Workshop to improve lives of regional families

Update: 5:12PM REPRESENTATIVES from 10 Pacific Island this week convened in Fiji to strengthen data collection and planning to improve the lives of the most vulnerable families and children.

With
initiative from the United Nations Children?s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations
Population Fund (UNFPA) and Pacific Community (SPC), the Pacific Sustainable
Development Social Indicators Survey Design Workshop has brought together
national statisticians and line ministry managers from the Cook Islands, Fiji,
Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga,
Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

UNICEF Representative, Sheldon Yett said the workshop would ensure that global
best practices are in place for household surveys in the Pacific.

“Statistically
sound and internationally comparable household level data is essential for the
targeting of resources to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and
meet the needs of the most vulnerable,” he said.

SPC’s
Deputy Director General, Audrey Aumua said the workshop is a necessary
initiative towards generating the evidence base to form policy to improve the
situation of children and women in the Pacific region.

The
workshop is now held in Suva until March 27.

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