Maldives: UN expert encourages efforts to promote inclusive governance and development

Male, 21 March, 2024.- A UN expert today encouraged the Maldivian Government to strengthen efforts to foster inclusive governance and development in the country.

During a 10-day visit to the Maldives, Livingstone Sewanyana, UN Independent expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order examined core aspects related to his mandate, including international cooperation in the areas of peace and security, sustainable development, climate change and social protection.

He also examined the situation of migrant workers, public participation of women, youth and other marginalised groups in decision-making processes, and the protection of civic space.

Sewanyana commended the adoption of a social protection scheme and encouraged the adoption of further policies and measures to strengthen social welfare and reduce poverty, with particular attention to segments of society in situations of risk and vulnerability, including women, youth and migrant workers.

“Upholding the rights and dignity of migrant workers is a fundamental component of inclusive governance,” the expert said. “I strongly recommend that the Government enhances efforts to strengthen the regulatory framework for protecting their rights.”

Sewanyana welcomed measures towards social infrastructure investment and diversification of the economy.

He also reiterated the need to safeguard civic space which is the cornerstone of democracy and good governance. “Moving forward, protecting and expanding civic freedoms will be crucial to foster an environment where diverse perspectives can flourish,” the expert said.

Sewanyana also acknowledged the Government’s efforts to formulate national policies and its international engagement and cooperation to combat climate change and its effects.

During his visit, the expert met with Government officials, members of Parliament, representatives of civil society organisations and academics.

Sewanyana will present a report on his visit, including key recommendations, to the Human Rights Council in September 2024.

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