The Prime Minister of Malta urges for collaboration and striving towards a positive future instead of dwelling on the past.
Robert Abela emphasized the importance of including the perspectives of all nations, regardless of size or wealth, as well as the involvement of civil society, in order to create and maintain a better global community.
“We need to create a new era of security, not by attempting to go back in time, but by focusing on the future.”
Emphasizing the significance of “restoring confidence in order to attain sustainability for everyone,” he emphasized Malta’s dedication to diplomacy and working with multiple nations.
Malta is dedicated to fostering global connections and recognizes its strategic location at the intersection of Europe and Africa, taking on a vital role in bridging cultures and promoting understanding between diverse traditions.
“He stated, ‘We were honored to serve as a bridge earlier this month.'” The nation, trusted by both parties, facilitated discussions between the United States National Security Advisor and China’s Foreign Minister.
He mentioned that Malta’s stance on the conflict in Ukraine, as well as other global crises, has been influenced by the principle of neutrality that is protected by Malta’s constitution.
He also stated that Malta’s stance of neutrality ensures that the country will remain firmly opposed to any military aggression or unilateral actions towards members of the international community and the established rules.
He stated that the war has worsened global food security, leading to an additional 122 million people experiencing hunger since 2019.
The Prime Minister called on Russia to once again be a part of the Black Sea Initiative and to cease interfering with the transportation of essential food resources from Ukraine, which are needed to feed those most in need worldwide.
Mr. Abela stated that the current situation in Libya is the top priority in the Mediterranean area. Therefore, Malta desires a peaceful, stable, and prosperous Libya achieved through a political process led by Libyans. Mr. Abela also urged the international community to support and promote this process.
Emphasizing the need for the Libyan people to recover and rebuild after the devastating effects of storm Daniel, he highlighted the significance of a lasting resolution in Libya. This solution not only aims to provide the Libyans with the competent government they deserve, but it is also crucial for promoting peace in the entire Mediterranean region.
“The era of making excuses has passed,” stated the Prime Minister. The impact of climate change is a pressing emergency that is affecting all corners of the globe.
The current commitments and goals are inadequate to achieve the 1.5°C goal set by the Paris Agreement.
Malta’s Prime Minister highlighted the significance of the sea in the country’s national life, stating that for a maritime nation like Malta, the ocean holds great importance. He expressed concern over the rising sea levels and their potential impact on the security, livelihood, and survival of island nations like Malta. This is why addressing climate change and protecting the oceans has been the top priority during Malta’s term on the United Nations Security Council.
He stressed the importance of safeguarding the independence of coastal nations, despite the destructive force of the sea. As countries surrounded by water, we look to the international community, but we also support one another.
are islands with a land area of less than 1,000 square miles
Islands with a land area of under 1,000 square miles are known as small island developing States.
Mr. Abela discussed the similarities between the struggles faced by developing nations and those encountered by Malta. He emphasized their commitment to bringing attention to the specific vulnerabilities that small island developing States face and their dedication to promoting sustainable development in these nations, which is a key aspect of Malta’s foreign policy.
The complete statement can be found here.