Minister of Environment and Energy H.E Thoriq Ibrahim convened a High Level Dialogue on the Initiative for Renewable Island Energy (IRIE)

Minister of Environment and Energy H.E Thoriq Ibrahim convened a High Level Dialogue on the Initiative for Renewable Island Energy (IRIE) at the margins of the 72 UNGA today.

IRIE was one of the initiatives launched in Marrakech in 2016, which aims to enhance political momentum in transforming SIDS climate plans to action.

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is one of the key partners of the Initiative. During the High Level Dialogue, Ministers exchanged their vision in enhancing the means of implementation in realization of the Paris Agreement.

Minister of Gender and Family, Ms. Zenysha Shaheed Zaki reiterates Maldives commitment to ensuring that the rights of children are realized and that no child is left behind

Minister of Gender and Family, Ms. Zenysha Shaheed Zaki participated at a high level event entitled “A Promise to Children: Their Rights and Well-being in the SDGs” today.

Speaking as a panellist at the event, Minister Zenysha stated that the Government of Maldives, under the leadership of His Excellency President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom remains committed to playing an active role in promoting and protecting the rights of the child, including protecting them from violence and ensuring their health and wellbeing. She also highlighted Government’s comprehensive Universal Health Coverage scheme in her remarks.

In her speech, Minister noted that everyone has a shared responsibility to ensure that the welfare and security of children are accounted for, and that every child can grow up in a safe environment. She further underscored on the need to forge stronger partnerships with public and private stakeholders that can reinforce national, regional and global responses to address violence against children.

The event was organised by “World Vision”, “Child Fund”, “Save the Children”, “SOS Children’s Villages” and “PLAN International”.

Foreign Minister meets his counterparts from Bahrain and Burundi

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mohamed Asim met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain, H.E. Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa.

The Ministers discussed avenues to further bilateral ties between the two countries and ways of strengthening the existing friendly relations between the two countries.

 

 

The minister also met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Burundi, H.E Alain A. Nyamitwe.

Ministers discussed issues of interest and mutual importance to both counties.

The meetings were held on the sidelines of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Foreign Minister Mohamed Asim attends the informal meeting of SAARC Council of Ministers

An informal meeting of SAARC Council of Ministers was held today in New York, at the sidelines of the Seventy Second Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The meeting was convened His Excellency Krishna Bahadur Mahara, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nepal, as the current Chair.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Dr. Mohamed Asim attended the meeting along with Foreign Ministers of all SAARC countries. During the meeting, the Secretary General of SAARC Mr. Amjad Hussain Sial briefed Ministers on the progress of activities since the last meeting. Ministers engaged on ongoing activities of SAARC and issues of regional importance.

Since 1997, the Council has been meeting informally on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly Sessions in New York.

Message by Minister Asim on the occasion of the fifty-second anniversary of Maldives membership at the United Nations

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim issues a message on the occasion of the fifty-second anniversary of Maldives membership at the United Nations.

In his message, the Minister highlight the achievements of the Maldives at the United Nations. Minister’s message reads as follows:

“Today the Maldives celebrates the fifty-second anniversary of its membership of the United Nations.

The Maldives applied to became a member of the United Nations, just a month after its independence on 26 July 1965. It was the first ‘micro-state’ to join the United Nations, which at the time sparked a debate about the ability of very small States to take on the responsibilities set out in the UN charter. Today, the Maldives can proudly say that in the last five decades, the Maldives has made an enormous impact on the world.

The Maldives was fundamental in bringing to the attention of the international community the devastating consequences of climate change. We raised the issue of the security of small states, and gave a voice to the unique vulnerabilities faced by small island states, including through the formation of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) in 1990 – a group it has chaired since 2015.

The Maldives has served two consecutive terms on the United Nations Human Rights Council. We have been a leading voice on human rights and fundamental freedoms and drawing attention on issues, such as the effects of climate change on the full enjoyment of human rights. At the Council, the Maldives has also focused on enabling the participation of the small island developing states, which lad to the creation of the SIDS trust fund. The Maldives has also served a term on the executive board of UN-Women, promoting gender equality.

The Maldives firmly believes in the power of multilateralism, placing its faith in the United Nations, and its processes. The Maldives has taken principled positions on peace and security, resolving conflicts through peaceful means, disarmament and non-proliferation, and countering terrorism and violent extremism. We believe that every country, regardless of size and might, must have the opportunity to serve. This is why for the first time in fifty-two years of membership, the Maldives has presented its candidature to the United Nations Security Council for the term 2019- 2020. We are confident that the Maldives will bring diversity and determination to the Security Council. We are confident that this next step, in our journey as a member of the United Nations, will bring new challenges, but also new opportunities for the Maldives to provide shared solutions for a shared destiny”.