07 December 2016, New York; The Maldives has stated that the responsibility of the protection of oceans should be collectively shared by the world, due to the interconnected nature of the oceans, and it's associated issues. Speaking at the 54th Plenary Meeting of the 71st session of United Nations General…
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…
Thursday, 20 October 2016 09:39
While speaking at the quarterly debate of the UN Security Council on the situation on the Middle East, the Maldives joined other states in expressing concerns regarding the inability of the Security Council to address the humanitarian situation in Syria, as well as the perpetuating conflict in Palestine.
Addressing the Security Council, the Maldives Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mr. Ahmed Sareer noted "the inability of the Security Council in exercising the duties that it has been entrusted with by the international community, through the UN Charter, in the maintenance of international peace and security".
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 17:44
The Maldives has highlighted the priorities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to newly appointed Secretary General-designate, Mr. Antonio Guterres.
The Maldives Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mr. Ahmed Sareer, speaking on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), emphasized the need for the effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda, SAMOA Pathway and the Paris Agreement, and highlighted the important upcoming negotiations taking place regarding Oceans and Seas. The Maldives statement also stressed the need for greater representation of SIDS in the executive offices of the United Nations.
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;
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