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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

Suva, 22 March 2013: The Pacific joins the rest of the world today in celebrating World Water Day 2013 in a spirit of cooperation and partnership. This occasion provides a moment to reflect on our precious water resources and on our role in their management and protection.

World Water Day is celebrated on 22 March each year to help focus the world’s attention on water and sanitation. This year is also the International Year of Water Cooperation –the global theme for World Water Day this year. This theme has enormous significance for the Pacific, a region where water management is a critical development issue with profound implications for economic growth, human rights, public health and the environment. To put the scale of the issue in context, it has been estimated by UNICEF and WHO that little more than half the population of our region has access to improved drinking water and sanitation.

The Pacific theme for World Water Day is Building Water Partnerships for the Pacific Island Countries and Territories. Water issues and concerns, such as the inequitable distribution and unsustainable use of water resources, cross many boundaries, communities and levels of governance. Furthermore, resource management in the Pacific also needs to account for traditional and cultural approaches often tied closely to land and nearshore coastal area management. These approaches also extend to the management of water and sanitation. Navigating through all this can be challenging and achieving any lasting success requires effective cooperation between multiple actors across many levels.

Dr Jimmie Rodgers, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), said that cooperation is crucial not only to ensure the sustainable and equitable distribution of water but also to foster and maintain peaceful relations within and among communities. He further reinforced the need to strengthen water partnerships already in place across the region to help secure safe water and sanitation for all.