Maldives became a member state of United Nations in September 1965. At the UN, Maldives has been strongly vocal on many issues from vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to promoting democracy and human rights, addressing climate change, promoting women’s rights and advocating for gender equality.
UN Country Team (UNCT) in Maldives consists of resident and non-resident members. There are officially 4 resident agencies in the UNCT: UNDP, UNICEF, WHO and UNFPA. All the other members of UNCT are non-resident agencies (NRAs) including UNOPS, UN Women, UNODC, UNESCO, UNAIDS, IOM, UNCTAD, FAO, UNIDO, IFAD, ILO, OHCHR, UNEP, UNESCAP and ISDR based (primarily) in Colombo, New Delhi, Bangkok and Geneva. World Bank, ILO and FAO are also represented on the ground.