Delivered on 8 March 2017
Delivered by Ms Aishath Shahula, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva
At the outset, my delegation would like to thank the Special Rapporteurs for the comprehensive reports presented under this agenda item.
The Maldives recognizes the impact that climate change is having on human rights. It is for that reason that the Maldives introduced the Resolution (7/23) in March 2008 which requested the OHCHR to examine the relationship between climate change and the full enjoyment of fundamental human rights and initiated a process that led to the establishment of a special procedure on human rights and the environment in 2012.
The Maldives recognizes that biodiversity is necessary for the ecosystem services that support the full enjoyment of a wide range of human rights, including the rights to life, health, food, water and culture. The Maldives agrees that in order to protect human rights, States have a general obligation to protect ecosystems and biodiversity. We face numerous challenges in terms of sustainable management of biological diversity and resource use. Our country’s biological diversity, of which marine resources constitute the overwhelming majority, is central to our everyday life. From the wider economy to the social and cultural sphere, biodiversity remains fundamental.
The Maldives support the recommendation by the Speacial Rapporteur on the role of the international community; that the international community must work on a comprehensive, binding treaty to regulate hazardous pesticides throughout their life cycle, taking into account human rights principles.
At the end, we strongly support that States must do more to respect and protect the rights of those who are most vulnerable to the degradation and loss of biodiversity by including developing comprehensive national action plans.