UN joint presence brings more resources for people of Kiribati
UN delivering as one in the Pacific
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.
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