Cook Islands PM To Launch New National Sustainable Development Plan

Cook Islands Government
Rarotonga, Cook Islands

June 14, 2016

Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna and Finance minister Mark Brown will launch the new National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP) 2016-2020 at the Office of the Prime Minister on Thursday morning.

The event marks the third iteration of the National Sustainable Development Plan which looks to encapsulate the aspirations and ambitions of our entire country over a five-year period into a single document.

The document builds upon the successes of the previous plans and represents an evolution in how the country plans for its future. It defines 16 national development goals that represent dimensions of Cook Islands development. They include: welfare and inequity, economy and employment, solid waste management, water and sanitation, infrastructure and ICT, transport and energy, health and lifestyles, education, gender and social inclusion, agriculture, land use and biodiversity, ocean, lagoon and marine resources, resilience and climate change, Cook Islands Maori culture, population, governance, law and order.The national development goals are underpinned by key indicators which will serve as a “holistic scorecard” for the country’s development. OPM will work with partners to monitor these indicators and produce annual report measuring the country’s progress to the public.  As mentioned in last week’s budget speech, the NSDP is the centre piece of the reinvigorated budgeting and planning framework.

The NSDP was compiled by the Central Policy and Planning Office of the Office of the Prime Minister with the help of other government agencies, non-government organisations and private sector representatives.

The Office of the Prime Minister acknowledges the collective efforts of all the people involved in the development of this document, including government officials, non-government organisations, and the Religious Advisory Council, all who provided valuable input during the consultation process. Further information on the NSDP can be found on the Office of the Prime Minister’s Facebook page ( and copies will be available to download online from  and other government websites.

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