28 January 2015, Male’; Stakeholders from the Government and the UN System in Maldives today held a Strategic Planning Meeting to discuss national development priorities and the development assistance framework of the UN for the Maldives for period 2016-2020. Termed as UNDAF, the agenda is developed by identifying key outcome areas based on national priorities and measuring progress against result-oriented outputs for each area.
The process is co-chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the UN Resident Coordinator in Maldives. Speaking at today’s meeting, Foreign Minister Dunya expressed appreciation to the UN System for the strong partnership established with the Government of Maldives over the last 50 years. She highlighted the developmental progress achieved by the country during this period.
Continuing, the Minister highlighted that with the graduation of Maldives to a Middle Income Country the country has “entered a new era of development”. “This classification constitutes as recognition of the progress Maldives has made in achieving the internationally agreed development goals. Yet, despite our progress and graduation; old and new challenges remain”, said the Minister.
She also noted some of developmental challenges faced by the Maldives and reiterated the readiness and commitment of the Government to work with all its developmental partners in addressing them.
The priority outcome areas identified for the next cycle of the UNDAF are: youth & children, gender, governance, environment and climate change. At today’s meeting the four Outcome Groups presented their outputs and discussions were held between the groups on gaps, duplication and other sectoral issues in their respective outputs. Speaking after the Meeting the Foreign Minister thanked all stakeholders for their keenness and involvement in the process and stated that today’s exercise had provided much clarity to the process and work done so far. She also remarked on the holistic approach that ought to be attached in the development of the agenda. “The UNDAF will form the basis of the next development assistance agenda and its important that all Country Programmes for the same period are anchored on the Framework”, said Dunya.
Today’s meeting was attended by the Foreign Secretary H E Dr Ali Naseer Mohamed, UN Resident Coordinator in the Maldives Ms. Shoko Nodo, senior government officials and representatves from the UN System.