Haoliang Xu visits Maldives

The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Mr. Haoliang Xu visited the Maldives from 10-13 April 2015.

In his second visit to the Maldives, Mr. Xu held high-level meetings with key state officials including Cabinet Ministers, the Chief Justice, the Speaker of Parliament and the members of the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives.

During these meetings, Mr. Xu discussed extensively on how could support the Government of Maldives and its people in tackling key development challenges such as climate change adaptation, waste management and youth unemployment. The discussions between the Government and Mr. Xu also covered UNDP support to the formulation of the new National Development Strategy. He emphasized the importance UNDP attaches to its longstanding strategic partnership with the Government of Maldives, and congratulated the Government on the 50th Anniversary of Maldives membership in the UN.

Mr. Xu also talked about the ongoing process of formulating the new United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2016-2020 that will outline the UN’s contribution to national development for the next five years. In addition, Mr. Xu reaffirmed UN’s commitment to multilateralism and encouraged the active role of Maldives in the context of global development dialogue including post-2015 agenda and global climate change debate.

As part of the mission, Mr. Xu also visited the Island of Kaafu Maafushi, where he interacted with the community and discussed key development challenges faced by the island. He met with the Maafushi Island Council, the Women’s Development Committee and the Guest House Association of Maldives during his visit.

The mission of Mr. Xu concluded successfully by highlighting key development agenda in the Maldives and renewed the importance of the partnership between the Maldives and UNDP.

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