Accelerating SDG achievement through digital transformation to strengthen community resilience in Micronesia

ITU Accelerating SDG achievement through digital transformation to strengthen community resilience in Micronesia
July 12
9:15 am
 – 12:00 pm

The United Nations (UN) has been committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Achieving these goals requires a significant number of resources and collaborative efforts from all stakeholders, including the government, private sector, and civil society. To facilitate the achievement of these goals, the Joint Programme on Accelerating SDG achievement through digital transformation to strengthen community resilience in Micronesia shall be launched online.

The Joint Programme funded by the Joint SDG Fund shall be led by the United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRC) of Micronesia in collaboration with different Partner United Nations Organizations (PUNOs), namely, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). It covers five Micronesian countries, including Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru and Palau.

The Joint Programme operations has kicked off last quarter of 2022 and this online launch is the first public activity to commemorate, celebrate, and share the plans ahead—-that aims to encourage further collaborations and partnerships with various stakeholders.


Micronesian countries, like many other Pacific Island nations, faces numerous development challenges, including limited natural resources, poor infrastructure, limited institutional capacity, and vulnerability to climate change. The joint programme, therefore, will adopt a multi-sectoral approach to addressing these development challenges. The joint programme focuses on supporting initiatives and projects that have the potential for transformative impact and can contribute to achieving multiple SDGs. It seeks to promote innovation, policy development and coherence through ICT development masterplans and strategies, and capacity development in implementing the SDGs, while also emphasizing the importance of leaving no one behind and reaching the most vulnerable and marginalized populations.

Under this, each PUNO plays pivotal roles. ITU aspires to empower remote island communities by bringing reliable and affordable broadband connectivity, digital services, and essential digital skills training through its innovative Smart Villages and Smart Islands model. ILO is supporting the Joint Programme focusing on the formulation of national employment policies targeting job creation in the digital economy and promoting digital entrepreneurship and MSME development while FAO is facilitating the digitalization of agrifood systems and nutrition with specific focus on digitization of Food Based Dietary Guidelines (FBDGs) and the development and digitization of e-agrifood systems strategies. UNESCO supports cross-sectoral digital policy and strategies related to right to information, data protection and privacy, and inclusive ICT in education. Relatedly, UNICEF will support to strengthen multi-sectorial policy, planning and budgeting for Early Childhood Development and Nutrition. UNOPS contributes to its expertise in regional project management and digital procurement. UNODC drives the installation of AIS base stations on remote coastal locations to expand maritime surveillance, using digital connectivity to link with national operations centre for enforcement action.

The Joint Programme will provide a mechanism to coordinate and leverage resources from various stakeholders, ensuring that resources are directed towards the achievement of the SDGs in a coordinated and effective manner. The programme will work closely with UN partner agencies, the government, private sector actors, civil society organizations, and other development partners to achieve its objective.


UN Agencies, UN international and national partners, private sector leaders and representatives, citizens, civil societies, media, and honourable guests from national government ministries, departments, agencies and commissions.