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We are the UN’s population data agency that convenes decision makers, planners and data users through evidence-based data and policy related advocacy around population and development dynamics.

UNFPA in 2022 supports the Maldivian Statistics Bureau for the Census with new technologies such as CAPI. This will better strengthen national capacity to generate, analyse and use evidence in the formulation of inclusive, gender-transformative, resilient and adaptive development policies that address the Maldives demographic transition and climate threats

What we do

UNFPA continues to provide technical and financial support to disseminate the results of surveys and studies. We use data and research to convene an array of decision-makers and duty bearers in policy fora – looking at the costs and benefits of investing in the rights and health of young people and women in the unique cultural context of Maldives. We work with other UN agencies and development partners to set-up a policy monitoring, reporting and evaluation mechanism to guarantee accountability and equity of Reproductive Health rights within the health system and decentralised services.

We continue to provide technical advice to the National Statistics Office regarding the population census (2022), including providing technical support to integrate population data at all levels, including by using the civil registration and vital statistics system, and innovative approaches such as big data. UNFPA has established partnerships with academic institutions and youth groups to advocate for the implications of population dynamics, including internal and international migration and urbanisation, to harness the demographic dividend, ( women’s economic empowerment, and climate resilience in national policies and strategic frameworks.

We are strengthening national capacity to mainstream population and development issues, including the demographic transition and gender-transformative approaches, in the design and implementation of national planning frameworks, policies and programmes, including use of national transfer accounts. 

Climate change

Maldives is an archipelago of around 300 square kilometres of emerged land, out of the 90,000 square meters of its national territory. The nation faces a real threat to the survival of the fragile ecosystem, in the context of the expansion of the tourism industry. This makes Maldives especially vulnerable to climate change and the rise of sea levels. Our beaches are often polluted with waste and the government has recently banned certain one-time use plastics. 

What we do

UNFPA understands the country’s reliance on tourism and the link between waste production and access to sustainable products - it is in line with this vision that the country office ensures access to sustainable and eco-friendly menstrual hygiene products such as reusable pads and cups . This ensures women and girls’ dignities are ensured even during the times of crisis - in a Small Island Developing State such as the Maldives.