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Workshop on National Sustainable Development Strategies (NSDS), New York, 4-5 th May 2006 TONGA. Where are we ?. Development Challenges Facing TONGA. Hardship & poverty Governance Environmental concerns Social Issues Financial conditions (revenue base).

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Workshop on National Sustainable Development Strategies (NSDS), New York, 4-5th May 2006

TONGA

Where are we ?


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Development Challenges Facing TONGA (NSDS), New York, 4-5

  • Hardship & poverty

  • Governance

  • Environmental concerns

  • Social Issues

  • Financial conditions (revenue base)


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National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS) (NSDS), New York, 4-5TONGA

1. Current Status of NSDS in Tonga ?

- National Strategic Development Plan 8

‘…Looking to the future building on the past …’

‘Vakai ki he kaha’u,

makatuunga ‘i he kuo hili ‘


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National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS) (NSDS), New York, 4-5TONGA

2. What does Tonga hope to achieve with the NSDS ?

‘ Creating a better society in which all Tongans enjoy higher living standards & a better quality of life through good governance, equitable & environmentally sustainable private sector led growth, improved education & health standards and cultural development ‘


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National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS) (NSDS), New York, 4-5TONGA

3. Mechanism for broad participation of stakeholders ?

- SDP8 process

- extensive national consultations

- regional & national summits

- regional plans & priorities


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National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS) (NSDS), New York, 4-5TONGA

4. major achievements/best practices ?

Process

- interactive dialogue

- obtain participation

- political commitment to the process

- national ownership of process

- established partnership & relationship


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4.major achievements/best practices ?(con’t)

Strategies

- obtain political leadership & commitment to shared strategies (align budgetary & strategic priorities

- pragmatic vision

- communication & dialogue on strategies

- development realistic strategies


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National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS) (NSDS), New York, 4-5TONGA

4. major achievements/best practices ? (con’t)

Planning

- extensive dialogue/consultation

- develop consultation & public awareness programme

- secure finance for consultation


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National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS) (NSDS), New York, 4-5TONGA

5. Main challenges ?

- lack of enthusiasm from communities

- ensuring broad participation

- mobilising resources

- linking national & local priorities

- adequate data & access to information

- priority setting

- cross cultural & spiritual dimension

- invigorate commitment


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National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS) (NSDS), New York, 4-5TONGA

5. Main challenges ?(con’t)

- utilisation of existing structure

- sustain commitment & dedication spearheading team

- linking national strategies & sectoral plans and strategies (medium/long run)


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National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS) (NSDS), New York, 4-5TONGA

6. Next Step ?

  • Translating concept of sustainable development into working practices

  • Financing & capacity building

    - Monitoring process


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Lessons Learnt from SDP8 Process (NSDS), New York, 4-5Formulating strategies

  • realistic and build on existing strategies & processing, instead of adding unnecessary layers

  • set realistic and monitorable targets linked to clear budgetary priorities

  • identify priority capacity development needs

  • build in continous monitoring and improvement from the outset

  • Clearly define and communicate, roles and relationships of key participants in the strategy process;

  • COMMUNICATION and raising awareness


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National Sustainable Development Strategies (NSDS) (NSDS), New York, 4-5

TONGA

THANKYOU !!


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