United Nations Development Programme

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UNDP is a global organisation committed to supporting UN member states and their people to achieve their national development goals. UNDP’s mandate is strongly committed to promoting gender equality in all its work, including through support for women in politics. In the Pacific, UNDP has three country offices – the UNDP Fiji Multi-Country Office (which covers Fiji, FSM, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu), the UNDP Samoa Multi-Country Office (which covers Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau) and the UNDP PNG Country Office. Technical advisory services are provided to these offices by the UNDP Pacific Centre.

The Pacific Centre’s Democratic Governance Team works closely with UNDP Country Offices, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and national stakeholders to support women in politics (including through the development and management of this website). UNDP worked closely with PIFS to support Mock Parliaments for Women. More broadly, UNDP Pacific offices support a number of national parliamentary strengthening projects, which offer opportunities for also promoting legislative and other reforms regarding women in politics. UNDP also supports candidates training, in collaboration with other partners, such as the Centre for Democratic Institutions.