Delivered on 22 September 2017

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

Mr President,

The Maldives warmly welcomes the delegation of South Africa and appreciates their continued engagement with the Working Group.

The Maldives appreciate the supports of South Africa for most of the recceomndations made by the Maldives.

We commend South Africa’s commitment in the implemenatation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including the development of a national action plan “Vision 2030” adding to its efforts to improving the lives of the poor and the marginalized. The Maldives also is encouraged by South Africa’s efforts to eliminate racial barriers, promote social inclusion and reduce poverty in the country.

My delegation wishes South Africa every success in implementing the recommendations and supports the adoption of the working group report

Thank you