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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…

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"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…

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'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

"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

Photo_-_UNSC- "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 when the Maldives is elected to the Security Council for the term 2019-2020, the country will, in collaboration with its partners, "build a reservoir of hope, of trust, of credibility, that will redefine the ordering principle in multilateral diplomacy, to one where right will become the might". Ambassador Mohamed delivered the Statement at the debate at the General Assembly today on the "Question of Equitable Representation on and Increase in the Membership of the Security Council and Other Matters Related to the Security Council".

In his Statement, Ambassador Mohamed noted that the UN and the Security Council "were structured according to the needs, and the realities of the time. Yet, that reality has changed most profoundly. The world has changed. The UN has changed. The way we understood security, the means to sustain peace, have changed. We have new members. New approaches. New dimensions. Yet here, in the United Nations Security Council, we persist in our old ways."

 

Ambassador Mohamed outlined the Maldives position on Security Council reform. 'The number of permanent members in the Council must be increased. . . . We must make the permanent members – those holding the veto – more representative. We believe that every continent must get at least one permanent seat, reflecting the political and the economic realities of our time. This principle of equal geographical representation must be the underlying principle for our work to find a feasible formula, going forward in the IGN.". Continuing to highlight the Maldives position, Ambassador Mohamed further stated that there has to be an increase in the number of non-permanent seats as well. "We believe that the membership of the Security Council should come from both developing and developed countries, including from the small island developing states, to reflect the diversity of the UN membership.

 

"That is the spirit of the formula devised in the Charter, which sets out two criteria: first, contribution of members to the maintenance of international peace and security and to the other purposes of the Organisation, and second, equitable geographical distribution.

"Non-traditional and emerging threats are increasingly gaining traction across the world. Pandemics, extreme frequency and intensity of weather, climate change impacts, scarcity and associated competition over resources such as food, water, fuel, and other developmental challenges. These are the new challenges to international peace and security. These are the new frontiers of security.

"Equitable geographical distribution is the cornerstone of the United Nations. . . . The Maldives, for example, was the hundred and seventeenth country to join the UN. Hundred and four countries that joined before us, have already served on the Security Council. 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."

Ambassador Mohamed also highlighted on the need to bring reforms to the way campaigns are conducted for the Security Council elections. "If a country wishes to undertake an effective campaign for a seat on the Council, the country is expected to spend enormous amounts of money and resources to secure the votes. Smaller countries can no longer campaign on an equal footing. Which means, countries that need to be heard, that can bring unique perspectives and fresh, new ideas end up not being on the Council. Equitable geographical distribution increasingly looks like a principle with a financial price tag.

"The Maldives can and will change that. The Assembly can accelerate the reforms by creating opportunities for every country; by upholding the principles of fairness and equitable geographical distribution; and by joining hands with the Maldives in crafting shared solutions for a shared destiny".

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