30 November 2016, New York; Today, at the United Nations General Assembly during its debate on 'The situation of Middle East the Maldives stressed on the importance of compromise and the productive engagement of the international community to resolve the conflicts in the Middle East. Delivering the statement on behalf…
29 November 2016, New York; The Maldives has raised concerns regarding the increase in the number of Palestinian children being arrested and detained by Israeli occupying forces, and how Palestinian minors are frequently dealt with disproportionate and deadly force by the Israeli authorities. In the statement delivered at the General…
New York, 23 November 2016; The Maldives has highlighted the unique challenges and vulnerabilities that Small Island States face in dealing with water security at the United Nations Security Council. While speaking at the Council's open debate on water, peace and security, Ambassador Ahmed Sareer, the Permanent Representative of Maldives…
17 November 2016, New York; Today, at the United Nations General Assembly during its debate on 'The situation of Afghanistan', the Maldives welcomed the progress in Afghanistan, its commitment to improving the human rights situation, particularly with respect to women and children. The Maldives also expressed its concern over the…
7 November 2016, New York; At the United Nations Security Council's open debate on Peacekeeping Operations facing Asymmetrical threats, the Maldives highlighted that the collective work of the peacekeeping missions must be guided by a precise and comprehensive framework for identifying threats to civilians in order to respond to the…
7 November 2016, New York; At the United Nations General Assembly debate on 'Question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council and other matters related to the Security Council', the Maldives highlighted that comprehensive reform and expansion of the Security Council is essential to…
4 November 2016, New York: Today, at the Third Committee, the Maldives urged the need of creating a formal support mechanism to enable participation of Small Island Developing States in the Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva. This was highlighted in an Intervention made by the Maldives, in the Third…
04 November 2016, New York; At the United Nations General Assembly debate on the report of the Human Rights Council, the Maldives has called upon the Council to adopt a more pro-active role in addressing the human rights violations and atrocities committed against women, men and children in Aleppo and…
Friday, 23 September 2016 10:41
23 September 2016, New York; In what has become something of an annual tradition, AOSIS leaders gathered on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly for a luncheon to rejuvenate the group's 26-year partnership. In that time, AOSIS has grown to include 39 members and 5 observers from Small Island States around the world, nearly one-fifth of the UN's voting membership and solidifies its role as the moral conscience of the climate change and sustainable development negotiations.
That group's leadership was on display this week as 8 AOSIS members—Papua New Guinea, Dominica, Kiribati, Singapore, Tonga, Antigua and Barbuda, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands completed their Paris Agreement ratification processes, bringing the members to have done so to 25.
Friday, 23 September 2016 10:24
New York, 23 September 2016: Participating actively in a variety of side events on oceans issues, the Maldives emphasized the importance of the health of the ocean to small island developing states.
Speaking at a dialogue organized by Norway on Oceans and the Blue Economy, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mohamed Asim, argued for the business case for advancing towards a blue economy and its relevance to small island developing states. Dr. Asim called on the international community to increase efforts for sustainable use and conservation of marine resources as a prerequisite for sustainable development in SIDS. He also called on island states to work towards eliminating local threats to marine pollution like waste management, coastal zone management and fishing practices.
Friday, 23 September 2016 10:19
23 September 2016, New York; Maldives highlights means of implementation of the means of The Group of 77 held its fortieth annual Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs on the sidelines of the General Debate of the seventy-first session of the General Assembly today.
Speaking at its interactive debate on issues of importance to the Group of 77, Minister Asim, reiterated the importance of the Group, especially for small states like the Maldives. In particular, he noted the unity and solidarity of the Group as evidenced during the negotiations on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Agreement under the UNFCCC. He urged the Group to continue in this vein, as we move into the next phase: implementation.
Friday, 23 September 2016 10:03
23 September 2016, New York; The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim has met with the Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and High Representative for LDCs, LLDCs, and SIDS H.E. Gyan Chandra Acharya on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The Minister thanked the Under Secretary-General for his continued support to the Maldives, the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and to the Alliance of Small Island States which Maldives chairs. The Under Secretary-General in recognized the leadership of Maldives in the lead up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement, as well as the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.
Friday, 23 September 2016 09:59
New York, 23 September 2016; Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, Dr. Mohamed Asim met with the Assistant Secretary General of the Department of Political Affairs of UN, Mr. Miroslav Jenča today at the UN Headquarters in New York.
During the meeting today, Minister Asim thanked the Assistant Secretary General and the Department of Political Affairs for their readiness and assistance in facilitating political dialogue in the country. The Minister also reiterated the Government's commitment to continuing this dialogue with the assistance of the United Nations to attain progress and long term political stability in the country.
The Assistant Secretary General noted that he was encouraged by the Government's commitment and stressed that all parties to show flexibility in all party talks for constructive political dialogue.
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