The new agreement is aimed to provide assistance to all Saarc member states affected by disasters (Image: Krish Dulal)

An agreement signed by all South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) states (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan and India) is underway to promote a rapid response to natural disasters.

A Saarc monitoring system including tools for early warning system and risk... read more

Publishing Date: 29/04/2015
Proba's view of the Maldives

UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office located in Japan, the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC), initiated the DRR Policy Peer Review project back in 2009 with the aim of developing Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) capacities among its members by sharing information.

This year, "Developing a National Framework on Managing Internally Displaced Populations (IDPs) during emergencies" was selected as target project and a reviewer team has already visited the Maldives to conduct surveys.

The team visited institutions and organizations involved in DRR in the Maldives and made recommendations on capacity building. A workshop was held in Male, where good practices from Japan and Myanmar on reducing tsunami risk and improving IDP management were introduced.

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Publishing Date: 24/01/2014

Following the invitation from the Government of the Republic of Maldives, a Technical Advisory Mission to Maldives was carried out from 18 to 22 April 2010. The mission team comprised experts from UN-SPIDER, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Disaster Management Centre, and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). The key objectives to visit Maldives were to assess national capacities and to evaluate disaster risk reduction... read more

Publishing Date: 25/04/2010

Advisory Support

The Republic of Maldives consists of a chain of coral atolls. The extremely low level of these islands makes them very sensitive to sea level rise. They are exposed to multiple natural hazards such as storms, heavy rains and sea level rise associated hazards. The National Disaster Management Centre was established after a devastating tsunami in December 2004. At the invitation from the Government of the Republic of Maldives, UN-SPIDER experts assessed national capacities and evaluated disaster and risk reduction activities, policies and plans with regard to space-based information.

Mission dates: 18/04/2010 to 22/04/2010


In Maldives, UNICEF is trying to ensure exclusive breastfeeding and quality complementary feeding, together with safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. It also tries to improve the quality of education and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in Maldives.


NDMC is committed to taking pro-active and timely measures to prevent or reduce the impact of disasters on the Maldivian people and economy through its efficient staff and collaborative efforts with National, Regional and International Agencies


The mission of the Ministry of Health and Family in the Maldives is to establish systems for health, well-being and social protection of its people, to provide affordable, accessible and quality healthcare services and drug rehabilitation services, and to strengthen mechanisms for protecting the rights of its children, women, persons with disabilities and the elderly. It is also responsible to sustain the quality of the healthcare and social protection services.


Realizing and understanding the role of meteorological services for socio-economic planning and the development of the country, the Department of Meteorology was established on 1 July 1980 as an independent office reporting to the President’s Office. The Department of Meteorology remained functioning under the Head of State’s Office until November 1993. After that, through the government’s restructuring Act, the Ministry of Planning, Human Resources and Environment was created and the Meteorological Department was brought under that Ministry. In addition, physical oceanography and seismology were included as areas of responsibility of the Department. Again, in November 1998, the Department became an office reporting to the newly formed Ministry of Home Affairs, Housing and Environment.

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The Maldivian Department of National Planning runs under the Ministry of Finance and Treasury. Its mission is to plan, facilitate and co-ordinate national development towards a nation of excellence, and its main objectives are to promote national development through effective planning, to ensure optimum and sustainable utilization of available resources, to facilitate easy access to infrastructure and services for all Maldivians through population and development consolidation strategies, and to guide balance development and enhance the quality of life.


UNDP works with the people and the government of the Maldives to reduce disparities and vulnerabilities, to promote democratic governance, to protect the environment, and to empower communities. Technical expertise, advisory support, and UNDP supported project interventions as a whole contribute to improving people's lives in the Maldives.

More information: UNDP Maldives

WHO was the first UN agency to establish a country programme and an office in Maldives. WHO’s role as the longest standing partner in national health development is well recognized. WHO collaboration in Maldives has embraced a broad-based approach for meeting the country’s national health development needs. Incorporating the basic concepts of the National Development Plans and the Health Master Plan, addressing equity concerns as well as specific health problems and integrating health and human development concerns into public policies, the WHO collaborative programmes have focused and supported sustainable development of national health programmes.


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