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Pacific NCD Partnership for a Multi-sector Approach to Prevent and Control NCDs (Pacific NCD Partnership)
Description/achievement of initiative

The Partnership's objective is to strengthen and coordinate the necessary capacity and expertise to support Pacific SIDS to significantly progress the prevention and control of NCDs in order to meet the globally agreed NCD targets, in particular through: 1.Advocating for the necessary political will, adequate institutional support and resources to underpin country level development outcomes that have effectively integrated NCD prevention and control considerations; 2.Using the Pacific NCD Roadmap as a key document guiding the NCD support provided by existing partners. 3.Strengthening their strategic multi-sector response to prevention and control of NCDs by mobilising and co-ordinating the support and expertise embedded in partners now working in the Region. 4.Promoting and supporting the mainstreaming of targets, activities and funding related to NCD prevention and control into national plans and budgets, including through advocating for partner support is on-plan and on-budget. 5.Building and strengthening a network/partnership/alliance of multi-sector stakeholders to focus their collective capacity, skills and resources, on supporting structured and sustainable approaches to addressing the prevention and control of NCDs;6.Supporting where practical and cost effective, the provision of Pacific regional public goods related to the prevention and control of NCDs in the Pacific region; 7.Sharing information and to maintain an inventory of ongoing NCD Roadmap relevant actions in countries and the region by partners, countries and civil society.8.Supporting the reporting back to Ministers of Economics and Health in the region as the key regional arrangements for accountability and direction on addressing the NCD crisis in the region; and 9.Mobilising and maximising the use of existing and new and additional resources to support all of the above.

Implementation methodologies

Implementation Methodologies (How will this partnership be achieved?):Of particular note is the NCD Roadmap developed by the Quintilateral group (Australia, NZ, SPC, WB and WHO) which has been recently approved by the Joint Forum Economic and Pacific Health Ministers and Forum Leaders. A key objective is the use of the Roadmap to broaden and strengthen existing NCD responses at country level, ensuring they are multi-sectoral and focused on practical and cost effective interventions in prevention and control of NCDs. The Partnership expects to mobilise and coordinate support provided through existing partners and programs to countries, ensuring that support is targeted and responsive to the local context, and building on existing similar Pacific Partnership approaches. The Pacific NCD Roadmap and associated commitments of the Pacific Ministers of Economics and Health will provide the guiding policy directives for developing a collaborative approach by partners. Once National NCD Roadmaps are developed these too will provide guidance for partner support at country level in particular. It is envisaged that strengthened consultation at Regional level will facilitate better co-ordination and accountability at country level. Stronger national plans for NCDs, with robust monitoring and evaluation frameworks are in turn likely to attract more resources from partners. Donor partners will be encouraged to follow aid effectiveness principles in their bilateral and regional support, including through provision of long-term, predictable support aligned to national plans and budget. NCDs is now a standing agenda item on the FEMM and the Partnership will play an important role reporting on progress at country level on NCD prevention and control, including implementation of the four best buys, to the annual Pacific Heads of Health Meeting and Economic and Health Ministers and Leaders as appropriate. It could also contribute significantly to reporting on the progress of key priorities in the SAMOA Pathway outcomes document and into the reporting to global levels and High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on the progress of SDGs and the Post 2015 Development Framework.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Capacity building and supplementation approaches need to be innovative in small administrations with limited resources as is inherent in most of the SIDS of the Pacific. Sharing of experiences across countries and partners should also help to maximise outcomes and best practice roll out in the Pacific and potentially other SIDS regions. Capacity building is the core business of the technical agencies serving the Pacific Region; the Partnership will facilitate co-ordination between them. As articulated above the whole partnership is about pulling together the necessary capacity and skill sets available to support PICTs. It may also help to facilitate cross-country sharing of experiences, best practice and peer to peer capacity support where practicable.Start date (e.g.30 July, 2014): Date of Completion (e.g. First phase end of 2017, mid point 2020, Key milestones 2025):

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

Coordination Mechanisms:The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in collaboration with WHO and other organisations, development partners and stakeholders as arranged/necessary expect to form the core of the partnerships capacity to support countries. The Partnership is designed to serve all PICTs in the region who have endorsed the NCD Roadmap and Tobacco Free Pacific 2025 initiative. The Partnership does not seek to create a new organisation or new programme of work within an existing organisation, but rather a better networked alliance of the necessary stakeholders to address this issue in a comprehensive way. It plans to facilitate coordination, cooperation and collaboration through cost effective and virtual means of regular communications, consultation and report to each other and country representatives as deemed appropriate. It will support, in particular, reporting to existing Forum Economic and Pacific Health Ministers Meetings and Forum Leaders meetings as appropriate.SPC plans to provide Secretariat services to the Partnership in its first year of operation – with review of this arrangement following the inception meeting of the Partnership.Each Partner would agree to a Terms of Reference (TOR) establishing the Partnership. This will articulate, amongst other things:-the objectives of the Partnership:-the list of Partners and PICTs; -some principles of membership that relate to NCD support (particularly for potential private sector engagement or funding strategies);-a list of the comparative advantage and resources each partner brings to the table; -the collective capacity of the Partnership to support PICTs;-accountability arrangements (reporting and how it takes guidance from PICTs);-contact points in each partner;-the TOR is also expected to cover role delineation where necessary.


Pacific Island Forum Leaders, Pacific Ministers of Health, Pacific Islands Permanent Missions at the UN, PICTs, SPC, PIFS, WHO, UNDP, World Bank, Australia DFAT, NZAP, US Department of State, NCD Alliance, PIHOA (other partners are welcome to join as desired also).
Progress reports
Goal 3
Collaborative capacity support to PICTs on NCD Prevention and Control through the Pacific NCD Partnership
Reduced consumption of unhealthy food and drink known to cause NCDs (particular focus on sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) e.g. soda) and NCDs reflected sufficiently in the Post 2015 Development Agenda
Strengthened National NCD responses in all PICTs
Effective Tobacco Control measures implemented in all PICTs (long term goal Tobacco Free Pacific by 2025)
In-kind contribution
PICTs, SPC, PIFS, WHO, UNDP, World Bank, Australia DFAT, NZAP, US Department of State, NCD Alliance, PIHOA
Financing (in USD)

Basic information
Time-frame: 0000-00-00 - 2025
Pacific Island Forum Leaders, Pacific Ministers of Health, Pacific Islands Permanent Missions at the UN, PICTs, SPC, PIFS, WHO, UNDP, World Bank, Australia DFAT, NZAP, US Department of State, NCD Alliance, PIHOA (other partners are welcome to join as desired also).
Contact information
Dr. Colin Tukuitonga, Director General, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, colint@spc.int
United Nations