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UNDP Rotuma Report launching Dialogue Initiatives Affect Rotumans: Konrote

President said this came about at a time when Rotumans on the Island were facing multiple issues affecting social cohesion.   President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote said instilled lessons for
03 Aug 2016 10:35
UNDP Rotuma Report launching Dialogue Initiatives Affect Rotumans: Konrote
From left: United Nations Resident Coordinator and head of United Nations Development Programme Osnat Lubrani, President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote, and Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific Christoph Wagner at the launching of the Report on the United Nations Development Programme Training and Dialogue on Leadership for Chiefs, Community Leaders and Youth of Rotuma yesterday. Photo: DEPTFO News

President said this came about at a time when Rotumans on the Island were facing multiple issues affecting social cohesion.

 

President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote said instilled lessons for leaders in how they carried out similar dialogue was affecting Rotuman on the island.

“The workshop also instilled lessons for the leaders on how they can also carry out similar dialogue initiatives on important development matters affecting them,” he said.

“As Pacific Islanders, dialogue is an intrinsic part of our culture, but when addressing issues, dialogues must have nuanced approaches to work towards outcomes that benefit the majority without having to disadvantage the minority and vulnerable groups in our communities.”

President Konrote was speaking yesterday at the launching of the Report on the United Nations Development Programme Training and Dialogue on Leadership for Chiefs, Community Leaders and Youth of Rotuma.

President Konrote said this came about at a time when Rotumans on the island were facing multiple issues affecting social cohesion.

“This capacity building initiative on leadership for the District Chiefs of Rotuma, including women and youth leaders, was a first opportunity for many of the participants to be part of a learning event with their traditional leaders,” he said.

Mr Konrote said this provided a safe space especially for youths and women to dialogue and have a voice in key development issues affecting Rotumans.

The challenges of leadership, governance, social cohesion, gender and age inclusivity in Rotuma among others are more or less the same throughout rural communities.

The report highlights the outcomes of a leadership training that was conducted by a high level team from UNDP, the European Union and Government ministers in Rotuma to promote accountable and inclusive leadership and dialogue on the island.

Mr Konrote also encouraged more similar constructive engagements for our rural and maritime communities so that in our course for sustainable development, no individual or community was left behind.

The training and dialogue was part of UNDP’s Strengthening Citizen Engagement in Fiji (SCEFI) aimed at enabling citizens to engage in community based activities to help build a better future in Fiji.

It is facilitated by the UNDP and funded by the European Union.

Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific Christoph Wagner said they were interested in such projects as it benefitted a lot of communities.

“That is what really changes a country, so at the political sphere, economical sphere at the end it is also about the communities,” he said.

Mr Wagner also indicated their continued support through similar programmes  to the Government and various communities.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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