The newly appointed Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the Maldives, Enrico Gaveglia says the organization has been a long-standing partner of the Maldives, and that it remained committed to its people in all corners of the nation in these trying times when compound crises make the challenges ahead look arduous.
He made the comments after presenting his credentials to the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Khaleel, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Gaveglia expressed his deep appreciation to the Government for the warm reception extended to him and reaffirmed UNDP’s continued commitment and support to the people of Maldives in achieving a development that balances social, economic, and environmental sustainability.
At the ceremony, Gaveglia also discussed with the State Minister about UNDP’s new Country Programme for the period 2022-2026, which mandates UNDP to work on a set of agreed development results in the country.
He concluded by reiterating commitment to continue supporting the Government in delivering for people and the planet, through the new Country Programme.
State Minister Khaleel welcomed Gaveglia to the Maldives and expressed the desire to deepen the government’s relationship with UNDP as the strongest development arm of the United Nations in the country.
UNDP said in a statement that Gaveglia is a development professional with over 16 years of experience in the United Nations system, having served in leadership roles at UNDP in the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Sudan.
It said that during his illustrious tenure at UNDP, Gaveglia has offered his support to Governments, the UN system, and UNDP in several capacities across regions, in aid of countries and offices in transformation and complex development settings - including crisis and post-conflict.