New York

30 September 2015

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Ms. Dunya Maumoon, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Maldives

The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Ms. Dunya Maumoon, the Foreign Minister of Maldives.

The Secretary-General encouraged the Government to take strong ownership of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and stressed the vital role of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the climate change process, leading up to Paris in December.

The Secretary-General also discussed the Government’s efforts to make progress on the political dialogue with the opposition. He called attention to both national and international concerns over the situation of former President Mohamed Nasheed.  He urged the Maldives to grant clemency to Mr. Nasheed as it would send a powerful signal to advance the dialogue process in good faith.