In a meeting with António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, Prime Minister Robert Abela highlighted Malta’s priorities during its mandate in the United Nations Security Council from 2023 to 2024.
Prime Minister Abela said that Malta’s aspiration to serve in the Security Council comes from its willingness to contribute significantly to the maintenance of international peace and security. The principles and priorities that underpin Malta’s foreign policy and the priorities of our country’s Security Council based on the three pillars of security, sustainability, and solidarity, they feel strongly with the international community and the OCA (Our Common Agenda) of the Secretary General.
Food security, poverty, literacy, the war in Ukraine, climate and oceans, energy prices, and the situation in Libya, along with peace and world security, are the thematic issues at the heart of Malta’s common interests with the United Nations and the international organisation. community.
During the meeting, Prime Minister Abela and Secretary General Guterres addressed the interlinks between clime and ssecurity. They discussed how climate extremes are increasing pressure on access to food and water and the management of natural resources, thus exacerbating the potential for conflict.
The situation in Libya was also addressed, and the Prime Minister reiterated that the attention of the international community towards Libya is crucial to ensure a process led and owned by Libya. He also welcomed the appointment of Abdoulaye Bathily as Special Representative of the Secretary General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya.
Regarding the reform of the UN, Prime Minister Abela claimed that Malta supports the work being done by the Office of the Secretary General for the reform of the United Nations. Malta agrees that the UN needs to evolve and adapt continuously to remain effective and react to new challenges.