Photo: The historic signing ceremony for the establishment of the new Bougainville Referendum Commission, at the Prime Minister’s Office, Manasupe House Waigani, Port Moresby.
Port Moresby, 24 January 2017 – The historic signing ceremony for the establishment of the new Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) was held on 24th of January 2017 at the Prime Minister’s Office, Manasupe House Waigani, Port Moresby.
Under the Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA) signed between the Government of PNG and Leaders of Bougainville in 2001, the peace partners agreed to have a referendum on the political future of Bougainville by 2020. This signing paves the way for the independent institution to plan, prepare and execute the electoral event. At the ceremony, the milestone documents signed were the Agreement and the Administration Arrangement for the establishment of the BRC.
Port Moresby, 14 December, 2016 –
Hundreds of Bougainvilleans participated in the Annual Peace walk on Friday, 9th of December in Buka Town. Participants of the Peace Walk included representatives of the Bougainville Government, the National Government, development partners, civil society organizations, schools, churches and ex-combatants. The Peace Walk was a reminder for every Bougainvillean men, women and children to stand for peace, and peace by peaceful means.
This peace walk was also a demonstration of the cordial relationship between the national government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government in progressing the implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement of 2001.
“It is the beginning of the transformation of the Bougainville Parliament” says Speaker of the Bougainville Parliament, Hon Simon Pentanu
Buka, September 26, 2016 – Over 30 parliamentarians from the Bougainville House of Representatives (BHOR) received certificates last week after completing a week long computer training in Buka Town. The training was the first of a series of planned Information, Communications Technology (ICT) training to upscale the use of ICT among Parliamentarians in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
According to UNDP Peacebuilding Fund Programme Coordinator based in the autonomous region, Mr. Lawrence Bassie, the training was part of UNDP’s overall efforts to strengthen the work of the Autonomous Bougainville Government in general and more specifically to support the House of Representatives to be more effective and accountable to their electorates.
30 August, 2016
“I am honoured to make a statement on behalf of the United Nations during this momentous occasion to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of the signing of the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
Today’s event marks a significant milestone in the Bougainville peace process, as it reminds us all of the deleterious effects of conflict on development. It also highlights the need to always seek the path of constructive and sustained dialogue to resolve differences.
The signing of the BPA on 30th August 2001 ushered in a new path in Bougainville’s recent history and a new trajectory for lasting peacebuilding in Bougainville. The inextricable link between peace and development cannot be overemphasized. Experience worldwide shows that without peace there can be no development and without development it is difficult to sustain peace.
UNDP is starting a comprehensive training programme focusing on election Scrutineers, Returning Officers, and Media in Bougainville. The trainings are part of UNDP´s effort to enhance the understanding of the 2015 Bougainville general elections process, due to start from 11 May. UNDP will also be supporting the coordination of election observation groups, providing training support to women candidates, and facilitating a post-elections lessons-learnt exercise. Continue reading