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UN Multi-Country Offices in Fiji, FSM & Samoa conclude Development Partner consultations on incoming Cooperation Framework

01 June 2022

Yesterday, the UN’s three multi-country offices across the Pacific – based in Fiji, Micronesia, and Samoa – concluded consultations with development partners relating to its incoming five-year UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), which comes into effect from 2023.

Participants from the three offices in Fiji, Micronesia, and Samoa were joined by partners and colleagues from the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

The incoming Cooperation Framework forms a blueprint for the work of the UN across 14 Pacific Island countries over the next five years (2023-2027), and consultations with partners, donors, CROP agencies, CSOs and other key partners, is crucial to ensuring inclusivity, meaningfulness and relevance in the work of the UN for the next five years.

It also guides the process of supporting Pacific Island nations to achieve their sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030.

These consultations with development partners gave both parties the opportunity to discuss progress, areas requiring improvement, and opportunities for greater collaboration between the UN system and their donors and partners.

Sanaka Samarasinha, UN Resident Coordinator to Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu, said “this is the first time our Cooperation Framework is being drafted in the Pacific following the very significant reforms the UN Secretary General and Member States embarked on a few years back.

“Two weeks ago, the UN Secretary General … reported that 95% of governments in countries where we have programmes, said UN Country Teams (UNCTs) are more integrated and collaborative. That’s up from 80% in 2019, and much higher than years prior to that.”

Echoing his remarks, UN Resident Coordinator to Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa, and Tokelau, Simona Marinescu, added that:

“The UN reform greatly benefitted from the significant voluntary contributions that development partners made through the Special Purpose Trust Fund, the Joint SDG Fund, the COVID-19 Multi-Partner Trust Fund and other vertical instruments that were established to support more integrated programming. Aligning development financing with the principles of the Funding Compact is a prerequisite for better use of resources in the Pacific, particularly at this time when reliance on ODA is the highest among the Pacific SIDS.”   

Jaap van Hierden, UN Resident Coordinator, UN Multi-Country Office Micronesia to Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, and Palau  (Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru and Kiribati) or Resident Coordinator to) added that, in order to achieve the SDGs in the Pacific, transformative change through strong partnerships is a necessity.

“We are confident that these consultations are the beginning of an ongoing and regular dialogue with and between all development partners and stakeholders, throughout the implementation of the Cooperation Framework, both at the regional and local levels.”

In total, for 2022, UN support to the three UN offices across the Pacific hovers around US$241m in the following areas:

  • climate change
  • disaster resilience and environmental protection
  • basic services (health, education and water and sanitation hygiene (WASH)
  • governance and community engagement
  • gender equality
  • economic empowerment, and
  • human rights.

 

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UN Multi-Country Offices in Fiji, FSM & Samoa conclude Development Partner consultations on incoming Cooperation Framework

Dawn Gibson

Dawn Gibson

RCO
Media, Communications and Advocacy Lead Office of the UN Resident Coordinator Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu & Vanuatu

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FAO
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IFAD
International Fund for Agricultural Development
ILO
International Labour Organization
IOM
International Organization for Migration
OCHA
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OHCHR
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
RCO
United Nations Resident Coordinator Office
UN ESCAP
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
UN Women
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UNAIDS
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
UNDP
United Nations Development Programme
UNDRR
UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
UNDSS
United Nations Department of Safety and Security
UNEP
United Nations Environment Programme
UNFPA
United Nations Population Fund
UNICEF
United Nations Children’s Fund

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