UNFPA, SPC To Coordinate Regional Development Plans

Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

News Release

Secretariat of the Pacific Community Nadi, Fiji

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) signed an agreement forming a partnership to combine their efforts on behalf of their 14 common members in the Pacific on 30 April 2013.

The four-year memorandum of understanding will reinforce the relationship between the organizations, which both play a crucial role in people-centered development actions in the region.

This partnership will cover a wide range of cross-cutting issues, such as human development (health, education, gender and youth), population advocacy and statistics, and human rights.

The signing of this agreement is an important step in the ongoing effort to better coordinate development activities for the region. It allows the two organizations to combine their complementary strengths to work for a better future for Pacific Islanders.

Dr. Jimmie Rodgers, SPC Director-General, emphasized that SPC recognizes the importance of working in partnership with other agencies to address issues facing Pacific populations.

He added that the relationship will be further strengthened through agreed principles of collaboration.

Dr. Annette Sachs Robertson, Director and Representative a.i. of UNFPA’s Pacific Sub-Regional Office, stated that through this agreement UNFPA is committed to ensuring closer collaboration and partnership between the two agencies and their partners, which would result in a more coordinated approach to regional and in-country programs.

She stated that in a genuine spirit of partnership, the two agencies seek to enhance and complement each other’s efforts to support more effective development in the Pacific, while building on their individual strengths and areas of primary expertise.

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