UNDP contributes more resources to Pacific

Apr 1, 2008

(Suva, Fiji) - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced today that it has doubled its resource allocation to 10 Pacific Island Countries for 2008-2010.

“This additional funding which brings the total core funds from US$4.5 million to US$10 million for 2008-2010 will be complemented by various UN trust funds and agreements with bilateral partners to a total of US$61 million for 2008-2012. This will allow UNDP to help governments to speed up the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs],” said Mr Richard Dictus, UNDP Resident Representative.

The eight (8) MDG goals were agreed by 189 countries in the Millennium Development Summit in 2000, and establish a clear set of development targets that are to be met by 2015 such as eradicating poverty and hunger, reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS and achieving gender equality.

“The Pacific is in danger of missing out on a number of these critical targets and it is important that we focus on the MDG achievements and its measurement,” noted Mr Dictus. “UNDP - in  close collaboration with our sister UN agencies and regional partners - will focus on national and regional MDG reports as well as assisting Governments in MDG planning and costing.”

UNDP is the UN's global network to help people meet their development needs and build a better life. The organization is on the ground in 166 countries, working as a trusted partner with Governments, civil society and the private sector to help them build their own solutions to global and national development challenges.

According to UNDP’s Dictus, the new resources being allocated by UNDP will be focused on strengthening national institutions and developing capacities so that the countries can take a consolidated and coherent look at some of their key challenges and address those through long-term national sustainable development strategies.

The UNDP resource allocation to the Solomon Islands for 2008-2010 has gone from US$3.1 million to US$6.7 million. UNDP recently upgraded the status of its office in the Solomon Islands with the assignment of a Deputy Resident Representative.

“Solomon Islands is one of the high priority countries in the region, as it will need considerable assistance in order to achieve the MDGs by 2015,” said Mr Dictus. “The post-crisis development situation in the Solomon Islands requires the UN system to focus as never before to ensure that the population sees tangible peace dividends.”

UNDP Multi Country Office in Suva and the sub office in Honiara provides services in Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

In line with its Multi country programme for 2008-2012, UNDP works in these countries in four main areas; Poverty Reduction and MDGs, Good Governance and Human Rights, Crisis Prevention and Recovery, and Environment and Sustainable Management.

The MDGs are Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger, Achieve Universal Primary Education, Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women, Reduce Child Mortality, Improve Maternal Health, Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases, Ensure Environmental Sustainability, and Global Partnership for Development.