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"When elected to the Security Council, the Maldives will build a reservoir of hope, of trust, of credibility": says Maldives Ambassador at the UN General Assembly

- "We may be small, but we do have the strength in our shoulders, grit in our bones, to carry the lofty ideals and aspirations that define this organisation" New York, 7 November 2017: The Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations Ambassador Ali Naseer Mohamed said that…

The Maldives emphasizes on the need to be objective and accurate in compiling UN Reports

New York: 8 October 2017: The Government of Maldives takes note of the Report of the Secretary-General issued on 6 October 2017 entitled "Children in Armed Conflict". In the Report, the Secretary General notes the substantive progress that the Coalition has made in their efforts to protect the lives, rights, and…

Maldives reiterates its commitment to fight terrorism

3 October 2017, New York Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the UN, Ambassador Ali Naseer Mohamed today underscored that the act of terrorism should have no place in the civilized world. He particularly condemned, all acts of terrorism, committed in the name of Islam. Ambassador Mohamed made the remarks…

Maldives reiterates its commitment to fight terrorism Maldives reiterates its commitment to fight terrorism

"Inclusivity is the cornerstone of my Government's social development policies"- Permanent Representative at the UNGA Third Committee

3 October 2017, New York The Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations, Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed briefed on the efforts of the Government of Maldives to improve the lives of women, children, youth, poor, the elderly and persons with disabilities, during the Third Committee debate on the issue…

Maldives underlines importance of partnerships, investment, innovation and resilience building at the General Debate of the Second Committee

3 October 2017, New York The Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations, Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed today highlighted economic progress of the Maldives and noted key areas in which the UN can play an important role in the economic development of countries. While nothing the significant contribution of…

Maldives underlines importance of partnerships, investment, innovation and resilience building at the General Debate of the Second Committee Maldives underlines importance of partnerships, investment, innovation and resilience building at the General Debate of the Second Committee

'The Threat of Climate Change is very real', says Minister Asim at UNGA

23 September 2017, New York, The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mohamed Asim, while speaking at the General Debate of the United Nations Seventy Second Session, stated that unpredictable weather, more frequent and intense natural disasters, unprecedented temperatures, are the norm rather than exception. He emphasized on the importance of cooperation,…

'The Threat of Climate Change is very real', says Minister Asim at UNGA 'The Threat of Climate Change is very real', says Minister Asim at UNGA

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

A renewed global partnership is an imperative if SDGs were to be successful, says Maldives

Monday, 03 March 2014 00:00

His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations has said that “a renewed global partnership, a more action-oriented update of MDG8 is an imperative”, for the success of Sustainable Development Goals.  He was commenting on the document containing preliminary focus areas for the SDGs at the 9th Session of the Open Working Group. Maldives stated that the SDG framework should be interdependent, cohesive and aspirational in nature and must include a clear means of implementation.

Outlining the Maldives' general position on the way forward, Ambassador Sareer said that the formulation of the SDGs should be guided by the Rio+20 Outcome document, the lessons learnt from the Millennium Development Goals and must avoid isolated sectoral approaches. He recognized poverty eradication as an underlying goal of the SDGs and said that other development gains are linked with this objective, especially food security, nutrition, health, sanitation, water, energy, education and employment.

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Climate Change the biggest threat, Oceans biggest potential for Maldives and other SIDS

Monday, 03 March 2014 00:00

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During a roundtable discussion at the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development's New York Office, H.E. Ambassador Ahmed Sareer, the Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations, highlighted the importance of the topics of Oceans and marine resources for Sustainable Development of Maldives and other Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

When asked about the biggest current threat and challenge for Maldives and other SIDS, Ambassador Sareer names climate change, sea level rise and beach erosion. Relating to everyday experiences by Maldivian people, he said that there is a clear increase in the frequency and magnitude of flooding and draught. The Ambassador also noted that freshwater is becoming increasingly scarce and that the process of providing potable water to a third of the country’s islands during the dry season through transport by boat was using up a lot of the government’s financial resources.

Turning the debate to Oceans, Ambassador Sareer highlighted that Maldives, together with other SIDS has worked consistently to include this vital topic in the Sustainable Development Agenda, first in Rio+20 and then in the Preparatory Meetings leading up to the 2014 SIDS Conference in Samoa. He reiterated his delegation’s call for a stand-alone Sustainable Development Goal on Oceans as absolutely critical for Maldives.

When asked about domestic measures taken in Maldives on Sustainable Development of Oceans, the Ambassador talked about Maldives' extraordinary pledge to make the whole country a UNESCO biosphere reserve by 2017. He further added Maldives' traditional fishing practices, pole and line fishing, was traditionally recognized as sustainable as well as recent legislation to ban shark fishing and finning as clear signs of a domestic commitment to Ocean conservation.

   

SIDS Conference, a pivotal moment for global partnership to build resilience, says Maldives.

Monday, 24 February 2014 00:00

prepcom 1The Maldives says that the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States presents a pivotal moment for global partnership to build resilience and improve the life of the peoples of SIDS. The statement was delivered by His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations while speaking today at the First Preparatory Committee meeting of the Third SIDS Conference held at the UN headquarters.

He said that although SIDS have made great strides in sustainable development, the negative impacts of climate change have threatened to erode the development gains achieved and have increasingly made progress harder all along the way.  The Government of Maldives, for example, is currently spending more than 27% of its national budget to build resilience to combat the effects of climate change.  Therefore, he stressed that, SIDS “need to take strong steps to safeguard and sustainably develop [its] natural resources while building resilience against climate change”.

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Gender parity must be holistic in its approach towards sustainable development, says Maldives.

Thursday, 06 February 2014 18:19

owg sdg equality“Gender parity must be a part of broader context of holistic and sustainable development rather than purely a means to advancement”, 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 8th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals.

Ambassador Sareer highlighted that the Maldives has achieved gender parity within the context of Millennium Development Goals but that more remains to be achieved concerning gender equality and women’s empowerment. He stressed that one of the key problems with MDGs was that it aligned a weak mechanism to address the issue of gender equality and women’s empowerment, and therefore, called for a stand-alone goal on gender parity and urged all Sustainable Development Goals to be interdependent, cohesive and aspirational.

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A Post-2015 Agenda that does not reflect a central role for Oceans would be meaningless for the Maldives

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 21:00

H.E. Ambassador Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives, alongside President Remengesau of Palau and other Small Island State Representatives, highlighted the importance of Oceans in a statement at the side event : "Healthy Oceans and Seas: a Way Forward". The enthusiastically attended and highly visible event was co-hosted by Palau and Italy on the margins of the 8th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals.

Ambassador Sareer stressed that for Maldives the Oceans and Seas are an integral and indivisible part of development. He explained the reason why together with other Small Island Developing States Maldives had worked in Rio+20 to include Oceans in the agenda, an effort reflected in the high number of paragraphs devoted to the subject, which outline that sustainable development of the Oceans and Seas is highly interrelated and conducive to poverty eradication, the provision of decent work and food security.

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