I am pleased to present the 2017 annual progress report of the United Nations Development Framework (UNDAF) 2016-2020. The United Nations Development Framework (UNDAF) 2016-2020 is centered on making a difference in the key areas of: Youth and Children, Gender, Governance, and Environment and Climate Change. I am pleased to share with you the Annual Progress Report for UNDAF year 2017. The report outlines the results and achievements of UNDAF implementation during the past year.
Along with the start of the new UNDAF in 2016, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a pledge to transform lives and protect our planet, came into life. In 2017, the Government of Maldives’s efforts to embrace the SDGs were accelerated. For example, the Voluntary National Review Report of the Maldives was presented at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on SDGs in July 2017. The UN Country Team in the Maldives worked closely with the government, CSOs and other stakeholders and provided tailored support to localize these goals to reach the furthest behind first and transform the lives of all Maldivians and the environment in which they live in.
Through our joint support, most vulnerable children gained access to alternative education system, Gender Action Plan was adopted, campaigns to combat the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) were launched, and Community Emergency Response Team (CERTs) were formed, to name just a few examples of our achievements. As the country context evolved, our approaches were also regular adjusted, ensuring a human-rights based approach and a firm commitment to gender equality and environmental sustainability.
Our successes and lessons highlighted in this report belong to many contributors. On behalf of the UN County Team in Maldives, I would like to thank our Government counterparts, civil society organizations, development partners and most of all, the people of the Maldives. As we celebrate our achievements, we recognize the work that lies ahead. We must continue to work together, placing the concept of “leaving no one behind” at the heart of our work towards sustainable development. As a valued and trusted development partner of the Maldives, the United Nations stand with the people of the Maldives as we work towards a brighter future.
Shoko Noda United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Maldives