How are people’s lives linked to the Sustainable Development Goals? This film tells the stories of three families in the Coastal, Highlands and Central regions of Papua New Guinea. It documents the challenges they face in their daily lives, how they are over coming these and their aspirations for the future.
Port Moresby, 14 December 2016 – The UN Development Programme (UNDP) in PNG and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu have released preliminary findings of the joint survey on business’ skill needs, launched in September 2016.
The survey has received over 230 responses from employers across all key sectors and locations of Papua New Guinea.
Port Moresby, 8 December, 2016 – Every year on 9th of December the world celebrates International Anti-Corruption Day with an aim to raise public awareness of corruption and what people can do to fight it.
Photo-caption: Civil servant in PNG using “Phones Against Corruption” service.
Corruption is an issue that affects all countries around the world. It contributes to a lack of trust and confidence in governance and leadership, undermines democracy, and sets countries back economically.
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Papua New Guinea this week as part of her travels to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. This would be the Executive Director’s first visit to the country. During her four-day visit, the focus will be on strengthening collaboration with the Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG), the Autonomous Region of Bougainville and civil society representatives, in order to accelerate progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment in the country, with an emphasis on ending violence against women and girls.
Papua New Guinea ranks low in many global indicators on advancing gender equality and violence against women and girls is widespread, including in public spaces. A scoping study conducted by UN Women in 2014 found that more than 90 per cent of women and girls experienced some form of violence when accessing public transport.
The briefing was focused on the El Nino climate pattern over the last year, its impact on Papua New Guinea and the corresponding humanitarian efforts to assist communities.
Beginning his briefing, Mr Trivedy said that the El Nino brought with it severe drought and frosts which was catastrophic for a country like Papua New Guinea which has 80 percent of its population heavily reliant of subsistence agriculture.
He explained the various impacts of the El Nino and how communities struggled to cope. One main issue was the lack of rainfall which resulted in the rivers and rainwater catchments drying up leading to a drastic decrease in access to clean water for drinking, cooking and washing. And where communities were reliant on waterways for transport the drop in water level caused difficulties in accessing markets, he said.
In addition to these problems drought created food shortages and food insecurity as food gardens wouldn’t grow – resulting in some communities having to rely on wild crops and berries which is generally regarded as famine food, he added.
Buka, September 1, 2016 – The UN Resident Coordinator in Papua New Guinea, Roy Trivedy joined the President of the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG), the High Commissioners from Fiji and New Zealand High Commission, high-level representatives from Australian mission along with hundreds of Bougainvillians to commemorate 15 years since the signing of the Bougainville Peace Agreement in 2001.
The celebrations took place in Buka Town, Bougainville on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 with speeches and a display of culture through traditional dancing and music.
Unveiling mobile cinema and community outreach center with the UN Resident Coordinator, Roy Trivedy.
UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Roy Trivedy told the audience that “despite many challenges in the past 15 years, both the national Government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) continue to demonstrate commitment to the peace process that will eventually lead to lasting peace and stability not only in the country but the entire Pacific region”.
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.
Port Moresby, August 26, 2016 – The Department for Community Development and Religion and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Papua New Guinea organized a final conference to review the work on gender-based violence and discuss future steps.
The conference brought together more than 50 government officials, including representatives from four provincial governments, human right defenders, business and civil society representatives and development partners.
The discussions focused on the recently developed National Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) as the commitment of the Government to achieve its target of zero tolerance towards GBV. Government officials from 3 pilot provinces (Milne Bay, Morobe, East New Britain) and the National Capital District, along with Human Rights Defenders, shared their achievements, challenges, and suggestions for a stronger cooperation and mutually enhancing interventions to address the GBV epidemic.
4 August, 2016
Lautoka, Fiji – Twenty legal, trade and health department representatives from across the Pacific are in Fiji this week to examine the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) burden in the region and the role of the law in preventing and controlling NCDs, particularly in the context of developing coherence between health, trade and investment laws, policies and sectors.
The Law, NCD, Trade and Sustainable Development workshop, a first for the region, is jointly organized by the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji, World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Pacific Community (SPC) with support from the Government of Australia.
Heart disease, cancers, lung disease and diabetes are the leading causes of death in the Pacific region with most Pacific Islands countries losing their productive citizens to NCDs.
Timely reporting on public expenditure across PNG has improved by 41 %
Port Moresby, June 21, 2016 – Timely reporting on public expenditure across PNG has improved by 41% within the last 3 months, since PNG’s Department of Finance introduced a new monitoring and evaluation tool. Before the introduction, only 9 districts out 89 submitted reports on time, now the number increased to 37 districts.
The progress is significant to the Department of Finance, which faces serious backlogs in receiving financial reports from 600 government accounts it manages, with some districts delaying reports for over 50 months.
To improve its financial reporting and control functions, Department of Finance with UNDP support launched new management system that aims to boost efficiency, transparency and accountability.