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    12 June 2014, London, UK; Acting High Commissioner Ahmed Shiaan has today attended Ministers’ Day at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, hosted by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London.

    The Global Summit, co-chaired by British Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon William Hague MP, and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, is the largest gathering ever brought together on the topic. Representatives from 123 countries; international organisations such as the UN, Commonwealth and the EU; and civil society organisations were all in attendance. The Summit is being held with a view to creating the irreversible momentum that will generate practical action to combat sexual violence in conflicts around the world.

    The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict commenced on 10 June 2014, and Mr Shiaan is also due to attend the closing session tomorrow.

    7 April 2014, London; Acting High Commissioner Mr Ahmed Shiaan met with members of the Maldivian Students Association (MSA) on Saturday 5 April 2014, to discuss ways in which the High Commission could further assist Maldivian students based in the UK.

    22 students attended the meeting with the Acting High Commissioner, which accompanied the MSA Extraordinary General Meeting being held at the High Commission. During the meeting a number of topics were discussed including MSA funding, strengthening relations between Maldivians in the UK and the High Commission, and the High Commission’s on-going engagement with the UK Government on student visa applications. Acting High Commissioner Shiaan also briefed the students on the work of the High Commission, particularly the new mechanisms aimed at helping Maldivians living in the UK.

    Mr Shiaan also took the opportunity to highlight the new features of the High Commission website to the students, including the information for students page, and the interactive ‘Ask the High Commission’ blog which allows users to pose questions directly to the Acting High Commissioner.

    Following the meeting, Acting High Commissioner Shiaan hosted a dinner for the students.

    27 February 2014, London; Mr Ahmed Shiaan, Acting High Commissioner of the Republic of Maldives to the UK, yesterday presented Mr Gaetano Librando, Acting Director of the Legal Office and External Relations Division of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with the instruments of ratification for the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA) and the related Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf (SUA PROT).

    The SUA Convention and accompanying SUA Protocol criminalises behaviour that threatens the safety of maritime navigation and offshore fixed platforms (including oil platforms) respectively, and provides states parties the obligation to prosecute or extradite persons who commit such behaviour.

    The instruments of ratification, the formal letters confirming that the Convention and Protocol had been ratified, were signed by H.E. Ms Dunya Maumoon, on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Maldives, on 9 January 2014. In ratifying these treaties the Maldives becomes the 162nd state party to the SUA Convention and the 150th state party to the SUA Protocol.

    Maldives became a member of the IMO in 1967 and has ratified 18 IMO treaties.

    16 December 2013, London; The Minister of Foreign Affairs Her Excellency Ms Dunya Maumoon, has met with the Secretary-General of Commonwealth, His Excellency Mr Kamalesh Sharma in London yesterday.

    At the meeting the Secretary-General congratulated the Government of Maldives for conducting Presidential elections in November successfully and further congratulated the Minister for her appointment to the Cabinet. Foreign Minister Dunya thanked Secretary-General Sharma for the Commonwealth’s engagement during the election process,and in particular thanked Dr Lorenz Gonzi and his electoral observer team.

    Discussions also focused on potential new areas for Maldives-Commonwealth engagement, especially in the socio-economic sector. 

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