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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

We'll Always Have Paris...Right?

21 November 2017, New York, Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim delivered a keynote address at a Side-Event hosted by the New York University entitled "We'll Always Have Paris...Right?" today. The speakers highlighted on the withdrawal of the United States of America from the Paris Agreement and likely impacts…

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Minister Thoriq convenes High Level Dialogue on Initiative for Renewable Island Energy

21 November 2017, New York, Minister of Environment and Energy H.E Thoriq Ibrahim convened a High Level Dialogue on the Initiative for Renewable Island Energy (IRIE) at the margins of the 72 UNGA today.  IRIE was one of the initiatives launched in Marrakech in 2016, which aims to enhance political momentum…

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Foreign Minister Asim meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs ofDominican Republic

19 September 2017, New York – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mohamed Asim met with, H.E Mr. Miguel Vargas, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Dominican Republic today. During the meeting Minister Asim expressed concerns about the devastation caused by the hurricanes in the Caribbean region. Ministers further discussed issues importance…

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High Level Event on Climate Education

20 November 2017, New York, The Maldives Minister of Environment and Energy, H.E Thoriq Ibrahimparticipated at a High Level Event on Climate Education and Youth jointl yorganised by COP 22 Presidency, Incoming COP 23 Presidency, United Nations Children Fund and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change today. Speaking at…

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Minister Zenysha holds meeting with the Director of Programme Division of the UNICEF

19 September 2017, New York – Minister of Gender and Family, Ms. Zenysha Shaheed Zaki met with Mr. Ted Chaiban, Director of Programme Division of the UNICEF. The Director commended the remarkable work done by the Gender Ministry towards ending violence against children, and noted particularly close cooperation between the…

Minister Zenysha holds meeting with the Director of Programme Division of the UNICEF Minister Zenysha holds meeting with the Director of Programme Division of the UNICEF

Maldives and El Salvador establish diplomatic relations

19 September 2017, New York – The Republic of Maldives and The Republic of El Salvador has established diplomatic relations today. The joint communiqué establishing relations between the two countries were signed by Dr. Mohamed Asim, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives and Ing. Hugo Roger…

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AOSIS Leaders Gather at UNGA

AOSIS_Leaders_Lunch_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.

 

That means as Dr. Mohamed Asim, Maldives' foreign minister who hosted the luncheon said, "over one-third of the parties to have ratified the Paris Agreement are AOSIS members. We represent a mere fraction of global emissions, but by joining together we have helped bring one of the most consequential international treaties in history to the verge of taking effect."

The gathering was casual, but conversations still steered to some of the major challenges facing the group and the world today.

Even though the Paris Agreement is on the verge of taking effect this year, the Foreign Minister remarked how important it was for all countries large and small to formally join as soon as possible so the implementation phase can start in earnest.

The point was also made that even though the 2030 Agenda was agreed last year for sustainable development, realizing the objectives was still for from assured. Adequate support to bring people out of poverty and build a sustainable future will require a new sense of urgency and accountability moving forward.

Sounds like a fitting job for an influential group of countries with moral authority that brought the issues to international attention in the first place.

Source:  http://aosis.org/aosis-leaders-gather-at-unga/

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