United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, following consultations with the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), wrote to the President of the General Assembly requesting the General Assembly to confirm Achim Steiner of Germany as the new Administrator of UNDP for a term of four years.
Mr. Steiner is currently Director of Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford and Professorial Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford since 2016. His professional career includes assignments with Governmental and non-governmental, as well as international organizations in different parts of the world, most recently as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (2006-2016) and Director-General of the United Nations Office in Nairobi (2009-2011), as well as Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (2001-2006) and Secretary General of the World Commission on Dams, South Africa (1998-2001).
New York, 18 April 2017
April 10, 2017 (Suva, Fiji) – Over forty delegates from nine Pacific Parliaments are gathering in Suva this week to take part in the Pacific Parliamentary Seminar on Enhancing Committee Work.
The seminar was conceived in the wake of extensive consultations with Members of Parliament (MPs) and senior staff of the national parliaments of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga and the Cook Islands, which returned repeated calls for professional development opportunities on committee work.
Photo: UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Osnat Lubrani encouraged delegates in her opening remarks to embrace the opportunity presented by this Seminar.
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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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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.
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.
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).
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
Limitations 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.
“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.