8 March 2017, Belgium: "SIDS are the stewards of large expanses of oceans and seas. Numerous areas beyond national jurisdiction are adjacent to our Exclusive Economic Zones and due to the interconnected nature of our oceans, any activities being undertaken in these areas often have a direct or indirect impact…
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…
Friday, 04 November 2016 16:01
04 November 2016, New York; At the United Nations General Assembly debate on the report of the Human Rights Council, the Maldives has called upon the Council to adopt a more pro-active role in addressing the human rights violations and atrocities committed against women, men and children in Aleppo and Palestine.
Delivering the statement on behalf of the Maldives delegation, Ms. Aisha Naeem, Senior State Attorney at the Attorney General's Office, welcomed the initiatives undertaken by the Human Rights Council in addressing the many human rights violations that plague the world. The Maldives also highlighted the significant and effective role of the Council in promoting constructive international dialogue and improving international human rights standards and their implementation.
Thursday, 03 November 2016 10:48
3 November 2016, New York; Speaking at the panel discussion held to mark the first World Tsunami Awareness Day, Ambassador Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations, shared his personal recollections from when the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 hit the Maldives, in addition to sharing key lessons learnt in the post-tsunami recovery and rehabilitation.
The events held on the occasion of the first World Tsunami Awareness Day were co-organized by Maldives, Japan, Chile, Indonesia and United Nations Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).
Monday, 31 October 2016 00:16
New York, 31 October 2016; The forty-four members and observers of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) today confirmed the re-appointment of Maldives as the Chair of the Group for two more years. The decision was taken at an Ambassadorial Meeting of the Group held in New York.
The Maldives took up the chairmanship of the Group in January 2015. And subsequently led the Group through a year filled with milestones, beginning with the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in March, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third Conference on Financing for Development in July, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September, and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in December. Through all these agreements, SIDS, led by Maldives, were able to carve out special recognition for the specific and unique challenges SIDS face in achieving sustainable development
Thursday, 27 October 2016 18:40
27 October 2016, New York; During the United Nations General Assembly Fourth Committee debate on the Comprehensive Review of the Special Political Missions, the Maldives noted the important role of Special Political Missions in furthering the global peace and security agenda, and, in particular, the United Nations conflict-prevention and peacebuilding efforts.
On behalf of the Maldives delegation, Mr. Ahmed Fazeel, Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, underscored that it is no longer sufficient to simply bringing an end to the armed conflicts, but that States should actively work to prevent conflict and consolidate peace in post-conflict situations through building institutional capacities.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 12:12
Male', 26 October 2016 ; Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mohamed Asim has said that "international cooperation is the most important mechanism to counter terrorism and violent extremism". The Minister made this remark following the international seminar on "Counter Terrorism and Violent Extremism: Challenges and Solutions through Shared Experiences" that concluded today. The Seminar, which was held from 25-26 October 2016 in Kurumba Maldives, was organized by the National Counter Terrorism Centre of the Maldives, in association with United Nations, UN Women, and the Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI).
"The threat of terrorism and violent extremism spread fear and hate, and threatens everyday lives of people across the globe. Domestic efforts alone cannot prevent this threat; it requires coordinated and concerted effort to effectively tackle the phenomenon. For this reason, bilateral and international cooperation and sharing of knowledge and expertise are essential in shaping national responses" Minister Asim said.
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