30 November 2016, New York; Today, at the United Nations General Assembly during its debate on 'The situation of Middle East the Maldives stressed on the importance of compromise and the productive engagement of the international community to resolve the conflicts in the Middle East. Delivering the statement on behalf…
29 November 2016, New York; The Maldives has raised concerns regarding the increase in the number of Palestinian children being arrested and detained by Israeli occupying forces, and how Palestinian minors are frequently dealt with disproportionate and deadly force by the Israeli authorities. In the statement delivered at the General…
New York, 23 November 2016; The Maldives has highlighted the unique challenges and vulnerabilities that Small Island States face in dealing with water security at the United Nations Security Council. While speaking at the Council's open debate on water, peace and security, Ambassador Ahmed Sareer, the Permanent Representative of Maldives…
17 November 2016, New York; Today, at the United Nations General Assembly during its debate on 'The situation of Afghanistan', the Maldives welcomed the progress in Afghanistan, its commitment to improving the human rights situation, particularly with respect to women and children. The Maldives also expressed its concern over the…
7 November 2016, New York; At the United Nations Security Council's open debate on Peacekeeping Operations facing Asymmetrical threats, the Maldives highlighted that the collective work of the peacekeeping missions must be guided by a precise and comprehensive framework for identifying threats to civilians in order to respond to the…
7 November 2016, New York; At the United Nations General Assembly debate on 'Question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council and other matters related to the Security Council', the Maldives highlighted that comprehensive reform and expansion of the Security Council is essential to…
4 November 2016, New York: Today, at the Third Committee, the Maldives urged the need of creating a formal support mechanism to enable participation of Small Island Developing States in the Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva. This was highlighted in an Intervention made by the Maldives, in the Third…
04 November 2016, New York; At the United Nations General Assembly debate on the report of the Human Rights Council, the Maldives has called upon the Council to adopt a more pro-active role in addressing the human rights violations and atrocities committed against women, men and children in Aleppo and…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 00:57
19 October 2016, New York: Addressing the Economic and Financial (Second) Committee of the United Nations under the theme "Groups of Countries in Special Situations", His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the UN, expressed his solidarity with other countries in special situations like the LDCs and LLDCs and reaffirmed his country's support for them.
Ambassador Sareer recounted Maldives' experience of graduating from LDC status, noting that the use of GDP per capita as a determining criterion for assessment is not holistic. Given the challenges island states like the Maldives have faced because of huge developmental losses in the face of disasters, he argued that, "GDP per capita fails to fully reflect the country's vulnerabilities due to structural challenges, its resilience to exogenous shocks or its ability to deal with new crises, or account for wealth inequalities". H.E Mr Sareer also noted that after the loss of LDC status, the government of the Maldives invested heavily in diversifying their economy in a bid to increase resilience from shocks as well as prioritised investments in human development.
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 00:55
19 October 2016, New York: Addressing the Economic and Financial (Second) Committee of the United Nations under the theme "Macroeconomic Questions and Follow up to Financing for Development", His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the UN, stressed the importance of a stable, equitable and transparent global financial system for the implementation of the Addis Agenda.
H.E Mr Sareer noted that the Addis Ababa Action Agenda reaffirmed the special case of small island developing states and stressed that poverty eradication cannot take place without first addressing climate change. He welcomed the launch of the ECOSOC Forum on FFD Follow-up, noting that, "pledges will amount to nothing without proper review and follow up mechanisms" and stressed the importance of review of macroeconomic questions, both within the FFD Forum, as well as through the work of the second committee under the General Assembly.
Monday, 17 October 2016 10:48
17 October 2016, New York: Addressing the Economic and Financial (Second) Committee of the United Nations under the theme "Eradication of Poverty and other Development Issues", His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the UN, observed that this agenda item is central to the achievement of the entire 2030 Agenda and should not be treated as a standalone subject.
Ambassador Sareer gave examples of how the Government of Maldives has worked steadfastly on poverty eradication through investing in socio-economic and human development indicators;
Friday, 14 October 2016 10:32
14 October 2016; In a joint statement today, the Maldives along with the following 72 countries called upon the UN to show strategic leadership and commitment to action on the issue of preventing violent extremism. The joint statement read as follows:
Principles for UN Global Leadership on Preventing Violent Extremism
Violent extremism as and when conducive to terrorism is a generational challenge. It undermines social and political inclusion, spreads fear and hate, and threatens lives. International partners and/or multilateral organisations must now meet this challenge, led by a strong United Nations (UN). During the 10 year anniversary of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy earlier this year, the UN General Assembly called with one voice for action, including encouraging UN entities to implement within their mandates relevant recommendations from the Secretary-General's Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism (PVE). We Member States now call upon the UN to show strategic leadership and commitment to action.
Thursday, 13 October 2016 12:52
13 October 2016, New York; At the United Nations General Assembly debate on Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Children, the Maldives highlighted on the ongoing work to strengthen the legal framework on the protection of children. Delivering the statement at the Third Committee on behalf of the Maldives delegation, Ms. Moomina Ibrahim, Assistant Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, noted the extensive reforms that are in place in the new Child Rights bill and Juvenile Justice bill that will give effect to the United Nations standards and norms.
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