The Maldives Candidacy to the United Nations Human Rights Council 2018-2020 HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITMENTS AND PLEDGES The Republic of Maldives The Maldives is a small island developing State that champions multilateralism and uphold international law. Promoting the respect for human rights is a prioritised national interest of the Maldives and a…
New York, 14 February 2017: Maldives, on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) made statements at the Executive Board meetings of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and UN Women for the year 2017. Speaking at the Executive Board of the United Nations…
9 February 2017, New York: The Maldives, as the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) convened an interactive dialogue with His Excellency Mr. Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations, providing an opportunity for Member States to discuss the priorities and issues of importance for…
6 February 2016, New York: At the fifty-fifth meeting of the Commission on Social Development, the theme of which was "Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all", held on 1-10 February 2017 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Maldives called attention to the key role…
1 February 2016, New York: The Maldives has today assumed the Chairmanship of the Asia-Pacific Group (APG). In its capacity as the Chairmanship of the Asia Pacific Group, the Maldives will be steering the work of the Group and coordinating on matters of importance to the Group in the United Nations Headquarters in New York.…
26 January 2016, New York; Speaking at a high-level dialogue of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations, called for the inclusion of climate change, alongside sustainable development and sustaining peace, as part of a triangular, inter-linked framework…
New York, 19 January, 2017; The President of the General Assembly His Excellency Peter Thomson has officially re-appointed His Excellency Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations and His Excellency Sebastiano Cardi, Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations as the Co-Chairs of the Steering Committee…
07 December 2016, New York; The Maldives has stated that the responsibility of the protection of oceans should be collectively shared by the world, due to the interconnected nature of the oceans, and it's associated issues. Speaking at the 54th Plenary Meeting of the 71st session of United Nations General…
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 15:04
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 of the Maldives, Ms. Moomina Ibrahim, Assistant Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, highlighted the crucial importance of peace in the Middle East to the region and for the world as a whole. Noting that the perpetuating hostility and conflict in the occupied Palestine have compromised peace and security in the region for decades, the Maldives reiterated its call for the full realization of the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people.
In its statement, the Maldives expressed grave concern over the escalating violence and deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria. It also reaffirmed its determination to support the cause of the Syrian people.
The Maldives statement further renewed its firm commitment to fight against terrorism and terrorist acts in all its forms and dimensions. The Maldives condemned 'attempts at attributing any terrorism to any religion, culture or tradition'.
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:02
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 Debate on the question of Palestine, Mr. Ahmed Fazeel, Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives emphasized that lasting peace could not be secured in the region without the prospect of a peaceful future for the children.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:09
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 to the United Nations indicated how the traditional freshwater sources have been compromised in the Maldives due to rising population, increased urbanization and environmental pollution.
Thursday, 17 November 2016 10:11
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 high number of security related incidents due to terrorist attacks by the Taliban and other armed groups leading to high levels of casualties affecting civilians and innocents.
In its statement, the Maldives underlined the need to creating favorable conditions on ground by strengthening social, political and economic institutions, for lasting peace in Afghanistan. 'By fostering trust, resilience and cohesion across the whole of society, the root drivers of conflict can be resolved and the Afghan people realize their long-held aspirations' said the Maldives.
Monday, 07 November 2016 12:44
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 changes in the security environment.
Speaking on the subject, Ambassador Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations noted that the existence of asymmetric threats in a conflict environment is often the result of a convergence of social, economic, and political factors, and that it is essential for peacekeeping missions to be equipped with the appropriate tools to respond to these challenges.
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