Maldives Reaffirms Commitment to UN, Climate Action, and Gender Equality

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PUBLISHED 20 June 2023

Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York on Tuesday to reaffirm the Maldives' commitment to the UN and its Charter.

Shahid thanked Guterres for including the Maldives as one of the 30 pilot countries for the Early Warnings for All Initiative, which aims to provide early warning systems for climate-related disasters to vulnerable communities. He also commended Guterres for his decision to convene a Climate Ambition Summit during the High-Level Week of the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

"The Maldives is a front-line state in the fight against climate change," Shahid said. "We are already seeing the devastating impacts of climate change, and we are committed to working with the UN to address this global challenge."

Shahid also briefed Guterres on the Maldives' progress on other priorities, such as gender equality and youth empowerment. He said the Maldives is committed to ensuring that all Maldivians have the opportunity to reach their full potential, regardless of their gender or age.

"The Maldives is a young country, and we believe that our youth are our greatest asset," Shahid said. "We are committed to investing in our youth and giving them the tools they need to succeed."





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