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Maldives, Chair of AOSIS, underscores the special significance of the ocean to SIDS as custodians of large expanses of ocean

New York, 5 June 2017, The Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture of the Republic of Maldives, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Shainee urged steadfast efforts to care for and restore the health of oceans to achieve the targets of SDG 14 and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Speaking on behalf of…

Maldives, Chair of AOSIS, underscores the special significance of the ocean to SIDS as custodians of large expanses of ocean Maldives, Chair of AOSIS, underscores the special significance of the ocean to SIDS as custodians of large expanses of ocean

"Alliance of Small Island States co-hosts High-Level Dialogue on Oceans and Small Island States on first day of Ocean Conference"

New York, 5 June 2017:  The Maldives, as the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), co-hosted a High-Level Dialogue on Oceans and Seas with SIDS DOCK and the United Nations Office of The High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island Developing…

Maldives commits to address marine pollution by reducing ocean plastics

New York, 5 June 2017:  The Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture of the Maldives, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Shainee today participated at the first partnership dialogue focusing on addressing marine pollution co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs of Indonesia, and H.E. Mr. Vidar Helgesen, the…

Maldives commits to address marine pollution by reducing ocean plastics Maldives commits to address marine pollution by reducing ocean plastics

Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture of the Republic of Maldives meets with Minister of Agriculture of Morocco

5 June 2017, New York; The Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr. Mohamed Shainee, has held a meeting with His Excellency Mr Aziz Akhannouch, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of Morocco this morning in New York. The Ministers discussed the challenges to maintaining sustainable fisheries, including overfishing, illegal fishing and…

Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture of the Republic of Maldives meets with Minister of Agriculture of Morocco Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture of the Republic of Maldives meets with Minister of Agriculture of Morocco

Maldives engages at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

24 May 2017, Cancun, Mexico; The Maldives, as a strong advocate on the importance of building resilience to disasters, participates at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction that is taking place in Cancun Mexico from 22-26 May 2017. The Global platform is the primary forum to access progress…

Maldives engages at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction Maldives engages at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Maldives shares SIDS experiences on policy and poverty eradication

 9 May 2017, New York; Speaking at the 2017 Integration Segment hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) H.E. Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Ambassador of Maldives, shared specific issues of Maldives and SIDS on the topic of moving forward to integrate poverty eradication into policy, with panelists providing…

Maldives shares SIDS experiences on policy and poverty eradication Maldives shares SIDS experiences on policy and poverty eradication

Maldives calls for innovative approaches to international cooperation to strengthen fight against organised crime

  8 May 2017, New York, At the United Nations Security Council Arria Formula meeting, H.E. Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations called upon the international community to explore innovative ways to combat organized crime and stressed on the importance of enhancing cooperation and coordination…

Maldives calls for innovative approaches to international cooperation to strengthen fight against organised crime Maldives calls for innovative approaches to international cooperation to strengthen fight against organised crime

Maldives condemns Israeli decision to create new settlements in the occupied territories of Palestine

20 April 2017, New York, Speaking at the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on "the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question", the Deputy Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations Ms. Farzana Zahir expressed concern over the continued expansion of illegal settlements in the occupied…

Maldives condemns Israeli decision to create new settlements in the occupied territories of Palestine Maldives condemns Israeli decision to create new settlements in the occupied territories of Palestine

Maldives Joins Call for Urgent Adoption of the Draft Convention on Terrorism

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”.

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Society

Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00

Society

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.

   

Culture

Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00

Cultural_Drum

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. 

Women

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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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.

Launch Site

Official website for the Maldives Tourism Board. Your source of information for Maldives resorts, hotels, safari live-aboard and guest houses information and travel agents listing.

Launch Site

The primary role of the Ministry is to foster warm and close relations with the international community and to communicate the interests and aspirations of the people of the Maldives.

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