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SPC and UN strengthen coporation

 

2 Oct 2017 | Suva

Senior leaders from United Nations (UN) agencies and the Pacific Community (SPC) gathered in Suva, Fiji last week to discuss opportunities for deepening cooperation and strengthening coordination of their respective work aimed at helping countries of the Pacific to achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals.  The meeting served to identify synergies between SPC’s priority areas and UN’s priority areas under the new United Nations Pacific Strategy (UNPS). These areas of synergies include Climate Change, Disaster Resilience and Environmental Protection; Gender Equality; Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Empowerment; Equitable Basic Services (covering Health, Education and Social Protection); Governance and Community Engagement; and Human Rights. Data for development, as a cross-cutting topic, is additionally of high priority and interest for both SPC and the UN.

 

 

 

During the half-day meeting, senior leaders discussed a wide range of development actions currently underway across the region and highlighted potential areas for increased collaboration. There was strong agreement that over the need for a coordinated and integrated approach that harnesses the expertise and comparative advantage of both UN and SPC for greater impact and cost-effectiveness.

SPC’s Deputy Director-General, Dr. Audrey Aumua, stressed the importance of collaboration and information exchange between SPC and the UN, saying: “We are working, first and foremost, to support the development priorities of Pacific nations and territories. Within this room are the skills and experience to help bring transformational and positive change. By working in a complimentary way, we can jointly accelerate that change.”

SPC and the UN agencies are committed to institutionalizing this strategic dialogue on an annual basis as well as following up to establish practical arrangements for regular information-sharing and elaboration of joint UN-SPC initiatives.

Recognizing the long-standing history of successful cooperation on a variety of activities, UN and SPC agreed that a more regular structured exchange as well as joint visibility efforts of the partnership would serve both organizations in projecting integration and coherence vis-à-vis countries, donors, and other development partners.

UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Osnat Lubrani noted that this high-level consultation furthers an already genuine and durable partnership between the UN and SPC. She added: “This strategic review of the UN-SPC partnership is particularly timely as the UN prepares for launch of its new Pacific Strategy in 2018, ensuring that cooperation with SPC is strongly built in at the outset of its implementation”.

 

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Last Updated on Friday, 10 November 2017 13:27  

Newsflash

4 September 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Apia, Samoa - Small island developing states of the Pacific face a set of difficult and complex challenges in securing safe drinking water and sanitation facilities for their citizens – challenges not easily addressed by single communities, organisations or sectors working in isolation. To make progress in the area of safe water and sanitation, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is convinced that a multi-sector, partnership approach is the key, and SPC is promoting the use of partnerships to tackle the region’s most difficult water and sanitation challenges head on.

Dr Colin Tukuitonga, SPC’s Director-General, feels that effective partnerships are the way forward in harnessing the energy and expertise needed to overcome the challenges of securing safe and sustainable drinking water and sanitation facilities. ‘At SPC we already work closely with our member countries and territories to help bring the various sectors together and demonstrate the benefits of sustainable water and sanitation solutions,’ Dr Tukuitonga said. ‘What we’re now seeing in the region is increasing collaboration between sectors, stakeholder groups, and also between Pacific Island countries and territories.’

Dr Tukuitonga was speaking in Apia at the United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States, or SIDS, which is bringing together partners from across the globe to focus the world’s attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities.