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General Assembly to adopt Resolution on Status of Jerusalem

21 December 2017, New York, The General Assembly will consider, and likely will adopt, a Resolution on the Status of Jerusalem at the Tenth Emergency Special Session of the General Assembly to be convened today. The Emergency Special Session is convened following the Security Council's inability to adopt the Resolution…

"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…

Vice President Address UN General Assembly

Tuesday, 28 September 2010 14:05

unga Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed has addressed the General Assembly in New York calling for “speedy disbursement of the promised aid” at the Maldives Donors’ Conference which was held March of his year.

The Vice President, , who is representing the Maldives’ at the UN General Assembly this year, argued that while the Maldives would be graduating form UN list of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), the Maldives “also remain concerned” about the sudden withdrawal of some of the benefits afforded to LDC states.



Vice President addresses Yale university

Monday, 20 September 2010 13:52

yaleNew York, Sep 20 2010 – Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik, Vice President of the Republic of Maldives was the keynote speaker at a reception hosted by the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Dr. Waheed addressed students and leading scholars on the impact of climate change on small island nations. With 80 percent of its islands less than 1 meter high, rapid sea-level rise caused by global warming threatens the very existence of the Maldives.

The Vice President’s speech was accompanied by Vulnerable, a photography exhibition documenting the plight of the fragile coral islands of the Maldives.



Former Ambassadors

Thursday, 16 September 2010 07:29

Former Permanent Representatives


H.E. Mr. Ahmed Hilmy Didi
(1965 - 1966)

H.E. Mr. Abdul Sattar Moosa Didi
(1967 - 1970)

H.E. Mr. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom
(1976 - 1977)

H.E. Mr. Mohamed Musthafa Hussain
(1984 - 1987)

H.E. Mr. Fathulla Jameel
(1977 - 1978)

H.E. Mr Hussain Manikfan
(1988 - 1991)

H.E. Mr. Ahmed Zaki
(1979 -1983, 1993 - 1996)

H.E. Mr. Hussain Shihab
(1998 - 2002)

H.E. Dr. Mohamed Latheef

H.E. Mr. Ahmed Khaleel


H.E. Mr. Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed
(2009 - 2012)



                                            H.E. Mr. Ahmed Sareer
                                                      (2012 - 2017)


Permanent Representative

Thursday, 16 September 2010 07:22



H.E. Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed

Ambassador / Permanent Representative to the United Nations

His Excellency Dr Ali Naseer Mohamed is the Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations. He assumed work at the Mission on 17 July 2017.

Ambassador Mohamed has been in the Maldives Foreign Service since May 1985, and has held various positions at the Ministry and at Missions overseas. Prior to his appointment as Permanent Representative, Ambassador Mohamed was the Foreign Secretary of the Maldives, a position he held from November 2013 to July 2017.

Among the important positions that Ambassador Mohamed held include Additional Secretary (Policy Planning), Director General (Foreign Relations), Director General (External Resources), and Assistant Director (Research).

Ambassador Mohamed was the main focal point in the Government of Maldives for mobilising and coordinating foreign aid to the Maldives in the aftermath of the 2004 Asian tsunami. He was also among the key officials that coordinated national development planning during the period 2005-2007. Ambassador Mohamed represented the Maldives at various international meetings. He was the head of the Maldives delegation at the 17th Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement, and also headed the Maldives Delegation in the last Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Malta in November 2015.

Ambassador Mohamed holds a PhD in Diplomatic Studies from the Australian National University, and a Masters in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Leicester, UK. He is married and has a daughter and a son.




Thursday, 16 September 2010 06:10

The latest archaeological evidence suggests that the Maldives islands were first inhabited in around 1500 BC. It seems likely that the islands were first permanently settled by Aryan immigrants who are also believed to have colonized Sri Lanka at around the same time. Subsequent migrations at regular intervals, from Southern India and Sri Lanka, served to further expand the population of the Maldives.

Documented contact with the outside world began around 947 AD when Arab travellers began visiting the islands. Arab and Persian traders soon began arriving in large numbers, attracted to the Maldives by the abundance of pearls, spices, coconuts, dried fish and, in particular, cowry shells (which were accepted currency from Africa to China until the sixteenth Century). These traders profoundly influenced Maldivian society and culture, with perhaps their most significant impact being in the religious sphere – the Maldives officially converted to Islam in 1153 AD.

After the conversion to Islam, rulers of the Maldives islands came to be called Sultans. King Koimala was renamed Sultan Mohammed-bin-Abdullah and his Maley dynasty ruled the Maldives for 235 years under 26 different Sultans. Maley rule was followed by the Hilali dynasty which held sway for over 170 years under 29 different Sultans. It was during Hilali rule (and in particular the reign of Sultan Kalhu Mohammed) that foreign powers were first invited to the Maldives to establish diplomatic and commercial relations – thus opening up the “pearls of the Indian Ocean” to the outside world.

However, the Maldives was to discover that the interests of foreign powers are rarely benevolent. In the mid-16th Century, Portugal invaded the Maldives and defeated Sultan Ali VI, the last ruler of the Hilali dynasty. Portuguese rule lasted for 15 years until they were eventually defeated by one of the Maldives’ greatest national heroes, Mohammed Thakurufaan. The dynasty established by Mohammed Thakurufaan – the Utheemu dynasty – was to rule the Maldives for the next 127 years (under 12 different Sultans) until the early 18th Century when foreign powers again began to turn covetous eyes on the islands. This time the threat came from the south coast of India from where the Raja of Cannanore dispatched a Malabar raiding party to attack Male. Although Maldivian forces eventually repelled the Malabar forces, the Utheemu dynasty collapsed and was replaced by the Huraage dynasty under the leadership of Ghazi Hassan Izzaddeen (which prevailed until 1968).

After the Malabar attack, the Maldives established diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka – an alliance that continued throughout the latter’s Dutch and then British colonial periods. In 1887, the Maldives became a British Protectorate and remained so until 26 July 1965. On 11th November 1968, the Sultanate was replaced by an independent Republic of Maldives.


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