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UN joint presence brings more resources for people of Kiribati

UN delivering as one in the Pacific


TARAWA, August 5, 2008—More UN resources and a stronger MDG focus for Kiribati;

HE Mr. Anote Tong, President of Kiribati, formally launched the UN Joint Presence in Tarawa today.

This new joint venture by The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) marks the start of a renewed and invigorated partnership between the Government of Kiribati and the United Nations towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.

The UN agencies jointly confirmed that their resource allocation for Kiribati will increase to US$9.7 Million (AUS$11 million) by 2012 at the formal launch of the UN Joint Presence today.

Further resources will be obtained for development partners to ensure that UN programmes can be scaled up to achieve maximum impact.
“Guiding the work of the Joint Presence is a common, multi-country United Nations Development Framework (UNDAF) which was produced in consultation with our regional and national partners,” said Mr. Richard Dictus, the UN Resident Coordinator.

For Kiribati, the UN agencies have recently produced a UNDAF Implementation Plan that elaborates how they will be supporting the Kiribati Development Plan objectives and how this can be concretely measured through a monitoring and evaluation framework.

Mr. Dictus commented that in partnership with the Government, best practice in UN aid coordination for the whole of the Pacific was being developed.

“With the new Joint Presence in Kiribati and the partnership with Government and civil society and the support of our key development partners, the Joint Country Presence will serve as an example for other countries,” he added.

“The new UN joint office and additional funding will be our drive to achieve development results and support the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s), in line with the Kiribati Development Plan (2008-2011),” says Mr. Isiye Ndombi, UNICEF Representative in Kiribati.

UNICEF is hosting the Joint Presence in Kiribati and will serve as the lead agency as the United Nations breaks new ground.

The Joint Presence and harmonized programmes of the three agencies are a result of extensive national consultations which began in 2006 in response to clearly expressed operational needs by the Government of Kiribati.

“Over the last few months UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA established joint presences in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu and in the following months will establish joint presences in Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, Nauru and Tuvalu,” commented Mr, Najib Assifi, UNFPA Representative, who also spoke at the formal launch.

The Joint Country Presence launch in Kiribati is the third in the Pacific and fourth in the world to Cape Verde.  It is also part of the United Nations’ reform efforts.

The Joint Country Presence initiative provides an avenue for each of the three agencies to more efficiently and effectively capitalize their comparative advantage (or fortes) in getting things done in development - otherwise known as 'achieving development results'. UNDP will continue to be UNDP, UNFPA  will continue to be UNFPA and the same applies for UNICEF. But what will change is in the way we (the UN Self-Starters of this initiative) do business:  more focused, more strategic and towards the common goal of achieving the MDGs with the government.

For further information please contact :
Mr Kang or MR Yung Kang,, UNICEF Vanuatu Ph : (678) 24655, Email yjkang.unicef@gmail.com

More information on the UNDAF can be found online at www.un.org.fj

 

 


 

 

 
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