United Nations : Ghana Gets Maldives Vote

The newly elected president of the 76th UN General Assembly His Excellency Abdulla Shahid, the Foreign Minister of the Maldives has thrown his country’s support for Ghana’s bid to be elected as UN Security Council non permanent membership come Friday 11th June 2021 in New York.

Ghana supported the Maldives in the campaign for election to the Presidency of the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly which they won the presidency of the 76th UN General Assembly by 143 votes against 48 votes by Afghanistan.

Ghana’s Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Minister Hon Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey expressed her appreciation to the Maldives Foreign Minister for agreeing to an in-person meeting at short notice and in spite of the COVID-19 restrictions in New York to formalize Maldives support for Ghana’s candidacy.

Hon Ayorkor Botchwey congratulated H.E. Abdulla Shahid for the emphatic win to the post of President of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Maldives election is testament of the broad support that the Government and People of the Maldives enjoy from the international community.

She indicated that as a candidate vying for a non-permanent seat on the Security Council, it is important to share Ghana’s priorities and also exchange ideas on areas of possible collaboration to advance the work of the Council;

Ghana and the Maldives share similar aspirations, which is an expression of the unwavering commitment of the two countries to the multilateral system and institutions, Honourable Ayorkor asserted.

Hon Ayorkor Botchwey enumerated the following as Ghana’s priorities for its tenure on the Council:

i.Commitment to the critical agendas of conflict prevention, post-conflict reconstruction and multilateralism at the heart of UN peace and security agenda;

ii.Promotion of Human Rights, sustainable development, peace and security in advancing the work of the Security Council, especially at a time when the UN is mobilising all Member States towards combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

iii.Strengthen partnerships between the UN and continental and regional organizations such as the AU and ECOWAS in conflict prevention, peacekeeping operations and special political missions.

iv.Address conflicts caused by environmental factors such as land degradation, desertification, drought and climate change.

●Underscored Ghana’s readiness and willingness to collaborate with him during his Presidency of the General Assembly.

Geographic Location Of Maldives:

Maldives, is a small archipelagic state in South Asia situated in the Indian Ocean.

It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 700 kilometres from the Asian continent’s mainland.