Delivered on 9 May 2018

Delivered by Mr Jeffrey Salim Waheed, Minister | Deputy Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva

Thank you, Mr. President,

The Maldives warmly welcome our fellow SIDS, the delegation of Tuvalu to this review and thanks the the Prime Minister for his comprehensive presentation today.

As another one of our lowest-lying countries on the earth, climate change is an ever-present threat to our sustainable development. As the Prime Minister said, but there is no plan B. We will not relinquish our territory, our nation, our heritage or culture. We will persevere for the betterment of our people and the safeguarding of their inalienable rights.

And the Maldives commends the adoption of the Tuvalu Human Rights National Action Plan 2016-2020 in its efforts to consolidate the existing human rights commitments of Tuvalu for the full realization of human rights.

We further welcome the Te Kakeega III – The National Strategy for Sustainable Development 2016- 2020 to improve the quality of life of Tuvaluan people and progress towards the achievement of the Global Goals. We also welcome the achievement of near universal primary enrolment with the provision of free education for children aged 6 -16 years old.

In a constructive spirit, the Maldives recommends the Government of Tuvalu to:

  1. Continue to strengthen legislative measures by remedying protection gaps to protect all children from both violence and abuse as recommended by the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

We wish Tuvalu every success at this Review.

Thank you, Mr. President