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…
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.
Thursday, 13 October 2016 09:56
13 October 2016, Male'; The Government of Maldives congratulates and warmly welcomes Mr. Antonio Guterres on his confirmation as the next Secretary General of the United Nations. As a country which looks upon the United Nations as the guarantor of international peace and security, the Maldives stands ready to extend its support and looks forward to working with Mr. Guterres as he gets ready for the assignment as the new Secretary General.
The process for the new Secretary General's selection has been conducted in an unprecedentedly transparent manner, with the extensive involvement of the General Assembly. The Maldives is therefore assured that Mr. Guterres is the preeminent candidate to lead international conscience forward at a time when international cooperation is needed more than ever. We hope that the momentum built for making the United Nations more transparent, accountable, and coherent in all its functions and activities would gain extra ground under his dynamic leadership.
Thursday, 13 October 2016 08:4113 October 2016, Malé; The Government of Maldives has decided today to leave the Commonwealth. The decision to leave the Commonwealth was difficult, but inevitable.
The Maldives joined the Commonwealth in 1982 with high hopes and expectations, convinced that the organisation will be an arena for coordinating critical issues that the member States, in particular, the smallest members of the organisation face.
Since 2012, the Government of Maldives has been giving maximum cooperation to the Commonwealth, shown maximum transparency, and engaged with the Commonwealth at the highest levels. The Government had high hopes that such level of engagement will produce fruitful results. Regrettably, the Commonwealth has not recognised that progress and achievements that the Maldives accomplished in cultivating a culture of democracy in the country and in building and strengthening democratic institutions. The Government of President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has enacted a total of 110 pieces of legislations. Out of which, 94 legislations were directly related to the core values set out in the Commonwealth Charter. An overwhelming majority of these legislations (69 out of 94) were specifically designed to promote human rights, to strengthen democratic governance, and to reinforce the separation of powers. These achievements have resulted in strengthening the rule of law and produced tangible outcomes in strengthening democratic institutions in the country.
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 14:45
11 October 2016, New York; The Maldives, speaking on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), argued for the importance of pursuing implementation of sustainable development commitments, and for there to be a continued understanding of the linkages between climate change, sustainable development, and disaster risk reduction. Addressing the Economic and Financial (Second) Committee of the United Nations on Agenda 19: Sustainable Development, His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations stressed that "rising sea levels, increasing extreme weather events, and ocean acidification threaten not only our development, but our very survival," and as such, welcomed the recent entry into force of the Paris Agreement, while calling on all remaining countries to sign and ratify the document, and for everyone to begin with implementation.
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