20 October 2021

Government of Maldives, United Nations urge greater action to address devastating impact of climate change on children and young people

MALE, Maldives, 20 October 2021 – In the run up to COP26, the Government of Maldives and UNICEF, in collaboration with UNDP, today hosted the “Our Climate, Our Present, Our Future” event in Male’, in an effort to spotlight the devastating impact of climate change on children and young people in Maldives and catalyze action and partnerships to…, About Ministry for Environment, Climate Change and Technology  , The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Technology, is responsible for implementing government policies, regulations, programmes and projects related to the provision of clean water and appropriate sewerage services, provision of clean and affordable energy services, provision of clean and healthy environment free from pollution,…, About UNICEF  , UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.   For more information about UNICEF and its work for children in Maldives, visit https://www.unicef.org/maldives/ , About UNDP , UNDP is the leading United Nations organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change. Working with our broad network of experts and partners in 170 countries, we help nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and planet. UNDP has been present in the Maldives since 1978. We continue to remain with…
22 June 2018

These young people want to be heard!

For every child, a voice, The Child Participation Forum held in the island of Villingili (Gaafu Alif atoll) together with the Ministry of Gender and Family aimed at bringing adolescents between the ages of 16 and 18 to discuss issues which concern their wellbeing, the rights they are entitled to and to engage them more on various social issues and the national development…, Challenges are daily challenges here, When asked to identify issues and challenges that affected their lives and hindered the full achievement of the right they are entitled to, the adolescents noted - bullying in schools, over protective parents/family, negligent parents, negative influence of social media including cyber bullying, discrimination based on gender and sexual harassment…, Bullying, The children pointed out that these issues persist largely due to how society is organised in the island of Villingili. On bullying, they felt that it does no stop as no actions are taken against the perpetrators (e.g. the school management is unable to take action due to existing education policies). Also, the person who is being bullyed doesn’t…, Over-protective parents and family, While the children agreed that a parents and families should need to ensure the safety of children, they emphasised the importance of giving children the space to explore and grow. How island societies are organised limits the horizons of children, particularly girls in taking a leading role in working with adults to address social issues such as…, Negligent parents and educators, The children felt that there were a lot of parents do not give enough time to children due to their busy schedules and social activities such as their interests in politics. These interests kept parents glued to social media and television. The children also noted that there was an increase in the number of family issues that led to…, Negative influence of social media including cyber bullying, Social media is the next world most kids inhabit, but our participants are quite aware of the negative aspects associated wiht it. They felt that the lack of knowledge on positively using social media and the negative consequences of misuse lead to using social media in undesirable ways. In a society, where there are challenges to expressing…