Ambassador, Warsaw delivers lecture to Warsaw School of Economics Masters Students on Malta’s Initiatives at the UN since Independence

Ambassador, Warsaw delivers lecture to Warsaw School of Economics Masters Students on Malta’s Initiatives at the UN since Independence

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: May 11, 2021
 
On Wednesday, 5th May, Ambassador John Paul Grech delivered a lecture to Masters’ students from the Warsaw School of Economics, who are following the ‘Action Diplomacy Programme’ during the current academic year.

In his lecture, delivered virtually, Ambassador Grech elaborated, inter alia, on the main initiatives of Malta in the United Nations since achieving independence in 1964.

He emphasized the importance of approaching these initiatives by initially understanding the specific context in which they were introduced, be it political, cultural and environmental, and which the island of Malta had found itself in, following independence and on assuming its responsibilities as a sovereign state and a member of the international community.

He stressed that, in the main, Malta’s seminal initiatives at the UN, were launched within the context of the Cold War or immediately following it; had a direct relationship with Malta’s maritime hinterland - the Mediterranean sea - and were aimed at promoting peace, security and dialogue in the region and beyond, over a number of issues of global concern.  Such as a UN conventional arms register; UN Sea-Bed Treaty; Islands and Small States and the SIS Vulnerability and Resilience Index; UNCLOS - ocean and sea-bed governance; strengthening security and cooperation in the Mediterranean; global concern over the issue of Ageing; Climate Change awareness and management, as an imminent priority of global survival; the revitalisation of the UNGA as well as UN Security Council Reform.

Ambassador Grech also delved upon other initiatives which Malta introduced within other international fora outside the UN, but which still addressed international concerns and which drew   global recognition for their courage and foresight.  In this regard, the initiatives relating to the Mediterranean dimension of the CSCE/OSCE; the proposal that the CSCE becomes a regional arrangement in accordance with Chapter VIII of the UN Charter and the proposal for an OSCE Special Representative for the Mediterranean, stand out.  Meanwhile, the proposal of Malta to create a permanent structure for political dialogue between the EU and the League of Arab States (LAS) led to the EU-LAS Ministerial Meeting, which nowadays has become a mainstay for EU-LAS political dialogue within the EU framework.

Finally, Ambassador Grech referred to Malta’s current bid for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council in 2023-4, with elections to be held in 2022, highlighting it as an onerous undertaking for a small nation, but which Malta has already successfully delivered in 1983-84.

Following the lecture, the students engaged in a long and interesting Q&A session.

A screenshot of Ambassador John Paul Grech delivering a lecture to Masters’ students from the Warsaw School of Economics