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Maldives shares SIDS experiences on policy and poverty eradication

 9 May 2017, New York; Speaking at the 2017 Integration Segment hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) H.E. Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Ambassador of Maldives, shared specific issues of Maldives and SIDS on the topic of moving forward to integrate poverty eradication into policy, with panelists providing…

Maldives shares SIDS experiences on policy and poverty eradication Maldives shares SIDS experiences on policy and poverty eradication

Maldives calls for innovative approaches to international cooperation to strengthen fight against organised crime

  8 May 2017, New York, At the United Nations Security Council Arria Formula meeting, H.E. Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations called upon the international community to explore innovative ways to combat organized crime and stressed on the importance of enhancing cooperation and coordination…

Maldives calls for innovative approaches to international cooperation to strengthen fight against organised crime Maldives calls for innovative approaches to international cooperation to strengthen fight against organised crime

Maldives condemns Israeli decision to create new settlements in the occupied territories of Palestine

20 April 2017, New York, Speaking at the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on "the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question", the Deputy Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations Ms. Farzana Zahir expressed concern over the continued expansion of illegal settlements in the occupied…

Maldives condemns Israeli decision to create new settlements in the occupied territories of Palestine Maldives condemns Israeli decision to create new settlements in the occupied territories of Palestine

The Maldives calls the United Nations System to review its capacity to respond to the security implications of climate change

New York, 10 April 2017; Speaking at the United Nations Security Council Open Arria Formula meeting, H.E. Mr Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations, called on to intensify efforts to finance adaptation and mitigation mechanisms that can help developing countries, particularly small island developing states…

The Maldives calls the United Nations System to review its capacity to respond to the security implications of climate change The Maldives calls the United Nations System to review its capacity to respond to the security implications of climate change

Maldives calls attention to designing appropriate policies and programmes to meet the needs of all groups in society

New York, 5 April, 2017; Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations, His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer underscored the importance of designing policies that improves and meet the needs of all groups in society. The Ambassador further stressed that such policies are critical to the realisation of greater…

Maldives calls attention to  designing appropriate policies and programmes to meet the needs of all groups in society Maldives calls attention to  designing appropriate policies and programmes to meet the needs of all groups in society

Ambassador Sareer highlights importance of Oceans for the sustainable development of SIDS

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…

Ambassador Sareer highlights importance of Oceans for the sustainable development of SIDS Ambassador Sareer highlights importance of Oceans for the sustainable development of SIDS

The Maldives Candidacy to the United Nations Human Rights Council 2018-2020 - Human Rights Commitments & Pledges

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…

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"Maldives urges the UN development boards to support the special circumstances of SIDS in their programmes

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…

Facts & Figures

Thursday, 16 September 2010 05:59

Official name: Republic of Maldives (Dhivehi Raajjeyge Jumhooriyyaa)
Government type: Republic
Capital: Male
Independence: 26 July 1965 (from UK protectorate status)
National holiday: Independence Day, 26 July
Population: 407,660 (Cencus 2014)
Religion: Sunni Muslim
Constitution: Ratified 7 August 2008
Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

 

The Government

Executive Branch: His Excellency Mr. Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, President (since 17 November 2013) – the President is both Head of State and Head of Government (supported by a Cabinet of Ministers)
Elections:

Last Presidential election held in October/November 2013 (President elected for a five year term)

- The next elections are scheduled for 2018 (Date to be determiend by the Elections Commission)

Legislative Branch: Unicameral People’s Majlis (85 members - all elected).
Elections: Last held in 2014 (members elected for five year terms)
Judicial Branch: Supreme Court
   

The Maldives

Thursday, 16 September 2010 03:25

PalmBest known for our turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and a thriving tourism industry, the Republic of Maldives is a nation founded by a history of international engagement – from the Silk Road in days of old to more recent regional engagement, to now taking the lead in the global fight to mitigate climate change. We are a small nation with a large voice, dedicated to principles that would take the world forward, progressing in friendship and peace.

The Republic of the Maldives, or the “pearls of the Indian Ocean” as it is popularly know, is a collection of 1,190 coral reef islands situated in the Indian Ocean to the south west of Sri Lanka. The 1,190 islands form an archipelago of 26 major atolls (groups of neighbouring coral islands) stretching 820 km north to south and 120 km east to west.

Only 200 islands are inhabited, with 44 adapted as exclusive holiday resort islands. The country’s 2006 (preliminary) population census shows a total population of 298,842. Over one third of this total reside in the capital Male.

The Maldives is a friendly country with idyllic scenery and a rich culture. The different links on the left provide a short introduction to the country’s history, geography, economy, environment, health and education systems, and participation in international organisations and conventions.

However, the best way to discover the country is to come and visit!

 

   

Deputy Permanent Representative

Sunday, 15 November 2009 12:01

Mr Jeffrey Salim Waheed

Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations


Mr. Jeffrey Salim Waheed is currently serving as the Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, having been appointed in September of 2013.

Originally appointed to New York by former President Mohamed Nasheed in 2011, Mr. Waheed’s responsibilities now include overseeing the diplomatic, consular and administrative work of the Mission. Among the substantive areas he is currently focused on are Political, Humanitarian, and Legal Affairs. He has provided expertise on a variety of issues including disarmament, Middle East affairs, LDC graduation and transition, SIDS recognition, and gender parity.

The Permanent Mission is also the Embassy to the United States and High Commission to Canada. As such, Mr. Waheed also serves as the Acting Deputy Ambassador to the United States and the Deputy High Commissioner to Canada, Chargé d'affaires a.i. Mr. Waheed is also a Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives.

Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Waheed worked in the local media in the Maldives, serving as the Editor for a newspaper as well as a News Anchor. He also founded and chaired a non-governmental organization dedicated to healthcare and education awareness programs for seven years and has served on the board of a Silicon Valley Search Engine Optimization Company in California. Mr. Waheed has also worked in a local Maldivian construction company as the Assistant Financial Manager and later as the Assistant General Manager, as well as in the Maldives country office of UNICEF on child protection and nutrition programs.

Mr Waheed graduated from Stanford University.
   

Maldives Urges for Reorientation of the International Fight Against Illicit Narcotics

Wednesday, 07 October 2009 19:00

The Maldives has today urged the United Nations to refocus its fight against illicit narcotics from security protection to enhanced public health. The Maldives made the statement today at the Social, Human rights and Cultural Committee of the General Assembly of the UN.


Speaking on behalf of the Maldives, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ms. Iruthisham Adam stated, “controlling drugs is not only a security issue. It is an issue that affects families as well as societies as a whole. Hence, a clear and distinct reorientation of the global fight is necessary”. The reorientation, explained Ms Adam, does not necessarily undermine the importance of a consolidated legal framework against drug traffickers but would emphasize the significance of the treatment of drug victims as equally important. Ms. Adam further suggested that increasing awareness among youth on the dangers of drug addiction and a stronger commitment by States to rehabilitate drug abuse victims could enable bringing about this shift. Thus, the Maldives  expressed support to the call made by Mr. Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Direction of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to avoid criminalization of drug victims.

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Maldives Stresses the Pivotal Role of the UN in Reforming the Global Economy

Wednesday, 07 October 2009 19:00

The Maldives has yesterday stressed on the important role that could be played by the United Nations in reforming the global economy. The statement was made by the Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations H. E. Ambassador Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed while addressing the Economic and Financial Committee of the General Assembly.

“The United Nations, as the most representative and universal international body, has an important role to play as we embark to address and remedy the flaws in the international economic and financial architecture that has contributed to the present crisis. It is, therefore, vital that the United Nations renew its efforts to conceive a global economy that addresses the issue of inequality and redresses the global imbalances in the financial and trade regimes”, said the Ambassador.

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Launch Site

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