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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…

Minister Asim meets with the Pacific Small Island Developing States Minister Asim meets with the Pacific Small Island Developing States

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…

Minister Asim met with the Foreign Minister of Turkey Minister Asim met with the Foreign Minister of Turkey

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…

Minister Asim meets with several Permanent Representatives to the United Nations Minister Asim meets with several Permanent Representatives to the United Nations

Minister Asim highlights role of UN in making lending environment more hospitable to small States

23 April 2018, New York; Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim, highlighted the challenges faced in leveraging appropriate sources of financing for SIDS, where domestic resource mobilisation is limited. Speaking at the Ministerial Roundtables at the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development, the Minister highlighted that full collaboration and…

Minister Asim highlights role of UN in making lending environment more hospitable to small States Minister Asim highlights role of UN in making lending environment more hospitable to small States

The Maldives advocates for a youth inclusive approach in peacebuilding and sustaining peace

23 April 2018; The Maldives has underscored the important role of youth, and called for an inclusive approach in peacebuilding and sustaining peace, which accommodates the concerns of the youth demographic. Speaking at the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on "Youth, Peace and Security", H.E. Dr Mohamed Asim, the…

The Maldives advocates for a youth inclusive approach in peacebuilding and sustaining peace The Maldives advocates for a youth inclusive approach in peacebuilding and sustaining peace

Minister Asim meets with Permanent Representatives in New York

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

Maldives and Côte D'Ivoire establish diplomatic relations

(13 April, New York) The Republic of Maldives and the Republic of Côte D'Ivoire have formally established diplomatic relations today. The Joint Communiqué formalising diplomatic relations between the two countries was signed on behalf of the Government of Maldives by His Excellency Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, Permanent Representative of the…

Maldives and Côte D'Ivoire establish diplomatic relations Maldives and Côte D'Ivoire establish diplomatic relations

"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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