Maldives Participates in 56th Session of UN Human Rights Council

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The 56th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council commenced in Geneva, Switzerland, and will run from 18 June to 12 July 2024. The Maldives delegation, in alignment with the Government’s key policies and priorities, is set to deliver national statements under several agenda items during the session.

Representing a group of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) based in Geneva, the Maldives will deliver a joint statement for the Annual Panel on Adverse Impacts of Climate Change and Technical Assistance and Capacity Building. This highlights the nation’s continued advocacy for addressing climate change and its impacts on vulnerable island nations.

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In addition, the Maldives will present a joint statement on women’s equal participation for an inclusive multilateral system as part of the core group for Women in Diplomacy and Multilateralism. The country will also collaborate with a cross-regional core group to propose a resolution on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, further emphasising its commitment to upholding human rights and judicial independence.

Her Excellency Ambassador Dr. Salma Rasheed leads the Maldives delegation for the 56th Session of the Human Rights Council. The delegation comprises Counsellor Adam Hamid, Counsellor Uza. Aminath Shifaya Ibrahim, Second Secretary Maryam Fathika Fayaz, Second Secretary Aishath Rifga, and Attaché Raaidh Saeedh, all from the Permanent Mission of the Maldives to the United Nations Offices at Geneva.

The Maldives’ active participation in the Human Rights Council underscores its dedication to promoting and protecting human rights on the global stage, addressing critical issues such as climate change, gender equality, and the independence of the judiciary. The 56th Session provides a platform for the Maldives to voice its concerns and collaborate with other nations to advance the human rights agenda.

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