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…
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 17:30
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 Sareer outlined the contributions that sustainable fisheries make worldwide, to poverty eradication, the provision of decent work, food security, healthy nutrition and sustainable development overall. He further explained that an ocean-based economy will contribute to sustained economic growth through the reformation of existing and expansion of new economic activities.
He said that Maldives is concerned by the multitude of threats that endanger the marine environment and the livelihoods connected to it, such as overfishing, climate change, ocean acidification and transboundary pollution. Ambassador Sareer highlighted that these were shared threats and that they can be only addressed multilaterally. He further pointed out that many developing countries do not retain the big share of the benefits of their ocean territories and that it should be a goal of an Ocean SDG to empower these countries to reap the benefits and profit from their oceans.
Monday, 20 January 2014 00:00
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 the First Regular Session of 2014 of the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN-Women).
Ambassador Sareer stated that women's leadership and participation are central to advancing peace and security as well as gender equality goals. He highlighted the role played by UN-Women at all levels, including with the Maldives, on on-going programs by increasing the participation of women in political life as well as gender sensitive budgeting. The Maldives, as an Executive Board member, reaffirmed its support to the realization of the UN-Women’s Strategic Plan for 2014-2017.
The Maldives statement further welcomed the recommendations made in the UN-Women Management Response to the thematic evaluation on the contribution of UN-Women, to increase women’s leadership and participation in peace and security and humanitarian response. Ambassador Sareer called on more wealthy countries to increase their contributions to the UN-Women to facilitate the commendable work undertaken by the Entity.
Friday, 10 January 2014 16:32
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 Development Goals.
Ambassador Sareer stated that the Maldives considers climate change as more than a cross cutting issue rather it is the enabling environment for progress in sustainable development. For the Maldives and other Small Island States, he said, whichever way the Millennium Development Goals or any new set of Sustainable Development Goals is approached, climate change will remain a threat to the mere survival of these countries.
Therefore, he called on the United Nations system for a more dependable, consistent and ambitious approach to addressing Climate Change while working towards achieving a new global agreement on climate change under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris 2015 as well as making use of the synergies and inter-linkages with topics like transport, energy, sustainable consumption and production, and the oceans.
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 00:00
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 will face 10 to 15 year jail sentences. The bill also criminalizes offenses such as forced labour and fraudulent recruitment practices and labels them as acts of human trafficking. Her Excellency Dunya Maumoon, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Maldives, noted the passing of the bill by Parliament as important, not only to prevent and combat human trafficking in the Maldives, but also to bring justice for trafficked persons. She stated that “we believe that these severe penalties will serve as a deterrent to potential perpetrators.”
Sunday, 17 November 2013 18:00
President Yameen has appointed Dunya Maumoon as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives. The Minister has previously served as the State Minister for Foreign Affairs under former President Waheed and as the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs under former President Gayoom. Before that, Ms Maumoon served as the head of Multilateral Affairs.
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