Delivered on 22 March 2018

Delivered by H.E. Dr Hala Hameed, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva

Thank you, Mr. President,

The Maldives expresses its appreciation for the work conducted by the High Commissioner’s Office, and especially for the work of the Secretariat of the Trust Fund, for assistance in the participation of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the work of the Council. We would also like to thank the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in their continuous work for the promotion and protection of human rights.

Mr. President,

The OHCHR’s Management Plan for 2018-2021 will also further define the Office’s contribution to support he implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which formalized the synergies between international peace and security, development, and human rights. We very much welcome this.

We also support the conclusions of the Board, in its identification of priority areas especially technical cooperation to support the implementation of recommendations by the mechanisms of the Council, in line with national development objectives. While we very much regret the reduction of technical cooperation programmes in 2017, we hope that Members will see the significance of the work carried out by OHCHR at national levels, in contributing to the standardization of human rights on the ground.

In this regard, the Maldives reaffirms its commitment to ensuring its great collaboration with other state members to achieve the goals of the OHCHR.

Mr. President,

In conclusion Mr President, we must redouble our efforts and continue to contribute financially to the two Voluntary Funds to ensure the sustainability of the activities and

program of the Board and OHCHR for the effective implementation of human rights. We strongly believe that strengthening technical cooperation will enhance engagement especially amongst the smallest countries, to ensure that universal representation is coupled with equal participation as well.

Thank you