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New Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations, H.E. Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, presents his Letter of Credence to the United Nations Secretary General H E Mr António Guterres

26 July 2017, New York: The new Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations, His Excellency Dr Ali Naseer Mohamed, has presented his Letter of Credence to the Secretary General of the United Nations, His Excellency Mr. António Guterres, during a ceremony held today at the United Nations…

New Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations, H.E. Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, presents his Letter of Credence to the United Nations Secretary General H E  Mr António Guterres New Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations, H.E. Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, presents his Letter of Credence to the United Nations Secretary General H E  Mr António Guterres

New Ambassador of Maldives, Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, presents Credentials to President Donald Trump

21 July 2017, Washington DC. - The new Ambassador of Maldives to the United States of America, His Excellency Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, has presented his Letter of Credence to the President of the United States of America, His Excellency Mr. Donald Trump, during a ceremony that was held today…

New Ambassador of Maldives, Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, presents Credentials to President Donald Trump New Ambassador of Maldives, Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, presents Credentials to President Donald Trump

Maldives demonstrates the progress achieved in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and reaffirms commitment to the Global Goals

19 July 2017 - The Maldives has presented the country's first Voluntary National Review (VNR) during the High Level Political Forum taking place from 10-19 July 2017 at the United Nations Head Quarters in New York. The VNR, which was presented by His Excellency Mr. Abdullahi Majeed, the Minister of…

The Maldives emphasizes the utility of the High Level Political Forum, in the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

18 July 2017 - The Maldives has stated that commencing the Voluntary National Review process for the High Level Political Forum has brought impetus to the challenging task of mainstreaming and implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda domestically. During the national statement delivered at the Forum today, His Excellency Mr.…

The Maldives emphasizes the utility of the High Level Political Forum, in the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals The Maldives emphasizes the utility of the High Level Political Forum, in the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

New Permanent Representative begins work at the Mission

New York, 17 July 2017: The new Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations, Ambassador Dr Ali Naseer Mohamed has assumed work at the Mission today. Ambassador Mohamed has been in the Maldives Foreign Service since 1985. Before he was appointed Permanent Representative, he was the Foreign Secretary of…

New Permanent Representative begins work at the Mission New Permanent Representative begins work at the Mission

The Maldives engages at the Thematic Reviews of the High Level Political Forum 2017

2017.7.14, New York; At the High Level Political Forum 2017, the Maldives, on behalf of the Alliance for Small Island States (AOSIS), delivered interventions highlighting the priorities and vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The Maldives spoke on behalf of AOSIS during the interactive discussions of SDG1 on poverty…

The Maldives engages at the Thematic Reviews of the High Level Political Forum 2017 The Maldives engages at the Thematic Reviews of the High Level Political Forum 2017

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…

World leaders must seize historic opportunity at Copenhagen – President Nasheed

Monday, 21 September 2009 19:00

President Mohamed Nasheed has called upon world leaders to seize the historic opportunity that sits at the end of the road to Copenhagen climate summit to be held in December.

Delivering his address to the UN climate summit, which is the largest high-level climate conference ever held, the President said the world leaders must “discard [the] habits that have led to twenty years of complacency and broken promises on climate change.”

President Nasheed expressed disdain over how, in the past, the issue of climate change was presented.

He said: “For the past twenty years we have stood here warning you of the threat of climate change.

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New Permanent Representative of Maldives presents Credentials

Thursday, 10 September 2009 19:00

The new Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations, Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed, presented his credentials today to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. From January 2009 until his new appointment, Mr. Ghafoor served as Ambassador-at-Large in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, seconded to the Office of the President. He was Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva from December 2007 to January 2009, and served concurrently as Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization from September 2008.

A career Foreign Service officer, Mr. Ghafoor has held various positions in the Foreign Ministry, including Executive Director in 2007; Assistant Executive Director in 2005; Director General, Foreign Relations, between 1994 and 2000; Deputy Director, Foreign Relations, in 1989; and Programme Officer in 1983.

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Maldives Joins Call for Urgent Adoption of the Draft Convention on Terrorism

Sunday, 06 September 2009 19:00

The Maldives has joined the call by many States to urgently adopt the draft comprehensive convention on terrorism. Speaking at the Committee for Legal Affairs of the General Assembly today, the Maldives Permanent Representative to the United Nations H E Ambassador Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed stated that “while we meet, year after year without results, we fail as a community to attribute criminal accountability to the perpetrators of these heinous crimes. The completion of the draft comprehensive convention on terrorism will provide an overarching instrument that would supplement the existing legal regime that addresses specific terrorist activities and bolster international coordination in the global fight against terrorism. Therefore, as responsible citizens of the international community, we cannot underscore the importance and urgency of finalizing the draft comprehensive convention on terrorism that will give a very necessary impetus to the international counter terrorism framework”.

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Society

Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00

Society

As with many developing nations, Maldives enjoys a young population which is set to exceed 400,000 people this year, making it the 27th smallest nation by population (out of 194 states). With the median age being around 25 years old, there is a growing need for greater job creation amongst youth together with more youth centric programs.

Over the recent decades there has been a growing trend towards urbanization, with almost a third of the population now located in the country's capital – Malé. In fact, the city has become one of the world's most densely populated areas. This has led to issues of congestion, and reduced the general quality of life for the average citizen.

In education, Maldives has led South Asia achieving universal primary and lower secondary education comprising of one of the best education systems in the region. The nation has also made significant progress in other social areas, having consistently improved maternal health, the nation has been vigilant about combatting diseases.

   

Culture

Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00

Cultural_Drum

While we consider ourselves one people without true division, we are composed of many ethnic origins – including Indian, Sinhalese, Arab, and African blood – dating back to when the Silk Road wrapped around the Persian Gulf and down the east coast of India all the way to the Maldives. Then the Maldives was one of the primary origins of cowry shells, the most extensively used monetary shell across the world. It was around this time that Islam came to the Maldives, spreading across the nation, from island to island, from family to family. Soon, the Maldives became and till this day remains a 100% Muslim nation. 

Women

The Maldives became a nation founded in moderation, faith and equity progressing in its national development to emerge today as a wholly democratic nation, ever committed to the further progression and fulfilment of our national ideal.

Having had female Monarchs in our history, a matriarchal vein still thrives amongst our island populations with informal Women's Councils ever present and active in setting local priorities. Though the national education system is based in an English medium, traditional and cultural values are still emphasized across the nation.

 

   

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Invest Maldives, the government agency entrusted with promoting, licensing and registering foreign investments in the country, is the first port of call for all foreigners keen to invest in the Maldives.

Launch Site

Official website for the Maldives Tourism Board. Your source of information for Maldives resorts, hotels, safari live-aboard and guest houses information and travel agents listing.

Launch Site

The primary role of the Ministry is to foster warm and close relations with the international community and to communicate the interests and aspirations of the people of the Maldives.

Launch Site