Delivered on 23 March 2017

Delivered by Dr Hala Hameed, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva

Thank you Mr President,

The Maldives is honoured to present the resolution Promoting the Voluntary Technical Assistance Trust Fund to Support the Participation of Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States in the work of the Council.

We are presenting this resolution on behalf of the following Core Group Members: Barbados, Burkina Faso, Djibouti, the Maldives, Mauritius, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Senegal, Singapore, Switzerland, and Turkey.

The LDCs and SIDS Trust Fund, puts into practice the ideal that universal representation and participation should be at the core of multilateral diplomacy. It is an ideal that is equally applicable to the three pillars of the United Nations system: international peace and security, sustainable development, and human rights. This is an ideal that has been crystallized in multilateral development frameworks culminating in the 2030 Agenda, which is inherently linked to both peace and security, and to the promotion and protection of human rights.

Mr. President,

Every voice matters, and the LDCs and SIDS Trust Fund is one of the most concrete steps that we, as an international community, have made towards archiving this ideal.

We have been proud to welcome the 11 delegates sponsored by the Trust Fund during this 34th Session of the Human Rights Council. We have also been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for them by States. We are thankful to the work of the Secretariat of the Trust Fund as well as the support extended by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Finally, we extend our sincere thanks to the XX co-sponsors of this resolution, and welcome continued support and endorsement from all delegations. The overwhelming support this resolution has enjoyed is testament to the ideals that form the bedrock of multilateral diplomacy. I thank you all.

Thank you Mr President.