Remarks by UNDP Resident Representative, Tony Lisle - Maldives 4th MDG Report, Closure Workshop

12 Sep 2013

Dear partners and colleagues,

Good morning and Assalaam Alaikum.

The process of finalizing the MDG4 Report is finally coming to an end. We have gone through challenges, learned lessons and arrived at a common understanding, making this report a clear portrait of the country’s development status.

First of all I would like to acknowledge the work of Dr. Bonnerjee who has completed this enormous task in a very short timeframe and on behalf of the UN Country Team in Maldives, let me thank Dr. Bonnerjee for all his hard work.

This process has also been possible by the efforts by our partners at Department of National Planning and Ministry of Finance and Treasury. I would like to say my heartfelt thanks to the team for their tireless work especially given the challenges and constraints faced in this process.

On a similar note, I would like to convey my deep appreciation to the Government and civil society focal points that have provided their technical knowledge as well as their valuable time during this difficult period in the year. The report that is in front of us is a testament to the support provided by the focal points and colleagues in the respective government agencies and civil society organizations.

Many are those from the UN system who have also contributed in fine tuning the report. I would like to thank each one of them for their valuable time accorded to this task.

Lastly, but not the least I thank the Advisory Committee Members who have provided their guidance and advise to this process.

It is important for this MDGR to be utilized as a tool for advocacy and creating awareness on key developmental challenges facing the Maldives, especially in an opportune time when the country will be moving forward with the post 2015 developmental agenda and long-term development planning, which will also have significant synergies with the national human development report and the SIDS 2013 report that is emerging.

Before concluding, I would like to highlight that as we have been stating continuously throughout the process, Maldives has been a “MDG Plus” country and this have been achieved with considerable planning and resource allocation efforts by the Government, civil society organizations, bilateral organizations and donor agencies.

I hope that the issues and challenges raised in this report pave the way for further inclusive discussions and evidence-based policy making.

In this regard, allow me to reiterate the pledge by the UN System in Maldives, in providing support to the Government and Civil Society in working towards accelerating the MDG achievements and preparing for the post-2015 development.

Thank you.