The Maldives will participate in the 56th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which commenced on Tuesday in Geneva, Switzerland, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced.

The session, from 18 June to 12 July, represents a critical platform for international dialogue and cooperation on human rights issues. The Maldives’ engagement in the session underscores its commitment to addressing human rights challenges, aligning with the government’s key policies and priorities.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said that the country’s delegation, led by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Dr Salma Rasheed, will deliver national statements under a variety of agenda items. Notably, the Maldives will represent a group of small island developing states (SIDS) based in Geneva, presenting a joint statement during the Annual Panel on the Adverse Impacts of Climate Change.

The Maldives will also present “a joint statement on women’s equal participation for an inclusive multilateral system as part of the core group for Women in Diplomacy and Multilateralism, together with a resolution on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers in collaboration with a cross-regional core group,” according to the statement.