UN boosts Solomon Islands constitutional reforms
UN Development Programme To Boost Constitutional Reforms In Solomon Islands
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today announced the launch of a new project aimed at supporting constitutional reforms in the Solomon Islands, a Pacific Ocean archipelago which has recently been the scene of political and ethnic tensions.
Under the new initiative, signed today by Prime Minister Allan Kemkeza, UNDP >http://www.undp.org/">UNDP will carry out a socio-economic impact assessment and conduct widespread consultations in all of the country's nine provinces on proposals for the devolution of constitutional power and decentralization.
Based on the impact assessment, other reports and consultations, the project will help in developing a framework for a new federal constitution for the Solomon Islands.
"The Constitutional Reform Project is about 'governance' not just 'government,' so everyone must be involved, not just elected officials and government workers," explained UNDP's Peter Witham.
Speaking at the
signing ceremony, project coordinator Henry Kellam stressed
UNDP's neutral role "as a catalyst in helping facilitate the
process of constitutional reform." He urged the country's
people to put behind them the recent civil unrest and
suffering, "bearing in mind the painful but important
lessons Solomon Islanders have learned."