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Maldives stresses on the importance of political compromise and productive engagement of the international community to resolve the conflicts in the Middle East

30 November 2016, New York; Today, at the United Nations General Assembly during its debate on 'The situation of Middle East the Maldives stressed on the importance of compromise and the productive engagement of the international community to resolve the conflicts in the Middle East. Delivering the statement on behalf…

Maldives stresses on the importance of political compromise and productive engagement of the international community to resolve the conflicts in the Middle East Maldives stresses on the importance of political compromise and productive engagement of the international community to resolve the conflicts in the Middle East

The Maldives raises concerns on the use of disproportionate and deadly force against Palestinian children

29 November 2016, New York; The Maldives has raised concerns regarding the increase in the number of Palestinian children being arrested and detained by Israeli occupying forces, and how Palestinian minors are frequently dealt with disproportionate and deadly force by the Israeli authorities. In the statement delivered at the General…

The Maldives raises concerns on the use of disproportionate and deadly force against Palestinian children The Maldives raises concerns on the use of disproportionate and deadly force against Palestinian children

The Maldives highlights the vulnerability of Small Island States in relation to Water Security

New York, 23 November 2016; The Maldives has highlighted the unique challenges and vulnerabilities that Small Island States face in dealing with water security at the United Nations Security Council. While speaking at the Council's open debate on water, peace and security, Ambassador Ahmed Sareer, the Permanent Representative of Maldives…

The Maldives highlights the vulnerability of Small Island States in relation to Water Security The Maldives highlights the vulnerability of Small Island States in relation to Water Security

Maldives stresses on the need for continued support and cooperation of international community for Afghanistan

17 November 2016, New York; Today, at the United Nations General Assembly during its debate on 'The situation of Afghanistan', the Maldives welcomed the progress in Afghanistan, its commitment to improving the human rights situation, particularly with respect to women and children. The Maldives also expressed its concern over the…

Maldives stresses on the need for continued support and cooperation of international community for Afghanistan Maldives stresses on the need for continued support and cooperation of international community for Afghanistan

The Maldives underlines that relevant principles of international humanitarian and international law must become an integral part of national training for peacekeepers.

7 November 2016, New York; At the United Nations Security Council's open debate on Peacekeeping Operations facing Asymmetrical threats, the Maldives highlighted that the collective work of the peacekeeping missions must be guided by a precise and comprehensive framework for identifying threats to civilians in order to respond to the…

The Maldives underlines that relevant principles of international humanitarian and international law must become an integral part of national training for peacekeepers. The Maldives underlines that relevant principles of international humanitarian and international law must become an integral part of national training for peacekeepers.

The Maldives urges membership of the Security Council should come from both developing and developed countries including small states

7 November 2016, New York; At the United Nations General Assembly debate on 'Question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council and other matters related to the Security Council', the Maldives highlighted that comprehensive reform and expansion of the Security Council is essential to…

The Maldives urges membership of the Security Council should come from both developing and developed countries including small states The Maldives urges membership of the Security Council should come from both developing and developed countries including small states

Maldives calls for a formal support mechanism to enable participation of SIDS in the Human Rights Council

4 November 2016, New York: Today, at the Third Committee, the Maldives urged the need of creating a formal support mechanism to enable participation of Small Island Developing States in the Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva. This was highlighted in an Intervention made by the Maldives, in the Third…

Maldives calls for a formal support mechanism to enable participation of SIDS in the Human Rights Council Maldives calls for a formal support mechanism to enable participation of SIDS in the Human Rights Council

Maldives urges the Human Rights Council to adopt a more pro-active role in addressing the human rights violations and atrocities committed against women, men and children in Aleppo and Palestine

04 November 2016, New York; At the United Nations General Assembly debate on the report of the Human Rights Council, the Maldives has called upon the Council to adopt a more pro-active role in addressing the human rights violations and atrocities committed against women, men and children in Aleppo and…

Maldives urges the Human Rights Council to adopt a more pro-active role in addressing the human rights violations and atrocities committed against women, men and children in Aleppo and Palestine Maldives urges the Human Rights Council to adopt a more pro-active role in addressing the human rights violations and atrocities committed against women, men and children in Aleppo and Palestine

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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