During the Prime Minister of Malaysia's maiden speech at the 65th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 27 September 2010, he called on Member States and leaders of the world's major faiths to support moderation and reject extremism through the Global Movement of Moderates (GMM).

The concept of moderation had been accepted by all ASEAN Member States as an important ASEAN value through the adoption of Langkawi Declaration during the 26th ASEAN Summit on 27 April 2015.

In promoting moderation globally, Malaysia had successfully tabled a Resolution on Moderation at the 68th Plenary Meeting of the Third Committee of UNGA in New York on 8 December 2017. The Resolution was intended to garner worldwide support for advocating and promoting moderation as an approach to counter extremism in all its forms.

The Resolution was adopted at the UNGA with a total of 135 Member States voted in favour, with only two (2) Member States namely the United States and Israel voted against. There were no abstentions. A total of 29 Member States co-sponsored the Resolution.

The successful tabling of this Resolution reflects the wider acceptance of the international community on Malaysia's initiative of moderation. The UN has decided to proclaim 2019 as the International Year of Moderation in an effort to amplify the voices of moderation through the promotion of dialogue, tolerance, understanding and cooperation.

Sourc: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia