Her Royal Highness Princess Angelika Tuku’aho has become patron of the United Nations Population Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) for the Pacific.
She’s also patron of the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, a high-level conference that aims to mobilize the political will and financial commitments necessary to implement the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) programme of action.
“UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Our mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.”
Her Royal Highness led a Tongan delegation and Pacific participation to the Nairobi Summit and ICPD25 in Kenya on 12-15 November 2019, a statement said.
It said the Under-Secretary General and Executive Director for UNFPA Dr Natalia Kanem visited Tonga in February 2019 and she personally sought the approval of the royal family and government for the princess’ new role.
“Her Royal Highness, is looking forward to engaging and to champion the work of UNPA in Tonga and the Pacific to set of global commitments that would collectively advance the ICPD agendas and for sustainable development through genuine and durable partnership.”
UNFPA’s Pacific Sub-Regional Office, located in Fiji, assists 14 countries and territories: the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The office additionally provides technical assistance to Papua New Guinea.
Princess Angelika served as Tonga High Commissioner in Canberra since 2012 and advocating for government to achieve National Plan TSDF II2012-2025, Samoa Pathway, Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals, in collaborations with other governments including Australia and partners.