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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

Maldives Appeals on Larger States to Commit More on Clean and Renewable Energy

Monday, 08 October 2012 00:00

Hassan Hussain Shihab at hte United NationsThe Maldives has today appealed to the larger states with more resources to commit themselves towards more programmes for utilising clean and renewable energy in order to reduce the world’s carbon footprint. This appeal was made by the Maldives delegate to the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Hassan Hussain Shihab.

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Former President Nasheed Brought into Custody Under Court Order

Monday, 08 October 2012 00:00

Nasheed smiling as he is taken into custodyMaldives Police Service took former President Mohamed Nasheed into custody today in Gaaf Dhaal Atoll Faresmaathoda, after the Hulhumale Magistrate Court issued an order to the Police to bring him in.

The Hulhumale Magistrate Court ordered the Maldives Police Service yesterday to produce former President Mohamed Nasheed in court, to face charges over his use of the military to arrest and detain the Chief Judge of the Criminal Court, Abdulla Mohamed. Though former President Nasheed insisted the detention was due to the Judge's own corruption, the action came a day after this Judge had released two prisoners of conscience arrested by Nasheed.

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Small justice being served for small states, says President Waheed

Monday, 24 September 2012 00:00

President of the Maldives Waheed at United Nations podium - Rule of law, Small Island States are victimized

H.E. Dr Mohamed Waheed, President of the Republic of Maldives, said that that small justice is being served to small states. He made this statement while speaking at the United Nations General Assembly High Level Segment on the Rule of Law held today in New York.

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Maldives supports UN resolution on Syria

Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00

UNGA Vote on Syria violenceThe United Nations General Assembly today, with overwhelming support adopted a resolution expressing its grave concern at the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in the Syrian Arab Republic.

The resolution, which was tabled by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was designed to bring into context a number of issues of concern to the international community. These include the use of heavy weapons by Syrian security forces against civilian populations, the widespread and systematic gross violation of human rights, and concerns over the security of Syria’s biological and chemical weapons stockpiles.

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Government

Wednesday, 01 August 2012 00:00

With a brief eight month exemption in 1953 when Mr Mohamed Amin Didi served as President, the Maldives remained a Sultanate until a referendum held in 1968 (three years after independence from being a British Protectorate) approved a constitution transforming the nation into a Republic with three official branches of government.

Mr Ibrahim Nasir, who was Prime Minister under the Sultan before the referendum, being credited with orchestrating Maldivian independence, became the nation’s second President and the first under the new constitution, which went on to be amended in 1970, 1972, 1975, and 1997.

In 1978, Mr Maumoon Abdul Gayoom became the nation’s third President. During his tenure President Gayoom initiated a democratic reform process that sought to liberalize the nation’s governing system. In the culmination of these efforts, 2008 saw a new constitution adopted that included a clear separation of powers, with major checks being implemented on the authority of the executive.

Two months after the completion of this new constitution, elections were held where Mr Mohamed Nasheed became the nation’s fourth President, winning with the support of a six party coalition. Within the first three months of his tenure, President Nasheed began to expel the political parties which brought him to power. After the arrest of political leaders, barricading of the Supreme Court, attempted abolishment of the lower courts, and arrest of a sitting Criminal Court Judge, President Nasheed was accused of violating the constitution. This culminated in President Nasheed’s resignation on February 7th 2012.

Dr Mohamed Waheed, elected under the same ticket as President Nasheed’s Vice President, was sworn in, on the invitation of Mr Abdullah Shahid, Speaker of Parliament, by Uz Ahmed Faiz Hussain, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  President Waheed became the nation’s 5th President.

Mr Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayoom was elected as the 6th President of the Republic of the Maldives. On 17 November 2013, he took his oath of office at a Special Assembly of Parliament, administered by the Chief Justice, Uz Ahmed Faiz Hussain. Taking his oath at the same ceremony, Uz Mohamed Jameel Ahmed became the 2nd elected Vice President of the Republic of Maldives.

   

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