Minister of Foreign Affairs Ms Dunya Maumoon has said that “upgrading the Maldives to Tier 2 level in the Trafficking in Persons Report is a vindication of the Government’s policies on stopping human trafficking in the Maldives”. The Minister made the remarks in response to the decision by the United…
Maldives has called for special focus to the small island developing states while developing the new climate agreement. The call was made at the on-going negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Bonn, Germany.
UN Headquarters, New York: Today, Ambassador Ahmed Sareer signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Contributions to the United Nations Stand-by Arrangements System, paving the way for the deployment of Maldivian UN military observers and peacekeepers. Signing on behalf of the United Nations, Under-Secretary-General Hervé Ladsous remarked that this was a…
Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI) held a meeting at UN Headquarters in New York to promote the social and financial inclusion of children and youth. His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations expressed support for this goal and emphasized the particular significance of…
The eleventh session of the UN General Assembly Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) took place from 5-9 May 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York. His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations made several interventions during the Session to…
His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations addressed a Panel Discussion on Sustainable use of oceans and seas, and sustainable tourism on the margins of the Inter-sessional Meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the Third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States. Stating…
His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations addressed a panel discussion following New York Premiere of the documentary “On the Edge, Antarctica,” on the occasion of the International Mother Earth Day. Congratulating the filmmaker and the Production Team, Ambassador Sareer noted that Maldives…
The pervasion of information and communications technology across the Maldivian society has had a dramatic impact on governance and policy making in the country, says His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations. Mobile subscriptions in the Maldives stand at a staggering total of…
Monday, 03 March 2014 00:00
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 9th Session of the Open Working Group. Maldives stated that the SDG framework should be interdependent, cohesive and aspirational in nature and must include a clear means of implementation.
Outlining the Maldives' general position on the way forward, Ambassador Sareer said that the formulation of the SDGs should be guided by the Rio+20 Outcome document, the lessons learnt from the Millennium Development Goals and must avoid isolated sectoral approaches. He recognized poverty eradication as an underlying goal of the SDGs and said that other development gains are linked with this objective, especially food security, nutrition, health, sanitation, water, energy, education and employment.
Monday, 03 March 2014 00:00
When asked about the biggest current threat and challenge for Maldives and other SIDS, Ambassador Sareer names climate change, sea level rise and beach erosion. Relating to everyday experiences by Maldivian people, he said that there is a clear increase in the frequency and magnitude of flooding and draught. The Ambassador also noted that freshwater is becoming increasingly scarce and that the process of providing potable water to a third of the country’s islands during the dry season through transport by boat was using up a lot of the government’s financial resources.
Turning the debate to Oceans, Ambassador Sareer highlighted that Maldives, together with other SIDS has worked consistently to include this vital topic in the Sustainable Development Agenda, first in Rio+20 and then in the Preparatory Meetings leading up to the 2014 SIDS Conference in Samoa. He reiterated his delegation’s call for a stand-alone Sustainable Development Goal on Oceans as absolutely critical for Maldives.
When asked about domestic measures taken in Maldives on Sustainable Development of Oceans, the Ambassador talked about Maldives' extraordinary pledge to make the whole country a UNESCO biosphere reserve by 2017. He further added Maldives' traditional fishing practices, pole and line fishing, was traditionally recognized as sustainable as well as recent legislation to ban shark fishing and finning as clear signs of a domestic commitment to Ocean conservation.
Monday, 24 February 2014 00:00
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 Nations while speaking today at the First Preparatory Committee meeting of the Third SIDS Conference held at the UN headquarters.
He said that although SIDS have made great strides in sustainable development, the negative impacts of climate change have threatened to erode the development gains achieved and have increasingly made progress harder all along the way. The Government of Maldives, for example, is currently spending more than 27% of its national budget to build resilience to combat the effects of climate change. Therefore, he stressed that, SIDS “need to take strong steps to safeguard and sustainably develop [its] natural resources while building resilience against climate change”.
Thursday, 06 February 2014 18:19
“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 Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals.
Ambassador Sareer highlighted that the Maldives has achieved gender parity within the context of Millennium Development Goals but that more remains to be achieved concerning gender equality and women’s empowerment. He stressed that one of the key problems with MDGs was that it aligned a weak mechanism to address the issue of gender equality and women’s empowerment, and therefore, called for a stand-alone goal on gender parity and urged all Sustainable Development Goals to be interdependent, cohesive and aspirational.
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 21:00
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 by Palau and Italy on the margins of the 8th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals.
Ambassador Sareer stressed that for Maldives the Oceans and Seas are an integral and indivisible part of development. He explained the reason why together with other Small Island Developing States Maldives had worked in Rio+20 to include Oceans in the agenda, an effort reflected in the high number of paragraphs devoted to the subject, which outline that sustainable development of the Oceans and Seas is highly interrelated and conducive to poverty eradication, the provision of decent work and food security.
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