United Nations Pacific Strategy Consultations, Rarotonga
A good turnout of over 100 participants actively participated in a two half day consultations for the United Nations (UN) Pacific Strategy consultation in Rarotonga. The first day session on Monday, October 10th was targeted at public sector agencies with current and past experiences in access and implementation of UN programmes/projects. A separate session held on October 11th was for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
The opening and closing workshop sessions were a team effort by the Cook Islands Government representative, Ms Elizabeth Wright-Koteka & UN Resident Coordinator Ms Lizbeth Cullity. In setting the scene for both workshops, the Office of the Prime Minister presented highlights of the Cook Islands development priorities and the alignment of the Sustainable Development Goals to the Cook Islands National Sustainable Development Goals. The UN also provided an overview of key results for the current 2013-17 UN Assistance Framework cycle specific to the Pacific with the Ministry of Finance & Economic Management (MFEM) presentation on the status with key lessons learned in the implementation of Cook Islands UN Programmes for the same period
The main recommendations from this workshop are: partnerships to be strengthened between the relevant United Nations Agencies and the Cook Islands in collaboration with relevant sector CSOs. The goal of improving coordination began with the recent recruitment of the UN Coordination Officer Patricia Tuara. Pat is based in the Development Coordination Division of MFEM. As UN focal point she will ensure timely information sharing and improved communication between the UN, Cook Island networks and relevant parties across the board. This will result in constructive engagement and commitment to sustainable development.
The Office of the Prime Minister, Development Coordination Division-MFEM and visiting UN delegation would like to thank all who attended this workshop for their valuable time and constructive feedback.
The 12 person visiting UN team will incorporate feedback from these consultations in a report for review by stakeholders (led by 12 person visiting UN team). The findings in the final report will contribute to the 2018-2022 UN Pacific Strategy formulation at the UN November meeting in Fiji.