Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed has thanked the United Nation for its contribution towards the development of the Maldives.

Dr Waheed spoke on the importance of the work the UN was doing globally, at the 2009 UN Day function held at the UN House in the Maldives this afternoon.

The Vice President noted the assistance the UN system in the Maldives provided during the transition period.

UN Day is observed on October 24 each year, to mark the formal establishment of UN after the majority of its founding members ratified the treaty to set up the world body.

Noting the work related to environment and climate change were an important part of the UN’s work, he said it was appropriate that the world spent October 24 this year in the activities related to the environment, as part of the “International Day of Climate Action”.

Speaking at the function, the Vice President acknowledged the ultimate sacrifice the UN staff, everywhere around the world, make in their duties.