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"When elected to the Security Council, the Maldives will build a reservoir of hope, of trust, of credibility": says Maldives Ambassador at the UN General Assembly

- "We may be small, but we do have the strength in our shoulders, grit in our bones, to carry the lofty ideals and aspirations that define this organisation" New York, 7 November 2017: The Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations Ambassador Ali Naseer Mohamed said that…

The Maldives emphasizes on the need to be objective and accurate in compiling UN Reports

New York: 8 October 2017: The Government of Maldives takes note of the Report of the Secretary-General issued on 6 October 2017 entitled "Children in Armed Conflict". In the Report, the Secretary General notes the substantive progress that the Coalition has made in their efforts to protect the lives, rights, and…

Maldives reiterates its commitment to fight terrorism

3 October 2017, New York Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the UN, Ambassador Ali Naseer Mohamed today underscored that the act of terrorism should have no place in the civilized world. He particularly condemned, all acts of terrorism, committed in the name of Islam. Ambassador Mohamed made the remarks…

Maldives reiterates its commitment to fight terrorism Maldives reiterates its commitment to fight terrorism

"Inclusivity is the cornerstone of my Government's social development policies"- Permanent Representative at the UNGA Third Committee

3 October 2017, New York The Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations, Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed briefed on the efforts of the Government of Maldives to improve the lives of women, children, youth, poor, the elderly and persons with disabilities, during the Third Committee debate on the issue…

Maldives underlines importance of partnerships, investment, innovation and resilience building at the General Debate of the Second Committee

3 October 2017, New York The Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations, Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed today highlighted economic progress of the Maldives and noted key areas in which the UN can play an important role in the economic development of countries. While nothing the significant contribution of…

Maldives underlines importance of partnerships, investment, innovation and resilience building at the General Debate of the Second Committee Maldives underlines importance of partnerships, investment, innovation and resilience building at the General Debate of the Second Committee

'The Threat of Climate Change is very real', says Minister Asim at UNGA

23 September 2017, New York, The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mohamed Asim, while speaking at the General Debate of the United Nations Seventy Second Session, stated that unpredictable weather, more frequent and intense natural disasters, unprecedented temperatures, are the norm rather than exception. He emphasized on the importance of cooperation,…

'The Threat of Climate Change is very real', says Minister Asim at UNGA 'The Threat of Climate Change is very real', says Minister Asim at UNGA

Minister Thoriq Ibrahim participates in the Side-Event on harnessing synergies between 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement

22 September 2017, New York, Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim, today participated at a High Level Event on harnessing the synergies between the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement organised by UN-DESA and OHRLLS. Speaking at the event, Minister highlighted the the importance of having…

Minister of Gender and Family meets with the Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Cares

21 November 2017, New York, Minister of Gender and Family, Ms. Zenysha Shaheed Zaki, met with the Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Tariq Al Gurg, of Dubai Cares this afternoon at the side-lines of the High Level Segment of the Seventy-Second Session of the United Nations General Assembly. During the meeting, Minister…

Minister of Gender and Family meets with the Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Cares Minister of Gender and Family meets with the Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Cares

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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