Remarks by UNDP Resident Representative, Tony Lisle - Maldives 4th MDG Report, Closure WorkshopSep 12, 2013It is important for this MDGR to be utilized as a tool for advocacy and creating awareness on key developmental challenges facing the Maldives, especially in an opportune time when the country will be moving forward with the post 2015 developmental agenda and long-term development planning.
Remarks by UNDP Resident Representative, Tony Lisle Building Partnerships for Climate Change Adaptation ForumJun 27, 2013In increasing the resilience of the Maldivian tourism industry, each one of us has a role to play. Government agencies, NGOs, associations and the private sector, we all have to work together and share information so that we become better partners in our efforts to make the Maldivian tourism industry resilient to the effects of climate change. It is a challenging task before us, but I believe, with strong partnerships, we can make small but important incremental steps towards achieving a Maldives that is more resilient to climate change.
Remarks by UNDP Resident Representative, Tony Lisle - Launch of the Human Development Report 2013 in the MaldivesMay 12, 2013Maldives has achieved significant economic growth over the past decade, confirmed by its graduation to a Middle Income Country in January 2011. However, the country continues to face a number of risks and vulnerabilities, including effects of climate change and the global financial crisis. It is also experiencing democratic transition characterized by separation of powers, creation of independent bodies, the establishment of a legal grounding for a party political system, and rolling-out of decentralized governance.
- MEET THE TEAM TUESDAY “Care enough to make it right!” Mohamed Izman Suhail Intern – Low Emission Climate Resilient Development (LECReD) Programme "I was fresh out of high school in Male’, when as a United World Colleges (UWC) scholar, I had the opportunity to live with students from more than 90 different countries at boarding school in Norway. This was an eye-opening experience for me, as I got to participate in experiential learning activities like organizing First Aid training camps, managing Leirskule (Norwegian Primary School) events, and hosting cultural learning evenings. I enjoyed meeting new people and learning about things I have only seen on TV or read in books or heard from relatives who had travelled to distant places. One thing that surprised me after two years abroad, was how little I knew about my own country. I tried to educate myself about the place I call home from books and articles online. But I still felt something was missing. Seeing how beneficial the experiential learning activities were for me in Norway, I figured I would be able to learn more about home by being more involved while in my country itself. This is what first made me interested in interning with UNDP Maldives – the development arm of the UN. The programme I am interning under focuses on climate resilient development. I have been studying development-related courses for a while now, but I was eager to experience development work firsthand: I wanted to see the work that was being done to better the lives of this generation without compromising the next. One of the most interesting and rewarding components of the internship would be the field trip to Laamu Atoll. During this field trip, we visited 10 islands in the atoll, and monitored development project sites assisted by my programme – ranging from installation of rainwater harvesting tanks to setting up of waste management centers in the islands. Almost all the projects were initiatives taken by the communities themselves, meaning that these projects are very likely to last a long time since it is the communities that are looking after them. I was also able to see mangrove ecosystems and visit heritage sites in Laamu. This experience within my own country has made me realize all that our island nation has to offer. Would I intern at UNDP or another UN organization in the future? If given the opportunity, definitely. Did I learn about everything I wanted to? Not nearly enough but a lot more than I had hoped for. If my internship taught me anything it’s that while it is important to identify problems in the world, it is even more important to come up with ways to solve them. If you care about what is wrong with the world, then you should care enough to make it right." 12 hours ago
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