Sustainable economic development, the promotion and protection of human rights, peace and security around the world were the main areas of focus for the Maldives delegation at the United Nations this year.
The main session of the sixty-ninth session of the United Nations General Assembly began on 16 September 2014 and ended on 29 December 2014. During this session, the Maldives most notably reiterated its strong call for the right to self determination of the Palestinian people, stressed the importance of allocating a dedicated seat for Small Island Developing States on the Security Council, and strongly supported efforts against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
The Maldives delegation focused on national issues of interest such as the protection of oceans and sustainable fisheries, which urged countries to practise sustainable methods of fishing and the importance of safeguarding and protecting ocean ecosystems as they are the sources of livelihoods of many countries, especially small island countries such as the Maldives. The Maldives delegation also participated in negotiations on sustainable tourism practises, providing examples from the tourism industry of the Maldives.
During the main session, the Maldives delegation delivered forty five statements on issues of national and international interest, where it informed the United Nations General Assembly on the developments that have taken place in the Maldives during the past year, as well as the challenges the country face. These include challenges associated with climate change and environmental degradation, and the importance of ensuring children and women’s rights, the eradication of poverty, and measures to eliminate international terrorism.
Among the significant decisions of the sixty-ninth Session, the General Assembly decided to convene a high-level plenary meeting from 25-27 September 2015 for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda. Series of negotiations and meetings are scheduled for the year 2015 towards finalisation of the post-2015 development agenda, which is to succeed the Millennium Development Goals.
The high level segment of the General Assembly Session was attended by the Former President Dr. Mohamed Waheed as a Special Envoy of the President of Maldives. The delegation also included Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon, Foreign Secretary Dr. Ali Naseer Mohamed and Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations, Ambassador Ahmed Sareer and staff of the Maldives Mission to the United Nations in New York.