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United Nations Congratulates National Government and the ABG for establishing the Bougainville Referendum Commission

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.

Vital role of Parliamentarians in the Pacific to implement SDGs

Parliamentarians from the Pacific countries, including Papua New Guinea are meeting in Fiji to discuss Sustainable Development Goals and human rights issues. Over three days, members of parliament, human rights experts and development leaders will discuss Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how parliaments can contribute to their implementation. The meeting focuses on SDGs that are of particular relevance to the region, such as those related to climate change and its effects, gender equality and social equity. Participants will also look at international human rights norms and mechanisms to help ensure that the implementation of the SDGs is fully respectful of human rights. Continue reading

Reuters to Uplift Journalists in Papua New Guinea

Port Moresby, Wednesday 26th Augustt 2016

The United Nations and the Media Council of Papua New Guinea are delighted to announce that a special media training course is taking place in Port Moresby beginning on the 29th August. This training is being conducted by the world’s top journalist organization, Thomson Reuters. The week-long training will accommodate 15 highly-committed and motivated journalists in the country, from a range of media outlets. This first-ever initiative in Papua New Guinea aims to further develop skills and capacities of local journalists. Through hands-on sessions, participants will focus on pressing development issues in the country, such as children rights, reproductive health, gender equality, environment, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The training shall equip participants with fact finding and analytical skills for reporting to international standards.

Two trainers from Reuters will deliver a tailor-made course which best matches the level of local reporting and thematic issues. The lead trainer has 35 years of experience as a reporter, editor and broadcaster in Canada, the UK, France and Australia for among others, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio France International, and The Sydney Morning Herald. He has conducted training courses in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, South Africa, East Timor, Thailand and Sweden.

“It is absolutely a thrilling opportunity for local journalists to be trained by specialists. I am confident this training will be a life-changing session for the selected journalists and I encourage all of them to make the most of it. The UN always considers media reporters as an essential catalyst for development. They have the power to inform, influence and motivate people across the country. That is why we have organised this training,” says Roy Trivedy, the UN Resident Coordinator in Papua New Guinea.

UN Hails Upcoming Development Forum in Jiwaka

Port Moresby, August 10, 2016 – UN is pleased to join development partners and Government representatives in Jiwaka Province for a Development Forum next week.

The 2-day forum, organized by Jiwaka Provincial Government, is an opportunity to share challenges faced by the province in its development and discuss opportunities for improvements.

Jiwaka Province, one of the new provinces in Papua New Guinea faces challenges in providing for the development needs of its people, including access to health services, education, and infrastructure. Despite these challenges the province, its people and Government have shown strong leadership in driving community-led projects to accelerate its development.

Port Moresby market vendors set up bank accounts for more secure lives and livelihoods

Hundreds of vendors at two of Port Moresby’s biggest fresh produce markets have set up bank savings accounts for the first time, thanks to UN Women flagship Safe Cities Programme, which promotes the safe use and enjoyment of public spaces by women through empowering them economically and other means. Continue reading

PNG to develop information systems for disasters

Small-scale natural disasters such as flash floods and landslides have the potential to cumulatively impact communities harder over the course of years – yet they receive far less attention as compared to major disasters. To improve the situation, there is a need to put in place a good information system for disasters, says a United Nations (UN) Disaster Information expert. Continue reading

Falling through the Net? Gender and social protection in the Pacific

This paper examines the gender dimensions and implications of social protection in relation to rapid transformations in the globalizing economies in the Pacific region. The paper analyzes the dynamics of gender and social protection in three countries of the region – Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Vanuatu – and explores how best to approach social protection so as to promote gender equality rather than risk reinscribing prevailing gender inequalities. Continue reading

Boosting women’s political participation: Pacific delegates explore options

The various options Pacific island jurisdictions have taken to increase the numbers of women in parliaments and representative bodies was the topic of discussion at a regional conference held in Port Moresby this week. Roy Trivedy, United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative noted, “each Pacific country will approach this issue in their own way, but I am hopeful that this conference will allow different countries to learn from each other to ensure that women increasingly take their rightful places in Pacific parliaments.” Continue reading