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Building a legacy – developing a sustainable development agenda

Tuesday 10 November 2020 | Written by Supplied | Published in Editorials, Opinion


The Cook Islands National Sustainable Development Agenda 2020+ will be ready for endorsement by April next year.

The Cook Islands National Sustainable Development Agenda 2020+ will be ready for endorsement by April next year.

Contributions and discussions from almost 55 consultation sessions on the Cook Islands National Sustainable Development Agenda 2020+ are now being reviewed by Te Vairangi Kite Pakari (TVKP) – a Cook Islands Research Association.

The Agenda 2020+ is the national blueprint that will guide the Cook Islands towards a 100-year vision of wellbeing. It follows from the National Sustainable Development Plan 2016-2020. 

To ensure strong Cook Islands ownership of the Agenda 2020+, a wide range of consultations have been ongoing since August.  The outcomes of these discussions are now undergoing review by the Research Association.

Valentino Wichman, director of central policy and planning of the Office of the Prime Minister, said: “As much as possible, we are making sure that every voice heard is being reflected in our national document which will build our Cook Islands legacy.”

“Having a national vision, framework and strategy is one thing.  Putting this into action is another, and that is what we are striving for – a robust framework and strategy which sees us all collectively owning it and working together to make it happen. Ownership plays a key role.”

The Research Association are helping to ensure the robust legacy developed is built upon the evidence which frames the issues and challenges, Wichman said.

To do so the research methodology used is a mix of the scanning methodology with “Ka’a” as the central metaphor for the process. Wichman adds this will help the Research Association scan and review content from the consultations, literature, media, research and other publications.  

“The research methodology through the Ka’a represents a united, collective approach and Papa’anga will apply this across the range of generations to form our legacy.”

Wichman said the outcome of the review and assessment of the content would result in the top challenges the Cook Islands must address to achieve the vision of wellbeing.  These will be finalised in a report that will support the Agenda 2020+ framework.

“Research is an important part of developing our Cook Islands legacy, for example consultations may have issues raised based upon what people know – yet research may show that these aren’t actually issues,” said Wichman.

“Our research will provide the evidence to support the issues raised by people and show that they are vital for us to include and address in our Cook Islands National Sustainable Development Agenda 2020+ for our wellbeing. There is a vast amount of research to be undertaken in this next stage.”

Wichman is hoping the Agenda 2020+ will be ready for endorsement by April next year.

For further information or queries, visit www.pmoffice.gov.ck or https://www.facebook.com/NSDA2020Plus on Facebook, or email Ms Valentino Wichman at valentino.wichman@cookislands.gov.ck