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…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 09:31
5 October 2016, New York; In its statement at the General Debate of the Disarmament and International Security Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, the Maldives has stressed the need for augmenting efforts to end proliferation of nuclear weapons and called upon signatories of the Non Proliferation Treaty to fulfill their obligations under the Treaty.
Speaking on behalf of the Maldives, H.E. Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations has stated that the use of nuclear testing by any country is "not only a flagrant violation of international law, but an obstacle to the proliferation of nuclear weapons". The Maldives appealed to the States pursuing the use of nuclear technology for useful ends, to do so under limits of international law and to not develop nuclear weapons. The statement also expressed concern that such weapons could fall into the hands of non-State actors who operate outside the structural and normative framework of international law, including terrorist groups, and therefore States must redouble their efforts against nuclear proliferation.
Tuesday, 04 October 2016 11:27
"In the Maldives, efforts are being made to encourage participation of women, youth and persons with disabilities in the community to ensure an inclusive and equitable society", stressed the Maldives delegation at the United Nations General Assembly debate on Social Development. Ms. Farzana Zahir, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while speaking at the Third Committee of the 71st session, noted that social inclusion being the core aspiration of the 2030 Agenda and stressed that "this pledge remains at the heart of our efforts".
The statement emphasized the importance of education and health to enable people to acquire the skills and capabilities needed to fully participate and contribute in all dimensions of life. Within this regard, it noted that the Maldives' had introduced a universal health insurance scheme and to provide free education for all children up to higher secondary level. Further, the statement highlighted the Government's efforts to create a conducive environment for the inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society and development.
Monday, 03 October 2016 15:03
3 October 2016, New York; At the United Nations General Assembly debate on measures to eliminate international terrorism, the Maldives highlighted the number of robust measures taken by the Government for the prevention of terrorism and violent extremism.
Speaking on the subject, Ambassador Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations informed the Sixth Committee that a State policy to counter terrorism and violent extremism has been implemented, and specific laws on counter terrorism have been enacted. He noted that these legislative and policy measures are complimentary to the international measures at a regional and global level and address the issue of Foreign Terrorist Fighters as well as Terrorist Financing.
Monday, 03 October 2016 14:57
3 October 2016, New York; Speaking at the opening of the main session of the Economic and Financial (Second) Committee of the seventieth session of the General Assembly, HE. Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations, presented the priorities of Maldives for the 2016-2017 year.
The Maldives statement outlined its commitment to achieve a high-income, resilient and diversified economy. This will require increased investment and private sector growth, yet the Maldives continues to be limited by its relatively small size and dispersed geography, and challenges relating to domestic resource mobilization.
Saturday, 24 September 2016 21:43
24 September 2016, New York; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Mohamed Asim has said that the international community should "value us by our abilities, not our vulnerabilities", and has urged the international community to evaluate progress in the Maldives against its own progress, instead of against inappropriate benchmarks. The Minister made these remarks in his Address to the UN General Assembly in New York on 24 September 2016.
Speaking in the context of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the Minister noted three overarching themes; the holistic approach of the Agenda as well as the recognition that poverty is multi-dimensional, the necessity of a differentiated approach even within a universal agenda, and the need to be inclusive. Across these areas, the Minister noted several issues of importance for the Maldives, including people-focused development policies, climate change policy, empowering women and girls, investing in health and education, as well as the specific vulnerabilities faced by Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
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