Haoliang Xu visits Maldives

The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Mr. Haoliang Xu visited the Maldives from 10-13 April 2015. In his second visit to the Maldives, Mr. Xu held high-level meetings with key state officials including Cabinet Ministers, …


UN Resident Coordinator visits Laamu atoll

The United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms. Shoko Noda visited Laamu Fonadhoo and Gan on 19 March 2015. During this one-day official visit she held a meeting with the Laamu Atoll Council to discuss the United Nations’ Low Emission Climate Resilient Development Programme (LECReD) that is being implemented in all twelve …

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UNDP Maldives holds first policy forum on community dialogue

UNDP Maldives holds first policy forum on the need for community dialogue, with a specific focus on initiating issue-based dialogues at the community level. The forum, held in Capital Male, was primarily focused on Lhaviyani Atoll. Lhaviyani Atoll belongs to the central Maldives which has four inhabited islands and a …


Removing the barriers: The Maldivian society as a whole will benefit by removing the barriers for women to contribute

As my first field trip, I visited Hulhumeedhoo, the South of the Maldives, where I met Shafaaf Rizwan, the President of Meedhoo Ekuveringe Cheynu (MEC) and MEC members.  The MEC is a women’s community based organisation in Hulhumeedhoo and works for women’s economic empowerment. Starting from their initial engagement in …


Maldives introduces injectable Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV)

MALE’, 03 March 2015 – Maldives today introduced the injectable Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) into its routine immunization schedule, in a key step to accelerate global eradication of polio. Despite the certification of South-East Asia as polio-free in March 2014, the risk persists until the disease is eradicated globally. The universal …


UN and Government of Maldives holds UNDAF Strategic Planning Meeting

The United Nations in Maldives and the Government of Maldives held a Strategic Planning Meeting on 28 January 2015 to discuss national development priorities and the next UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for 2016-2020. The priority outcome areas for the next UNDAF cycle are identified as Youth & Children, Gender, …


UN Maldives Commends Government Response to Water Crisis in Male’

Male’, 8 December 2014 – The United Nations in Maldives commends the outstanding response by the Government of Maldives in providing relief to the water crisis in Male’ that commenced on 4 Dec 2014. The 130,000 residents in Male’ are being provided bottled water and desalinated water via public taps …


Rain Water Pumped from UN Building to be Treated Before Public Use

Male’, 7 December 2014 – The tests done on rain water stored underground the UN Building on Buruzu Magu showed that water needs to be treated before drinking.  According to Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) and Maldives Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC), the water will be treated accordingly before making it available …


UN Maldives to Provide 180 Tonnes of Rain Water

Male’, 5 December 2014 – The United Nations in Maldives in coordination with National Disaster Management Center (NDMC) and logistic support from the Ministry of Defence and National Security  will be distributing  about 180 tonnes of rain water stored underground the UN Building on Buruzu Magu to the general population …


Spatial disparity between the Capital and the Atolls contribute to Human Development Gap, confirms the Maldives Human Development Report 2014

The last decade has seen the Maldives achieve remarkable progress on the developmental front. It has gained significant economic growth, confirmed by its graduation to a middle-income country in 2011, and is the first MDG plus country in South Asia having met five out of the eight Millennium Development Goals …