His Excellency Mr. Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Foreign Affairs, sends a message of felicitations to His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Awad Isse, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Federal Republic of Somalia.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

“It is my pleasure to extend greetings and good wishes to Your Excellency, the Government, and the people of Somalia on the occasion of your 60th Independence Day.

It is my sincere hope that the friendly relationship between our two countries will continue to grow and flourish.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.”

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His Excellency Mr. Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Foreign Affairs, sends a message of felicitations to His Excellency Mr. Vincent Biruta, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Rwanda.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

“Let me extend my sincere congratulations and best regards to Your Excellency, the Government, and the people of Rwanda on the occasion of your Independence Day.

It is my earnest wish that the cordial relationship between our two countries will expand further in the years to come.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.”

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The 44th Session of the Human Rights Council will begin today in Geneva. The Maldives delegation sets for active engagement with the new modalities set in place amid the COVID19. The Session is scheduled to take place from 30 June to 20 July 2020.

The Maldives delegation will actively engage in Interactive Dialogues, Panel Discussions and participate in discussions of key resolutions. As part of the Core Group with Australia, Botswana, Hungary, Mexico and Thailand, Maldives will be putting forth the Resolution on the Independence of judges and lawyers. Moreover, Maldives, with Australia, Fiji, Mexico, and Bulgaria will table the Resolution on Universality during this Session.
 
The Maldives as the co-chair and on behalf of the Informal Group of SIDS group along with Haiti, will also lead a cross regional Joint Statement under Panel Discussion on Climate Change, and Annual Panel on Technical Cooperation. The Maldives, as part of Regional and political Groups including the OIC and Non-Aligned Movement, has shared concerns of the human rights atrocities that are escalating around the world and will address some of these concerns as well as endeavour to promote and protect human rights for all. In this regard, Maldives will deliver a statement on the issue of human rights situations in the Syrian Arab Republic, Palestine and on the Rohingya Muslim minorities in Myanmar.

The Maldives priorities at the UN Human Rights Council include women’s rights, climate change and environment, and respect for rule of law and democracy. The Maldives will actively engage and co-sponsor several resolutions. Some of the key resolutions for the Maldives at this session are violence against women, climate change and human rights, and trafficking in persons.

The Maldives will be represented at the UN Human Rights Council by Her Excellency Dr Hala Hameed, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva. The Maldives delegation also  includes Ms Hawla Ahmed Didi, Deputy Permanent Representative of Maldives to United Nations Office at Geneva, and Ms. Shahiya Ali Manik, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Maldives to United Nations Office at Geneva.

The Maldives has served as a Member of the Council for 2 conservative terms of 6 years until 2016. Maldives is currently an observer member of the council. The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system, made up of 47 members who takes the responsibility for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe.  
 
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A delegation from the Republic of Maldives is participating in the Tenth Bi-Annual Meeting of the Committee of Senior Officials of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). The three-day virtual meeting, which will be held from 29 June to 1 July 2020, includes a half-day meeting of IORA’s Sub-Committee on Finance. The meeting is attended by IORA’s 22 Member States, the Secretary-General of IORA and Specialized Agencies.

The meeting will take note of the progress on the six priority areas and two cross-cutting areas of IORA. The six priority areas include Maritime Safety and Security, Trae and Investment Facilitation, Fisheries Management, Disaster Risk Management, Academic and Scientific Cooperation, and Tourism Promotion and Cultural Exchanges. The two cross-cutting areas of IORA are Women’s Economic Empowerment and Blue Economy. Member States will also discuss preparations for upcoming meetings of IORA, the response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as IORA’s engagements with its international partners.

The meeting is being convened under the Chairmanship of the United Arab Emirates and is held under the theme “Promoting a Shared Destiny and Path to Prosperity in the Indian Ocean”. The Maldives delegation is led by His Excellency Dr. Asim Ahmed, Ambassador-at-large, accompanied by Ms. Fathimath Najwa, Joint Secretary, and Mr. Ahmed Salman Zaki, Assistant Director.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Abdulla Shahid today delivered a statement on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter.

In his statement made through video, Minister Shahid highlighted the principles and ideals of the Charter that give voice and purpose to all nations on the basis of equality, despite the size of nations. Minister Shahid also called on all Member States of the UN to strengthen multilateral cooperation to address global problems and challenges, such as climate change, sustainable development and natural disasters. He further reaffirmed the Maldives’ readiness to work with all nations to promote the shared ideals for peace, economic progress and social justice.

The Charter of the United Nations was signed in San Francisco, United States of America on 26 June 1945, at the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on International Organization, and came into force on 24 October 1945. The Charter calls for the UN to maintain international peace and security; promote social progress and better standards of life; strengthen international law; and promote human rights.


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