Honiara, Solomon Islands - Solomon Islands Prime Minister Hon. Rick Hou has welcomed a delegation from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to discuss their support to the Government and the People of Solomon Islands in 2018 and beyond.
On behalf of the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji, Country Manager for UNDP Solomon Islands, Azusa Kubota, congratulated the Hon. Hou on his appointment.
Kubota highlighted UNDP’s work in the areas of democratic governance; peace building, anti-corruption, electorate support, as well as resilience development through climate change mitigation and adaptation, and disaster risk reduction.
She also commended the government for spearheading the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its National Development Strategy.
The year 2018 is crucial for Solomon Islands as it will host the country’s first general election since the departure of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).
UNDP will continue to work closely with the government of Solomon Islands both at the national and provincial level to promote development, peace and stability.
Kubota stressed the importance of adequately resourcing electoral activities, including the electoral management body.
She also updated Hon. Hou about the recent approval of the Peacebuilding-funded project which will be implemented jointly by UNDP and UN Women.
The 18-month programme will start in January 2018 to support the implementation of the Communiqué, emanating from the National Peace Dialogue that was held in June this year.
Hon. Hou expressed his appreciation to UNDP for its continued support and partnership in implementing the national development strategy and meeting the SDGs. The impact of climate change is real and more resources need to be directed towards adaptation and mitigation efforts.
He affirmed the government’s continued commitment to anti-corruption and service delivery at the provincial level.
Hon. Hou and Kubota further discussed the importance of women’s participation in development and political processes. Hon. Hou mentioned the need for more women to become active members of political parties to be able to pave their way to become political leaders.
He was also briefed about the recent success of the Youth Innovation Summit where young people were given opportunities to apply innovation and become problem-solvers.
Hon. Hou stated, “Supporting youth and working in provinces are key. I have travelled to provinces and see that the local governments have made progress, but we need to work more to support them. We need to work beyond Honiara, especially with young people, to provide them with opportunities to build their confidence.”
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