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…
Tuesday, 25 October 2016 10:03
25 October 2016, New York: At the United Nations General Assembly, the Maldives highlighted today the importance of realising the right to sovereignty over natural resources, for the implementation of of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The emphasis was made during its statement at the annual debate of the Economic and Financial Committee, on the permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources.
The Maldives also reaffirmed its continued support for the rights of Palestine, including the need for a two-state solution, as a fundamental step towards safeguarding the human rights of the Palestinian people and finally providing them with the right to self-determination.
Thursday, 20 October 2016 09:39
While speaking at the quarterly debate of the UN Security Council on the situation on the Middle East, the Maldives joined other states in expressing concerns regarding the inability of the Security Council to address the humanitarian situation in Syria, as well as the perpetuating conflict in Palestine.
Addressing the Security Council, the Maldives Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mr. Ahmed Sareer noted "the inability of the Security Council in exercising the duties that it has been entrusted with by the international community, through the UN Charter, in the maintenance of international peace and security".
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 17:44
The Maldives has highlighted the priorities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to newly appointed Secretary General-designate, Mr. Antonio Guterres.
The Maldives Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mr. Ahmed Sareer, speaking on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), emphasized the need for the effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda, SAMOA Pathway and the Paris Agreement, and highlighted the important upcoming negotiations taking place regarding Oceans and Seas. The Maldives statement also stressed the need for greater representation of SIDS in the executive offices of the United Nations.
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 00:57
19 October 2016, New York: Addressing the Economic and Financial (Second) Committee of the United Nations under the theme "Groups of Countries in Special Situations", His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the UN, expressed his solidarity with other countries in special situations like the LDCs and LLDCs and reaffirmed his country's support for them.
Ambassador Sareer recounted Maldives' experience of graduating from LDC status, noting that the use of GDP per capita as a determining criterion for assessment is not holistic. Given the challenges island states like the Maldives have faced because of huge developmental losses in the face of disasters, he argued that, "GDP per capita fails to fully reflect the country's vulnerabilities due to structural challenges, its resilience to exogenous shocks or its ability to deal with new crises, or account for wealth inequalities". H.E Mr Sareer also noted that after the loss of LDC status, the government of the Maldives invested heavily in diversifying their economy in a bid to increase resilience from shocks as well as prioritised investments in human development.
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 00:55
19 October 2016, New York: Addressing the Economic and Financial (Second) Committee of the United Nations under the theme "Macroeconomic Questions and Follow up to Financing for Development", His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the UN, stressed the importance of a stable, equitable and transparent global financial system for the implementation of the Addis Agenda.
H.E Mr Sareer noted that the Addis Ababa Action Agenda reaffirmed the special case of small island developing states and stressed that poverty eradication cannot take place without first addressing climate change. He welcomed the launch of the ECOSOC Forum on FFD Follow-up, noting that, "pledges will amount to nothing without proper review and follow up mechanisms" and stressed the importance of review of macroeconomic questions, both within the FFD Forum, as well as through the work of the second committee under the General Assembly.
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