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Ambassador Sareer highlights importance of Oceans for the sustainable development of SIDS

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…

Ambassador Sareer highlights importance of Oceans for the sustainable development of SIDS Ambassador Sareer highlights importance of Oceans for the sustainable development of SIDS

The Maldives Candidacy to the United Nations Human Rights Council 2018-2020 - Human Rights Commitments & Pledges

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…

The Maldives Candidacy to the United Nations Human Rights Council 2018-2020 - Human Rights Commitments & Pledges The Maldives Candidacy to the United Nations Human Rights Council 2018-2020 - Human Rights Commitments & Pledges

"Maldives urges the UN development boards to support the special circumstances of SIDS in their programmes

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…

Maldives, as the Chair of AOSIS convenes interactive dialogue for SIDS with the UN Secretary General

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…

Maldives, as the Chair of AOSIS convenes interactive dialogue for SIDS with the UN Secretary General Maldives, as the Chair of AOSIS convenes interactive dialogue for SIDS with the UN Secretary General

Maldives calls for people-oriented investment to eradicate poverty

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…

Maldives calls for people-oriented investment to eradicate poverty Maldives calls for people-oriented investment to eradicate poverty

The Maldives assumes Chairmanship of Asia Pacific Group for the month of February

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.…

The Maldives calls attention to linkages between peace, development, and climate change

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…

The Maldives calls attention to linkages between peace, development, and climate change The Maldives calls attention to linkages between peace, development, and climate change

Maldives re-appointed Co-Chair of the Steering Committee on Partnerships for Small Island Developing States

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…

“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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