UN Resident Coordinator for Maldives Shoko Noda, on Sunday afternoon, made a farewell call to Vice President Faisal Naseem at the President’s Office.
Noting that it had been a joy to work alongside the government for past several years, Noda expressed her gladness that she was moving on at a time when political stability and openness have returned to the country, allowing it look forward to brighter times.
Additionally, Noda congratulated the government on their significant victory in the recent parliamentary elections and positively noted that the present administration now has a strong legislative backing to carry out its mandate.
She also affirmed the importance of the government’s efforts to reform the judiciary and decentralise the country as well as increase female representation in all areas of the government.
VP Naseem conveyed his gratitude for all the work done by UNDP and thanked Shoko Noda in particular for the personal passion and sincerity for Maldives’ continued development she demonstrated during her stewardship of the organization.
Wishing Noda well on her future endeavours, he stated that the government will continue working with the UNDP team and Noda’s successor in fulfilling its pledges to the Maldivian people.
Shoko Noda took office as Resident Representative to the Maldives on October 19, 2014. After spending over four years in the country, Noda will leave her post on April 30, 2019.