24 August 2015, Male';
The Government of Maldives and the United Nations in the Maldives agrees to work together on four areas to deliver development results in the next 5 years. The 2016-2020 United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF އުންޑަފް) was signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Ms. Dunya Maumoon and the United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms. Shoko Noda at an event held at Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The four outcome areas identified in this framework are Youth and Children, Gender, Governance and Environment and Climate Change. Across these four areas, the UNDAF will promote efficient distribution of development benefits and social inclusion of vulnerable groups through strengthened institution building, evidence-based policy implementation and national capacity development. Most importantly, this UNDAF will support, promote and monitor the implementation of international agreements and obligations of Maldives in contribution to the principles of human rights, gender equality and environmental sustainability.
In the remarks by Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon following the signing ceremony, she noted that, over the last fifty years, the UN has been the stalwart development partner of the Maldives. She stated that “The four outcome areas demonstrate the Government’s commitment, in partnership with the UN, to gender equality and the empowerment of women; to strengthen democratic institutions and to cultivate a culture of respect in the society; to teach our children better skills and to inspire our youth to become successful adults; and to fight against environmental degradation and climate change.” She also noted that “A key aspect of President Yameen’s development policy is in investing in youth. The Government has prioritised skills development and job creation for the youth. Over the last twenty months, more than seven thousand jobs have been created, and several skills development programmes have been launched.”
In the remarks by the UN Resident Coordinator Shoko Noda she highlighted that, "In this landmark year when Maldives commemorates 50th Anniversary of its membership in the UN, we reiterate our commitment to support the people and the government to realize the long term development goals. As the Maldives prepares with world leaders to adopt a bold new vision for sustainable development in September, the United Nations renews the partnership to localize Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”
This framework has been jointly formulated by the Government, UN agencies, Civil Society and partners with extensive consultation and collaboration. Eleven UN agencies will participate in the implementation of the framework. UNDAF will require over US$ 53 million, quarter of which is expected directly to enhance gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Government of Maldives and the United Nations will closely monitor achievements of the results throughout the UNDAF cycle.