Tangata with Jill Pettis, MP & Chair of NZPPD
The New Zealand Parliamentary Group on Population and Development (NZPPD) and the Pacific Parliamentary Assembly on Population and Development (PPAPD) Secretariat have agreed to further collaboration to address population and development challenges in the Pacific.
The NZPPD Secretariat coordinated the visit of Tangata Vainerere, PPAPD Coordinator, to Wellington, New Zealand, from 10th – 15th May.
The visit was organised as part of a NZPPD priority project for 2008 and beyond: ‘Peer learning with Pacific parliamentarians on population and development’. Representatives of the NZPPD met with Mr Vainerere to further develop collaborative activities between both parliamentary groups.
The NZPPD is a member and partner of the PPAPD, a Pacific regional body of parliamentarians with membership from 17 Pacific nations. A key outcome of the visit is that the NZPPD Secretariat has accepted an invitation to coordinate a workshop at the next PPAPD meeting in July 2008 in the Solomon Islands. The workshop will be an opportunity to focus on strategies and examples of how parliamentarians can take action on population and development issues, using the New Zealand experience.
Another outcome of the visit is that the NZPPD Secretariat facilitated Mr Vainerere presenting a population and development focused submission to the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. The Committee are currently undertaking an Inquiry into New Zealand’s Relationships with South Pacific countries and this was a valuable opportunity to highlight the significance of population and development in this context.
Tangata also met with representatives from NZAID, the Inter-parliamentary Relations Secretariat and Parliamentarians for Global Action. Tangata’s visit received good media coverage.