UN in Maldives
"Our Vision: Balanced and equitable development of Maldives through the reduction of disparities"
Working together as "One Family, One Voice in Support of Maldives," the United Nations System in Maldives has taken United Nations collaboration to an exciting new level, deepening its commitment to work with the Government on behalf of human development here. This is subscribed to by the four main resident Agencies in Maldives:
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) also are represented in Maldives, through UNDP. Other United Nations organizations, including Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), have also been present in the Maldives since the tsunami. For the history of the United Nations in Maldives, click here.
Using its higher level of cooperation, the United Nations Family is mobilised to tackle a set of common goals that will reduce poverty in the country, promote sustainable human development, expand community involvement in governance, advance women and children, and protect the environment. By cooperating, both implementation of programmes and their costs become more efficient. In addition, the United Nations Family is increasingly reaching out to build partnerships not only with the Government and its traditional international donors, but also with civil society and the private sector.
Achieving Our Goals and Objectives
The United Nations Development Assistance Framework for 2003-2007 (UNDAF) provides the common objective for all Agencies in Maldives to work toward together. The objectives of the UNDAF are aligned with the global Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) , which nations around the world have pledged to meet by the year 2015.
An important outcome of the UNDAF process in Maldives has been the formation of inter-Agency Task Forces, which include members from all United Nations Agencies in the country working together on common areas identified as national priorities. These Task Forces include:
A Task Force on Operations Convergence also has been added to streamline operational procedures among all Agencies.
All Heads of Agencies meet monthly at an inter-Agency meeting where issues of concern to the Country Team are discussed and decisions taken. All activities undertaken by two or more United Nations Agencies are reviewed in the UNRC Annual Report, produced at the end of each year, which also includes a UNRC Annual Work Plan to highlight activities envisioned for the coming year.
Office of the Resident Coordinator
As in most other countries, the UNDP Resident Representative in the Maldives also holds the post of United Nations Resident Coordinator, the designated representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for development activities. As such, the Resident Coordinator must manage a process of collaboration among all resident and non-resident Agencies. Mr. Patrice Coeur-Bizot also is the Representative of UNFPA in Maldives.
The Office of the Resident Coordinator in Maldives comprises the Resident Coordinator, the Senior Advisor to the Resident Coordinator, the Assistant to the Resident Coordinator and the Communications Associate. An IDP Advisor and NGO Advisor will also be joining the team. Activities of the UNRC are supported through the Support to the Resident Coordinator Fund.
It also administers a number of special-purpose funds in addition to its regular programmes. These include the United Nations Capital Development Funds (UNCDF), the Office to Combat Desertification and Drought, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). Together with the World Bank and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), UNDP is one of the managing partners of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and a sponsor of the UNAIDS programme.