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 at the United Nations General Assembly this morning. The Permanent Representative stated that inclusivity is the cornerstone of the Government's social development policies, which is inline with the core objective of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, to 'leave no one behind'. Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed, further briefed on the importance accorded to youth development by the Government and the efforts made to create more opportunities to promote sports, recreational activities, music, arts and employment for youth. He also took note of the "Get set" Youth Entrepreneurship programme, which assists the youth in setting up small and medium enterprises. Speaking at the Third Committee, the Permanent Representative also highlighted on the government's policies and the legislations in place to ensure that Persons with Disabilities are guaranteed the full enjoyment of equal rights and fundamental freedoms. He further noted the importance given to integrating gender equality in the government's national policies and briefed on the legislative measures undertaken to ensure that the rights of women are protected. ENDS