His Excellency Dr. Asim Ahmed, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, paid a visit to the OECS Geneva Mission to meet with Ambassador Colin Murdoch regarding the candidacy of the Maldives for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council for the period 2023-2025.
During the meeting, Ambassador Ahmed explained that the Maldives had been on the UN Human Rights Council twice before, the last time being in 2016. He emphasized that with this experience the Maldives intended to represent the interests of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), with a special focus on environmental sustainability. Ambassador Ahmed also pointed out that, with seven candidates vying for four regional seats, the race had become increasingly competitive. The Maldives, he added, had a holistic view of human rights that incorporated issues of youth and gender.
It was made clear that the Maldives regarded itself as having a certain affinity with OECS Member States based on the common challenges faced in terms of SIDS status and the climate change vulnerabilities, and Ambassador Ahmed emphasised that the Maldives believed in inclusivity in major international organisations.