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Minister of State for Environment and Energy: Mr. Abdulla Majeed













Mr. Abdullahi Majeed was reinstated as the Deputy Minister of Housing and Environment in March 2012 following the change of government on 7 February 2012. He has previously served as the Deputy Minister of the Ministries responsible for environment from 1996 until November 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Majeed had a long career at the Department of Meteorology where he started out as a Meteorological Observer at the Airport Office in 1973 and was serving as the Executive Director by the time he was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Planning, Human Resources and Environment in 1996.
Notable achievements during Mr. Majeed’s service in the environment and meteorology portfolios of the Maldivian government include establishing and coordinating the Kaashidhoo Climate Observatory (KCO) in Maldives under the Indian Ocean Experiment (INDOEX) in partnership with the Centre for Clouds, Chemistry and Climate (C4) of the University of California, as well as Project Atmospheric Brown Clouds (ABC Project) at MCO Super Observatory in Hanimaadhoo Island. The Deputy Minister also acted as Co-Scientist in these projects. Mr. Majeed also served as a Vice-Chairman of Working Group II of the WMO/UNEP Intergovernmental   Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 1997 until 2001 and as Vice-President of the Regional Association II (Asia) of WMO from 1983 to 1984. In 2007, the IPCC recognized Mr. Majeed’s service to the Panel by awarding him the IPCC Certificate of Contribution to its 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Mr. Majeed has acted as a key member of the Maldives delegation in a number of regional and international meetings since 1980 including seven Meteorological Congresses, the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held Rio de Janeiro in 1992, the UN Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) convened in Barbados in 1994, the International Meeting to Review the Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States held in Mauritius in 2005, as well as a number of plenary sessions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and sessions of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). As a member of the Maldivian delegation in these conferences, Majeed acted as a key player in bringing to international attention the special vulnerabilities of small island developing states.
Mr. Majeed also served as a Member of Parliament from 1995 to 2005.
Besides his political career, in his capacity as an expert in meteorology Mr. Majeed has co-authored various publications, notably
-    Extreme Rainfall Events in the Equatorial Indian Ocean by Stanger, G. / Majeed, A., Weather, Vol.49 No.10 (24 Mar 1996)
-    Economic and Environmental Vulnerabilities of the Maldives and Graduation from LDC Status by Majeed, A. and A. Abdulla, 2004: Commonwealth Secretariat and the University of Malta, 243-255.

On Secondment from World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Mr. Majeed served as Senior Advisor on Hydrometeorological, Environmental and Early Warning Issues at UN Secretariat for International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) in Geneva from 2000 to 2001 and 2002 to 2003.

Mr. Majeed obtained a Master of Science (M.Sc) degree in Meteorology from the University of Somerset in the United Kingdom. He is married with three children.