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Launch of the 2016 Human Development Report – ‘Human Development for Everyone’,

World’s most marginalized still left behind by global development priorities: UNDP report

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Millions of people are not benefiting from progress, with the gap set to widen unless deeprooted development barriers, including discrimination and unequal political participation, are tackled.

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Bougainvilleans keep walking and talking peace

Port Moresby, 14 December, 2016

start-of-the-peace-walk-1Hundreds 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.

Over 80% of PNG employers say skills shortages impede hiring

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.

UN calls for increased efforts to combat corruption as part of International Anti-Corruption Day

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.
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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.

Businesses to play greater role in new development era in Asia-Pacific, says UNDP at Responsible Business Forum

UNDP, Global Initiatives, 600 business leaders and government officials start work on a new coalition for sustainable development

23 November 2016, Singapore – At the fifth Responsible Business Forum, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today called on business leaders to take a greater role in the new development era in order to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This Forum, opened in Singapore by UNDP and Global Initiatives, aims to address a sea change in the nature of development funding by creating a new partnership for sustainable development. Domestic public and private finance accounts for 89 percent of all financial flows in Asia-Pacific, according to a UNDP report launched last month. While foreign funding (Official Development Assistance) is still essential for the development system, it now accounts for 0.7 percent of totalfinancial flows in Asia-Pacific (down from 13.5 % in 1990).

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

Palau Sets Up Initiative to Strengthen its Local Governance

palau-lpg-inception-workshopLimitations on policies, public financial management, law making and legal affairs, limited citizen outreach and demand for accountability are some of the issues behind the development of the Palau Local Governance Strengthening Project.

The Government of Palau in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji this week launched the project to address these challenges that were findings of an initial scoping assessment undertaken earlier this year.

Up-scaling ICT for Bougainville Parliament

p1012435“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.

Food Bank for Disaster Resilience

28614775143_76f42d4859_zThe Food Bank initiative which is designed to assist communities prepare for and recover from disasters, was handed over to the Naviti communities in the Yasawa group of islands in a handover ceremony that was held yesterday in Kese village.

As the name suggests, the Food Bank is the combination of two approaches; food as a basic need for communities to survive on and the bank concept of pooling savings as deposits to prepare for a rainy day.

The initiative was introduced and trialed in Soso and Kese villages by Vinaka Fiji Trust, the charity arm of South Sea Cruises in 2014.

“In the context of the Food Bank initiative in Kese and Soso villages, the approach allows the community members to save or store food crops in preparation for any impending disaster whether it be cyclones or prolonged dry spells”, said Ms. Elenoa Nimacere, Manager Vinaka Fiji Trust.

“Should a disaster pass over without affecting them, the food saved or grown as a result of the food bank is then sold to nearby hotels or markets and the money is deposited in a savings account to then be used for disaster preparedness or recovery.”

Following the interest from the communities and their desire to further develop the food bank, the initiative was then supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through its Pacific Risk Resilience Programme, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Live and Learn Environmental Education (LLEE).   

PNG Discussed Progress on Gender-Based Violence

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.