Press Release: UN Opens New Office Space In Honiara

In addition to marking the opening of the new JPO, Ms. Lubrani has been in the country to participate in the national consultation on the new UN Pacific Strategy 2018-2022. She has been accompanied by other UN Heads of Agencies: Mr. Sheldon Yett, the UNICEF Representative to the Pacific countries; Mr. Bruce Campbell, Director for UNFPA Pacific Sub-Regional Office and UNFPA Representative in the Pacific; Mr. Bakhodir Burkhanov, the UNDP Pacific Country Director; Ms. Aleta Miller, UN Women Representative; Mr. Sune Gudnitz, Head of OCHA in the Pacific and Ms. Eriko Hibi, FAO Representative.

The new UN JPOis comprised of the four agencies: the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF),UNWomen (UNWOMEN), and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). In addition, the JPO houses other members of the UN family including United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), United NationsDepartment of Safety and Security (UNDSS), United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The JPO in Solomon Islands is managed and led by UNDP.

At the ceremony, the UN Resident CoordinatorOsnat Lubrani said,“those of us who work for the UN, who will be working in this beautiful building, have an important mission: to serve the people of the Solomon Islands and to do our utmost to contribute to improving the standards of living for the poorest and most vulnerable in this country.”

“The co-location of theUN agencies in the JPO will allow for further integration and coordination of the UN’s work and help us work as one UN family in Solomon Islands.We are very proud of and grateful for this new office as we embark on this important and ambitious task of formulating a new five year programme for the United Nations.” She added.

“The launch of this office coincides with important landmark moments in the history our partnership: SDG, Samoa Pathway, Climate Change (GA happening now). This week, we’ll be holding consultations on 2018-2022 new UN Pacific Strategy. Last week, appraisal of the current UN Development Assistance Framework in the Solomon Islands, discussed lessons from our activities over past four years; what worked, where we should improve.”

Lubrani also noted that today’s celebration of the opening of this UN office also coincides with International Day of Peace. “The UN here in Solomon Islands has been with the people of Solomon Islands during the good as well as difficult times for the country. We will continue to work closely with all stakeholders to promote peace and prosperity for the people of Solomon Islands during the period of transition as the country prepares for the RAMSI draw down in
mid-2017. “

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Sarah Nihopara, (Coordination Officer) Tel: (677) 776 2584 email:sarah.nihopara@undp.org