President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has assured that the Maldives would continue in its path of promoting the spirit of multilateralism, international cooperation and understanding to further peace and prosperity. He made these remarks in his message on the occasion of the 74th United Nations Day, marked last Thursday.
The President’s message reads as follows:
“The United Nations Day is a celebration that reaffirms our belief in multilateral decision-making and diplomacy in achieving peaceful resolutions to conflict. The United Nations has remained strong for 74 years since its foundation and is a constant reminder of the importance of shaping a shared future that benefits us all. The Maldives strongly believes in the United Nations, the principles and spirit of its Charter, and the belief that every single member of the organization brings value to unlock the true potential for peace, progress and prosperity.
It is this conviction that consistently brings the Maldives to play its part as a responsible member of the United Nations. The 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development charts a holistic framework for the dignity of all, for a better life, in a safe, healthy and peaceful world. The Maldives remains committed to the 2030 Agenda including the Paris Agreement, Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Despite the challenges we face, we are committed to solving the complex problems of our time through understanding, shared knowledge and multilateralism.
Together, we can shape a better life for future generations, and step up to raise ambition for meaningful action, in order to reverse the detrimental changes to our planet and its biodiversity. The Maldives will continue to play its part to promote the spirit of multilateralism, and promote international cooperation and understanding to further peace and prosperity, for the benefit of us all.”
Marking a shift in Maldives’ policy of self-imposed isolationism, President Solih made a historic address at the General Debate at the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September, becoming the first Maldives’ leader to speak at the UNGA in seven years. The address symbolised the administration’s resolve to return to the world stage and engage with the international community through a sound foreign policy pursuing increased bilateral and multilateral engagements to promote Maldives’ interests and priorities.
UN Day marks the anniversary of the United Nations Charter, and has been celebrated on 24th October since 1948.