Tuvalu Minister for Education, Youth and Sports, Mr. Fauoa Maami (far left) speaking at the Tuvalu Constitutional Review Seminar and (close right) Acting Prime Minister of Tuvalu H.E. Maatia Toafa (Photo: UNDP/Mohammed Mozeem)

Funafuti, Tuvalu
 - A milestone training seminar kicked this week in Funafuti, Tuvalu to advance the country’s Constitutional Review Process. This is the first activity under the multi-year Tuvalu Constitutional Review Project implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Tuvalu to review the country’s Constitution in consideration of the country’s socio-economic and political context. 

The Project is funded by the Government of Tuvalu, the Australian Government and UNDP for a three-year period starting from November 2016.

The three-day training is for the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC), which consists of the entire house of Parliament and the CRC Secretariat. It is expected to deepen stakeholders’ awareness and recognition of the constitutional review process and the project that is designed to support it. 

Speaker of Parliament and Chair of the CRC, Hon. Otinielu Tauteleimalae Tausi said, “The seminar will provide a platform to train CRC members on the critical aspects of a constitutional review process and discuss the legal framework, thereby creating clarity on the roles, functions and rules guiding the work of the CRC.”

Hon. Tausi added that, “Experiences from other jurisdictions who have gone through a similar process in the recent past will also be shared during the sessions.” 

The training will also provide space to discuss and broadly map the constitutional review process over the next two to three years and revalidate the initial assumptions laid out in a preliminary study conducted by an independent expert earlier this year. 

UNDP Governance Analyst, Mohammed Mozeem said, “The project will provide the required technical expertise and independent advice to ensure that the constitutional review is more technically proficient, inclusive, participatory and transparent and also conforms to international treaties and conventions, particularly on Human Rights.”

He added, “This process is expected to result in a more educated citizenry, a constitution with text that more accurately reflects the needs and aspirations of the Tuvalu people, and is able to better endure and address social, economic and political challenges”.

The seminar concludes today, 9 December 2016.

Contact information

Emily Moli, UNDP Knowledge Communications Analyst, tel: +679 3227 504; mob: +679 719 1112; email: emily.moli@undp.org

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