8 March 2017, Belgium: "SIDS are the stewards of large expanses of oceans and seas. Numerous areas beyond national jurisdiction are adjacent to our Exclusive Economic Zones and due to the interconnected nature of our oceans, any activities being undertaken in these areas often have a direct or indirect impact…
The Maldives Candidacy to the United Nations Human Rights Council 2018-2020 HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITMENTS AND PLEDGES The Republic of Maldives The Maldives is a small island developing State that champions multilateralism and uphold international law. Promoting the respect for human rights is a prioritised national interest of the Maldives and a…
New York, 14 February 2017: Maldives, on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) made statements at the Executive Board meetings of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and UN Women for the year 2017. Speaking at the Executive Board of the United Nations…
9 February 2017, New York: The Maldives, as the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) convened an interactive dialogue with His Excellency Mr. Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations, providing an opportunity for Member States to discuss the priorities and issues of importance for…
6 February 2016, New York: At the fifty-fifth meeting of the Commission on Social Development, the theme of which was "Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all", held on 1-10 February 2017 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Maldives called attention to the key role…
1 February 2016, New York: The Maldives has today assumed the Chairmanship of the Asia-Pacific Group (APG). In its capacity as the Chairmanship of the Asia Pacific Group, the Maldives will be steering the work of the Group and coordinating on matters of importance to the Group in the United Nations Headquarters in New York.…
26 January 2016, New York; Speaking at a high-level dialogue of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations, called for the inclusion of climate change, alongside sustainable development and sustaining peace, as part of a triangular, inter-linked framework…
New York, 19 January, 2017; The President of the General Assembly His Excellency Peter Thomson has officially re-appointed His Excellency Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations and His Excellency Sebastiano Cardi, Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations as the Co-Chairs of the Steering Committee…
Monday, 21 September 2009 19:00
President Mohamed Nasheed has called upon world leaders to seize the historic opportunity that sits at the end of the road to Copenhagen climate summit to be held in December.
Delivering his address to the UN climate summit, which is the largest high-level climate conference ever held, the President said the world leaders must “discard [the] habits that have led to twenty years of complacency and broken promises on climate change.”
President Nasheed expressed disdain over how, in the past, the issue of climate change was presented.
He said: “For the past twenty years we have stood here warning you of the threat of climate change.
Thursday, 10 September 2009 19:00
The new Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations, Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed, presented his credentials today to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. From January 2009 until his new appointment, Mr. Ghafoor served as Ambassador-at-Large in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, seconded to the Office of the President. He was Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva from December 2007 to January 2009, and served concurrently as Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization from September 2008.
A career Foreign Service officer, Mr. Ghafoor has held various positions in the Foreign Ministry, including Executive Director in 2007; Assistant Executive Director in 2005; Director General, Foreign Relations, between 1994 and 2000; Deputy Director, Foreign Relations, in 1989; and Programme Officer in 1983.
Sunday, 06 September 2009 19:00
The Maldives has joined the call by many States to urgently adopt the draft comprehensive convention on terrorism. Speaking at the Committee for Legal Affairs of the General Assembly today, the Maldives Permanent Representative to the United Nations H E Ambassador Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed stated that “while we meet, year after year without results, we fail as a community to attribute criminal accountability to the perpetrators of these heinous crimes. The completion of the draft comprehensive convention on terrorism will provide an overarching instrument that would supplement the existing legal regime that addresses specific terrorist activities and bolster international coordination in the global fight against terrorism. Therefore, as responsible citizens of the international community, we cannot underscore the importance and urgency of finalizing the draft comprehensive convention on terrorism that will give a very necessary impetus to the international counter terrorism framework”.
Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00
As with many developing nations, Maldives enjoys a young population which is set to exceed 400,000 people this year, making it the 27th smallest nation by population (out of 194 states). With the median age being around 25 years old, there is a growing need for greater job creation amongst youth together with more youth centric programs.
Over the recent decades there has been a growing trend towards urbanization, with almost a third of the population now located in the country's capital – Malé. In fact, the city has become one of the world's most densely populated areas. This has led to issues of congestion, and reduced the general quality of life for the average citizen.
In education, Maldives has led South Asia achieving universal primary and lower secondary education comprising of one of the best education systems in the region. The nation has also made significant progress in other social areas, having consistently improved maternal health, the nation has been vigilant about combatting diseases.
Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00
While we consider ourselves one people without true division, we are composed of many ethnic origins – including Indian, Sinhalese, Arab, and African blood – dating back to when the Silk Road wrapped around the Persian Gulf and down the east coast of India all the way to the Maldives. Then the Maldives was one of the primary origins of cowry shells, the most extensively used monetary shell across the world. It was around this time that Islam came to the Maldives, spreading across the nation, from island to island, from family to family. Soon, the Maldives became and till this day remains a 100% Muslim nation.
The Maldives became a nation founded in moderation, faith and equity progressing in its national development to emerge today as a wholly democratic nation, ever committed to the further progression and fulfilment of our national ideal.
Having had female Monarchs in our history, a matriarchal vein still thrives amongst our island populations with informal Women's Councils ever present and active in setting local priorities. Though the national education system is based in an English medium, traditional and cultural values are still emphasized across the nation.
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Registration could be done either by calling the Embassy, by e-mail, or by filling out our form. Contact us HERE.
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.