The Maldives government has put forward its candidature for membership at two principal organs of the United Nations (UN). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the decision in a press released published on Tuesday.
The Maldives put forward its candidature for membership as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the term 2033 to 2034 and membership of the UN Economic and Social Council for the term of 2027 to 2029.
If successful, it would be the first time Maldives becomes a member of these organs of the UN.
The incumbent government has made significant efforts to improve relations with the international community. Since 2018, Maldives has successfully competed for elections to the Presidency of the 76th session of UN General Assembly (UNGA) and the UN Human Rights Council for the term 2023 to 2025.
"Despite small island developing States (SIDS) like Maldives being under-represented across the UN, Maldives has consistently demonstrated that even the smallest of countries can make meaningful contributions at the highest levels of decision-making," the Ministry's statement read.
The UN Security Council is mandated with the maintenance of international peace and security. It is also the highest decision-making body in the international system.
The UN Economic and Social Council is mandated with the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the coordination, policy review and formulation of recommendations on all economic, social and environmental matters.