2021 was a successful year for Pakistan at UN: envoy

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan continued to push for the Kashmiri people's right to self-determination in 2021 in a determined bid to advance the cause of their freedom from India's yoke, Ambassador Munir Akram has said while recounting key achievements at the United Nations on the multilateral diplomatic front.

"2021 was a successful year for Pakistan’s multilateral diplomacy here at the United Nations," he said in a New Year message released on Saturday.

Led by the ambassador, the Pakistan Mission to the UN missed no opportunity to raise a voice against India's military siege, illegal occupation in Jammu and Kashmir, and massive human rights violations.

"We continued to make the legal, political and moral case for Kashmiris freedom struggle. We underscored that under international law they have the right to resist, with all means at their disposal, and attain their inalienable right to self-determination," the Pakistani envoy said.

The case, he added, was also contained in a Pakistan-sponsored resolution on the universal realisation of the right of peoples to self-determination which was adopted by consensus by the UN General Assembly.

In another accomplishment, Pakistan successfully concluded its presidency of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), having also adopted the Ministerial Declaration of the High level Political Forum HLPF by consensus – an indication of convergence on the global recovery and SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) agenda.