Beyond Recovery: Towards 2030

Our Evolving Response for Tuvalu

Tuvalu is one of the few countries in the world that currently has no confirmed COVID-19 cases however, a State of Emergency was issued in March 2020 by the Government of Tuvalu that include border closures to all flights and vessels, except for those that carry essential supplies of food, medicine, fuel, cargo and humanitarian assistance.  

Tuvalu has one hospital with limited medical personnel and equipment. The health system is preparing for a possible outbreak with new initiatives such as the establishment of quarantine areas, surveillance, public health communication and mobilization of volunteers to help address nursing shortages. If a case is confirmed, the government intends to introduce a complete lockdown and implement martial law as well as seek external assistance. 

UNDP's Offer 2.0 

Building a new social contract

UNDP is supporting the Government in the following areas:

Institutional continuity of the Tuvalu Parliament or Fale i Fono 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.

 

Uprooting inequalities

UNDP is supporting the Government in the following areas:

Coastal Adaptation: the continued consultations with the island communities including vulnerable groups (women's groups, youth groups, disabled) on the positive implications of the designed coastal measures in sustaining their livelihoods from the continued impacts of rising sea levels and coastal inundation. 

Rebalancing nature, climate and economy

UNDP is supporting the Government on:

Renewable energy and energy efficiency: The Facilitation of the Achievement of Sustainable Energy Targets of Tuvalu project is facilitating the development and utilization of feasible renewable energy resources and application of energy efficiency technologies. This is to achieve the government’s target of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases from the electricity generation (power) sector by 100% by 2025 based on Tuvalu’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution in 2015. At the community level, the Solar Home Systems for Funaota Project will install stand-alone photo-voltaic solar home systems that will provide reliable, high quality, cost-effective, and environmentally-friendly 24-hour power supply on Funaota Islet of Nukufetau atoll.

Coastal Adaptation measures: The recent tropical cyclones left behind some drastic changes to the coastal shorelines. These new changes had to be given priority in terms of the development of appropriate engineering designs that will easily gel in with the existing concept designs. Additional funds would be required to implement these new coastal measures.

Support the procurement of health commodities to support COVID-19 infection control in health facilities. These commodities include re-usable heavy-duty apron or overall, heavy duty gloves, re-usable face shield, heavy duty rubber safety boots, personal protective equipment safety googles, N95 facial masks, disposable shoe or boot cover, polyLite disposable isolation gowns and latex disposable gown.

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