Malaysia assumes the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council in the month of August 2016 effective from 1 August 2016. This is the second time for Malaysia to be the President of the Security Council since Malaysia’s election to a non-permanent member of the Council for the term 2015-2016.
During Malaysia’s Presidency, Malaysia plans to hold a Security Council Open Debate on the issue of Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) on 2 August. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will participate in the Open Debate to present his annual report on detailing grave violations against children in situations of armed conflict. At the Open Debate, UN member states are expected to reflect on the progress achieved in enhancing the protection of children in armed conflict and ways to address persist challenges, including violations against children perpetrated by non-State armed groups. Malaysia is currently the chair of the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict.
Malaysia also plans to convene a Ministerial-level Security Council Open Debate on preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) on 23 August, with a particular focus on non-state actors. The Open Debate seeks to address new threats and challenges in preventing the proliferation of WMDs, related materials and technologies to non-state actors.
Other matters that will be deliberated by the Security Council under Malaysia’s chairmanship in August are the issues of Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Kosovo, Sudan/South Sudan, and Guinea-Bissau. As the Security Council President, Malaysia will also facilitate the selection process by the Security Council for the next UN Secretary-General. The current Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to end his term by the end of December 2016.
During the Presidency, Malaysia will continue to highlight the peaceful resolution of conflict, moderation, the protection of civilians, and the rule of law. As a member of the Security Council, Malaysia seeks to contribute constructively to the work of the Security Council in the maintenance of international peace and security.
3 AUGUST 2016