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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…

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

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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“International cooperation is the most important mechanism to counter terrorism and violent extremism” – Foreign Minister Asim

Screen_Shot_2016-10-27_at_1.12.18_PMMale', 26 October 2016Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mohamed Asim has said that "international cooperation is the most important mechanism to counter terrorism and violent extremism". The Minister made this remark following the international seminar on "Counter Terrorism and Violent Extremism: Challenges and Solutions through Shared Experiences" that concluded today. The Seminar, which was held from 25-26 October 2016 in Kurumba Maldives, was organized by the National Counter Terrorism Centre of the Maldives, in association with United Nations, UN Women, and the Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI).

"The threat of terrorism and violent extremism spread fear and hate, and threatens everyday lives of people across the globe. Domestic efforts alone cannot prevent this threat; it requires coordinated and concerted effort to effectively tackle the phenomenon. For this reason, bilateral and international cooperation and sharing of knowledge and expertise are essential in shaping national responses" Minister Asim said.

 

The two-day Seminar brought together a number of academicians, government officials and civil society representatives from 13 countries. It also featured guest speakers and experts with first hand operational experience on the subject. The key areas of focus in the Seminar included:

  • Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism through integration of instruments of national power;
  • Crimes-terror nexus and role of intelligence in effectively countering terrorism and violent Extremism;
  • Formulating national responses for countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism;
  • Strategies and policies to safeguard the tourism industry from terrorism.

Dr Imtiaz Ahmed, Executive Director of Regional Centre for Strategic Studies of Bangladesh gave a keynote speech on the global and regional perspectives on terrorism and extremism. Ms. Dwi Rubiyanti Kholifah, Executive Director of Asian Muslim Action Network also gave the keynote speech in which she highlighted on the role of women in preventing violent extremism. Foreign Secretary Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed moderated this session, which focused on formulating national responses.

Other speakers at the Seminar included:

  • Brigadier General Zakariyya Mansoor, Director General, National Counter Terrorism Centre, Maldives - Counter terrorism and counter violent extremism: global and regional perspectives
  • Professor Christopher C. Harmon, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, United States of America - Trends in correlations between organized crime and terrorism
  • Colonel Kevin Colyer, United States Pacific Command, United States of America – Role of Intelligence Fusion towards a Sustainable Counter Terrorism and Counter Violent Extremism Effort
  • Mr. Deka, Joint Director, Government of India - 26/11 Terror incident and India's counter terrorism effort
  • Mr. S. Krishnan, Deputy Director, Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore – Best practices in terrorist rehabilitation: the Singapore Experience
  • Mr. Lachemykanden Muniandy, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Division Head of Counter terrorism, Headquarters of Police, Malaysia – Counter Messaging as a tool to prevent radicalization
  • Police Inspector General Petrus Reinhard Golose, Deputy of International Cooperation, National Counter Terrorism Agency, Indonesia - Soft target security: protecting tourists from the threat of terrorism
  • Chief Inspector of Police Ahmed Ali, Maldives Police Service and Lieutenant Colonel Hassan Shahid, Maldives National Defence Force - Strategies and policies to safeguard tourism industry from terrorism

The seminar facilitated the exchange of ideas, experiences, and networking to seek solutions to the challenges faced. It identified concrete steps that countries can take in countering the threat and share experiences and best practices in designing responses.

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