Delivered on 16 March 2017

Delivered by Ms. Aishath Shahula, First Secretary of Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva

Thank you Mr. President.

The Maldives once again warmly welcomes the delegation of Lithuania to this meeting. We thank the delegation for the update on the review and appreciate Lithuania’s meaningful engagement with the Working Group.

The Maldives appreciates the support of Lithuania on the three recommendations by the Maldives.

We are also greatly encouraged by the country’s efforts in furthering gender equality; to combat discrimination against women and had increased women’s participation in all levels of governance.

We wish the delegation of Lithuania success in the implementation of the recommendations.

Thank you, Mr. President.