Message from the Ambassador
Welcome to the website of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva. I hope that you will find the website a useful resource and that you will return regularly in order to keep abreast of the latest developments in the Maldives.
It is an honour for me to represent the Maldives here in Geneva - one of the world’s great seats of international diplomacy and home to a wide variety of different organizations with whom the Maldives shares important common interests.
The Maldives is a country experiencing rapid change. Since 1980, the economy has grown by an average of 9% per annum and has been transformed from a primary sector economy dependent on agriculture and fisheries, into a secondary and tertiary sector economy driven by tourism. This remarkable economic growth has in turn allowed the Government to invest in better schools, hospitals and infrastructure with the result that, for example, the adult literacy rate in the Maldives now stands at 98% - the highest level in the South Asian/Indian Ocean region.
The country’s political institutions have recently undergone a similarly impressive transformation. In November 2008, H.E. Mohamed Nasheed was elected President of the Maldives in the country's first-ever multiparty democratic elections. The elections took place against the backdrop of a brand new Constitution establishing a full separation of powers and securing the full realisation of all human rights.
One of the defining characteristics of the changes that the Maldives is currently experiencing is that they have taken place in dialogue with and with the support of the international community. The Government of the Maldives firmly believes that change and reform can only be successful if they have the understanding and support of all relevant stakeholders – both domestic and external. Over recent years the Maldives has therefore developed close cooperative relationships with a host of international actors (international organisations, governments, NGOs) which have offered important support and advice.
In 2011, the I was given the honour of representing the Maldives as Ambassador to Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Turkey. This is a great opportunity to further strengthen relations, exchange information and promote the Maldives aspirations to fellow States.
I sincerely hope that over the next few years the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva will become a central channel for dialogue between the Maldives and its friends in the international community – a dialogue that I strongly believe is centrally important to successfully meeting the various challenges and opportunities facing the Maldives.
H.E. Ms. Iruthisham Adam
Ambassador, Permanent Representative