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14 Jun 2017 description

This Annual Report highlights the impact of the Joint UNDP-DPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention. In 2016, the Joint Programme provided support to 45 countries, including through the deployment of Peace and Development Advisors.

13 Jun 2017 description

New Delhi, 13 June, 2017: Bhutan and Maldives have eliminated measles, a highly infectious disease that is a major childhood killer globally. The two countries have become the first in WHO South-East Asia Region to be verified for having interrupted endemic measles virus transmission, ahead of the 2020 Regional target.

04 Jun 2017 description

Torrential rain and strong winds caused damages in 14 islands as a bout of bad weather continues to wreak havoc across the Maldives.

Fathmath Thasneem, head of the National Disaster Management Centre, told the press Thursday that the worst affected islands during the past 24 hours were Nilandhoo in the south-central Faafu atoll and Thinadhoo in the southern Gaafu Dhaal atoll.

02 Jun 2017 description

Government of Maldives donated USD 25,000 to Sri Lanka as flood relief.

Special Envoy of the President of Maldives Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives on Wednesday (31st May) met with the Sri Lanka Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake at the Foreign Ministry and handed over the cheque.

The two Ministers discussed several issues of importance relevant to bilateral relations of the two countries.

26 May 2017 description


A key challenge faced by humanitarian agencies is how to ensure that limited available resources are allocated where they are most needed and are efficiently delivered in a principled manner. Decisions to allocate resources must strike a balance between meeting the immediate needs of crisis affected communities and supporting efforts to strengthen resilience and response preparedness to future emergencies.

25 May 2017 description

Heavy rainfall and strong winds have damaged agriculture fields on the island of Thoddoo in Alif Alif atoll, the country’s largest producer of watermelon.

Farmers on Thoddoo traditionally step up production ahead of the fasting month of Ramadan, which is expected to begin Saturday. Watermelon juice is a popular item for the fast-breaking meal and demand peaks in Malé during Ramadan.

Nooh Moosa, information officer of the Thoddoo island council, told the Maldives Independent that several fields were destroyed after heavy downpours on Sunday.

23 May 2017 description

Some 18 people were forced out of their home Sunday night when a wall fell on their roof after Malé was buffeted by strong winds.

Parts of a brick wall from the Sosun Flower house in the Henveiru ward of the capital, which was damaged in a fire in December, fell on the Sosun Meade house next door and damaged the roof, according to National Disaster Management Center.

19 May 2017 description

By Mohamed Saif Fathih

Torrential rain, thunderstorms, and rough seas have been wreaking havoc across the Maldives with the onset of the south-west monsoon.

On Wednesday night, a tornado struck the southernmost atoll, damaging 12 homes in the Hithadhoo ward of Addu City. The roofs were blown off nine homes and two trees fell on the roofs of three houses when the tornado hit around 10:30 pm, according to the Maldives National Defence Force.

16 May 2017 description

Businesses and households in Malé have been struggling to buy drinking water for the past five weeks amid an acute shortage caused by a fall in production coupled with high demand during the dry season.

In an announcement Tuesday, the economic development ministry urged shops not to sell the locally produced bottled mineral water at inflated prices. The price of a case has reportedly increased by up to MVR10 (US$0.60) in some corner shops.

12 May 2017 description

Project will deliver safe and secure freshwater to 105,000 people in the islands of Maldives in the face of climate change-induced water shortages

Malé, 7 May 2017 – The Government of Maldives, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), have this week formalized a project to support vulnerable Maldivian communities to manage climate change-induced water shortages. The project is funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) with co-financing from the Government of Maldives and contribution from UNDP.

08 May 2017 description

Key figures (Oct 2015 - 12 Apr 2017)
- 5,001 persons relocated
- 10,659 places pledged
- 34,953 target

25 Apr 2017 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani
Location: Geneva
Date: 25 April 2017
Subject: (1) South Sudan, (2) Maldives

(1) South Sudan

14 Apr 2017 description

- 181 Immunization and Vaccinerelated Implementation Research Advisory Committee (IVIR-AC): summary of conclusions and recommendations, 1–2 February 2017 meeting
- 188 Zika virus: an epidemiological update

- 181 Comité consultatif sur la vaccination et la recherche sur la mise en œuvre des vaccins (IVIR-AC): résumé des conclusions et recommandations, réunion du 1er et 2 février 2017
- 188 Virus Zika: le point de la situation épidémiologique

10 Apr 2017 description

By Sarah Wade-Apicella

MALÉ, 10 April 2017 – The Indian Ocean nation of the Maldives is working hard to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, seeing it as critical to its wider efforts to make development sustainable and deal with the challenge of climate change.

Making the link between the Sendai Framework, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change is a key factor for the success of all three cornerstones of the ambitious global agenda adopted in 2015 and running through to 2030.

10 Mar 2017 description

Key updates

  • Countries, territories and subnational areas reporting vector-borne Zika virus (ZIKV) infections for the first time since 1 February: None

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system malformations potentially associated with ZIKV infection for the first time since 1 February: Mexico, Saint Martin

  • Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome cases associated with ZIKV infection for the first time since 1 February: Curaçao, Trinidad and Tobago

08 Mar 2017 description

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (8 March 2017) — Finance ministers and senior officials from 15 developing economies across Asia and the Pacific met today at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) headquarters in Manila to discuss enhanced economic and financial responses to climate change.

04 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

The First Meeting of South Asia Parliamentarian Platform for Children

KATHMANDU - Friday, March 3 2017: UNICEF South Asia, in coordination with the Parliament of Nepal, organized the first South Asia Parliamentarian Platform for Children in Kathmandu on March 2. The meeting is taking place for two days.