Officials at the Forum. (left) Hon. Donald Capelle, Speaker of Parliament, HE Christopher J. Loeak, the President of Republic of Marshall Islands with UNDP's Mr Haoliang Xu and Ms Osnat Lubrani. (Photo: Mohammed Mozeem/UNDP)


Majuro, Marshall Islands
– The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Parliament of the Marshall Islands opened a two-day high level consultation on key national development issues.

The participants of the conference include Parliamentarians, Government officials, development partners, civil society organizations, academia including the general public who participate in preparing and implementing the Marshall Islands sustainable development agenda.

The consultation will help create an enabling environment for progress in achieving the goals under the National Strategic Plan 2015-2017 and also to ensure the Marshall Islands is geared toward the post-2015 development agenda. It is also expected to advocate for improving the participation and involvement of women and youth in politics.

“This Forum is expected to generate exchanges of views and thoughts against the backdrop of where the Marshall Islands is in terms of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and how we can harmonize and integrate the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the National Strategic Plan,” said HE Christopher J. Loeak, the President of Republic of Marshall Islands. “I encourage the panel discussions to look at why equity – both within and between generations – is important to sustaining human development and wellbeing.”

“The Forum is an excellent platform for and provides an opportunity to really look at how the Marshall Islands has progressed in terms of achievement of the MDGs, discuss key national development priorities and as a nation is positioned toward adopting the global agenda of the SDGs,” said Mr. Haoliang Xu, UNDP’s director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific.

“The post-2015 global development agenda and the new SDGs will encourage countries to promote economic and social progress with a light environmental footprint. This is essential for all the world’s regions if we are to preserve the global commons which secure our common future,” said Mr. Xu.

“UNDP supports Pacific countries to pursue low-carbon paths to development, protecting and raising awareness on better management of the limited resources such tuna that needs to be protected from overfishing. We seek to strengthen the capacities of all Pacific Island Countries to benefit from initiatives under the Global Environmental Facility and other sources of finance for tackling climate change and sustaining biodiversity.”

“This multi-stakeholder consultation brings together the international, regional, national and local stakeholders to discuss the relevance of SDGs to the country’s priorities. I commend the Government for initiating the process and commitment to taking it forward,” said Osnat Lubrani, UNDP Resident Representative for the Fiji Multi-Country Office.  

“Strong partnerships therefore play a critical role in emergence and achieving sustainable human development,” Mr. Xu said. “At UNDP, we work to connect countries with others which have achieved through their investments in infrastructure, health, education, governance, institutional strengthening and innovative social policy, and through their openness to engage with the global economy through trade, investment, and provision of aid,” Mr. Xu said.

This consultation is an activity of UNDP’s Parliament Support Upscaling Project, which is implemented by the Parliament of the Marshall Islands.

Contact information

In Marshall Islands: Mohammed Mozeem, Governance Analyst, UNDP Fiji MCO on email:mohammed.mozeem@undp.org

In Fiji: Sheryl Ho, UNDP Knowledge Communications Analyst, tel: (679) 8065-439; email:sheryl.ho@undp.org

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