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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…

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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…

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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…

Maldives, as the Chair of AOSIS convenes interactive dialogue for SIDS with the UN Secretary General

9 February 2017, New York: The Maldives, as the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) convened an interactive dialogue with His Excellency Mr. Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations, providing an opportunity for Member States to discuss the priorities and issues of importance for…

Maldives, as the Chair of AOSIS convenes interactive dialogue for SIDS with the UN Secretary General Maldives, as the Chair of AOSIS convenes interactive dialogue for SIDS with the UN Secretary General

Maldives calls for people-oriented investment to eradicate poverty

6 February 2016, New York: At the fifty-fifth meeting of the Commission on Social Development, the theme of which was "Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all", held on 1-10 February 2017 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Maldives called attention to the key role…

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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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Maldives to pursue major economic reform – President Nasheed

Wednesday, 23 September 2009 19:00

In his maiden address today to the UN General Assembly, President Mohamed Nasheed pledged to undertake major economic reforms in the Maldives.

He said that the scale of the economic challenge faced by the country was enormous and that it needed to be addressed directly and firmly.

“The new government is determined to address the economic challenge with honesty and vigour; in consultation with the IMF and World Bank, we have embarked on a programme of major economic reform designed to reduce the bloated public sector, privatise public utilities and promote private enterprise and trade,” said the President in his address to the UN.

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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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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.

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