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13 Apr 2018

UNGA adopts resolution on International Association of Permanent Representatives

MINSK, 13 April (BelTA) - The UN General Assembly adopted by consensus the resolution “International Association of Permanent Representatives to the United Nations”, BelTA learned from the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus.

The resolution recognizes the important role of the Association and its contribution to the work of the Organization, in the establishment of closer interpersonal ties and the creation of an atmosphere of trustful and open dialogue.

The resolution also authorizes the Association to use its logo along with the UN emblem and set up a dedicated section at the UN website.

Belarus’ Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrei Dapkiunas, who is also an active member of the Association, noted the timeliness of recognition of the Association in the UN, and its high potential to overcome the formalism inherent in the interaction of states within the UN.

During the plenary session of the UNGA on this issue, the President of the Association publicly noted the significant contribution of Belarus in the promotion of this resolution.

The resolution was co-sponsored by 24 states: Australia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cuba, Honduras, Hungary, India, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Nepal, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.

The International Association of Permanent Representatives to the United Nations was founded in New York in 1988. The Association's goals are to serve as a forum between former and current Permanent Representatives to the UN, to liaise between them and act as a focal point for their participation in the activities of various international institutions and fora. Currently, its members are more than 200 former and current heads of missions to the UN.

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