What We Do

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

Our Goals

This is a critical time for the world. At UNDP, we see this period as a huge opportunity to advance the global sustainable development agenda. UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change. We support countries' efforts to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals, which will guide global development priorities for the next 15 years. In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.

UNDP Maldives at a Glance

UNDP has been a trusted development partner of the Maldives for almost 40 years, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We understand that inclusive growth, better services, environmental sustainability, good governance, and security are fundamental to development progress. Towards this end, we help to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. Our decades of experience on the ground has consistently helped the Maldives meet its development aspirations, and to bring the voices of the people to the forefront – in turn helping to empower people and build a more resilient Maldives. Photo: Munshid Mohamed 2010.More

Our Stories

Zaeema shares her experience with other participants photo: UNDP Maldives

Ukulhas: an example of excellent waste management practices

As the speedboat neared the jetty of the island of Alif Alif Ukulhas, one could clearly see the excitement on the faces of Fathimath Zaeema andmore 

Women as Leaders

“People in my island have this assumption that from a religious and social perspective, having a woman heading things will lead to no good. This ismore 

Vishah Saeed offers a tour of Vaadhoo Island’s banyan tree. Photo: UNDP Maldives 2012

Eco-tourism, an exciting new venture for remote islands

The Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, attracts over 900,000 tourists annually from all over the world. However, tourism activities are confined to ‘resort’more 

Swimming in Hanifaru Bay - a protect area of the Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve. Photo: Shaf for AEC Project 2010.

The People’s Atoll - Story of the First Biosphere Reserve of the Maldives

As he gazes out over the crystal blue water these days, Ahmed Fareesh reflects back to times long ago. A time of young dreams that yearnedmore 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • The project aims to strengthen economic resilience of island communities and vulnerable groups including women and youth.more 

  • Tourism Adaptation to Climate Change

    The project will establish new public/private investment partnerships between the Government of Maldives and tourism resorts to showcase the economic and environmental benefits of no-regrets adaptation in tourism operations.more 

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