18 September 2016; The Maldives re-affirmed the relevance and significance of the Non-Aligned Movement, as a platform for the exchange of views to advance sustainable development, and a united force against injustice and inequality. Speaking at the 17th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement in Venezuela, H.E. Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations as the Head of the Maldives Delegation, also underscored the necessity for the movement to adapt and evolve, faced with the changing realities of the modern world.
“The NAM serves as an essential body where countries, no matter their size or their influence can share their experiences and best practices, in a spirit of solidarity, so that we may face the future with confidence” said Ambassador Sareer, in the statement delivered on behalf of the Republic of Maldives during the General Debate of the Summit Segment. The Maldives also highlighted vulnerability of small island states to climate change, and emphasized the potential role of NAM in countering terrorism, which is currently one of the biggest threats to peace and security.
During the General Debate, leaders from member states all around the world, including Presidents and Prime Ministers, deliberated on issues such as peace and security, right to self-determination, cooperation for development and international relations based on non-interference.
17th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement is taking place on Margarita Island, Venezuela from 17-18 September 2016. A Senior Officials Meeting (from 13-14 September) and Preparatory Ministerial Meeting (from 15-16 September) preceded the Summit of the Heads of State and Government. A NAM Declaration and an outcome document will be adopted at the conclusion of the Summit.
The Maldives delegation includes Mr. Ibrahim Shaheeb, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Ismail Raushan Zahir, Second Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Maldives to the United Nations in New York.