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Chinese FM chairs ministerial meeting on Global Development Initiative

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Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi chaired here on Tuesday the Ministerial Meeting of the Group of Friends of the Global Development Initiative (GDI).

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the meeting via video link, and the meeting was attended by nearly 40 foreign ministers and heads of international agencies.

Wang said ever since Chinese President Xi Jinping put forward the GDI, more than 100 countries and many international organizations including the UN have voiced support for the initiative, and over 60 countries have joined the Group of Friends of the GDI.

The group has become an important force for solidarity, coordination and common development, he said, adding it has also become an effective platform for common consultation on the implementation of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In June, President Xi presided over the High-level Dialogue on Global Development, announced 32 important measures taken by China to implement the GDI, and worked with leaders of other countries to put development back to the center on the international agenda, injecting strong impetus into accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, Wang said.

He said China is ready to strengthen strategic synergy with UN development agencies, and work with the other countries of the Group of Friends to take seven more steps to implement the 2030 Agenda.

In specific, China and the other countries of the Group of Friends will release a list of the first 50 projects within the pool of GDI projects, which cover such areas as poverty reduction, food security, and industrialization, advance a special action on promoting food production, promote the Global Clean Energy Cooperation Partnership, advance cooperation on “Smart Customs, Smart Borders, Smart Connectivity,” initiate a global alliance of digital education, launch the Bamboo as a Substitute for Plastic Initiative jointly with the International Bamboo and Rattan Organization, and announce that China will share data obtained from its satellite SDGSAT-1 launched in November 2021 with the world.

Wang also called on the international community to make joint efforts to advance the GDI, putting forward a three-point proposal in this respect, including to promote greater coordination and efficiency, and strengthen the leading role of the UN development system, to uphold extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, and pool collective wisdom and strength, and to champion inclusiveness and common progress, and reinvigorate global development partnerships.

China will continue to share development opportunities with countries around the world and achieve common progress for all mankind, Wang said, adding that China will also stand firmly with other developing countries to make every effort to promote the implementation of the GDI and to jointly build a better community with a shared future for mankind.

On behalf of the Chinese government, Wang presented to the UN six sets of data products for global sustainable development, including data on global arable land and forest.

Guterres and participants of the meeting spoke highly of Xi’s vision, and welcomed China’s 32 practical measures and the release of the first batch of projects within the pool of GDI projects.

They expected that the international community will strengthen solidarity and coordination, uphold multilateralism, focus on the central task of development, achieve economic recovery and inclusive transformation and development, create a fair development environment, and better cope with such common challenges as food and energy security as well as climate change.

After the meeting, representatives of all parties issued press statements to further clarify the paths and principles of promoting the GDI.

 

Source: Xinhua 

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Developmental projects of Maldives progressing substantially

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India’s Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar has affirmed that the developmental projects of the Maldives carried out with the assistance of India have been progressing considerably. The remarks were made by the minister during the Confederation of Indian Industry (CIIs) Annual Business Summit.

Speaking at the summit, Minister Jaishankar stated that some developmental projects were slightly politically influenced, hindering the progress. However, he assured that the progress of the projects have propelled at a notable rate.

Following the Minister of Foreign Affairs Moosa Zameer’s official visit to India at the invitation of Minister Jaishankar, discussions were held highlighting the spectrum of initiatives across the nation has been kickstarted through loans and grants from the Government of India during the previous administration. He emphasised the current government’s commitment to prioritising the resumption and completion of these projects.

Meanwhile, the Government of India has reaffirmed its commitment to the development and prosperity of the Maldives by extending a budgetary support of USD 50 million to be repaid within a term of one year.

Source(s): PsmNews

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Police officers complete training to prevent maritime terrorism acts

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A team of 22 police officers has successfully completed a specialised training programme focused on thwarting maritime terrorism activities.

Entitled “Training on Strengthening Capabilities to Disrupt Maritime Crimes as Related to Terrorist Threats,” the program was conducted through a collaborative effort between the Maldives Police Service (MPS) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Running from May 13 to 15, the intensive training equipped participants with essential skills and knowledge crucial for combating threats in maritime environments.

The concluding ceremony, graced by the presence of Chief Superintendent of Police Ibrahim Adnan Anees, Head of Marine Police, along with senior officials from the Marine Police Department, UNODC’s Head of Office Enrico Boninsegna, and course instructor Kenneth Alferdo Pennington, highlighted the significance of such initiatives in enhancing national security.

Addressing the gathering, Adnan underscored the importance of ongoing education and skill development, urging participants to actively apply the knowledge garnered from the program in their professional endeavors.

The training, conducted at Dhoonidhoo, Kaafu Atoll, imparted vital insights into the prevention and detection of maritime terrorism activities, emphasizing protocols for safe navigation in high-risk areas. Furthermore, officers received guidance on investigative procedures essential for effectively addressing such crimes, thereby bolstering the nation’s capabilities in combating maritime threats.

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President reverts land act amendment to parliament

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President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has reverted the Ninth Amendment Bill to the Maldives Land Act to Parliament for further consideration.

This bill, which seeks to establish criteria for recipients of residential land and mandates that land be allocated within three months of the publication of the permanent list of recipients in the gazette, was initially passed during the twenty-second sitting of Parliament’s first session this year and sent to the President’s Office for ratification on May 2.

In returning the bill, President Muizzu invoked Article 91(a) of the Constitution, which grants the President the authority to return legislation to Parliament for reconsideration.

The President’s Office has confirmed this, indicating the need for further review and potential revisions to the proposed amendment.

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