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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
UN Headquarters, New York: Ambassador Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations, expressed Maldives’ continued financial contribution to the UN-Women. Speaking today at the pledging event for UN-Women, Ambassador Sareer called on wealthy and resourceful donor countries to provide more generous resources to enable the…
UN Headquarters: Speaking at the opening of the 2013 Annual Session of the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), the Maldives highlighted its agreement with the newly formed strategic plan for the 2014-2017 period and emphasized the recent progress Maldives…
San José, Costa Rica: As the most recent member of the category of middle-income countries, the Maldives has participated in the High Level Conference on Middle-Income Countries, focusing on the theme, “Networks for Prosperity”. Represented by His Excellency Ambassador Ahmed Sareer, the Maldives called for enhanced cooperation amongst developing nations.
Tuesday, 11 January 2011 14:10January 11, 2011, New York - Minister of State for Finance and Treasury, H.E. Mr. Aslam Shakir, speaking today at the meeting of the 1st Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the Fourth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries, highlighted the importance of „smooth transition‟ for countries graduating from LDC status. Although the Maldives considered graduation to be an achievement, he said that the Maldives must not move towards the reality of life as a Middle- Income country with its “eyes wide shut”. On the contrary, he said that we need to be fully aware of the challenges that lie ahead for the Maldives with the loss of LDC benefits and strive to overcome those challenges by speeding up its market based and private sector led economic reforms.
Monday, 10 January 2011 13:30
First Intersessional Meeting of UNCSD, UN Headquarters, New York, USA, 10-11 January 2011
The First Intersessional Meeting of UNCSD was held in New York. The informal discussions focused on the objectives and themes of the Conference, which has been charged by the General Assembly to see how efforts to achieve sustainable development can be scaled up, as well as to explore how countries can green their economies and to determine how to strengthen the institutional frameworks for sustainable development. Statements are available here
The second intersessional meeting will take place in New York on 14-15 November 2011.
Sunday, 19 December 2010 13:50
19th December 2010 – The acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, H. E. Mr. Mohamed Aslam has warmly welcomed the outcome of the 16th Conference of Parties (COP 16) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Cancun, Mexico, as a significant step forward for international efforts to address global warming.
In a letter to the Mexican Foreign Minister Ms. Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, congratulating the success of Cancun, Minister Aslam welcomed Mexico’s strong leadership, and the transparent and inclusive manner in which she conducted the negotiations. He also expressed hope that Ms. Cantellano would continue to play a key role along with South African in the “Troika” that was formed, and that the key elements set down in the Cancun Agreement would eventually form the basis of a new legally-binding treaty to tackle climate change.
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 14:02
H.E. Mr Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Republic of Maldives was awarded the prize for Policy at the World Technology Awards 2010 convened by the World Technology Network in New York City. The Awards gala was the culmination of a two-day long World Technology Summit that brought together many of the world’s most innovative individuals, firms and organisations across various fields of science and technology.
Monday, 15 November 2010 13:42
November 2010, New York – The Maldives Mission to the United Nations spoke at the Second Committee about sustainable development issues, outlining concerns common to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and providing updates on its own progress in addressing those concerns.
The impediments to development caused by a lack of capacity and capital for infrastructural projects were emphasized in context of the lack of fulfillment of aid commitments by donor countries and the widespread effects of globalization. The Maldives urged development partners to honour their aid commitments without delay so that SIDS are more easily able to overcome these hurdles, and called for special WTO considerations in order to facilitate integration into the global economy.
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