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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

Maldives to continue as Chair of Alliance of Small Island States for 2017-2018

New York, 31 October 2016; The forty-four members and observers of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) today confirmed the re-appointment of Maldives as the Chair of the Group for two more years. The decision was taken at an Ambassadorial Meeting of the Group held in New York.

The Maldives took up the chairmanship of the Group in January 2015. And subsequently led the Group through a year filled with milestones, beginning with the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in March, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third Conference on Financing for Development in July, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September, and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in December. Through all these agreements, SIDS, led by Maldives, were able to carve out special recognition for the specific and unique challenges SIDS face in achieving sustainable development

and combatting the adverse impacts of climate change. In particular, during the climate change negotiations, AOSIS led by Maldives, were able to cement in the global agreement, the recognition of the need to work towards keeping global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees, as well as the concept of loss and damage – flagship positions of the Group.

 

Through 2015 and 2016, the Maldives led the charge at the United Nations for effective implementation and follow up of the SIDS Accelerated Modalities for Action (SAMOA) Pathway – the Programme of Action for the sustainable development of SIDS. Of note, as a direct follow-up to the commitments made in the SAMOA Pathway, the General Assembly established the Partnership Framework to follow-up on the partnerships announced at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, as well as attract new partnerships. The Maldives, along with Italy, were tasked to facilitate the Steering Committee as co-chairs that also oversees the Partnership Framework.

At the United Nations, the Maldives has also worked, in its capacity as Chair of AOSIS, as well as in its national capacity, to advocate for the importance of representation of SIDS in decision-making at the UN and elsewhere. Advocacy efforts have also concentrated on raising awareness on the special case of SIDS for sustainable development, and how to orient institutional approaches towards these specific challenges.

The Maldives will continue to advocate, lead and champion the issue of Small Island Developing States through this renewed confidence placed by the members of AOSIS in the coming years.

The Alliance of Small Island States was born in 1990 from an initiative of the Government of Maldives that hosted the first ever Conference on Small Island States on Sea Level Rise in 1989.

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