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Maldives aims for small nations’ voice on UN security council

Maldives has put forward candidature to the UN Security Council for the term 2019-2020 because it wants to have the voice for small nations represented in the much revered UN body, foreign minister Dr Mohamed Asim revealed Saturday.

Speaking at the opening session of the Ambassadorial Workshop on “Developing Sustainably – Sharing Experiences, Seeking Solutions”, the minister highlighted the journey that the Maldives has taken through the 52 years as an independent nation, and as a member of the United Nations.

He noted that the Maldives has developed its industries – tourism and fisheries – without compromising the natural environment.

The Minister further highlighted the importance of representation of small states such as the Maldives, so that their unique and distinct experiences can be shared as common solutions for their shared collective destiny.

This, he highlighted, is one of the key reasons why the Maldives is campaigning for a seat on the UN Security Council for the term 2019-2020 – because the Maldives believes that these experiences matter in the key decision-making body of the United Nations.

“We are proud that the Maldives has risen to the occasion and given impetus to the age-old saying that Size Matters Not, Minister Asim added.

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom meanwhile had recently expressed confidence that the Maldives would be able to win a seat on the UN security council.

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