The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Vanuatu have signed the Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) for 2008-2012. The CPAP responds to current and emerging development priorities for the Government of Vanuatu emphasizing the need for increased capacity development, strategic focus and improved coordination with development partners.

Developed through a participatory process with wide consultations in the last two years, the CPAP is aligned to and supports Vanuatu’s National Development Strategy - the Priorities and Action Agenda (PAA) 2006-2015 and strengthens linkages with the Pacific Plan.

The programme has four strategic outcome areas that is, Poverty Reduction and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Good Governance and Human Rights, Crisis Prevention and Recovery and Environment and Sustainable Management. As part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UNDP will assist Vanuatu in strengthening capacity among policy makers and civil societies to analyse key development challenges, including poverty, environment and gender issues and incorporate these into national policies, budgets and reports.

And in an effort to strengthening democratic governance in Vanuatu, UNDP will for the first time undertake a Preparatory Assistance Project in close collaboration with the Office of the Hon. Speaker to Parliament which will include an Orientation for Members of Parliament, workshop for Committee Members, Capacity Assessment of Parliaments Corporate Plan and the design of a larger Project.
This is an addition to the Building Resilience Project currently implemented through the Ministry of Internal Affairs that seeks to strengthen Governments efforts in decentralization. In the area of Environment and Sustainable Management, UNDP will assist the Vanuatu Government in the integration of biodiversity, climate change, sustainable land management and renewable energy priorities into national and sectoral planning and in turn strengthen national capacities at all levels.

Vanuatu relies heavily on the production and exports of primary goods derived from its natural resources which in turn poses significant challenges to competing demands on the environment, variabilities of climate change and poor natural resource management.

The Vanuatu Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed its sincere appreciation to the UNDP for assistance and foresees to mobilize more resources to ensure a smooth implementation of the CPAP programme with the hope that it also compliments and reinforces the activities of other Development Partners in contributing to the well being of Vanuatu and its people.

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