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Development Planning and Financial Planning Training of Trainers Workshop

The Development Planning and Financial Planning Training of Trainers Workshop was conducted in Kaafu Atoll Thulusdhoo, organized by the Local Government Authority (LGA). The trained participants includes 42 Atoll Council and City Council Representatives and 16 LGA staff members. The workshop, conducted from 8th-12th May 2016, aimed at strengthening governance …

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Greater strides for Gender Equality

By Ms.Shoko Noda, the Resident Coordinator of United Nations Maldives ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality’. This is the 2016 theme for the International Women’s Day celebrated throughout the world on 8th of March. On this day I ask the Government, non-governmental organizations, private sector, and …

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Introducing Sea : a young and aspiring author from Maldives

To mark the International Women`s Day, we are pleased to introduce Sea, a young and aspiring author from Maldives. On her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/soakingpoetry/, she publishes her short but fierce texts, always thought provoking, deep and touching. Sea writes about men and women of Maldives, which she describes as “living by …

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Living with Water

Today, 5th June is World Environment Day, a day celebrated every year around the world to encourage awareness and action for the environment.  This year’s theme, “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care”, highlights the global citizen’s responsibility towards sustainable living as a way of securing our future; one …

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Consider us development partners, not donors: UNDP

Please don’t see us as a source of funding, please don’t see United Nations Development Program as a donor, we are a development partner to you, an equal partner, said UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director for the Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific Haoliang Xu. Speaking in an exclusive interview …

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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 …

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UNICEF Strengthens Partnerships with Civil Society Organizations to Promote Maternal and Child Nutrition

There is a recognised need to optimise nutritional status before pregnancy, during pregnancy, the post-partum period and breastfeeding, and in the early years of life. The nutritional status of the pregnant women influences the growth and physical and mental development of the foetus. It has a major impact on infant …

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Inclusion of Special Education Needs across the Education Spectrum

Inclusive education policy of Ministry of Education outlines that Special Educational Needs (SEN) is an integral component of the education system. In order to provide equal opportunities for all the children, a SEN class has been established in each atoll. SEN is a new area for many teachers and lacks …

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Count Me In: Census 2014 Officially Launched

The long awaited Census will be conducted in Maldives in September 2014. During the nationwide population count, all people who are residing in the Maldives will be counted, including, for the first time, the expatriate population. Census is a crucial mechanism to collect important data for policy formulation and development …

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Workshop on Universal Periodic Review Prepares Stakeholders for the Next Cycle

The Human Rights Adviser’s team at UN Maldives supported a workshop organised by the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) to prepare stakeholders for the up coming Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Maldives in May 2015.  The one-day workshop was designed to provide participants with an in-depth understanding …

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