On Thursday October 23, 2008, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Suriname to the United Nations H.E. Ambassador Henry Mac Donald and the Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations H.E. Ambassador Ahmed Khaleel signed a Joint Communique to establish diplomatic relations.
On Friday September 12, 2008, experts from 38 countries and more than 40 international and national conservation, business and community organizations concluded their week-long discussions on ways and means to significantly increase funding for sustainable management of forests from public and private sources at local, national and international levels. The discussions covered a portfolio of public and private financing approaches including through payments from ecosystems services, private investment and trust funds.