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UNDAF Roll-Out Training Focuses on Human Rights Based Approach to Programming

The Resident Coordinator’s Office at UN Maldives together with UN Women and UNEP organized a training workshop on “UNDAF Roll-Out Training: Human Rights Based Approach to Programming, Integrating Gender Equality and Environmental Sustainability” targeted at UNCT members and planning and program level staff at UN Maldives.

The 3-day workshop was aimed at providing more in-depth knowledge and understanding of how to implement the Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) in the work of the UN Maldives and integrate gender equality perspectives and environmental sustainability issues therein.

More specifically, the objectives of training workshop was to give participants understanding on the value of human rights in development and help them integrate gender equality perspectives and environment sustainability issues in applying a Human Rights based approach.

A total of 26 participants took part in the training workshop that ran from 16-18 June 2014 at STELCO Training Room.

Participants learned a wide range of topics including human rights in the context of UN Reform and integrating gender in the UNDAF process and the concept of Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA). Other topics covered include interlinked challenged of HR and Gender Equality and development and linking HRBA to Gender Equality and Environmental Sustainability.

Participant also looked at a 3-step approach to implementing HRBA, looking at HRBA through a gender lens and mainstreaming Environmental Sustainability into the Common Country Assessment and the UNDAF.

The workshop also looked into the next steps involved including an overview of the UNDAF roadmap and the process ahead and opportunities regarding the integration of HRBA, GE and ES in the next UNDAF.

Facilitators included Ms. Katia Chirizzi, Human Rights Adviser at UN Maldives Mr. Jonathan Gilman, Regional Coordinator, Inter-Agency and Country Level Coordination at UNEP and
Ms. Subhalakshmi Nandi, Programme Specialist, Women’s Economic Empowerment, and Ms. Michele Weldon, Strategic Partnerships Coordinator at UN Women.

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