(R-L) Hon. Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, UNDP Solomon Is Country Director, Azusa Kobota, and UNPBF Project Manager, Agus Wandi, discussing upcoming dialogue for peace and development (Photo: UNDP SOI)

Honiara, Solomon Islands 
- The Solomon Islands Western Provincial Government in collaboration with Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace (MNURP) with support from the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) project is organizing a dialogue on ‘Sustaining Peace and Accelerating Development in Western Province’ to be held in Gizo from 23 to 24 May 2017. 

Hon. Wayne Maepioh, Premier of Western Province will host this dialogue and international stakeholders have been invited to observe. Among attendees will be Solomon Islands Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare and Hon. Samson Maneka, Minister of MNURP as well as women, youth representatives, church leaders, village and tribal chiefs, provincial members and parliamentarians. 

The objective of the dialogue is to ascertain local solutions and commitments to sustain peace that are owned by leaders and people of Western Province, and the national government of Solomon Islands. It is also an opportunity to identify, examine and discuss the development challenges and economic potentials of the province. Specific issues to be discussed are on tourism, security including on border security, anti-corruption and resourcing peace and development. Key issues emanating from this dialogue will be presented at the National Dialogue to be convened in June 2017 in Honiara.

“This dialogue will present a unique opportunity to bring all stakeholders around the table. As a facilitator, we have been overwhelmed by the high level of enthusiasm and commitment demonstrated by the organizing committee in the Province,” said Ms. Azusa Kubota, Head of UN Joint Presence Office.

The UNPBF is supporting the Government of Solomon Islands and national stakeholders during a transitional period in view of the RAMSI drawdown, to create an inclusive space for dialogue and reconciliation and to strengthen the national capacity for implementing the national peace building policy, including enhancing the engagement of women and youth in peacebuilding processes.

UNPBF is jointly implemented by UNDP and UN Women in close collaboration with the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation & Peace, and Ministry of Women, Youth, Children & Family Affairs. 

Contact information

Sandra Barrows, Communications & Media Specialist, UNDP Solomon Islands, email: sandra.barrows@undp.org, tel: +677 27446 ext. 5527

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