Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim stated today that the Maldives demands equitable geographic distribution in the decision making bodies of the United Nations and holds firm to the principle that a lack of size or might should not pose as barriers to having our voices heard. He mentioned that it is on the basis of these convictions and an earnest desire to positively contribute towards the myriad issues confronting the global community, that the Maldives is submitting its candidature for a seat on the Security Council for the term 2019-2020.
In addressing the Opening Ceremony of the Third Ambassadorial Workshop, Minister Asim shared the experiences of the Maldives developmental journey, over the course of the last 53 years.
In this regard, he highlighted the manner Maldives has developed its tourism industry, in a sustainable and eco-friendly manner, incorporating the newest innovations in greener and eco-friendly practices, and how the Maldives has engaged in its fishing industry, whilst preserving the fish stocks and maintaining the ecosystems.
Minister Asim also described the leadership role Maldives displays at the international arena, as the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island Developing States (AOSIS). In this regard, he mentioned that the Maldives has been proactive on the world stage in bringing attention towards the security threats posed by climate change, with special regard to those faced by Small Island Developing States or SIDS.
The Maldives is hosting its Third Ambassadorial Workshop from 27 April – 30 April 2018, under the theme “Developing Sustainably – Sharing Experiences, Seeking Solutions”. Nine different countries are represented at the Workshop by their Ambassadors.