On April 12, 2018 the UN General Assembly adopted by consensus the resolution International Association of Permanent Representatives to the United Nations initiated by Belarus.
Background Information: 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 President of the Association is the Permanent Representative of Honduras, who took an active part in promoting the Belarusian initiative.
The resolution recognises the important role of the Association and its’ contribution to the work of the Organisation, 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 create a dedicated section at the UN website.
In his statement, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Andrei Dapkiunas, who is also an active member of the Association, 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.
A special role of Belarus in promoting the resolution was underlined by the President of the Association.
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.