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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…

"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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