Canada - Maldives Relations
Canada and Maldives have had diplomatic relations since 1981. In Maldives, Canada is represented by the High Commission of Canada in Sri Lanka in Colombo. Maldives is represented in Canada by its Permanent Representation of Maldives to the United Nations in New York.
Canada and Maldives share a sense of urgency when it comes to climate change. In 2018, Canada provided funding for Maldives and other small island developing states to attend a regional meeting in Mauritius.
Democracy and human rights
Canada’s interests in Maldives include good governance, democracy and the protection of human rights. Canada advocates for these principles in Colombo through its ambassador, in Geneva at the UN Human Rights Council and during high-level visits. Canada also works with its allies to advocate for human rights.
Canada Fund for Local Initiatives
For over three decades, Canada has funded small development assistance projects in developing countries through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI). The CFLI supports small projects run by grassroots organizations like NGOs, village councils, cooperatives and women’s groups. In Maldives, the CFLI is administered by the Canadian high commission in Colombo. In the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the CFLI supported the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives and the Women’s Committee and City Council in the Addu Atoll to increase community participation in development.
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