12 January 2016, Geneva; Her Excellency Dr. Hala Hameed has presented today to His Excellency Mr. Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, the Letters of Credentials accrediting her as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations at Geneva.
Ambassador Hameed most recently held the post of Minister of State for Law and Gender before being transferred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Additional Secretary and being appointed Permanent Representative. She led the government’s Gender Policy; to empower women socially, economically and politically and to ensure zero tolerance for violence against women. Further, she also led the Ministry’s work for the protection and promotion of the rights of children. Dr. Hala Hameed held the post of the Vice Chairperson of the Police Integrity Commission (PIC) when it was first established in the Maldives in 2009. Beginning her career at the President’s Office in 1989, she had risen through the ranks to the post of Deputy Minister, Cabinet Division.
Dr. Hala Hameed is a Commonwealth Scholar and holds a doctorate in Gender and Development from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. During her career spanning 18 years, she has represented Maldives at many regional and international forums.
Ambassador Hala Hameed is the fourth Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva, since the Maldives established its Mission in July 2006. During the past ten years, the Mission had worked extensively to represent the Maldives issues of interest that are focused in Geneva, not limited to United Nations Human Rights Council, World Health Organisation, World Trade Organisation, Inter-Parliamentary Union, International Labour Organisation, Inter. The Mission had also played a vital role in bringing forward the human rights and climate change agenda, as well as being a strong voice on issues of important to Small Island Developing States.
Currently over 170 (of the 193 UN members have) Permanent Missions accredited to United Nations Office at Geneva. Non-member States, intergovernmental organizations and other entities are also represented in Geneva, which is the second largest duty station of UN outside its Headquarters in New York.