Tonga-UN consultations on addressing its UNDAF 2013-2017

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5 September 2011

Last week, a team of United Nations (UN) Agencies officials were in Tonga from 1 - 2 September, to engage in an extensive process of government and non-government consultations on Tonga's UNDAF (United Nations Development Assistance Framework) for 2013-2017.

This country visit included representatives from five UN agencies, namely the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Women.

The first session of the two-day consultations involved preparatory meetings held at the Loumaile Lodge last Thursday, for UN agencies to meet with Chair and Facilitators, development partners and stakeholders from Non-Government Organizations (NGOs).

Nine of these NGOs and CFOs are Tonga's National Youth Congress, Women's Community Center, Langafonua Ma'a Fafine, Tonga Trust, Civil Society Forum of Tonga (CSFT), Ma'ae Famili moe Fanau and the Friendly Islands Human Rights, who were given an opportunity to discuss immediate NGOs development priorities with the UN agencies representatives.

On Friday 2 September, the Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr Mahe'uli'uli Tupouniua addressed the opening session of the United Nations Consultation Programme of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (INDAF) 2013-2017, which was held at the Fa'onelua Convention Centre in Nuku'alofa.

In his address, Mr Tupouniua commented that the UNDAF consultations will, "further strengthen current and future development partnerships between the Kingdom of Tonga and the United Nations."

He also expresses his gratitude to the United Nations Team led by the UNDP and representatives from the UNESCO, UNICEF, UN Women CEDAW and the UNFPA for committing time and efforts to conduct these valuable consultations.

The Secretary further added that the meeting with national stakeholders will ensure that the UNDAF appropriately reflects the Kingdom's development challenges and priorities in a responsive, effective and efficient manner.

Such consultations will further validate the country analysis in alignment with the Kingdom of Tonga's national plans and priorities and agree on possible areas of support in terms of comparative advantage and the mandate of the United Nations.

During the consultation, Mrs. Sharon Sakuma from the Government of Palau presented an exchange of Palau country experience on UN Joint Presence and UN Joint Programming. This has stimulated many discussions on coherent delivery mechanisms and Tonga's perspective on UN Joint Presence and UN Coordination.

The UN Consultation Programme was jointly chaired by Tonga's Lady ‘Eseta Fusitu'a and the UN's    Samantha Cocco-Klein, where nearly 50 representatives from the Government, non-government organisations, civil societies, development partners and partake in the two-day consultations.

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Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2011. Photos: MIC. For more information please contact UNDP Programme Analyst, Milika Tuita on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (676) 22 520.

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