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Tonga National Sustainable Development Board (TNSDB) officially launched

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02nd August, 2017 The Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva launched Tonga National Sustainable Development Board after the closing ceremony of a two-day Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) National Consultation Workshop at Fa’onelua Convention Centre, this afternoon.

The initiative aims for government to localize the PIDF priorities, by setting up Tonga’s own in-country multi-stakeholder board – the Tonga National Sustainable Development Board – or TNSDB.

TNSDB operates under the Prime Minister’s Office secretariat. TNSDB will be responsible for policy coherence and coordination, and system-wide implementation of PIDF policies within member countries.

Hon Pohiva said TNSDB, “will facilitate internal coordination of strategies, policies, and programs of the member countries and the PIDF and would promote integration of national concerns and harness their co-benefits and synergies”.

“This initiative again complements Tonga’s ongoing commitments to localizing similar global framework such as the SDGs and link national activities and programmes to the global policy level which will create broader support, and enhance impact.”

He said TNSDB is best positioned to provide a harmonized national reporting system to reduce the burden of countries reporting on international agendas such as the UNFCCC, the SDG global indicator framework, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

He also reminded participants about the commitment in the coming months to formalize the establishment of a Board and to deliver the change that will make the difference needed on the ground.

Three members of the Tonga National Sustainable Board will represent Tonga to the Members Representative Council which meets twice a year and to the PIDF Conference which is held every two years.

The interim nominees for Members Representative Council include Mr. Drew Havea from The Civil Society Organization, Mr. Edgar Cocker from the private sector and Dr. Palenitina Langa’oi from government.

Present in the closing ceremony were the Deputy Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum Mr Peni Lomaloma, Ministers of the Crown, representatives from line ministries, civil society and private sector.

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Issued by the: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change & Communications.

 

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