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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 ?

development challenges facing tonga
Development Challenges Facing TONGA
  • Hardship & poverty
  • Governance
  • Environmental concerns
  • Social Issues
  • Financial conditions (revenue base)
national sustainable development strategy nsds tonga
National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS)TONGA

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 ‘

national sustainable development strategy nsds tonga4
National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS)TONGA

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)TONGA

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)TONGA

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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National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS)TONGA

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)TONGA

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)TONGA

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

national sustainable development strategy nsds tonga10
National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS)TONGA

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)TONGA

6. Next Step ?

  • Translating concept of sustainable development into working practices
  • Financing & capacity building

- Monitoring process

lessons learnt from sdp8 process formulating strategies
Lessons Learnt from SDP8 ProcessFormulating 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