Delivered on: 21 September 2017

Delivered by: Ms. Aishath Shahula, First Secretary of Permanent Mission of Maldives to the United Nations in Geneva

The Maldives warmly welcomes the delegation of the Republic of Ecuador to this meeting. We thank the delegation for the update on the review and commend it for its meaningful engagement with the Working Group.

Mr President,

The Maldives notes with appreciation that all its recommendations put to Ecuador enjoyed their endorsement and appreciate the Government’s willingness to implement the recommendations that enjoyed the Government’s support.

The Maldives is encouraged that Ecuador is an international point of reference for promotion and protection of rights for people with disabilities and most notably, the Government’s adoption of the National Plan for Good Living and the Law on disabilities. The Maldives also commends Ecuador’s efforts in stabilizing the country in the aftermath of April 2016 earthquake, with many schools, health centers and homes being reconstructed.

We wish the delegation of Republic of Ecuador every success and supports the adoption of the Working Group’s report. Thank you, Mr. President