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Human Rights Council praises Maldives human rights achievements

Geneva; Members of the United Nations Human Rights Council have praised Maldives for the tremendous progress it has achieved in the promotion and protection of human rights. The comments were made during the Maldives’ review of the UPR at the Council. Countries specifically noted the efforts aimed at strengthening the…

Human Rights Council praises Maldives human rights achievements Human Rights Council praises Maldives human rights achievements

“The Ten Principles of Bandung continue to inspire us all”: says Foreign Minister Dunya

Minister of Foreign Affairs Ms Dunya Maumoon has said that the “Bandung Principles still remain a beacon of hope for those under oppression, and continue to inspire us all to stand up against all forms of external pressures”. The Minister made these remarks on the occasion of the 60th anniversary…

“The Ten Principles of Bandung continue to inspire us all”: says Foreign Minister Dunya “The Ten Principles of Bandung continue to inspire us all”: says Foreign Minister Dunya

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”

Human Rights Council praises Maldives human rights achievements

Wednesday, 06 May 2015 13:42

uprclosing060515Geneva; Members of the United Nations Human Rights Council have praised Maldives for the tremendous progress it has achieved in the promotion and protection of human rights. The comments were made during the Maldives’ review of the UPR at the Council.

Countries specifically noted the efforts aimed at strengthening the legal structure to create a conducive environment for the realization of human rights and more specifically, recognized the remarkable achievements Maldives has made in strengthening the legal framework to protect the vulnerable groups namely; children and persons with disabilities.

Delegations also noted the progress attained by the Maldives in safeguarding women’s rights; especially the enactment of the Domestic Violence Act, the Prevention of the Sexual Harassment and Abuse Act, and Sexual Offences Act, as legal shields that protect women from violence and sexual abuse.

The Human Rights Council also recognized the strides Maldives has made in ensuring that highest attainable standard of health care to its citizens. The introduction of universal health insurance was marked as a key milestone in the provision of affordable and access to health care for all people irrespective of their socio-economic background.

On Education, several members of the countries commended Maldives for offering free education up to higher secondary level, and free local and international exams to all children, adopting a policy of “No Child Left Behind”.

Maldives was also recognized by the Human Rights Council for being the only MDG+ country in South Asia. This is a nod towards the progress and achievements Maldives gained in the human development dimension of the country. Similarly, applauding the Maldives for leading the voice of Small Island Developing States as the Chair of AOSIS, members of the countries commended Maldives for its efforts in advocating the rights of small island developing states. Over 100 countries spoke at the Maldives review tonight.

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“The Ten Principles of Bandung continue to inspire us all”: says Foreign Minister Dunya

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:12

fmdunyaport600pMinister of Foreign Affairs Ms Dunya Maumoon has said that the “Bandung Principles still remain a beacon of hope for those under oppression, and continue to inspire us all to stand up against all forms of external pressures”. The Minister made these remarks on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the first Asian–African Conference, known as the Bandung Conference, that was held in Bandung, Indonesia in April 1955. In her remarks, the Minister Dunya also said that the Maldives would always remains committed to contribute to further expanding solidarity between Asian and Africa continents. “Such solidarity” the Minister noted, “is not only mutually beneficial, but also critically important in finding common solutions to common problems”.

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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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