The UN Country Team in Malaysia is dedicated to supporting sustainable development to empower women, men and children all Malaysians, but especially the poorest and most vulnerable. The UN is working to help people to live free of poverty, violence, HIV and AIDS.
The UN in Malaysia works closely with the Government of Malaysia and partners in support of the country’s national development priorities. Through its individual agencies and specialised funds, the UN in Malaysia also supports coordination of national and international action to protect the rights and well-being of invisible and excluded communities, including refugees and migrants.
They are guided by the principles and values of the UN Charter, the Millennium Development Goals and other fundamental UN treaties such as, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
The UN Country Team in Malaysia is led by the UN Resident Coordinator Mr Kamal Malhotra and is represented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
In addition, UNU, UNU-International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) and WHO-Global Services Center (WHO-GSC), World Food Programme (WFP), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD-ASYCUDA), and UN Security (UNDSS) are also part of the UN family in Malaysia.
There are other UN organizations, such as UNCTAD which run regional projects based out of Malaysia, and yet others such as UNESCO, ILO, UNAIDS, UNIDO and UNOHCHR which collaborate with the Government of Malaysia but are non-resident.
Below are the UN Agencies in Malaysia:
UNDP is fully engaged in supporting Malaysia’s national priorities and the implementation of national medium and long-term development plans such as the 10th Malaysia Plan and other sectoral development policies and strategies.
The Country Programme consciously attempts to link strategic policy initiatives with downstream pilot projects so that their work is informed by ground realities and that their projects support national development objectives and remain consistent with the national development plans.
Through local community based initiatives, UNDP in Malaysia have piloted new and innovative development methodologies that can be adopted and scaled up throughout the country. Today, all of UNDP projects in Malaysia are nationally executed, involving more than ten federal ministries and agencies and located in more than 6 states.
Download UNDP Malaysia’s Brochure: http://www.undp.org.my/files/editor_files/files/CO%20brochure/UNDP%20brochure%202012.pdf
Although Malaysia is not a State Party to the 1951 Convention and its Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, the Malaysian Government continues to cooperate with UNHCR in addressing refugee issues on humanitarian grounds, working with government agencies and civil society to protect refugees and assist in their welfare needs while they are seeking temporary asylum in Malaysia.
As there are currently no legislative or administrative provisions in place for dealing with the situation of asylum-seekers or refugees in the country, UNHCR conducts all activities related to the reception, registration, documentation and status determination of asylum-seekers and refugees.
Since 1954, UNICEF has joined forces with the Government and the people of Malaysia to transform the lives of children across the nation. They have helped achieve improvements in health, nutrition, water and sanitation, formal and informal education as well as welfare services for children in rural and poor urban areas.
2004 marks the beginning of the cost sharing arrangement between UNFPA and the Malaysian Government. The selected priority areas of focus are HIV/AIDS, population ageing, gender based violence and south-south cooperation. These have been developed with national counterparts and with the approval of the Economic Planning Unit in Malaysia.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) reached a landmark agreement with the Government of Malaysia end of February 2010 to establish the first United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Asia, based in Subang, Malaysia.
The UNHRD in Subang, the fifth such hub in WFP’s global emergency response arsenal, is designed to deliver humanitarian relief items within 48 hours of a crisis occurring. It will provide storage, logistics support and services to UN and other humanitarian agencies within the Asian region, and possibly beyond. In addition to hosting the UNHRD, the Government of Malaysia has agreed to build offices, warehouses, and a training centre, as well as contribute US$1 million annually towards the running costs of the UNHRD network. WFP will also seek support from other Asian countries to support the UNHRD in Subang.