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UN General Assembly adopts at the initiative of Belarus the resolution on the International Association of Permanent Representatives

The UN General Assembly adopted by consensus the resolution «International Association of Permanent Representatives to the United Nations» initiated by Belarus and promoted jointly with Honduras whose Permanent Representative is the current President of the Association.

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.

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

The resolution also authorises the Association to use its logo along with the UN emblem, as well as the creation of a dedicated section at the UN website.

Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus Andrei Dapkunas who is also an active member of the Association made a statement during the adoption of the resolution.

In his statement (video), the Deputy Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus noted the timeliness of recognition of the Association in the UN, as well as its high potential for overcoming the formalism inherent in the interaction of states within the UN.

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

The Delegation of Belarus was the author of the draft resolution and, together with Honduras, coordinated the negotiation process on the resolution. At present, the media support of the Association is provided by the Permanent Mission of Belarus which hosts a dedicated section on its website.

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 Viet Nam.

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