Consultations for next United Nations Development Assistance Framework Commence
The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) coordinates the activities of 15 United Nations agencies including the International Labour Organisation (ILO), in 14 Pacific Island countries. The UNDAF is inspired by the Millennium Development Goals, the Pacific Plan and international human rights instruments, including International Labour Standards. The work of the ILO under the Decent Work Country Programmes of its 8 Pacific member States contributes to UNDAF outcomes.
The current Pacific UNDAF has been in operation since 2008 and is due to expire in 2012. To prepare for this, the UN in the Pacific is currently undertaking research and country consultations to develop the new UNDAF for 2013 to 2017. Country consultations on the new UNDAF will be undertaken in each of the ILO’s Pacific member States and representatives from our tripartite constituents in each of those countries will be invited to participate.
Upcoming in-country consultations include Vanuatu on 1 September, Fiji on 15 September, Tuvalu between 19 and 23 September and Samoa on 6 to 7 October. Final consultation dates for Kiribati are still to be decided while consultations in the Solomon Islands were convened on 26 August and in the Republic of Marshall Islands were convened in the first week of August.
It’s critical that labour and social protection issues are well represented in the next UNDAF. The ILO Office for South Pacific Island Countries encourages as many as possible of our constituents to get involved in the UNDAF consultations, as you are the best advocates of the importance of promoting decent work in the Pacific. If your organisation has not received an invitation to the consultations from the UN, or if we can support your participation in the country consultations in any way, please contact Caroline Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org