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Engaging Parliamentarians as Advocates with civil society to progress SRHR and ICPD in the Pacific SIDS
Description/achievement of initiative

AFPPD in partnership with IPPF and Pacific Parliaments has trialled a post election module in Building Capacity of Pacific Island Parliamentarians to Advocate for ICPD and SRHR in Tonga and Cook Islands Parliaments. We also provide opportunities to build advocacy and knowledge skills of parliamentarians, including processes to enable them to work with CSOs. This partnership is effective in enhancing social protection and inclusion, improving well being, and guaranteeing opportunities for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, by focusing parliamentarians on their roles within their national parliaments to advocate for rights-based policies in SRHR and ICPD. This partnership has also proved most effective in supporting national actions of SIDS in addressing communicable and non-communicable diseases. Pacific nation joint statements, led by Cook Islands at the 47th CPD and its regional feed-in the 6th APPC, as well as country statements and commitments at UN meetings

Implementation methodologies

The partnership will be achieved through successfully undertaking the post-election modules in partnership parliaments. AFPPD and IPPF EASEOR have created this partnership under our joint MOU. We also undertake the module at the express invitation of parliaments. As AFPPD covers all parliaments within the UN APRO region, a MOU between AFPPD and IPPF SARO, enable us to approach our existing partnership with the Maldives Parliament to undertake the module there and other SIDS related parliaments such as Singapore, Australia, Japan and New Zealand.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

We have trialled a Post Election module for Parliamentarians already in the Tongan Parliament and are scheduling further modules with parliamentarians in the Cook Islands Parliament, Kiribati, Fiji and Solomons. The results of the Tongan trial showed a commitment from parliamentarians and civil society to work together to progress ICPD and SRHR outcomes, particularly in relation to legislation, resources and commitment at international levels.By working with the UNDP parliamentary capacity building team at the Tongan Parliament, as well as UNFPA and other partners, we also built the capacity of the parliamentary committee secretariat, enabling transfer of capacity building beyond the election cycle.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

AFPPD and IPPF EASEOR have created this partnership under our joint MOU. We also undertake the module at the express invitation of parliaments. As AFPPD covers all parliaments within the UN APRO region, a MOU between AFPPD and IPPF SARO, enable us to approach our existing partnership with the Maldives Parliament to undertake the module there and other SIDS related parlaiments such as Singapore, Australia, Japan and New Zealand.

Partner(s)

IPPF (International Planned Parenthood Federation) EASEOR Cook Islands Parliament, Tonga Parliament, Maldives Parliament, Kiribati Parliament, Australian and New Zealand Parliamentary Groups on Population and Development. UN partners - UNFPA, UNDP, UNAIDS, UN DESA
Updates to initiatives
Goal 2
Goal 3
2015
Parliamentarian advocacy on ICPD and SRHR achieves SIDS support for ICPD and SRHR in Post 2015 and Beijing +20 processes
In-kind contribution
$20,000
Financing (in USD)
20,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Two AFPPD staff, one consultant, plus in-kind assistance from Parliaments

SMART
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Updates
Basic information
Time-frame: 0000-00-00 - December 31, 2015
Partners
IPPF (International Planned Parenthood Federation) EASEOR Cook Islands Parliament, Tonga Parliament, Maldives Parliament, Kiribati Parliament, Australian and New Zealand Parliamentary Groups on Population and Development. UN partners - UNFPA, UNDP, UNAIDS, UN DESA
Countries
Contact information
John Hyde, Deputy Director, gopacau@gmail.com
United Nations