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…
Monday, 03 October 2016 14:57
3 October 2016, New York; Speaking at the opening of the main session of the Economic and Financial (Second) Committee of the seventieth session of the General Assembly, HE. Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations, presented the priorities of Maldives for the 2016-2017 year.
The Maldives statement outlined its commitment to achieve a high-income, resilient and diversified economy. This will require increased investment and private sector growth, yet the Maldives continues to be limited by its relatively small size and dispersed geography, and challenges relating to domestic resource mobilization.
Saturday, 24 September 2016 21:43
24 September 2016, New York; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Mohamed Asim has said that the international community should "value us by our abilities, not our vulnerabilities", and has urged the international community to evaluate progress in the Maldives against its own progress, instead of against inappropriate benchmarks. The Minister made these remarks in his Address to the UN General Assembly in New York on 24 September 2016.
Speaking in the context of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the Minister noted three overarching themes; the holistic approach of the Agenda as well as the recognition that poverty is multi-dimensional, the necessity of a differentiated approach even within a universal agenda, and the need to be inclusive. Across these areas, the Minister noted several issues of importance for the Maldives, including people-focused development policies, climate change policy, empowering women and girls, investing in health and education, as well as the specific vulnerabilities faced by Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
Saturday, 24 September 2016 19:14
New York, 24 September 2016; In keeping with its long-standing tradition of advocacy and awareness building on issues relating to Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and in its capacity as Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), Maldives continued to actively participate in several activities throughout the course of the high-level week of the seventy-first session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The events highlighted some of most critical issues for SIDS, such as climate change, renewable energy, oceans, seas and marine life, even on aspects of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through the mandates of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
As head of the Maldives Delegation, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mohamed Asim, made several interventions calling on its partners, the international community and the United Nations to continue to support SIDS as they try to build resilient and sustainable environments for their populace, as they forge to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with the obligations of the SAMOA Pathway, Paris Agreement under UNFCCC, Addis Abba Action Agenda on Financing for Development, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Saturday, 24 September 2016 10:27
24 September 2016, New York; Maldives participated in numerous thematic side events during the High Level week of the United Nations General Assembly addressing the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), engaging to share best practices based on the Maldives experience as a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) and to encourage continued political momentum to achieve the SDGs.
On 23 September 2016 Foreign Secretary of the Republic of Maldives Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, attended the side event hosted by Tajikistan, UNDP and DESA on revitalizing efforts towards the implementation of water related SDGs and targets. The Foreign Secretary highlighted the importance of finding sustainable solutions to the challenge of water scarcity in the Maldives and other developing countries. Additionally, the Foreign Secretary and Permanent Representative Ahmed Sareer attended the "SDGs: Coming to Life." This unique event provided an opportunity for the United Nations Development Group and United Nations Development Programme to share examples of countries working to mainstream the SDGs into national legislation, and for the Maldives to speak to its national efforts to coordinate implementation of the SAMOA Pathway alongside the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Friday, 23 September 2016 21:32
New York, 23 September 2016; Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, Dr. Mohamed Asim met with the United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon today at the UN Headquarters in New York.
During the meeting, the Secretary General expressed his appreciation of the leadership that the Maldives has been demonstrating on global issues such as climate change and sustainable development.
Minister Asim thanked the Secretary General and his team for their excellent and close partnership with the Maldives, in its capacity as the Chair of AOSIS.
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