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August 19, 2004

RIGHTS: Maldives Unrest Worries International Community

Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Asia's longest running autocratic leader, is under international pressure to stop the crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in the Indian Ocean archipelago.
https://www.ipsnews.net/2004/08/rights-maldives-unrest-worries-international-community/

RIGHTS: Maldives Unrest Worries International Community

Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Asia's longest running autocratic leader, is under international pressure to stop the crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in the Indian Ocean archipelago.
https://www.ipsnews.net/2004/08/rights-maldives-unrest-worries-international-community-2/
September 25, 2003

POLITICS-MALDIVES: Riots May Hamper Opening Up of Island Nation

The unprecedented rioting over the weekend in the Maldives, triggered by custodial deaths there, may only serve to hamper the opening up of the remote Indian Ocean island republic, which has acquired an unsavoury reputation for repression, say regional experts. This reputation is linked to the 25-year long stint of unbroken and absolute power by Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in the archipelago of 300,000 people.
https://www.ipsnews.net/2003/09/politics-maldives-riots-may-hamper-opening-up-of-island-nation/
August 2, 2000

DEVELOPMENT: Maldives Declines Graduation from Poorest to Poor

The tiny Indian Ocean country of the Maldives, which has been threatened with extinction due to a potential sea level rise, has fought back an attempt to remove it from the list of least developed countries (LDCs), described as the poorest of the world's poor.
https://www.ipsnews.net/2000/08/development-maldives-declines-graduation-from-poorest-to-poor/
October 26, 1998

DEVELOPMENT: Maldives Disputes U.N. Assessment of its Economy

The tiny Indian Ocean nation of the Maldives is challenging a U.N. assessment that removes it from the ranks of the world's "poorest" countries and elevates it to the status of a "developing" nation.
https://www.ipsnews.net/1998/10/development-maldives-disputes-un-assessment-of-its-economy/
November 3, 1997

MALDIVES: Feasting on Island Paradise Raises Health Funds

Once a year on a moonlit night a group of wealthy Maldivians gather on the beach of one of their islands and virtually "eat the night away".
https://www.ipsnews.net/1997/11/maldives-feasting-on-island-paradise-raises-health-funds/
May 24, 1997

/IPS ENVIRONMENT BULLETIN/ MALDIVES: Tourism Boom, But Environment, Culture are Safe

Holiday-makers on a popular island resort in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation of Maldives were treated to an exclusive tourist attraction earlier this month.
https://www.ipsnews.net/1997/05/ips-environment-bulletin-maldives-tourism-boom-but-environment-culture-are-safe/
May 23, 1997

MALDIVES: Tourism Boom, But Environment, Culture are Safe

Holiday-makers on a popular island resort in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation of Maldives were treated to an exclusive tourist attraction earlier this month.
https://www.ipsnews.net/1997/05/maldives-tourism-boom-but-environment-culture-are-safe/
February 21, 1997

MALDIVES-ENVIRONMENT: Getting Tourists to Clean-Up Before Leaving

The mid-day tourist rush is just beginning at the island airport of the Maldivian capital. Germans are queuing up at security check for their flight back to Dusseldorf after a week's vacation in this archipelago of atolls in the Indian Ocean and trundle trolleys piled high with scuba gear and duffel bags.
https://www.ipsnews.net/1997/02/maldives-environment-getting-tourists-to-clean-up-before-leaving/
June 3, 2024

The Dilemma for Small Island Developing States: Recovery or Development?

“We are facing unenviable decisions, between the recovery of today or the development of tomorrow”. These were the words of Fiamē Naomi Mataʻafa, of Samoa at the opening of the 4th International Conference on Small Islands Developing States (SIDS4).
https://www.ipsnews.net/2024/06/dilemma-small-island-developing-states-recovery-development/
May 22, 2024

Small Island Developing States can be Nature-Positive Leaders for the World

Small island developing states (SIDS) are scattered across the globe, dotting the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean, the west and east coasts of Africa and the Indian Ocean.
https://www.ipsnews.net/2024/05/small-island-developing-states-can-nature-positive-leaders-world/
April 10, 2024

China, India & Sri Lanka Embroiled in the Geo-Politics of the Indian Ocean

Unfortunately, a rivalry that should not exist and did not exist historically between China and India is being stoked by the media and some policy makers, especially in the West. It is not too difficult to discern the Machiavellian geo-strategic objectives of this complex game plan.
https://www.ipsnews.net/2024/04/china-india-sri-lanka-embroiled-geo-politics-indian-ocean/
April 2, 2024

Climate Change: the Partnership with Asian & Pacific Small Island Developing States

Stories of growing vulnerability make regular headlines across all Asian and Pacific small island developing States (SIDS). With tens of thousands of people displaced every year due to climate and disaster-related events, there are continued concerns about the costs of climate-related hazards.
https://www.ipsnews.net/2024/04/climate-change-partnership-asian-pacific-small-island-developing-states/
March 22, 2024

Breaking Down Barriers to Women’s Land Rights Starts in Our Homes

At the opening of the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on March 11, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, “Your gathering this year is focused on how tackling poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective are critical to accelerate gender equality. The reason is simple: globally, poverty has a female face. Women have less access to land, natural resources and financial assets. They suffer the impacts of climate change more than men. And they are more likely to be food insecure. Many women and girls are also facing a war on their fundamental rights at home and in their communities.”
https://www.ipsnews.net/2024/03/breaking-barriers-womens-land-rights-starts-homes/
March 19, 2024

Democracy’s Contested Territory

This year more than half the world’s population has the chance to go to the polls. That might make it look like the most democratic year ever, but the reality is more troubling. Too many of those elections won’t give people a real say and won’t offer any opportunity for change.
https://www.ipsnews.net/2024/03/democracys-contested-territory/
March 12, 2024

Maternity Benefits: Critical Tool to Ensure Mothers & their Newborns are Free from Poverty

Maternity protection is a human right enshrined in Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Income security for newborn mothers ensures their mental and physical wellbeing and contributes to the healthy development of their infants.
https://www.ipsnews.net/2024/03/maternity-benefits-critical-tool-ensure-mothers-newborns-free-poverty/
February 21, 2024

Small Island “Digital” States: Charting the Course for Transformation

Small Island Developing States, or SIDS, have long been pioneers in international development, often compelled by the challenges they face. Positioned on the frontlines of climate change, they lead efforts in mitigation, adaptation, and advocacy, and despite their geographical dispersion, they are innovating approaches to resilience and sustainability.
https://www.ipsnews.net/2024/02/small-island-digital-states-charting-course-transformation/
February 6, 2024

Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting in Asia Remain a Neglected Problem

Significant advances have been made in Africa towards ending female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Asia, where FGM/C occurs in at least ten countries, but governments across the region are failing to take effective action. Women’s rights organizations are calling for states to introduce much-needed laws to criminalize FGM, provide national data on the extent and nature of the practice, and adequately fund efforts to tackle this regionally neglected problem.
https://www.ipsnews.net/2024/02/female-genital-mutilation-cutting-asia-remain-neglected-problem/
December 21, 2023

From Bureaucratic Labyrinths to Accessible Civil Registration

Have you ever tried to register a birth, a death or maybe your own marriage? Unfortunately, many of these vital events in Asia and the Pacific remain unregistered often with dire consequences for individuals, families and communities.
https://www.ipsnews.net/2023/12/bureaucratic-labyrinths-accessible-civil-registration/
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