Delivered on 16 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 welcomes the delegation of fellow SIDS Timor-Leste to this session. We thank the delegation for its update on the review and appreciate its meaningful engagement with the Working Group.

The Maldives appreciates that Timor-Leste accepted the two recommendations made by the Maldives; to continue its efforts to improve access to health-care services; and to finalize the creation and facilitate the functioning of a national council for persons with disabilities.

The Maldives is further pleased with the commitment of Timor Leste to promote the rights of women, gender equality and combating gender-based violence through a comprehensive and multi-sectoral approach.

We wish the delegation of Timor-Leste success in the implementation of the recommendations.

Thank you, Mr. President.