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Maldives, Chair of AOSIS, underscores the special significance of the ocean to SIDS as custodians of large expanses of ocean

New York, 5 June 2017, The Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture of the Republic of Maldives, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Shainee urged steadfast efforts to care for and restore the health of oceans to achieve the targets of SDG 14 and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Speaking on behalf of…

Maldives, Chair of AOSIS, underscores the special significance of the ocean to SIDS as custodians of large expanses of ocean Maldives, Chair of AOSIS, underscores the special significance of the ocean to SIDS as custodians of large expanses of ocean

"Alliance of Small Island States co-hosts High-Level Dialogue on Oceans and Small Island States on first day of Ocean Conference"

New York, 5 June 2017:  The Maldives, as the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), co-hosted a High-Level Dialogue on Oceans and Seas with SIDS DOCK and the United Nations Office of The High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island Developing…

Maldives commits to address marine pollution by reducing ocean plastics

New York, 5 June 2017:  The Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture of the Maldives, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Shainee today participated at the first partnership dialogue focusing on addressing marine pollution co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs of Indonesia, and H.E. Mr. Vidar Helgesen, the…

Maldives commits to address marine pollution by reducing ocean plastics Maldives commits to address marine pollution by reducing ocean plastics

Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture of the Republic of Maldives meets with Minister of Agriculture of Morocco

5 June 2017, New York; The Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr. Mohamed Shainee, has held a meeting with His Excellency Mr Aziz Akhannouch, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of Morocco this morning in New York. The Ministers discussed the challenges to maintaining sustainable fisheries, including overfishing, illegal fishing and…

Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture of the Republic of Maldives meets with Minister of Agriculture of Morocco Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture of the Republic of Maldives meets with Minister of Agriculture of Morocco

Maldives engages at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

24 May 2017, Cancun, Mexico; The Maldives, as a strong advocate on the importance of building resilience to disasters, participates at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction that is taking place in Cancun Mexico from 22-26 May 2017. The Global platform is the primary forum to access progress…

Maldives engages at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction Maldives engages at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

Maldives shares SIDS experiences on policy and poverty eradication

 9 May 2017, New York; Speaking at the 2017 Integration Segment hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) H.E. Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Ambassador of Maldives, shared specific issues of Maldives and SIDS on the topic of moving forward to integrate poverty eradication into policy, with panelists providing…

Maldives shares SIDS experiences on policy and poverty eradication Maldives shares SIDS experiences on policy and poverty eradication

Maldives calls for innovative approaches to international cooperation to strengthen fight against organised crime

  8 May 2017, New York, At the United Nations Security Council Arria Formula meeting, H.E. Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations called upon the international community to explore innovative ways to combat organized crime and stressed on the importance of enhancing cooperation and coordination…

Maldives calls for innovative approaches to international cooperation to strengthen fight against organised crime Maldives calls for innovative approaches to international cooperation to strengthen fight against organised crime

Maldives condemns Israeli decision to create new settlements in the occupied territories of Palestine

20 April 2017, New York, Speaking at the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on "the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question", the Deputy Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations Ms. Farzana Zahir expressed concern over the continued expansion of illegal settlements in the occupied…

Maldives condemns Israeli decision to create new settlements in the occupied territories of Palestine Maldives condemns Israeli decision to create new settlements in the occupied territories of Palestine

“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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