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Minister Asim meets with Permanent Representatives in New York

20 April 2018, New York; Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim has met today with several Permanent Representatives in New York, to discuss issues of mutual interest, especially with regard to the United Nations Security Council. The Maldives is campaigning for support in its bid to become a member…

Maldives and Côte D'Ivoire establish diplomatic relations

(13 April, New York) The Republic of Maldives and the Republic of Côte D'Ivoire have formally established diplomatic relations today. The Joint Communiqué formalising diplomatic relations between the two countries was signed on behalf of the Government of Maldives by His Excellency Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, Permanent Representative of the…

Maldives and Côte D'Ivoire establish diplomatic relations Maldives and Côte D'Ivoire establish diplomatic relations

Maldives and the Republic of Congo establish diplomatic relations

The Republic of Maldives and the Republic of Congo have formally established diplomatic relations today. The Joint Communiqué formalizing diplomatic relations between the two countries was signed on behalf of the Government of Maldives by His Excellency Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the…

Maldives and the Republic of Congo establish diplomatic relations Maldives and the Republic of Congo establish diplomatic relations

Minister Asim meets Secretary General Guterres

23 March 2018, New York, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim met with the Secretary General of the United Nations Mr António Guterres, today. During the meeting, the Secretary General expressed his appreciation for the active contribution of the Maldives, as Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States in…

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Minister Asim meets the President of the General Assembly

  23 March 2018, New York, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim met with the President of the 72nd session of the General Assembly Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, today. During the meeting, the Minister commended the ongoing initiatives of the President of the General Assembly, including his efforts to improve transparency…

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"Africa is a valued partner of the Maldives" Minister Asim

23 March 2018, New York, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim met with the Permanent Representatives of the Africa Group today, with a view to facilitate greater dialogue and cooperation with the countries of Africa. In this regard, he highlighted the various links that Maldives and African countries have cultivated…

"We need it easier for countries to get the support they need so that no one is left behind", Minister Asim

23 March 2018, New York,Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim highlighted the need to focus on accessing finances, especially for large-scale projects, to ensure that countries graduating from the UN category of Least Developed Countries are not left behind. Speaking at a Breakfast Event titled "Leave No One Behind…

Minister Asim hosts luncheon for the Permanent Representatives of the Caribbean countries

23 March 2018, New York, Minister Asim hosted a luncheon meeting for Permanent Representatives of the Caribbean countries During the meeting, Minister Asim and the Permanent Representatives discussed issues of mutual interest, including the promotion and protection of the priorities of Small Island Developing States at the UN, climate change, and…

"Maldives expresses solidarity and reiterates its full support to LDCs and LLDCs and calls for review of graduation criteria "

19 October 2016, New York: Addressing the Economic and Financial (Second) Committee of the United Nations under the theme "Groups of Countries in Special Situations", His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the UN, expressed his solidarity with other countries in special situations like the LDCs and LLDCs and reaffirmed his country's support for them.

Ambassador Sareer recounted Maldives' experience of graduating from LDC status, noting that the use of GDP per capita as a determining criterion for assessment is not holistic. Given the challenges island states like the Maldives have faced because of huge developmental losses in the face of disasters, he argued that, "GDP per capita fails to fully reflect the country's vulnerabilities due to structural challenges, its resilience to exogenous shocks or its ability to deal with new crises, or account for wealth inequalities".  H.E Mr Sareer also noted that after the loss of LDC status, the government of the Maldives invested heavily in diversifying their economy in a bid to increase resilience from shocks as well as prioritised investments in human development.

Graduation assessments are done on the basis of economic, environmental and institutional vulnerabilities, however in majority of cases, one or more of the three indicators are overridden, which is especially problematic for the LDCs that are also island states. Ambassador Sareer concluded by noting the need for further review of the current criteria and measuring system and stressed that graduation should be an aspiration and a cause to celebrate, rather than an "abrupt stumbling block for countries that are working hard on their development".

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