Chairperson Emeritus of WABA, Anwar Fazal honoured at UN Day Malaysia
The United Nations in Malaysia marked the UN’s 68th anniversary by honouring Government partners, civil society organizations and prominent individuals in Malaysia that have partnered with UN agencies to achieve significant targets under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Among the eight honoured by The United Nations in Malaysia were Dato’ Dr. Anwar Fazal, Chairperson Emeritus and Director of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). The winners were feted at the annual UN Day awards ceremony that was graced by the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia and Education Minister, YAB Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin Yassin and several Cabinet Ministers, who were among the recipients of awards on behalf of their Ministries and government bodies. The awards paid tribute to the recipients’ many years of invaluable contribution towards the achievement of MDG targets. Ms. Michelle Gyles McDonnough, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darulsalam expressed that the core of the work that the UN system does across the globe in partnership with governments and other stakeholders such as civil society, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and academia is represented by the Millennium Development Goals that were formulated further to the Millennium Declaration by the world’s Heads of State and Government in the year 2000, at the dawn of this millennium. She also said that with less than 800 days left for the deadline of the MDGs, the UN Country Team of Malaysia considers it timely to acknowledge the efforts of its partners in development, both government and non-government for the tremendous work done over the years which has helped Malaysia achieve and even surpass many of its MDG targets, as well as to put Malaysia on track to achieving remaining unmet targets.