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Message by the Minister of Foreign Affairs H E Ms. Dunya Maumoon on the occasion of International Women’s Day

Today, we stand in solidarity with the rest of the world in recognising and honouring the struggles and achievements of women. International Women’s Day is an appropriate occasion to recognise the progress we have made, but also to contemplate more deeply on the gendered nature and scale of inequality that…

Message by the Minister of Foreign Affairs H E Ms. Dunya Maumoon on the occasion of International Women’s Day Message by the Minister of Foreign Affairs H E Ms. Dunya Maumoon on the occasion of International Women’s Day

The Maldives notes the importance of mainstreaming gender equality in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Maldives today, reiterated its strong support for a post-2015 Development Agenda, including a stand-alone goal on gender equality and empowerment. Speaking at the High Level General Assembly Thematic Debate on “Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls for a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda”, His Excellency Mr Ahmed…

Maldives highlights the vulnerability of Small Island Developing States to disasters

Small Island Developing States (SIDS), due their small size, limited land areas and remote locations, are at high risk for disasters, said His Excellency Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations. Speaking at the Official Launching Event of the 2015 Global Assessment Report on…

Maldives highlights the vulnerability of Small Island Developing States to disasters Maldives highlights the vulnerability of Small Island Developing States to disasters

Geneva Takes a Step on the Road to Paris

Geneva—At the conclusion of the United Nations climate change negotiations here, the first in a series of meetings this year designed to advance progress toward a comprehensive international agreement at the end of the year in Paris, Ambassador Ahmed Sareer, the Maldives’ Permanent Representative to the U.N. and Chair of…

Geneva Takes a Step on the Road to Paris Geneva Takes a Step on the Road to Paris

Maldives actively engages during the UNGA Sixty-Ninth Session

As the Sixty-ninth regular session of the United Nations General Assembly concluded its work today, the Maldives has played an active role throughout the Session. During the General Assembly Regular Session which lasted from 16 September to 29 December 2014, the Maldives delivered 45 statements and interventions, under different agenda…

Maldives: “We Do Not Want to Perish in Paris”

Lima, 11th December 2014: Maldives has urged for a decisive outcome in the UN climate negotiations taking place in Lima. Speaking at the plenary meeting of the 20th Conference of the Parties to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Ambassador Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of Maldives to the…

Maldives: “We Do Not Want to Perish in Paris” Maldives: “We Do Not Want to Perish in Paris”

Maldives calls for a human rights-based approach to development

Today at the General Assembly plenary, the Maldives drew attention to the need for a human rights-based approach to development. As the Human Rights Council presented its report to the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, took the opportunity to emphasise the importance of…

Statement by Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon on International Momentum Building for Climate Action at G20

Amidst a wave of positive announcements about plans for substantial greenhouse gas reductions and contributions to the Green Climate Fund leading up to the G20 in Australia, the Foreign Minister of the Maldives, the Hon. Dunya Maumoon, issued the following statement: “We stand at a watershed moment in the effort…

Statement by Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon on International Momentum Building for Climate Action at G20 Statement by Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon on International Momentum Building for Climate Action at G20

Message by the Minister of Foreign Affairs H E Ms. Dunya Maumoon on the occasion of International Women’s Day

Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00

fmdunyanewprtToday, we stand in solidarity with the rest of the world in recognising and honouring the struggles and achievements of women. International Women’s Day is an appropriate occasion to recognise the progress we have made, but also to contemplate more deeply on the gendered nature and scale of inequality that persist in our societies. It is a day where we renew our commitment to intensify our efforts towards the enjoyment of equal rights for men and women both at home and internationally.

This year marks a historic conjunction. Apart from the twentieth anniversary of the review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, we are also in the midst of crafting the sustainable development goals for a transformative development agenda. The post-2015 agenda provides an opportunity to build on the legacy of the Millennium Development Goals and to accelerate inclusive sustainable growth for men and women. Women’s empowerment and gender equality will be the cornerstone to achieving a transformative and inclusive development agenda.

The advancement and empowerment of women is a national priority for the Government of Maldives. The Government remains unwavering in its efforts to pass a new Gender Equality law ,which reflects the government’s view that actions and interventions aimed at eradicating gender inequality must be institutionally enforced. . The bill aims to mainstream and institutionalise equality for women, safeguard women’s rights from discrimination and eradicate the evil of gender-based violence.  The Government has also reiterated its commitment to the efforts to promote and protect the rights of women in all walks of life yet again at the recent Maldives  review at 60thSession of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.

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The Maldives notes the importance of mainstreaming gender equality in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Friday, 06 March 2015 20:43

hl genderThe Maldives today, reiterated its strong support for a post-2015 Development Agenda, including a stand-alone goal on gender equality and empowerment. Speaking at the High Level General Assembly Thematic Debate on “Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls for a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda”, His Excellency Mr Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations reiterated the importance placed by the Government of Maldives to promote gender equality, and prohibit gender-based violence. He also highlighted the importance of focusing on altering discriminatory social attitudes and cultural norms, to bring meaningful change.

Ambassador Sareer also briefed the General Assembly on the advancements that Maldives has made in terms of access to education and decent work.  He further outlined challenges faced by the Maldives faces in ensuring that gains made in access to education for girls, are translated to gender equality in the workforce.

The Maldives is participating in a one-day Thematic Debate on “Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls for a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda”, convened by the President of the General Assembly.

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Maldives highlights the vulnerability of Small Island Developing States to disasters

Thursday, 05 March 2015 00:00

mvsmallislandstatesSmall Island Developing States (SIDS), due their small size, limited land areas and remote locations, are at high risk for disasters, said His Excellency Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations. Speaking at the Official Launching Event of the 2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, prepared by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), and citing the example of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, as well as the 2014 Male’ Water Crisis, Ambassador Sareer noted that a relatively small and insignificant event for some, can affect large proportions of populations in SIDS, in very significant ways.

Ambassador Sareer also outlined the impact climate change is having on SIDS, posing a developmental and existential threat. SIDS economies are also unduly burdened by natural and man-made disasters, as disasters in SIDS, unlike other countries, reverberate across the whole country, amplifying effects and intensifying damage.

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Geneva Takes a Step on the Road to Paris

Friday, 13 February 2015 00:00

gletscherruckgang_phillips-720x430Geneva—At the conclusion of the United Nations climate change negotiations here, the first in a series of meetings this year designed to advance progress toward a comprehensive international agreement at the end of the year in Paris, Ambassador Ahmed Sareer, the Maldives’ Permanent Representative to the U.N. and Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), released the following statement on behalf of the group:

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Maldives actively engages during the UNGA Sixty-Ninth Session

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 17:37

minister dunya at ungaAs the Sixty-ninth regular session of the United Nations General Assembly concluded its work today, the Maldives has played an active role throughout the Session.

During the General Assembly Regular Session which lasted from 16 September to 29 December 2014, the Maldives delivered 45 statements and interventions, under different agenda items focussed among others on sustainable development, social issues, human rights, and consideration of situations in the Middle East particularly in Palestine and Syria. Among statements Maldives delivered during the Session include, the promotion and protection of children’s rights, advancement of women, eradication of poverty, disarmament and measures to eliminate international terrorism. Maldives also delivered few statements on the debate on the Middles East and the issue of Palestine, condemning the continued violations of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people by Israel and urging that the State of Palestine must be granted full independence with pre-1967 borders and East Jerusalem as its capital.  Furthermore, during the debate on the United Nations Security Council reform, the Maldives stressed on the significance of a seat to be allocated to the Small Island developing states (SIDS) identifying the unique vulnerabilities of SIDS to issues of climate change which the Maldives has argued as fundamentally related to international security and stability.

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