Delivered on 22 September 2017

Delivered by Mr Jeffrey Salim Waheed, Minister and Deputy Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations in Geneva

The Maldives thanks the  Philippines for its comprehensive presentation.

The Maldives welcomes of the acceptance by Phillipines of the recommendation made by Maldives to Continue its efforts to effectively tackle human trafficking.

Mr President,

However, as iterated in its other recommendations, the Maldives continue to encourage the Philippines to comply with international standards in its efforts to combat the use of illegal drugs

The Republic of the Maldives takes the opportunity to also reiterate its appreciation for the Philippines’ efforts to promote gender equality and a better quality of education for all.

As a final note, we encourage the government of Philippines to establish its intended human rights action plan for the next five years, as it would be an important tool to foster development and socio-economic inclusion.

We wish the delegation of Phillipines every success in implementing the recommendations of the review.

Thank you Mr President