Papua New Guinea is becoming an inspiring example of leadership on driving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda forward.
In the context of multiple high-level events such as the G7 Summit last week and African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) Summit this week, the Government of Papua New Guinea is expressing its increasing commitment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
“It is very positive to see that the Government of Papua New Guinea committing itself to achieving the SDGs and utilizing high level platforms as the ACP Summit to emphasize need for accelerated human development in the country” – said UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, Roy Trivedy.
With ACP Summit discussions focusing on key priorities such as poverty reduction, climate change mitigation, equitable development, peace and stability, effective partnerships and more. UN country team in PNG stands ready to support the country in achieving these priorities.
It is great to see the emphasis on South-South cooperation, one of the focuses of the ACP discussions. The UN is well positioned to assist in connecting institutions of the South for technology, knowledge transfer and cooperation. An example is UNDP’s support to the work of the Parliament by connecting PNG Parliament with other Pacific country Parliaments, including Fiji, Samoa, Singapore.
UNDP is also exploring opportunities to transfer successful technology and innovation project from China, which introduces effective e-waste management solution.
We also note strong emphasis on the impacts of climate change. Fantastic to see ACP leaders expressing their concerns about the negative impacts of climate change affect all countries and undermining the abilities of all countries, people and communities to achieve the SDGs.
“In Papua New Guinea we are seeing increased cooperation with the Government on land and coastal management, fisheries, climate-change adaptation and early-warning system initiatives to build resilient communities. This year we have all experienced impact of El Nino, which has caused distress and hunger in many communities in all of ACP countries. The UN is working with governments in the region to respond to this situation”, added Roy Trivedy.
In Papua New Guinea at community level we have seen PNG civil-society organizations gaining recognition over last two years for their efforts of environmental conservation through UN’s global Equator Prize. Most recently the Wanang Conservation Area received the global prize in Paris.
To drive community initiatives, UNDP together with the European Union has also been collaborating on the MDG acceleration program, which has supported community-driven development initiatives in four provinces.
The United Nations will continue to support the Government of Papua New Guinea by capitalizing on its global networks and experience.
UNDP Press Statement