Representatives from United Nations (UN) agencies and the Pacific Community (SPC) have discussed opportunities for deepening co-operation and strengthening co-ordination of their respective work, aimed at helping Pacific countries achieve global sustainable development goals (SDGs).
SPC’s deputy director-general, Dr Audrey Aumua stressed the importance of collaboration and information exchange between SPC and the UN.
“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,” Dr Aumua said.
The meeting in Suva on Monday was to identify synergies between SPC’s and UN’s priority areas under the new United Nations Pacific Strategy (UNPS).
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 over the need for a co-ordinated and integrated approach that harnessed the expertise and comparative advantage of both UN and SPC for greater impact and cost-effectiveness.
UN resident coordinator, Osnat Lubrani said the high-level consultation furthered an already genuine and durable partnership between UN and SPC.
“This strategic review of the UN-SPC partnership is timely, as UN prepares to launch its new Pacific Strategy in 2018,” said Ms Lubrani.
“It ensures co-operation with SPC is strongly built at the outset of its implementation,” Ms Lubrani said.
(Source: The Fiji Times ONLINE News 05 October 2017)