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Maldives Mission hosts "Haveeru Sai" at the United Nations

7 May 2018, New York; The Permanent Mission of Maldives to the UN hosted today, an event entitled "Haveeru Sai" at the United Nations. The purpose of the event was to share information about the sustainable fishing methods, and tuna fisheries in the Maldives, as well as share Maldivian delicacies…

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Maldives calls for efficient cross-pillar coordination in peacebuilding efforts

25 April 2018, New York, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim today, called for greater coordination between the pillars of the United Nations, so that maximum benefits could be reaped in peacebuilding efforts. Speaking at the Interactive Dialogue of the High Level Meeting on Peace Building and Sustaining Peace,…

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Minister Asim meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Gambia

25 April 2018, New York, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Gambia Ousainou Darboe, in New York, on the sidelines of the High Level Meeting on Peace Building and Sustaining Peace, hosted by the President of the General Assembly. The…

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Minister Asim meets with the League of Arab States

25 April 2018, New York; Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim met with the Permanent Representatives of the League of Arab States today, with a view to facilitate greater dialogue and cooperation with the countries of League. The Minister highlighted the historic links between the Maldives and the Arab…

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Minister Asim meets with the Pacific Small Island Developing States

24 April 2018, New York, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim met with the Permanent Representatives of the Pacific Small Island Developing States today, with a view to facilitate greater dialogue and cooperation with the countries of PSIDS. In this regard, he highlighted the close links between the Maldives and…

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Minister Asim met with the Foreign Minister of Turkey

24 April 2018, New York, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim has met today with the Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, in New York, on the sidelines of the High Level Meeting on Peace Building and Sustaining Peace, hosted by the President of the General Assembly. Both Ministers…

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The Maldives asks the UN to take into account the consequences of climate change and other non-traditional threats, in peacebuilding and sustaining peace

24 April 2018, New York, Speaking at the High Level Meeting on Peace Building and Sustaining Peace, hosted by the President of the General Assembly, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim highlighted the changing nature of threats that are leading to instability impacting the peace and endangering security. In particular…

The Maldives asks the UN to take into account the consequences of climate change and other non-traditional threats, in peacebuilding and sustaining peace The Maldives asks the UN to take into account the consequences of climate change and other non-traditional threats, in peacebuilding and sustaining peace

Minister Asim meets with several Permanent Representatives to the United Nations

23 April 2018, New York; Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim has met today with several Permanent Representatives in New York today, to discuss issues of mutual interest, especially with regard to the United Nations Security Council. The Maldives is campaigning for support in its bid to become a…

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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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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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