The Steering Committee of the UN Development Assistance Framework for the Maldives convenes

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08 May 2018

The Steering Committee of the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) was convened today to discuss the progress achieved, monitor its output and assess the challenges ahead for the implementation of the Framework.

The Steering Committee was co-chaired by Foreign Secretary Ahmed Sareer on behalf of the Government of Maldives and Resident Coordinator Shoko Noda representing the UN. Speaking at today’s meeting, Foreign Secretary Sareer reiterated Government of Maldives commitment to working closely with the UN System in addressing the development challenges of the Maldives and expressed appreciation to the UN Country Team for their strong support and partnership in this journey. Resident Coordinator Shoko Noda in her remarks expressed her pleasure in extending support to all focal points within the Government of Maldives towards realizing the UNDAF outcomes are well on track. Both parties agreed to ensure that the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are taken into account in the implementation of the UNDAF.  The parties also agreed to meet more frequently to exchange ideas and to discuss progress.

The UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the period 2016-2020, was signed on 24 August 2015, and the agenda is developed by identifying key outcome areas based on national priorities and measuring progress against result-oriented outputs for each area. The priority outcome areas are: youth & children, gender, governance, environment and climate change. At today’s meeting, discussions were also held between the four Outcome Groups and the UN Country Team, on a way forward, which includes formulating and signing four Joint Work Plans by the end of the year 2018.

At today’s meeting the Government of Maldives was represented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Gender and Family, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Environment and Energy, the Attorney-General’s Office and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, while the United Nations was represented by the entire UN Country Team which includes 4 resident agencies, namely, UNDP, WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and 7 non-resident agencies.