UNDP and the UN System
The Resident Coordinator, who heads the UN system, is the designated representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the coordination of development operations at the country level. In the Maldives, as in most countries, the Resident Coordinator is also the UNDP Resident Representative.
As the chair of the UN Country Team (a team comprising the heads of UN agencies), the Resident Coordinator provides overall leadership for the United Nations strategic initiatives and the operational framework for development. Through these meetings, the UN seeks to improve its synergy and effectiveness, promote harmonized activities and provide comprehensive responses to Maldives’ development challenges.
UNDP Maldives collaborates with other UN Agencies to provide a coordinated, efficient and effective development agenda for Maldives. In order to “Deliver As One,” UN agencies actively participated in the common programming process leading to the joint-signing of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework UNDAF 2016-2020. Drawn in close collaboration with the Government of Maldives, the UNDAF is the overarching framework which sets out the priorities of the UN System in Maldives.
While the Maldives face emerging development challenges, based on the UN’s past experiences as well as comparative advantages, four broad development areas were identified in consultations with the Government as for the United Nations to focus on during this UNDAF cycle. These are Youth and Children, Gender, Governance and Environment and Climate Change.
UNDP takes the lead in programmatic areas where it has a mandate and expertise. UNDP participates actively in the development and implementation of joint programmes, and other inter-agency initiatives. UNDP continues to play a crucial role in the provision of operational support to the UN System in Maldives and the realization and harmonization of operational policies and practices among the various UN agencies.
UN agencies/entities in the Maldives
The United Nations in the Maldives is represented by the resident core UN Country Team (UNCT) with heads of agencies/representatives from UNDP, WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and project staff from UNFPA, UNOPS, UN Women, IOM, WB and RCO.
Apart from resident UNCT members, non-resident agencies (NRAs) that have country offices outside of Maldives have non-resident heads of agencies/representatives participating in the UNCT. These include UNFPA, UN Women, UNOPS, IOM, UNODC, UNESCO, FAO, ILO, OHCHR, and UNEP.
UN agencies/entities represented in the resident core UNCT:
The UNDP Maldives Country Office is a center of excellence dedicated to providing policy advice and advocacy for change in support of promoting good governance, sustainable development and partnership.
UNFPA is the largest international source of support in population and development, reproductive health and gender empowerment. Collaboration in Maldives includes reproductive health and rights, population and development, and gender equality.
WHO is a specialized agency within the Charter of the United Nations and was established in 1948 "for the purpose of co-operation among themselves and with others to promote the health for all people."
The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is a self-financing entity of the United Nations system, which provides operational and management services worldwide to the United Nations agencies.
UN Women works towards gender equality and women’s empowerment. In Maldives the main implementation focus is on eliminating violence against women, gender and climate change, gender-responsive planning and budgeting and support to inter-governmental processes.
In the Maldives, IOM is the leading organisation focusing on migration management. IOM addresses the migratory phenomenon from an integral and holistic perspective, including links to development, in order to maximize its benefits and minimize its negative effects.
The WB programme in Maldives aims to contribute towards the achievement of some of the government’s medium-term goals in areas that are critical for the reduction of extreme poverty and the promotion of shared prosperity, and consistent with the WB’s comparative advantage.
Resident Coordinator’s Office
The RCO coordinates all Delivering as One initiatives of the UN system in the Maldives. Technical staff in RCO monitors the progress of the development framework UNDAF 2016-2020, advocates and increases awareness of Sustainable Development Goals, promotes human rights approaches and supports national initiatives towards conflict prevention.