The Government of FSM provided clarification on its process of setting priorities, and presented its development priorities for 2020-2021, which include infrastructure, water security, SDG tracking, climate change mitigation, and emergency adaptation. It was noted that UNDP is already working extensively in some of those areas.
Mr. Kevin Petrini, Deputy Resident Representative a.i. for UNDP Pacific Office during his presentation remarked that “It is great to hear more about your priorities, many of which are being addressed in our very strong joint portfolio of work. As UNDP is a global agency, we do have additional capacity and expertise, and so we hope that this meeting is a chance for us to think about new ways in which we can work together.” He suggested coastal adaptation as an area in which UNDP has invested a great deal, which would benefit FSM.
FSM and UNDP representatives agreed that the meeting was an opportune time to promote the “cross-pollination” of projects. The partners spoke about how women’s empowerment methods and strategies already being used in the area of resilience and sustainable development can be applied to promote gender equity in the transport sector, which FSM is already working to achieve.
The partners spoke about their joint commitment to the achievement of the SDGs, and both remain resolute in their determination to make progress toward the goals.
“With the establishment of the UNDP Office for the North Pacific in a few months’ time, UNDP will become much more accessible to you. We will continue to provide assistance in our focal areas and will have more human resources closer to you. That increased capacity will support your efforts to make progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals,” Mr. Bouadze informed the Government of FSM.
Mr. Carl reiterated the Government’s commitment to working with both the UNDP Pacific Office and the UNDP Office for the North Pacific, noting that “We are very much looking forward to the opening of the new office. There will be many new opportunities to grow and advance our partnership.”
The Annual Programme Review meeting concluded with both partners agreeing to make this strategic dialogue a fixture on their annual calendar. The next Annual Programme Review meeting will therefore take place in early 2022. In the interim, UNDP and FSM will continue to work closely on initiatives that support FSM’s development priorities and benefit all its people.
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