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…
Thursday, 06 October 2016 14:58
6 October 2016, New York; The Maldives has underscored that the nation is continuously working to foster a culture of respect for the rule of law by upholding the constitutional segregation of the legislative, executive, and judicial powers of the State, and ensuring all the safeguards necessary to prevent the arbitrary exercise of powers in a manner which is consistent with clear and comprehensive laws established through democratic process.
Speaking on Agenda item 84 – 'Rule of Law at the national and international levels' in the Sixth Committee of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations, highlighted that, the Maldives cannot make exceptions to the rule of law. He mentioned that, uniformity, transparency, and consistency in the application of the rule of law are imperatives to maintain public confidence in the legal and judicial systems.
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 22:23
05 October 2016, Male' : Vice President Abdulla Jihad stated that United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been a contributor to global development and has provided long-standing support in achieving socio-economic development goals around the world, including the Maldives. He stated this while addressing the participants at a celebratory event held to mark the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the UNDP. The event was held early Wednesday evening at Hotel Jen.
During the speech, the Vice President congratulated, UNDP, for providing 50 years of fruitful service around the globe. In his speech, Vice President highlighted that during UNDP's 38 years of operations in the Maldives, they have worked closely with government ministries and private partners to help realize a myriad of national plans which was in line with developmental aspirations of the Maldivian people.
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 09:31
5 October 2016, New York; In its statement at the General Debate of the Disarmament and International Security Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, the Maldives has stressed the need for augmenting efforts to end proliferation of nuclear weapons and called upon signatories of the Non Proliferation Treaty to fulfill their obligations under the Treaty.
Speaking on behalf of the Maldives, H.E. Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations has stated that the use of nuclear testing by any country is "not only a flagrant violation of international law, but an obstacle to the proliferation of nuclear weapons". The Maldives appealed to the States pursuing the use of nuclear technology for useful ends, to do so under limits of international law and to not develop nuclear weapons. The statement also expressed concern that such weapons could fall into the hands of non-State actors who operate outside the structural and normative framework of international law, including terrorist groups, and therefore States must redouble their efforts against nuclear proliferation.
Tuesday, 04 October 2016 11:27
"In the Maldives, efforts are being made to encourage participation of women, youth and persons with disabilities in the community to ensure an inclusive and equitable society", stressed the Maldives delegation at the United Nations General Assembly debate on Social Development. Ms. Farzana Zahir, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while speaking at the Third Committee of the 71st session, noted that social inclusion being the core aspiration of the 2030 Agenda and stressed that "this pledge remains at the heart of our efforts".
The statement emphasized the importance of education and health to enable people to acquire the skills and capabilities needed to fully participate and contribute in all dimensions of life. Within this regard, it noted that the Maldives' had introduced a universal health insurance scheme and to provide free education for all children up to higher secondary level. Further, the statement highlighted the Government's efforts to create a conducive environment for the inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society and development.
Monday, 03 October 2016 15:03
3 October 2016, New York; At the United Nations General Assembly debate on measures to eliminate international terrorism, the Maldives highlighted the number of robust measures taken by the Government for the prevention of terrorism and violent extremism.
Speaking on the subject, Ambassador Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations informed the Sixth Committee that a State policy to counter terrorism and violent extremism has been implemented, and specific laws on counter terrorism have been enacted. He noted that these legislative and policy measures are complimentary to the international measures at a regional and global level and address the issue of Foreign Terrorist Fighters as well as Terrorist Financing.
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