Tuvalu Country Plan launched

Pictured: Those in attendance at the country plan launch, including Prime Minister Right Honourable Enele Sosene Sopoaga and Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls Dr Sharman Stone. Photo credit: Tuvalu Government Media

The second Tuvalu Country Plan 2019–2022 developed for the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (Pacific Women) program was launched on Wednesday night 12 June 2019. The launch event was co-hosted by Prime Minister Right Honourable Enele Sosene Sopoaga and the Australian High Commissioner Her Excellency Karyn Murray and held at the Government conference room.

Prime Minister Sopoaga jointly launched the country plan with the Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls, Dr Sharman Stone.

Prime Minister launched the first Tuvalu Country Plan three years ago and said that at that time he indicated the support of the government onto accommodating and addressing the gender issues especially the rights of women.

He said, ‘I said then that it’s a smart policy and that we appreciate the work of Australia and partners. So, I am very happy on behalf of the Cabinet to be given this opportunity to launch this plan.’

Ambassador Stone praised the efforts of the government of Tuvalu with regards to gender equality and said it was an honour for her to be launching this Plan that had been widely consulted with relevant stakeholders.

‘There is no debate that Tuvalu has embraced gender equality,’ said Ambassador Stone.

On the issue of women and the rights of women, Prime Minister said, ‘the general spirit is there. Perhaps it is necessary to consider properly these measures for women…and these things we all adhere to in spirit in Tuvalu but we need to operationalise them in a complete manner.’

The second Tuvalu Country Plan, which is aligned with key government of Tuvalu policies, builds on the achievements of the first country plan. As with the first Tuvalu Country Plan, the second country plan was developed through a comprehensive literature review and in-country consultation involving 43 stakeholders representing a wide range of government agencies, civil society organisations and beneficiary groups.