Statement delivered by  

Mr Ahmed Suzil, First Secretary 

on Comprehensive Review of the Special Political Missions

5 November 2018 

Mr Chair,  

Since this is the first time my delegation is taking the floor, let me offer our congratulations to you Mr Chair and members of the Bureau on your election to oversee the work of the Committee this session.  

My delegation also appreciates the Report by the Secretary General under this agenda item, which provides an overview of the developments and updates relating to Special Political Missions, and wishes to thank the Secretary General for his commitment improve the effective functioning of the work of Special Political Missions, placing prevention at its core.  

Mr Chair,  

The Maldives supports and encourages the Secretary General’s ongoing efforts to strengthen the UN system, including necessary adjustments to the peace and security architecture, thereby increasing the ability of United Nations to better deliver on its mandate. Special Political Missions, through its versatile operations play a vital role in responding to situations of violent conflict and peace negotiations. When designed properly, Special Political Missions can be an effective tool for preventive diplomacy. In this regard, we welcome efforts made to increase the cooperation and support to regional and sub-regional organizations.  

In light of the complex global challenges, Special Political Missions have a more important role in conflict prevention and peacebuilding. Prevention is the key and it begins by better understanding the interrelationship between very complex, underlying causes of the conflict. A swift and concerted action by all stakeholders are much needed--by investing on expertise and other means to keep such operations more effective more adaptable, better tailored to the specific reality they are subjected to.  

The Maldives is of the view that the mandate of Special Political Missions should ensure the relevance between the Mission and the challenges prevailing in the host country, importantly addressing the root cause of conflicts. A clear mandate, coherent and achievable in nature is crucial to ensure the relevancy of its operation. However, emphasis has to be placed on the principles of national ownership, sovereign integrity, and unique political, economic and social circumstances of the host country.    

On many occasions, the Maldives has also highlighted the importance of representation and participation of women in decision-making roles on peace and post-conflict reconstruction and rehabilitation. Positive outcomes are many from the inclusion of women and gender perspective in the peace process. It is a proven fact that the inclusion of women in the peace process results in more durable and sustainable peace, while we witness notable progress in the social and economic sector with women’s contributions. The Special Political Missions therefore, must prioritise meaningful participation and empowerment of women across all mandates and most importantly including gender perspective in mandate renewals. In this regard we acknowledge the inclusive approach and all its efforts of prioritizing engagement of actors, particularly gender of women in all forms of mediation, post-conflict recovery.   

The Maldives will always be a partner that stands ready to work with the UN in making sure that special political missions are successful in preventing conflicts and in sustaining peace.

I thank you.