Beyond Recovery: Towards 2030

Our Evolving Response for Kiribati

Kiribati is one of the few countries in the world that remain free of COVID-19. The country has announced entry restrictions for travelers originating from countries with ongoing local transmissions. They are required to spend at least 14 days in a country free of the virus before traveling to Kiribati and to provide a medical clearance to confirm that they are COVID-19 free. Travelers arriving earlier than the required 14-day waiting period may be subject to quarantine and/or deportation. 

Should the virus reach the country, it could spread very quickly due to high-density living, a prevalence of chronic disease and limited health system capacity to cope with an outbreak. The Kiribati Government has extended its border closure until the end of February 2021.

UNDP's Offer 2.0 

Building a new social contract

UNDP is supporting the Government in the following areas:

Institutional continuity of the National Parliament of Kiribati to fulfil its constitutional mandate with a specific focus on its continuity despite COVID-19 restrictions through: 

  • strategic and technical advice for review and adaptation of parliamentary procedure to the new working context 
  • support the development of internal Standard Operating Procedures and Business Continuity Plan to ensure administrative continuity
  • assist the digitalization and capacity to work remotely by providing ICT equipment to allow virtual meetings of committees, virtual public consultations and budget discussions.

A specific assistance is proposed on strengthening parliamentary oversight of the Executive response to the pandemic and provide a ‘surge’ capacity to conduct an independent parliamentary budget analysis on COVID-19 response packages through the Pacific Floating Budget Office, especially on cross-cutting thematic issues such as gender inclusivity and climate change finance.

Provision of technical policy and advisory support on COVID-19 and corruption. An advisory note on ‘COVID-19 and Corruption in the Pacific’ has been prepared and distributed to Pacific governments. A series of COVID-19 activities are being implemented, including in relation to addressing the procurement risks, capacity building for corruption risk assessment in the health sector, alerting of human-rights implications of corruption under COVID-19 and awareness raising of COVID-19 corruption risks across all sectors of society.

Anti-corruption and oversight training for Members of Parliament as part of their post-election induction programme and capacity building for the Public Accounts Committee and the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption or GOPAC Kiribati Members of Parliament.

Rebalancing nature, climate and economy

UNDP is supporting the Government with its:

Climate Promise: enhancing and updating its Nationally Determined Contribution through five service lines:

  • to build political will and societal ownership at national and sub-national levels 
  • review, align, and update existing targets, policies and measures 
  • incorporate new sectors and/or greenhouse gases
  • assess costs and investment opportunities and 
  • support communications and learning

Renewable energy and energy efficiency: the Promoting Outer Island Development through the Integrated Energy Roadmap or POIDIER is helping the country achieve its renewable energy and energy efficiency targets. POIDIER addresses capacity gaps through training and outreach, facilitates adoption and enforcement of needed policies, promotes the financing of outer island renewable energy and energy efficiency, addresses costs and technical challenges, and brings these together through demonstration activities.

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