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UNDP assists the Maldives meet its environmental obligations – 19 March 2003

UNDP Maldives, 19 March 2003- The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Government of Maldives has today signed an agreement that will facilitate finance from GEF to carry out a thorough assessment and analysis of the capacity needs and constraints facing the Maldives as it works to meet its global environmental management obligations.

Under the proposal the Global Environment Facility GEF is expected to provide the “National Capacity Self Assessment” US$ 200,000 and another US$ 25,000 for shaping the assessment. At the ceremony held at the Department of External Resources, the agreement was signed on behalf of the Maldivian government by Mr. Ahmed Latheef the Director General of External Resources and on behalf of UNDP, by Mr. Minh Pham the UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator.

The NCSA is part of UNDP’s strategy for capacity building for the environment sector, which is being implemented both at the local and central level.  UNDP is also preparing to assist the Environment Ministry strengthen the administration of environmental activities through various other initiatives such as conservation programs and those that address climate change.  Today’s ceremony was also attended by officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Housing and Environment, Ministry of Planning and National Development, Department of External Resources and UNDP.

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