On this historic occasion of the Seventieth Anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, I express my best wishes to the people of the Maldives for our achievements as a Member State. I further extend my sincere congratulations and best wishes to the Secretary General and the Member States for their commitment in promoting the ideals enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations.
This year is also of special importance to Maldives as it marks 50th Anniversary of the joining of the United Nations as well as its Golden Jubilee of Independence. Maldives has proven to the world that small states can also contribute in making the world a better place. Over the past fifty years, Maldives has brought to the world’s attention many issues concerning to the small states such as security, environment and climate change. It was Maldives that warned the world of the dangers of climate change. The Maldives has also led various initiatives on climate change, human rights, and sustainable development of small island developing states at the United Nations.
The United Nations remained to be a committed partner in the development of Maldives. As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary of joining of the United Nations and the 70th Anniversary of founding of the United Nations, the Maldives reaffirms its commitment to continue its journey at the United Nations. We will continue to work with the United Nations to make the world a safer place and give everyone the courage to hope for the best.