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Collaboration crucial for the achievement of the MDGs

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22 November 2012 As part of the countdown to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in 2015, participants attending the Tonga MDG-Media Training Workshop were reminded that if Tonga was to achieve the MDG targets, there must be increased collaboration between the Government and civil society organizations, youth, churches and the community at large.

Delivering the Opening Remarks at the workshop, Mr Mahe'uli'uli Tupouniua, Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chairman of the MDG Country Taskforce told participants from the Government of Tonga and media representatives that "information and communications play an integral role in connecting us, binding our commitments, in the outreach in meeting the targets of MDGs and reiterating its compelling importance to people's livelihoods, such as the national call for participation in combating the impact of non-communicable diseases (NCD) in Tonga."

"We know that partnership is at the heart of development effectiveness and is closely linked to sustainable development and stability of the Kingdom," he added.

Mr Paula Ma'u, Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Information and Communication in welcoming participants highlighted the important role in having policies in place like a Freedom of Information policy that allows for more efficient dissemination of information from the Government. He also emphasized the role that social media has to play in the dissemination of information.

The off-track MDGs Tonga has identified include Goal 1 to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, Goal 3 to promote gender quality and empower women, and Goal 6 Target C which is to halt by 2015 to combat non-communicable diseases.

The Tonga national days for the MDGs and NCDs was launched on 18 November with church services in the different religious denominations followed by the launch of MDGs and NCDs Expo on 20 November by Acting Prime Minister, Hon. Samiu Kuita Vaipulu at Teufaiva Stadium.

Attended by 30 participants, the workshop was designed and facilitated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and National Planning together with Ministry of Information and Communication. The workshop is an activity of UNDP's Tonga MDG Monitoring and Reporting Project 2009-2012.

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For more information contact: Jennifer Namgyal, UNDP Knowledge Management on tel: (676) 8444493 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Sheryl Ho, UNDP Knowledge Communications Analyst on tel: (676) 8444492 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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