The Maldives on Monday delivered five significant pledges at the high-level event “Human Rights 75” held in Geneva, Switzerland, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On behalf of the Maldives, Vice President Hussain Mohamed Latheef delivered a statement of pledges, demonstrating the nation’s commitment to human rights, at the pledging tree session, a part of the Push for Pledges campaign.

These pledges included strengthening the Maldives’ capacity-building efforts to foster a culture of human rights, aligning the domestic normative framework with international obligations, improving treaty reporting capabilities, and engaging constructively with international human rights mechanisms.

The Vice President also pledged to encourage the equal participation of women and girls in all aspects of political and public life. He committed to improving the implementation of national child protection mechanisms and enabling access to inclusive education. In response to the pressing issue of climate change, Latheef pledged to enhance climate resilience to safeguard the Maldivian way of life and their future, the President’s Office said.

The Push for Pledges campaign encourages Member States to take meaningful actions demonstrating their commitment to improving human rights in their communities and nations. The pledging session provided a platform for states to announce tangible commitments to advance human rights protection at the national, regional, or global levels. The growth of a virtual pledging tree symbolised collective progress and commitment as pledges were presented.