Nauru first to sign the new United Nations Pacific Strategy 2018 – 2022Jul 18, 2017
Today, Hon. H.E. Baron Divavesi Waqa, as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Nauru, and UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Osnat Lubrani jointly signed the new United Nations Pacific Strategy (UNPS) for 2018-2022.
The UNPS responds to the national priorities of 14 Pacific Countries and Territories, focusing on six priority areas of work, where the UN agencies are committed to working jointly to help countries to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
1) Climate Change, Disaster Resilience, and Environmental Protection
3) Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Empowerment
4) Equitable Basic Services, focusing on Health, Education and Social Protection
5) Government and Community Engagement, and
6) Human Rights
Nauru was the first of the 14 countries to sign the UNPS, following extensive country-level consultations, and a final joint review and validation by the UN and Government counterparts, on the occasion of a joint UN mission to Nauru.
The UN Resident Coordinator led the mission, which was comprised of representatives of UNICEF, UNDP and UN Women.
“We are pleased that Nauru was the first to sign the UN Pacific Strategy for 2018-2022. As Chair of the P-SIDS, we are confident that it will serve the countries and the region in achieving the 2030 Agenda,” said the Hon. Waqa.
Similar discussions have taken place with all other Governments, as well as key partners of the UN across the Pacific including regional organizations.
“In drafting the UN Pacific Strategy, the UN has sought to respond to national as well as regional priorities. We are excited to have Nauru as the first signatory of the Pacific Strategy and look forward to begin implementation following signature by other Pacific countries”, said Ms. Lubrani.
“The Strategy will assist countries to achieve the SDGs, with a fundamental commitment to leave no one behind”, she added.
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