WHO Representative and acting UN Resident Coordinator Dr. Akjemal Magtymova meets with Vice President H.E. Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed

WHO Representative and acting UN Resident Coordinator Dr Akjemal Magtymova made a courtesy call on Vice President H.E. Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed on Monday, 14 July 2014.

Dr. Akjemal Magtymova meets with Vice President H.E. Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed

During the meeting held at President’s Office, Dr Magtymova commended the Government’s commitment and steps undertaken towards economic reform and fostering bilateral cooperation, and acknowledged the role of Maldives in global and international arena, including regional and global health diplomacy. She described the recent roll out of new development assistance framework as the Government-led process and discussed mechanisms and key milestones of this planning exercise.

The Vice President acknowledged critical contribution the UN programmes have made in the Maldives over more than 50 years particularly in tackling major social and economic issues. Moreover, the Vice President stressed the importance of continued collaboration for national and international development. He highlighted the value of furthering the Government partnership with the UN in the areas of education, health, gender equality, governance and strengthening of legislative frameworks.

It was noted that the timing of the formulation of the new UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the Maldives falls in line with national sectoral planning exercises and thus the processes would be mutually reinforcing and reiterative. The Vice President assured of his support and the Government’s commitment to lead the UNDAF roll-out, coordinating joint planning and prioritization process.

Among other areas, the challenges currently facing the Maldives health sector was also discussed at the meeting. UN Resident Coordinator a.i./WHO Representative assured of the UNCT/WHO commitment to continue close collaboration with the Government and pursuing joint efforts for finding policy solutions to ensure sustainable financing and a well-functioning health system.

The UNDAF is the strategic programme framework that describes the collective response of the UN system to national development priorities. It outlines the UN’s support to the country and is intended to act as a framework for focused and coordinated development assistance and activities in areas where the UN has comparative advantages.