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International and Regional Frameworks
This page contains information on international and regional frameworks that are most relevant to the work of ESCAP in the Pacific.
Millennium Development Goals
Mauritius Strategy
Least Developed Countries
Pacific Plan
Other International and Regional Frameworks

Millennium Development Goals

The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 - form a blueprint agreed to by all the world's countries and all the world's leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world's poorest.

ESCAP works closely with UNDP and ADB in providing assistance to Governments in the Asia and the Pacific. (See joint UNESCAP/UNDP/ADB joint project: Millennium Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific). In the Pacific ESCAP collaborates closely with the UNDP Pacific Regional Centre.

Meetings and Conferences

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Pacific Focus: Millennium Development goals plus the Mauritius Strategy & The Brussels Programme of Action

Mauritius Strategy

The mission EPOC is restated to focus on supporting Pacific countries in their efforts to attain their Millennium Development Goals through the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy.

The Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small island developing states (SIDS) is the blueprint for SIDS and the international community to address national and regional sustainable development in SIDS that takes into account economic, social and environmental aspects. It sets out the basic principles as well as specific actions required at the national, regional and international levels to support sustainable development in SIDS.

The Programme of Action was first endorsed by at the Global Conference on Sustainable Development of SIDS held in Barbados in 1994. In 2005 a review meeting was held in Mauritius, which adopted the Mauritius Strategy for Further Implementation of the Programme of Action.

Small island developing States and territories share a number of disadvantages, including small population, a narrow range of resources, susceptibility to natural disasters, excessive dependence on international trade and vulnerability to global developments. In addition, they suffer from lack of economies of scale, high transportation and communication costs, and costly public administration and infrastructure. More on Small island developing states

What is the Global Mandate?
The Mauritius Strategy for the further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States was adopted by 129 members and associated member countries of regional commissions in a global conference held in Mauritius in 2005. It covers the period 2005 to 2015 and succeeds the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA). The Mauritius Strategy is the United Nations Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States, and represented the only global development strategy that addresses the unique development problems of this important and vulnerable group of countries. The Strategy includes 19 Chapters relating to the development concerns that include environmental management (e.g. climate change, waste management, marine and coastal management, energy), transport and communication, trade, national sustainable development strategies, education health and knowledge management.

ESCAP assists Pacific Island governments to implement the Mauritius Strategy, particularly through assistance in the development and implementation of national sustainable development strategies as the main mechanism to implement the Mauritius Strategy on the national level. Key partners of the Centre are the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat and SPREP as well as the SIDS Unit of UN-DESA , UN-OHRLLS , UNESCO and the UNDP Pacific Centre. More on Sustainable Development Strategies

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Least Developed Countries

Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are a group of 50 countries which have been identified as "least developed" in terms of their low GDP per capita, their weak human assets and their high degree of economic vulnerability. In the Pacific Kiribati, Tuvalu, Samoa, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are classified as LDCs. See LDC criteria and list of LDCs. More on Least Developed Countries

What is the Global Mandate?
The Brussels Declaration and the Programme of Action of the Third United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries.

ESCAP's assistance to LDCs is coordinated by the Least Developed Countries Coordination Unit . ESCAP works closely with partners such UN-OHRLLS and UNCTAD.

Conferences and Meetings

Useful Links and Resourcess

The Pacific Plan

The Pacific Plan was endorsed by Leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum meeting in October 2005. The Goal of the Pacific Plan is to: Enhance and stimulate economic growth, sustainable development, good governance and security for Pacific countries through regionalism.

The 62nd Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific recognized the Pacific Plan and requested ESCAP to take into account to the development approach of regionalism and the priorities set out in the Pacific Plan in technical cooperation activities for Pacific Island developing countries (resolution 62/12 )

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