This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Maldives’ membership at the United Nations. Maldives became a member state of United Nations on 21 September 1965. At the UN, Maldives is strongly vocal on several issues ranging from the vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to addressing climate change and promoting gender equality.

The 50th Anniversary of Maldives’ membership at UN comes at an important juncture. The UN in Maldives together with the  Government of the Maldives and other stakeholders are currently formulating the Maldives UN  Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) that outlines the UN’s support to the country from 2016-2020. It is intended to act as a framework for focused and coordinated development assistance and activities in areas where the UN has comparative advantages. The UNDAF is structured around four main Outcome Areas — Youth and Children, Gender, Governance, Environment and Climate Change — which corresponds to the national development priorities.

As the United Nations in Maldives is gearing up to celebrate its 50th Anniversary, it is important to highlight the remarkable achievements Maldives has made over the years. Most notably, Maldives became the first nation in South Asia to gain the status of a ‘MDG plus’ country by achieving 5 of the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ahead of time. Maldives has also achieved significant economic growth over the past decade, confirmed by its graduation from a Least Developed Countries to a Middle Income Country in 2011.

To mark this historic occasion, the Government of Maldives and the UN Maldives is embarking on a campaign featuring a series of events and products planned throughout the year that will include the joint publication of a coffee-table book as well as a number of partnerships with various institutions and organizations to promote the message of the UN Maldives’ 50th year Anniversary.