Delivered on 16 March 2016

Delivered by Ms. Rishfa Rasheed, Counsellor,Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva

Thank you Mr. President.


The Maldives warmly welcomes the delegation of fellow SIDS – Nauru to this meeting. We thank the delegation for the update on the review and appreciate Nauru’s meaningful engagement at the Working Group.


During the interactive dialogue, 40 delegations engaged in the review of Nauru. Over 100 recommendations were made, of which 89 recommendations were supported by the Government of Nauru.


The Maldives appreciates the support of Nauru on both of its two recommendations. We are also greatly encouraged by the country’s commitment to furthering the rights for persons with disabilities. Further, we note the recent ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the Government and feel encouraged by the steps Nauru is taking to create standalone disability legislation.


We wish the delegation of Nauru success in the implementation of the recommendations set before it and we encourage the Government to continue its efforts toward promoting human rights in the country.


Thank you, Mr. President.