His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations has said that “a renewed global partnership, a more action-oriented update of MDG8 is an imperative”, for the success of Sustainable Development Goals. He was commenting on the document containing preliminary focus areas for the SDGs at the…
The Maldives says that the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States presents a pivotal moment for global partnership to build resilience and improve the life of the peoples of SIDS. The statement was delivered by His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United…
“Gender parity must be a part of broader context of holistic and sustainable development rather than purely a means to advancement”, says the Maldives. The statement was made by His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations while speaking at the 8th Session of the…
H.E. Ambassador Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives, alongside President Remengesau of Palau and other Small Island State Representatives, highlighted the importance of Oceans in a statement at the side event : "Healthy Oceans and Seas: a Way Forward". The enthusiastically attended and highly visible event was co-hosted…
Maldives urges the need for a stand-alone Goal on Oceans in the Sustainable Development Goals. The support for an Oceans SDG was conveyed by His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of Maldives during his statement at the 8th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. Ambassador…
Women empowerment and gender equality are priority areas for the Maldives and will continue as flagship issues for the Maldives in all areas of its work, says the Maldives. The statement was made by His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations while speaking at…
Sustainability, Climate Change and Development are inherently intertwined and cannot be viewed in isolation of each other, says Maldives. The statement was made by His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations while speaking at the 7th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable…
The People’s Majlis (Parliament) passed an Anti Human Trafficking Bill today, making trafficking in persons a criminal offence in the Republic of Maldives. The enactment of measures enshrined in the bill ensures added protection for the victims of trafficking. Once the bill is enacted, perpetrators who are convicted of trafficking…
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 00:00
The Maldives is re-elected to the United Nations Human Right Council with 164 votes. The election was held today at the United Nations General Assembly. The Maldives will commence serving its second consecutive term at the Council, from 2014.
The Maldives’ policy at its second term at the Council will be based on its belief that establishing structural frameworks alone is not sufficient for human rights promotion; it requires cultivating values as well. The Maldives believes that increasing the human rights resilience of the new and emerging democracies should be a priority for the Council and the entire UN system. The Maldives, being an emerging democracy itself, is ideally placed to contribute to the Council’s efforts in helping human rights promotion in such countries.
Three years ago, the Maldives was the smallest member to get elected to the Council. The Maldives stands for the voiceless in the international society; for the issues that affect the very fundamental values of human rights yet, hardly get a mention in global human rights debate; and it stands for helping the vulnerable and emerging democracies to cultivate the values of human rights in their societies.
Sunday, 10 November 2013 00:00
Unofficial Translation of the National Address by His Excellency Dr Mohamed Waheed
Beloved People of the Maldives;
During the last 21 months, my highest priority was to minimize divisions within the community, and to unite the people. To try to work with people from diverse political backgrounds. It took a lot of hard work, to reach the date of elections in a peaceful manner.
The Government has made numerous decisions regarding all the legal and other matters relating to the presidential election. Every decision and every step that the government has taken, was made after careful consideration and in the way that was the best interest of the nation and its people; after reflecting on all national interests. Because of these decisions, we have been able to move forward with everyone, without leaving anybody out. Even at a slow pace, we have been able to continue moving forward. Even at times of uncertainty, not a single step was taken backwards.
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 00:00
Noting the lack of resources within the UN system for specific action for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the Maldives has called for adequately integrating and institutionalizing SIDS within the UN system, asking for earmarking certain funds specifically for SIDS to implement sustainable development activities in their States, and the creation of a dedicated financing mechanism that would attract new and additional financial resources. The call was made by H.E. Dr Mariyam Shakeela, Minister of Environment and Energy and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, in a statement delivered during a High-Level breakfast event on the topic of SIDS 2014: Genuine and Durable Partnerships for the sustainable development of SIDS on the margins of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Thursday, 19 September 2013 12:18
Male’; The Government of Maldives is shocked by the UN expert teams’ findings that chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale in Syria, resulting in numerous casualties, particularly among innocent civilians including many children.
The Government of Maldives condemns in the strongest possible terms this horrific act and the blatant violation of international laws. The Government of Maldives calls upon all concerned to hold accountable, those who are responsible for this crime against humanity.
Thursday, 19 September 2013 11:52
United Nations Headquarters The United Nations General Assembly opened its annual session today with a focus on the long-term developmental agenda.
The newly appointed President of the General Assembly John Ashe, the former Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda, outlined in his opening statement, the need to lay the groundwork for global sustainable development in the years ahead. He declared “The Post 2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage”, as the theme for the 68th General Assembly. In this regard, the President will convene 3 High Level Events and 3 thematic debates. These include a High Level Event on the role of the women, youth and civil society in the post 2015 Development Agenda, a High Level segment on the contributions of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the post 2015 Development Agenda, and a High Level event on South-South, Triangular Cooperation and ICT for Development in the post 2015 Development Agenda. The thematic debates will include one on the role of partnership and its contribution to the post 2015 Development Agenda, thematic debate on how to work towards and ensure stable and peaceful societies in the post 2015 development framework, and a thematic debate on roles of water, sanitation and sustainable energy in the post 2015 development agenda.
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