United Nations, 2021 has been a successful year for Pakistan, highlighting Kashmir and the leadership of ECOSOC
UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has continued to push for the right of the Kashmiri people to self-determination in 2021 with the determined aim of advancing the cause of their liberation from India, Ambassador Munir Akram said while referring to the main achievements of the United Nations on the multilateral diplomatic front.
“2021 has been a successful year for Pakistan’s multilateral diplomacy here at the United Nations,” he said in a New Years message released today.
Led by Ambassador Akram, the Pakistani mission to the UN has missed no opportunity to speak out against India’s military siege, illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir and massive rights violations humans.
“We have continued to defend the legal, political and moral cause of the Kashmiri freedom struggle. We underlined that under international law, they have the right to resist, with all the means at their disposal, and to achieve their inalienable right to self-determination ”, declared the Pakistani envoy.
The case, he added, also featured in a Pakistan-sponsored resolution on the universal realization of peoples’ right to self-determination which was adopted by consensus by the United Nations General Assembly.
Another achievement, Pakistan has successfully concluded its Presidency of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), having also adopted the Ministerial Declaration of the HLPF High Level Political Forum by consensus – indication of convergence on global recovery and the SDG agenda. (Sustainable Development Goals).
“And,” Ambassador Akram said, “we are determined to play a constructive role as chair of the Group of 77 (developing countries) for the year 2022”.
As the next chairman of the Group of 77 and China, he said Pakistan hopes to work with members of the Group to promote such a development agenda, including: debt restructuring, redistribution of the new 650 billion SDRs to developing countries, greater concessional financing, mobilization of $ 100 billion in annual climate finance by developed countries, ending the billions in illicit financial flows from developing countries and the return of their stolen assets, and the creation of a fair and open trading system and a fair international tax system.
Pakistan has also taken the lead in tackling disinformation through a Pakistan-sponsored resolution that was adopted by consensus, it was noted.
In addition, Pakistan has raised the issue of Islamophobia at the UN. “Our resolution on ‘interfaith and intercultural dialogue’, which calls for respect for religious symbols and refers to legitimate restrictions on freedom of expression, was adopted by an overwhelming majority by the General Assembly.
“2021 has turned out to be an important year for the peace process in Afghanistan,” Ambassador Akram said. “We continue to promote and underline Pakistan’s key role in facilitating Afghan humanitarian assistance and our efforts to ensure lasting peace in the region.
The General Assembly also adopted four resolutions submitted by Pakistan on regional disarmament, conventional arms control and regional confidence-building measures, and negative security guarantees.
As one of the major contributors of troops to UN peacekeeping operations, Pakistan has continued to contribute to peacekeeping in distant missions.
Pakistan has shown a strong commitment to the ministerial peacekeeping process, Ambassador Akram said.
Pakistan has always advocated for a strong and people-centered international response to Covid-19, based on solidarity and cooperation to support the global economic recovery, the achievement of the SDGs, while addressing the challenges facing developing countries. development.
“We also launched a strong call for equitable and universal access to the vaccine, while prioritizing vulnerable groups,” he said.