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Maldives, Chair of AOSIS, underscores the special significance of the ocean to SIDS as custodians of large expanses of ocean

New York, 5 June 2017, The Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture of the Republic of Maldives, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Shainee urged steadfast efforts to care for and restore the health of oceans to achieve the targets of SDG 14 and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Speaking on behalf of…

Maldives, Chair of AOSIS, underscores the special significance of the ocean to SIDS as custodians of large expanses of ocean Maldives, Chair of AOSIS, underscores the special significance of the ocean to SIDS as custodians of large expanses of ocean

"Alliance of Small Island States co-hosts High-Level Dialogue on Oceans and Small Island States on first day of Ocean Conference"

New York, 5 June 2017:  The Maldives, as the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), co-hosted a High-Level Dialogue on Oceans and Seas with SIDS DOCK and the United Nations Office of The High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island Developing…

Maldives commits to address marine pollution by reducing ocean plastics

New York, 5 June 2017:  The Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture of the Maldives, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Shainee today participated at the first partnership dialogue focusing on addressing marine pollution co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs of Indonesia, and H.E. Mr. Vidar Helgesen, the…

Maldives commits to address marine pollution by reducing ocean plastics Maldives commits to address marine pollution by reducing ocean plastics

Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture of the Republic of Maldives meets with Minister of Agriculture of Morocco

5 June 2017, New York; The Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr. Mohamed Shainee, has held a meeting with His Excellency Mr Aziz Akhannouch, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of Morocco this morning in New York. The Ministers discussed the challenges to maintaining sustainable fisheries, including overfishing, illegal fishing and…

Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture of the Republic of Maldives meets with Minister of Agriculture of Morocco Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture of the Republic of Maldives meets with Minister of Agriculture of Morocco

Maldives engages at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

24 May 2017, Cancun, Mexico; The Maldives, as a strong advocate on the importance of building resilience to disasters, participates at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction that is taking place in Cancun Mexico from 22-26 May 2017. The Global platform is the primary forum to access progress…

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Maldives shares SIDS experiences on policy and poverty eradication

 9 May 2017, New York; Speaking at the 2017 Integration Segment hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) H.E. Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Ambassador of Maldives, shared specific issues of Maldives and SIDS on the topic of moving forward to integrate poverty eradication into policy, with panelists providing…

Maldives shares SIDS experiences on policy and poverty eradication Maldives shares SIDS experiences on policy and poverty eradication

Maldives calls for innovative approaches to international cooperation to strengthen fight against organised crime

  8 May 2017, New York, At the United Nations Security Council Arria Formula meeting, H.E. Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations called upon the international community to explore innovative ways to combat organized crime and stressed on the importance of enhancing cooperation and coordination…

Maldives calls for innovative approaches to international cooperation to strengthen fight against organised crime Maldives calls for innovative approaches to international cooperation to strengthen fight against organised crime

Maldives condemns Israeli decision to create new settlements in the occupied territories of Palestine

20 April 2017, New York, Speaking at the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on "the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question", the Deputy Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations Ms. Farzana Zahir expressed concern over the continued expansion of illegal settlements in the occupied…

Maldives condemns Israeli decision to create new settlements in the occupied territories of Palestine Maldives condemns Israeli decision to create new settlements in the occupied territories of Palestine

“Being a small state does not prevent the Maldives from promoting the values and principles that underpin the international human rights mechanisms”, Minister Asim

Monday, 27 February 2017 10:00

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27 February 2017, Geneva :Addressing the Human Rights Council for the first time at the High Level Segment of the Thirty Fourth Session of the Human Rights Council, H.E Minister Mohamed Asim emphasised on the importance of the Human Rights Council to the Maldives.

Minister Asim speaking about Maldives said "Being a small state does not prevent the Maldives from promoting the values and principles that underpin the international human rights mechanisms".

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The Maldives Candidacy to the United Nations Human Rights Council 2018-2020 - Human Rights Commitments & Pledges

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 18:58

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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 core objective in the country's foreign policy. The Maldives believes that a world where the fundamental human rights is protected and guaranteed is good for the Maldives and is essential for human innovation and creativity to thrive.

The Maldives has unquestionable faith in the United Nations and in particular, in the UN Human Rights Council (HRC). The Maldives has served on the HRC with the firm conviction that the promotion and protection of human rights is not an aspiration, but a duty and an obligation. We stood tall by the principles and ideas enshrined in the UN Charter, in our engagement and work at the Council. We had the privilege of giving a voice to the smallest members of the international community. Our experience at the Council has also shown us that international engagement in promoting human rights has a direct and positive relationship with progress in key human rights issues nationally.

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"Maldives urges the UN development boards to support the special circumstances of SIDS in their programmes

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 18:11

DanaNew 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 Development Programme, the United Nations Population Fund and the United Nations Office for Project Services, the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations, Ms. Farzana Zahir applauded the work of the outgoing Administrator of UNDP, Ms. Helen Clark, and urged UNDP to continue their support for SIDS. Emphasizing the importance of aligning its activities with the mandates of the 2030 Agenda and the recently adopted QCPR, AOSIS asked the Board to consider the special circumstances of SIDS while bringing structural improvements to the Resident Coordinator System. In this regard, the statement noted that SIDS rely heavily on a coherent UN presence and therfore expressed concern in the operation of multi-country offices.

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Maldives, as the Chair of AOSIS convenes interactive dialogue for SIDS with the UN Secretary General

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 18:12

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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 Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The meeting was chaired by His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer, the Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations.

When addressing the meeting, the Secretary General acknowledged the unique challenges that SIDS face across all aspects of the UN mandates, and also acknowledged the leadership role that SIDS were undertaking to address these challenges.

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Maldives calls for people-oriented investment to eradicate poverty

Monday, 06 February 2017 12:12

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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 of human capital development to eliminating poverty and realizing sustainable development.

Speaking at the meeting, Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations, Ambassador Ahmed Sareer shared his country's experiences in poverty reduction as an example of how states, particularly Small Island Developing States (SIDS) can effectively tailor poverty-reduction and inclusive growth policies to the needs and realities of their national contexts. As a country where young people comprise a large share of the population, priority has been given to the improvement of education, the creation of employment opportunities for youth, and encouraging youth entrepreneurship, noted the Ambassador. The Maldives also highlighted the attention given by the Government to gender parity and to implement policies that support women's ability to work.

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