United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)'s Resident Representative to Maldives, Akiko Fujii, on Sunday, called on Vice President Faisal Naseem.
During the meeting held at the President's Office, both parties discussed matters for further cooperation and highlighted various issues that hold mutual significance.
In regards to the ongoing Youth Climate Summit in New York, United States, Akiko emphasised the role of youth in demanding climate action and noted Maldives' role within the international stage to ensure a more “livable planet” for the future.
Recognizing the current administration’s efforts to strengthen bilateral and multilateral relations, Akiko assured UNDP's commitment to collaborate with Maldives.
Noting the vulnerability of Maldives to climate change, Vice President Naseem stressed the importance of protecting and preserving the tourism dependent ecosystem.
He stated that concerted efforts of the administration, relevant authorities and civil society are raising awareness at a growing pace, especially amongst the youth and student populations.
In addition, the Resident Representative presented a copy of the 'Youth Vulnerability Assessment in the Maldives' - a research conducted through collaborative efforts of the National Counter Terrorism Centre and UNDP Maldives with support of the Japanese government. The objective of the research is to identify root causes and vulnerabilities that make Maldivian youth susceptible to radicalization and violent extremism.