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Maldives Mission hosts "Haveeru Sai" at the United Nations

7 May 2018, New York; The Permanent Mission of Maldives to the UN hosted today, an event entitled "Haveeru Sai" at the United Nations. The purpose of the event was to share information about the sustainable fishing methods, and tuna fisheries in the Maldives, as well as share Maldivian delicacies…

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Maldives calls for efficient cross-pillar coordination in peacebuilding efforts

25 April 2018, New York, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim today, called for greater coordination between the pillars of the United Nations, so that maximum benefits could be reaped in peacebuilding efforts. Speaking at the Interactive Dialogue of the High Level Meeting on Peace Building and Sustaining Peace,…

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Minister Asim meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Gambia

25 April 2018, New York, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Gambia Ousainou Darboe, in New York, on the sidelines of the High Level Meeting on Peace Building and Sustaining Peace, hosted by the President of the General Assembly. The…

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Minister Asim meets with the League of Arab States

25 April 2018, New York; Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim met with the Permanent Representatives of the League of Arab States today, with a view to facilitate greater dialogue and cooperation with the countries of League. The Minister highlighted the historic links between the Maldives and the Arab…

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Minister Asim meets with the Pacific Small Island Developing States

24 April 2018, New York, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim met with the Permanent Representatives of the Pacific Small Island Developing States today, with a view to facilitate greater dialogue and cooperation with the countries of PSIDS. In this regard, he highlighted the close links between the Maldives and…

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Minister Asim met with the Foreign Minister of Turkey

24 April 2018, New York, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim has met today with the Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, in New York, on the sidelines of the High Level Meeting on Peace Building and Sustaining Peace, hosted by the President of the General Assembly. Both Ministers…

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The Maldives asks the UN to take into account the consequences of climate change and other non-traditional threats, in peacebuilding and sustaining peace

24 April 2018, New York, Speaking at the High Level Meeting on Peace Building and Sustaining Peace, hosted by the President of the General Assembly, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim highlighted the changing nature of threats that are leading to instability impacting the peace and endangering security. In particular…

The Maldives asks the UN to take into account the consequences of climate change and other non-traditional threats, in peacebuilding and sustaining peace The Maldives asks the UN to take into account the consequences of climate change and other non-traditional threats, in peacebuilding and sustaining peace

Minister Asim meets with several Permanent Representatives to the United Nations

23 April 2018, New York; Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim has met today with several Permanent Representatives in New York today, 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…

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Maldives shares experiences from 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami on World Tsunami Awareness Day 2016

Tsunami3 November 2016, New York; Speaking at the panel discussion held to mark the first World Tsunami Awareness Day, Ambassador Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations, shared his personal recollections from when the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 hit the Maldives, in addition to sharing key lessons learnt in the post-tsunami recovery and rehabilitation.

The events held on the occasion of the first World Tsunami Awareness Day were co-organized by Maldives, Japan, Chile, Indonesia and United Nations Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).

In his remarks, Ambassador Sareer highlighted that setting up emergency communications was an important lesson learnt, as communications systems were completely down for up to 10 hours or more. In the aftermath, the Maldives also set up a "tsunami management centre" which then evolved to become the "National Disaster Management Centre" which was the first of its kind in the country, focusing on disaster management, reducing risk and raising awareness. Ambassador Sareer also shared the experiences of working with regional mechanisms and organisations to set up early warning systems, as well as the efforts at national level to prepare disaster preparedness plans.

Alluding to the wider context of disasters and the impacts on Small Island Developing States, Ambassador Sareer also noted the importance of incorporating the concept of vulnerability of different economies to natural disasters and catastrophes to the discussion on development and graduation from LDC status.

The World Tsunami Awareness Day is marked on 5 November of every year, and was decided by the General Assembly in 2015. Maldives along with more than 140 countries co-sponsored the resolution.

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