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"When elected to the Security Council, the Maldives will build a reservoir of hope, of trust, of credibility": says Maldives Ambassador at the UN General Assembly

- "We may be small, but we do have the strength in our shoulders, grit in our bones, to carry the lofty ideals and aspirations that define this organisation" New York, 7 November 2017: The Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations Ambassador Ali Naseer Mohamed said that…

The Maldives emphasizes on the need to be objective and accurate in compiling UN Reports

New York: 8 October 2017: The Government of Maldives takes note of the Report of the Secretary-General issued on 6 October 2017 entitled "Children in Armed Conflict". In the Report, the Secretary General notes the substantive progress that the Coalition has made in their efforts to protect the lives, rights, and…

Maldives reiterates its commitment to fight terrorism

3 October 2017, New York Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the UN, Ambassador Ali Naseer Mohamed today underscored that the act of terrorism should have no place in the civilized world. He particularly condemned, all acts of terrorism, committed in the name of Islam. Ambassador Mohamed made the remarks…

Maldives reiterates its commitment to fight terrorism Maldives reiterates its commitment to fight terrorism

"Inclusivity is the cornerstone of my Government's social development policies"- Permanent Representative at the UNGA Third Committee

3 October 2017, New York The Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations, Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed briefed on the efforts of the Government of Maldives to improve the lives of women, children, youth, poor, the elderly and persons with disabilities, during the Third Committee debate on the issue…

Maldives underlines importance of partnerships, investment, innovation and resilience building at the General Debate of the Second Committee

3 October 2017, New York The Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations, Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed today highlighted economic progress of the Maldives and noted key areas in which the UN can play an important role in the economic development of countries. While nothing the significant contribution of…

Maldives underlines importance of partnerships, investment, innovation and resilience building at the General Debate of the Second Committee Maldives underlines importance of partnerships, investment, innovation and resilience building at the General Debate of the Second Committee

'The Threat of Climate Change is very real', says Minister Asim at UNGA

23 September 2017, New York, The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mohamed Asim, while speaking at the General Debate of the United Nations Seventy Second Session, stated that unpredictable weather, more frequent and intense natural disasters, unprecedented temperatures, are the norm rather than exception. He emphasized on the importance of cooperation,…

'The Threat of Climate Change is very real', says Minister Asim at UNGA 'The Threat of Climate Change is very real', says Minister Asim at UNGA

Minister Thoriq Ibrahim participates in the Side-Event on harnessing synergies between 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement

22 September 2017, New York, Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim, today participated at a High Level Event on harnessing the synergies between the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement organised by UN-DESA and OHRLLS. Speaking at the event, Minister highlighted the the importance of having…

Minister of Gender and Family meets with the Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Cares

21 November 2017, New York, Minister of Gender and Family, Ms. Zenysha Shaheed Zaki, met with the Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Tariq Al Gurg, of Dubai Cares this afternoon at the side-lines of the High Level Segment of the Seventy-Second Session of the United Nations General Assembly. During the meeting, Minister…

Minister of Gender and Family meets with the Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Cares Minister of Gender and Family meets with the Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Cares

Maldives reaffirms commitment to ratify the Child Rights Protocol on individual communication

Thursday, 28 February 2013 00:00

Maldivian Child PMNYThe Maldives today participated at a panel discussion, which aims to promote the ratification of the Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedures. During the one-year anniversary of the opening for Optional Protocol for signature, the Maldives reaffirmed and reiterated its commitment to promote and protect the rights of children, especially that of the girl child.

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Maldives reiterates commitment to improving women’s rights

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:00

The Maldives reiterated its commitment to promote and protect the rights of women, at the United Nations today. Participating for the first time at the First Regular Session of the Executive Board of the United Nations Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) the Maldives stressed its national commitment to effectively work with UN-Women to further advance gender equality and the empowerment of women globally.

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New Ambassador of Maldives presents Credentials to President Obama

Monday, 14 January 2013 00:00

Maldives Ambassador Ahmed Sareer with United States President Barak ObamaThe new Ambassador of the Maldives to the United States, H. E. Mr. Ahmed Sareer, presented his Letter of Credence to the President of the United States of America, H. E. Mr. Barack Obama. The ceremony was held today at the White House.

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Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations presents credentials to the Secretary-General

Thursday, 20 December 2012 18:14

UN SG Ban Ki Moon presenting credentials to Ahmed Sareer Permanent Representative to the MaldivesThe new Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations, His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer today presentedhis Letter of Credence to the United Nations Secretary-General, His Excellency Mr.Ban Ki-moon.

At the ceremony, which was held in the United Nations Headquarters, AmbassadorSareer conveyed the greetings of the President, the Government and the peopleof Maldives to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. He reaffirmed thecommitment of the Maldives to fully uphold and respect the principles containedin the Charter of the United Nations and as a Member State, to further contributeto achieving the goals of the organization, in promoting development, peace andharmony.

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The Mission

Saturday, 15 December 2012 12:53

The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations (PMNY) is entrusted with the task of representing the Maldives at the United Nations – to monitor and participate in the various meetings of the United Nations and its affiliated bodies that are held in New York, including the annual UNGA and to report back to the Ministry.

Its primary purpose is to protect and promote the national interest of the country as defined by the foreign policy objectives of the administration in power, advise and recommend policy options to the Foreign Ministry.

In addition to its role in representing the Maldives at the UNGA, the Mission is also expected to participate, assist and advise the Ministry on all activities that are taking place in the United Nations that is of relevance and interest to the Maldives. These would include the meetings of the Security Council, ECOSOC, OIC, NAM, AOSIS and a host of other UN related meetings, including various UN Special Sessions that are held annually and preparations for which often goes throughout the year.

The UN today comprises 193 member states and while it holds its annual substantive session of the GA from September through December, it is in reality in action throughout the year. The work of the UN has expanded quite considerably in recent years as its membership has grown and the world has become more complex and interdependent. 

In recent years, the Maldives has become more active and engaged in international affairs than ever before. Having graduated from the Least Developed Country category in 2011, the Maldives has embraced their "developing country" status and has committed to meeting its international obligations and responsibilities. The Maldives is today a mature country, engaged with the community of nations, and with a voice on the world stage. 

 

Unofficial Translation of the Dhivehi Mandate from the President’s Office

Permanent Mission of Maldives to the United Nations

1. The Permanent Mission of the Maldives to the United Nations is required to participate in the various bodies of the United Nations and then report to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Among the specific duties are:

a. UNGA –Monitor the UN General Assembly and its issues. Mission staff will participate in the meeting, research the issues discussed and then formulate what the position of Maldives should be, while being consistent with national policy. This position will then be sent to the Ministry. The decisions of the group must be relayed back to the Ministry

b. Security Council – Monitor the UN Security Council and its issues. Mission staff will participate in the meeting, research the issues discussed and then formulate what the position of Maldives should be, while being consistent with national policy. This position will then be sent to the Ministry. The decisions of the group must be relayed back to the Ministry

c. ECOSOC – Mission staff will participate and monitor the meetings of the Economic and Social Council, research the issues discussed and then formulate what the position of Maldives should be, while being consistent with national policy. This position will then be sent to the Ministry. The decisions of the group must be relayed back to the Ministry

d. OIC, Common Wealth, NAM, other UN associations –Mission staff will participate in the meetings, research the issues discussed and then formulate what the position of Maldives should be, while being consistent with national policy.  This position will then be sent to the Ministry. The decisions of the group must be relayed back to the Ministry

e. Indian Ocean Issues – Any adhoc committee, commission, or open ended working group that deals with issues regarding the Indian Ocean should be monitored by the Mission. Mission staff will participate in the meetings, research the issues discussed and then formulate what the position of Maldives should be, while being consistent with national policy.  This position will then be sent to the Ministry. The decisions of the group must be relayed back to the Ministry

f. Asian Group – Mission staff will monitor and participate in the Asian Group meetings, research the issues discussed and then formulate what the position of Maldives should be, while being consistent with national policy. This position will then be sent to the Ministry. The decisions of the group must be relayed back to the Ministry

g. Alliance of Small Island States (AoSIS) – informal groups sessions, participate in the meeting, research the issues discussed, formulate the position of Maldives, represent Maldives taking a position that is consistent with government policy, while being consistent with national policy. Then send that position to the Ministry. Later, decisions made by the group should be reported back to the ministry.

h. Any other meetings that are held in New York can be attended with the approval of the Ministry, participate in the meeting, research the issues discussed, formulate the position of Maldives, represent Maldives taking a position that is consistent with government policy, while being consistent with national policy. Then send that position to the Ministry. Later, decisions made by the group should be reported back to the ministry.

2. Send UN resolutions that are passed which requires action from Maldives to the Ministry. The Ministry will then direct the mission on how to respond/take action.

3. Out of the UN Resolutions that are passed, where the Missions sees that Maldives should be involved, make recommendations towards the Ministry for involvement. The Ministry will then direct the mission on how to respond/take action.

4. Monitor and attend to the financial obligations of the Maldives to the UN.

5. Get information on UN donor countries, agencies, and organizations; especially information concerning where there may be changes that affect Maldivian policy, and suggest actions that need to be taken. Update the Ministry continuously.

6. National policies should be explained to other countries regarding international issues, and the mission should work to protect and promote the interests of the Maldives.

7. Send documents that the Ministry requests, as well as other important documents necessary for statements on important international issues.

8. The Mission should work to develop political connections and relations with other countries, facilitating the establishment of diplomatic relations, with countries where Maldives has no accredited embassies/missions.

9. Mission should be responsible for the candidature of the UN and other international organizations, and be responsible for providing information to Maldives regarding candidates from other countries who ask for support and provide information on problems and reciprocal proposals.

10. Provide assistance to important government officials who come to the United States, when requested by the Ministry.

11. Look after government properties, assets, and obligations in New York.

12. The news relevant to the Maldives, in the American media should be send to the Ministry

13. Establish and maintain a relationship with the diplomatic, UN, and media communities. And establish a relationship with the senior officials of the UN secretariat. Promote the Maldives with these people and a way to make these relationships beneficial to the Maldives

14. Represent Maldives at various receptions and functions, accepting invitation.

15. Provide information to the American populous, promoting Maldivian business, tourism, fishing enterprises, and development standards.

   

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