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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…

Maldives engages at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction Maldives engages at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

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

The Maldives assumes Chairmanship of Asia Pacific Group for the month of February

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 11:25

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. The Chairmanship of the group rotates on a monthly basis among its members according to alphabetical order.

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The Maldives calls attention to linkages between peace, development, and climate change

Thursday, 26 January 2017 11:33

Ambassador_Sareer26 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 that placed the most vulnerable at the centre, in particular Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

In its intervention at the High-Level Dialogue on "Building Sustainable Peace for All: Synergies between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustaining Peace", held from 24-25 January 2017, the Maldives warned of the serious risks climate change poses for both the sustaining peace agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which are especially severe for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) such as the Maldives.

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Maldives re-appointed Co-Chair of the Steering Committee on Partnerships for Small Island Developing States

Thursday, 19 January 2017 16:02

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 on Partnerships for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) for the year 2017. As Co-Chair, Ambassador Sareer will play an instrumental role in facilitating partnerships between SIDS and to public and private partners in order to further address the ongoing challenges SIDS face, which include among others, capacity building, climate change, and disaster risk reduction.

The Steering Committee was established by the General Assembly in 2015 as part of the Partnership Framework for SIDS, an initiative established through the S.A.M.O.A.Pathway: the Programme of Action for the sustainable development of SIDS, to support monitoring, followup and reporting on partnerships. It is a unique and pioneering mechanism that also helps drive new and innovative arrangements to further sustainable development. The SIDS Partnership Framework is the first of its kind within the UN, which contains a reporting tool, as well as apply specific SMART criteria (SIDS Specific, Measurability, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) for its partnerships. There are over 300 SIDS partnerships registered currently.

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The Maldives welcomes the recent Resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council on Palestine and Syria

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 17:33

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During the quarterly debate of the United Nations Security Council on the Middle East which was held today, the Maldives has welcomed the adoption of Resolution 2334, which reaffirms the illegality of Israeli settlements in the occupied territory of Palestine, and calls upon states to distinguish in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967.

H.E. Mr. Ahmed Sareer, the Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations stated that this resolution was a demonstration of international political support for bringing an end to illegal Israeli settlements, and reiterated the call for a two state solution recognizing the sovereign and independent State of Palestine, based on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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The Maldives delegation engaged actively as the 71st session of the UNGA comes to a close

Saturday, 24 December 2016 09:43

UNGA7124 December 2016, New York: The main part of the seventy-first session of the General Assembly concluded on 23 December 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim led the Maldives delegation to the seventy-first session. The Minister attended the high level segment of the session and delivered the Address statement at the General Debate on 24 September 2016. During the main part of the seventy-first session, the Maldives delegation delivered thirty-three statements and co-sponsored 42 resolutions on a range of issues including advancement of women, sustainable development, countering terrorism, situation in the Middle East and Palestine, reform of the Security Council and oceans and law of the sea. The delegation was also actively engaged on negotiations on a range of issues across the General Assembly's programme of work. This included negotiations on rights of the child and women, climate change, small island developing States, disaster risk reduction, and the situation in Syria.

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