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Minister Thoriq Ibrahim participates in the Side-Event on harnessing synergies between 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement

22 September 2017, New York, Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim, today participated at a High Level Event on harnessing the synergies between the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement organised by UN-DESA and OHRLLS. Speaking at the event, Minister highlighted the the importance of having…

Minister of Gender and Family meets with the Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Cares

21 November 2017, New York, Minister of Gender and Family, Ms. Zenysha Shaheed Zaki, met with the Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Tariq Al Gurg, of Dubai Cares this afternoon at the side-lines of the High Level Segment of the Seventy-Second Session of the United Nations General Assembly. During the meeting, Minister…

Minister of Gender and Family meets with the Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Cares Minister of Gender and Family meets with the Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Cares

We'll Always Have Paris...Right?

21 November 2017, New York, Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim delivered a keynote address at a Side-Event hosted by the New York University entitled "We'll Always Have Paris...Right?" today. The speakers highlighted on the withdrawal of the United States of America from the Paris Agreement and likely impacts…

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Minister Thoriq convenes High Level Dialogue on Initiative for Renewable Island Energy

21 November 2017, New York, Minister of Environment and Energy H.E Thoriq Ibrahim convened a High Level Dialogue on the Initiative for Renewable Island Energy (IRIE) at the margins of the 72 UNGA today.  IRIE was one of the initiatives launched in Marrakech in 2016, which aims to enhance political momentum…

Minister Thoriq convenes High Level Dialogue on Initiative for Renewable Island Energy Minister Thoriq convenes High Level Dialogue on Initiative for Renewable Island Energy

Foreign Minister Asim meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs ofDominican Republic

19 September 2017, New York – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mohamed Asim met with, H.E Mr. Miguel Vargas, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Dominican Republic today. During the meeting Minister Asim expressed concerns about the devastation caused by the hurricanes in the Caribbean region. Ministers further discussed issues importance…

Foreign Minister Asim meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs ofDominican Republic Foreign Minister Asim meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs ofDominican Republic

High Level Event on Climate Education

20 November 2017, New York, The Maldives Minister of Environment and Energy, H.E Thoriq Ibrahimparticipated at a High Level Event on Climate Education and Youth jointl yorganised by COP 22 Presidency, Incoming COP 23 Presidency, United Nations Children Fund and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change today. Speaking at…

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Minister Zenysha holds meeting with the Director of Programme Division of the UNICEF

19 September 2017, New York – Minister of Gender and Family, Ms. Zenysha Shaheed Zaki met with Mr. Ted Chaiban, Director of Programme Division of the UNICEF. The Director commended the remarkable work done by the Gender Ministry towards ending violence against children, and noted particularly close cooperation between the…

Minister Zenysha holds meeting with the Director of Programme Division of the UNICEF Minister Zenysha holds meeting with the Director of Programme Division of the UNICEF

Maldives and El Salvador establish diplomatic relations

19 September 2017, New York – The Republic of Maldives and The Republic of El Salvador has established diplomatic relations today. The joint communiqué establishing relations between the two countries were signed by Dr. Mohamed Asim, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives and Ing. Hugo Roger…

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Maldives urges a stand-alone Goal on Oceans in the Sustainable Development Goals.

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 17:30

owg sdg oceans croppedMaldives urges the need for a stand-alone Goal on Oceans in the Sustainable Development Goals. The support for an Oceans SDG was conveyed by His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of Maldives during his statement at the 8th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals.

Ambassador Sareer outlined the contributions that sustainable fisheries make worldwide, to poverty eradication, the provision of decent work, food security, healthy nutrition and sustainable development overall. He further explained that an ocean-based economy will contribute to sustained economic growth through the reformation of existing and expansion of new economic activities.

He said that Maldives is concerned by the multitude of threats that endanger the marine environment and the livelihoods connected to it, such as overfishing, climate change, ocean acidification and transboundary pollution. Ambassador Sareer highlighted that these were shared threats and that they can be only addressed multilaterally. He further pointed out that many developing countries do not retain the big share of the benefits of their ocean territories and that it should be a goal of an Ocean SDG to empower these countries to reap the benefits and profit from their oceans.

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Women empowerment and gender equality continue as priorities for the Maldives.

Monday, 20 January 2014 00:00

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Women empowerment and gender equality are priority areas for the Maldives and will continue as flagship issues for the Maldives in all areas of its work, says the Maldives. The statement was made by His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations while speaking at the First Regular Session of 2014 of the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN-Women).

Ambassador Sareer stated that women's leadership and participation are central to advancing peace and security as well as gender equality goals. He highlighted the role played by UN-Women at all levels, including with the Maldives, on on-going programs by increasing the participation of women in political life as well as gender sensitive budgeting. The Maldives, as an Executive Board member, reaffirmed its support to the realization of the UN-Women’s Strategic Plan for 2014-2017.

The Maldives statement further welcomed the recommendations made in the UN-Women Management Response to the thematic evaluation on the contribution of UN-Women, to increase women’s leadership and participation in peace and security and humanitarian response. Ambassador Sareer called on more wealthy countries to increase their contributions to the UN-Women to facilitate the commendable work undertaken by the Entity.


   

Sustainability, Climate Change and Development Cannot Be Isolated says Maldives

Friday, 10 January 2014 16:32

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Sustainability, Climate Change and Development are inherently intertwined and cannot be viewed in isolation of each other, says Maldives.  The statement was made by His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations while speaking at the 7th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals.

Ambassador Sareer stated that the Maldives considers climate change as more than a cross cutting issue rather it is the enabling environment for progress in sustainable development.  For the Maldives and other Small Island States, he said, whichever way the Millennium Development Goals or any new set of Sustainable Development Goals is approached, climate change will remain a threat to the mere survival of these countries.

Therefore, he called on the United Nations system for a more dependable, consistent and ambitious approach to addressing Climate Change while working towards achieving a new global agreement on climate change under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris 2015 as well as making use of the synergies and inter-linkages with topics like transport, energy, sustainable consumption and production, and the oceans.

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Parliament Passes Bill Criminalizing Human Trafficking

Tuesday, 03 December 2013 00:00

Maldives Pledges to Eliminate Human TraffickingThe People’s Majlis (Parliament) passed an Anti Human Trafficking Bill today, making trafficking in persons a criminal offence in the Republic of Maldives. The enactment of measures enshrined in the bill ensures added protection for the victims of trafficking. Once the bill is enacted, perpetrators who are convicted of trafficking will face 10 to 15 year jail sentences. The bill also criminalizes offenses such as forced labour and fraudulent recruitment practices and labels them as acts of human trafficking. Her Excellency Dunya Maumoon, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Maldives, noted the passing of the bill by Parliament as important, not only to prevent and combat human trafficking in the Maldives, but also to bring justice for trafficked persons. She stated that “we believe that these severe penalties will serve as a deterrent to potential perpetrators.”

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Dunya Maumoon Appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs

Sunday, 17 November 2013 18:00


Minister Dunya Maumoon of Foreign Affairs for Maldives with President Yameen
President Yameen has appointed Dunya Maumoon as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives. The Minister has previously served as the State Minister for Foreign Affairs under former President Waheed and as the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs under former President Gayoom. Before that, Ms Maumoon served as the head of Multilateral Affairs.

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Invest Maldives, the government agency entrusted with promoting, licensing and registering foreign investments in the country, is the first port of call for all foreigners keen to invest in the Maldives.

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Official website for the Maldives Tourism Board. Your source of information for Maldives resorts, hotels, safari live-aboard and guest houses information and travel agents listing.

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The primary role of the Ministry is to foster warm and close relations with the international community and to communicate the interests and aspirations of the people of the Maldives.

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