The UK’s Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Hugo Swire, speaks to Minivan News about the future of UK engagement in the Maldives, and the ways in which the country can stabilise its economic woes.
The Maldives applied for an extension under the ‘GSP+’ program, a unilateral trade concession of the EU given to a limited number of countries on the basis of good implementation of human rights are labor conventions, officials said, however did not qualify due to the country’s reservations to ICCPR on religious freedom and CEDAW concerning women’s rights.
Global Campaigns Director and Co-Founder of 350.org Will Bates argues that former President Nasheed’s efforts to raise climate change awareness in a democratic environment can continue to provide an example to others as the IPCC’s most recent findings confirm that urgent action is needed the world-over.
The Maldives continues to face huge issues of food security, last year importing 90 percent of all goods consumed, while also being one of the most “oil vulnerable” countries in the world, according to a government report calling for significant economic diversification.
“The Maldives Bodyboarding Association riders took a little time adjusting the cooler climate, but when they did they found their groove and were amongst some of the best in the event,” Jeff Wilcox Memorial Event Director Aaron Dodds told Minivan News today.
The World Bank report warns of a potential “domino effect” of climate impacts in the Maldives affecting human development, such as the decimation of coral reefs creating cascading impacts on local livelihoods and tourism.
A dolphin with a puncture wound to the head was found dead and stranded on Hoadedhdhoo Island in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll yesterday morning (July 17).
Under the memorandum of understanding signed yesterday between the US and Maldives governments, USAID will provide US$7.2 million for a global climate change adaptation project, and US$2.5 million as technical assistance for election preparations.
Mohamed Hameed, Promoter of the non-profit Edu Faru MNP project, has said that despite receiving vocal support of both President Dr Mohamed Waheed and former President Mohamed Nasheed, both administrations has so far failed to approve vital paperwork on the project.