By Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, Head of Climate Change Adaptation, UNDP
Since its inception, the Adaptation Fund has provided critical support for climate resilient development strategies across the globe. Working through agencies such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), governments across the globe have accessed Adaptation Fund finance to reduce climate change risks and build more climate resilient nations.
August 18, 2017, Malé - A UNDP-supported project set to transform water security in the outer islands of the Maldives has moved one step closer to implementation this past week, with a meeting of key stakeholders and a special function attended by the Minister of Environment and Energy, Minister of State for Environment and Energy, and UNDP Resident Representative.
The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world, with frequently occurring natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions affecting millions of people every year.
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:
The Secretary-General is concerned about recent developments in Maldives with the gradual erosion of basic democratic norms and principles in the country. He calls on the Government to uphold the constitutionally guaranteed rights of speech and assembly.
The Secretary-General urges the Government to refrain from all acts that result in the harassment and intimidation of Members of Parliament, political parties, civil society and the media.
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, Jul 26 2017 (IPS) - The Maldives, one of the world’s low-lying, small island developing states (SIDS) — threatened with extinction because of a sea-level rise– is shoring up its coastal defences in anticipation of the impending calamity.
And it is seeking international support for its very survival.—at a time when most Western nations are either cutting down on development aid or diverting funds to boost domestic security.
FCO launches its Annual Human Rights report for 2016
Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy puts human rights centre stage of foreign policy.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has published its 2016 Annual Human Rights Report. The report covers the period from January to December 2016 and for the first time includes a dedicated section on modern slavery - a key UK Government priority.
Bangkok, Thailand – Six years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Government of Japan has committed funding to UNDP to improve disaster risk information and carry out tsunami-awareness programmes in schools across the Asia-Pacific region.
Ibrahim Adam Fulhu points at an eroded area where a farm once stood. Now there is just a collapsed tree and its broken branches.
“This is nature, and we are powerless against it.”
Ibrahim is a member of the village council in Maabaidhoo Island, a community that was severely affected by the 2004 tsunami in the Maldives. "Every time a wave sweeps in, it expands the eroded area,” he laments.
The Maldives is the lowest lying country in the world. It is formed by a chain of 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean, and home to nearly 400.000 people.
When it comes to responding to disasters, time is of the essence. Help needs to come immediately to save lives; recovery and reconstruction have to start swiftly to lessen the impact.
However, while money is critical to this response, it’s not just about funding. Indeed, funds need to match the event scale, target the right areas and sectors, and smoothly flow to communities in need. But in order for that to happen, sound public policy on risk and frameworks have to be in place.
Songdo, 30 June 2017 – Achim Steiner, United Nations Development Programme Administrator, said the Maldives will benefit from the current transfer of GCF funds to an adaptation project run by the UNDP.
While surrounded by water, many people in the outer islands of the Maldives suffer from recurring water supply emergencies. Variable rainfall patterns and increasing salinization caused by rising sea levels have led to a dearth of drinking water.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WHY A REGIONAL FOCUS MODEL?
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.
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.
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.