President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik has met with the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is President Waheed's first meeting with the UN Chief.
Ban has said that the Maldives can count on the UN for support in consolidating democracy in the Maldives and in the country’s efforts to transform into a low-carbon economy. Ban Ki-moon made the statement in the meeting with the President, on the sideline of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development.
In this meeting, President Waheed also briefed the Secretary-General on the efforts undertaken to strengthen the Commission of National Inquiry (CNI) that was established to probe the events leading up to and following the transfer of power on February 7. President Waheed expressed the Government’s appreciation for the positive role which the UN has been playing on consolidating democracy in the Maldives.
During the discussions, President Waheed assured the Secretary-General that the Maldives will adhere to the agreements and relationships and will continue with its strong stand on creating global awareness on the dangers of climate change, and in protecting and promoting human rights internationally.
President’s Office Spokesperson Abbas Adil Riza said that Ban Ki-moon welcomed the Maldives decision to create the world’s largest marine reserve in the Maldives within five years. He added that Ban Ki-moon had assured UN cooperation and support for the project.
“This ends rumors that the international community doesn’t recognize this government” Abbas said.
President Waheed and the Secretary General discussed a wide range of issues including sustainable development, renewable energy, and climate change.