Malta’s commitment to diplomacy and multilateralism: Highlights from UNGA78

Malta’s commitment to diplomacy, reducing inequalities, addressing climate change, promoting multilateralism, empowering equality, and ensuring global security underscores its role as a responsible and dedicated player in the international arena.

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Robert Abela, Prime Minister of the Republic of Malta, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-eighth session. Source: UN Photo Library

In his address to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) during its 78th session, the Prime Minister of Malta articulated the nation’s unwavering commitment to diplomacy, international collaboration, and sustainable development.

Malta’s commitment to diplomacy

Malta is notably committed to nurturing international relations and comprehension, significantly emphasizing diplomacy and international collaboration. This pledge is highlighted by Malta’s strategic geographical position at the crossroads of Europe and Africa, casting it as a vital participant in broader geopolitical influences. This commitment has been evidentially demonstrated during Malta’s hosting of crucial private discussions between the United States National Security Advisor and the Chinese Foreign Minister, further reinforcing its strategic roles and bridge-building ambitions.

Reducing inequalities

Regarding economic growth and trade, Malta champions the principles of open, fair trade, eschewing protectionism. This philosophy is enhanced by Malta’s substantial focus on social protection. The Maltese government has enacted pivotal measures, including the introduction of free childcare, empowering more parents to integrate back into the workplace, and the incorporation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a compulsory subject in schools nationwide. These actions corroborate Malta’s alignment to sustainable development goals (SDGs) 10: Reduced Inequalities, and 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Climate change: Malta’s UN Security Council role

Given the planet’s climate changes, Malta’s resolve to combat climate change and its repercussions is commendable. During its tenure in the UN Security Council, climate change and oceans were accorded top priority by Malta. It actively partakes in discussions concerning the impacts of climate change, especially on islands, and advocates new countermeasures, thus fervently contributing to SDG 13: Climate Action.

Multilateralism and inclusivity

Furthermore, Malta underscores the importance of multilateralism and champions the representation of all voices authenticating the essence of SDGs 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, and 17: Partnerships for the Goals. It promulgates the notion that global problems necessitate extensive international cooperation. Voices from across countries and backgrounds must be heard, particularly regarding significant subjects such as AI.

Empowering equality

Moreover, Malta is deeply devoted to bolstering social equality, exemplified in their focus on gender equality and LGBTIQ+ rights. This dedication is palpable in the hosting of a successful Europride event in Malta and offering free childcare to facilitate the reintegration of more parents into the workplace. This commitment is harmonious with Malta’s devotion to SDG 5: Gender Equality.

Malta’s commitment to peace

Finally, Malta is ardent about its role in global security and protection. Maltese Civil Protection Department and Army teams have been active in managing crisis situations globally, and Maltese officers are serving in the UN forces in Lebanon. These commitments outline Malta’s preparedness to make positive contributions to international peace and security.

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