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

Mr President,

The Maldives welcomes Togo’s engagement with the Universal Periodic Review, both at its first and second cycles. Further, the Maldives notes Togo’s acceptance of three recommendations made by the Maldives during its review at the second cycle.

Though the country does face significant challenges with regards to the promotion and protection of Human Rights, the Government of Togo’s willingness to engage with the UN System, including the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms is commendable. The Maldives, particularly welcomes its efforts on addressing health related issues and on social programmes involving youth and children.

My delegation wishes Togo every success in implementing the recommendations.

Thank you