Today marks the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations. This year we are reminded all the more of its significance due to the unprecedented global health crisis created by COVID-19.

The Maldives has always remained steadfast in the principles enshrined in the UN Charter, calling for global peace, economic prosperity and sustainable development for all. For the Maldives, the UN has remained a true and reliable partner for fifty-five years since we joined the UN in 1965, soon after independence.

Our journey in the UN has shown that while size may constitute a perennial consideration for small states, we have an equal voice to contribute to the international community. Our track record at the UN is a testament that small states are not only valuable partners, but part of the solution to address the threats facing our world, especially the new and emerging threats of the 21st century.

For 75 years, the UN has stood as the universal body for globalization and multilateralism – a beacon that inspires and drives global solidarity. As we navigate the challenges of our time, in the true spirit of the UN, we have unwavering faith in the organisation, in our pursuit of a better future. Despite the challenges globally, the UN ensures that we are connected, and with mutual respect and understanding, together we can achieve the future we want.