According to Mr. Foon, “There is an increasing recognition that the partnership has great potential to bring together human and financial resources, expertise, technology, and knowledge from different actors with positive effects. I am confident that the partnership dialogues like this exemplify our government’s KV20 objectives to transform the lives of our people and our nation through strategic partnerships.”
“The Government remains committed to the longstanding partnership it has built with UNDP over the past 21 years to improve livelihoods, transform communities, and to create a resilient nation for the people of Kiribati, in particular, during these difficult times, with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added.
Following remarks from both senior officials, and a presentation on key 2020 results from UNDP, officials from all implementing agencies in Kiribati provided statements on projects in which they are involved and offered suggestions. Open and forthright discussions following these presentations enabled all participants to share their own insights and ideas for the implementation of programmes in 2021 and beyond.
While the consultations brought key stakeholders together in one virtual room, the discussions, which included statements of appreciation, suggestions for modifications, and ideas for new areas of collaboration, were the most valued component of the meeting.
In his closing remarks, Mr. Foon shared, “Thank you for the opportunity to discuss and convey Kiribati’s priorities. I extend my sincere appreciation to the UNDP team for the comprehensive information and updates.”
He indicated that the exchange of information would continue in the days and months ahead, as Kiribati has undertaken to closely consult with UNDP on the way forward.
The Annual Programme Review now becomes part of the calendar of engagement between UNDP and the Government of Kiribati, which the next high-level discussion planned for early 2022. In the meantime, the UN Development Programme and the Government of Kiribati remain committed to their collaboration, designed to support national development and the wellbeing of the people of Kiribati.
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