VALLETTA (ITALPRESS/MNA) – The Maltese government has outlined its priorities as Malta will hold the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council from today.
Foreign Affairs Minister Ian Borg confirmed that Malta will convene four important meetings in the United Nations headquarters in New York, including one on the anniversary of the start of the war in Ukraine.
The first meeting scheduled for this month will be held on 13 February, through a debate about the precarious situation of children in conflicts. A meeting about the increase in sea levels is scheduled for 14 February, and on 23 February Malta will host an annual meeting about relations between the European Union and the United Nations, which will be attended by the European Union High Representative on Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell. The last meeting, on 24 February, marks the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Malta will organise this debate with the participation not only of members of the UN Security Council but also of others affected by the war.
Minister Borg explained “these priorities are an integral part of Malta’s policies in regard to foreign affairs; being safeguarding of children, whether it is in the interests of people and the vulnerable when we speak about peace and security, climate change, and also the aspects of education and literacy.” He added these are themes related to ongoing international situation just as much as conflicts, particularly the war in Ukraine that will be an absolute priority for Malta. Minister Borg said attention will also be given to Israel and Palestine, Somalia and Iraq.
During Malta’s two years as member of the Council, it will also hold the Presidency in April of next year.
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