What We Do

UNDP is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. In Papua New Guinea, UNDP works to improve the state’s ability to deliver public services to its people, and in doing so, plays a vital role in helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), raise the standard of living and protect human rights for all Papua New Guineans. UNDP gives practical support to the government's efforts to become more efficient, effective, equitable and accountable. It attempts to foster greater participation in democratic and civil society and helps the government encourage private sector growth that makes use of the country's natural resources in a sustainable manner.

Our Goals

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has had a long and proud history in Papua New Guinea (PNG), working in all areas of development over the last 30 years, since the first UNDP office opened in PNG in 1981. With the support of the Government, and partners and donors, UNDP has forged strong bonds and built successful working relationships in all PNG provinces. UNDP has continually expanded its work in PNG and today focuses on three key areas: (1) Democratic Governance, SDG achievement, Community Security and Peace-building; (2) Gender Equality, Women’s Empowerment; and (3) Environment, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management.more

Practice Parliament Training for Intending Women Candidates

In the lead up to the 2012 elections, UNDP focused on helping and preparing the women who planned to contest the elections. In May 2012 sixty women participated in the first ever PNG Practice Parliament for Women – a week-long training that culminated in a ‘mock parliament’ that was broadcast live on national radio.more

Our Stories

Women participating in peace games

Sports, peace and development conflict

Since 2007, UNDP has been applying the concept of peace fairs and sport games to the peace and reconciliation process of Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) Autonomousmore 

Sustainable harvesting of crocodile eggs

Sepik Wetlands Management Initiative

In its work with 50 communities along the Sepik River – the longest river in New Guinea – the Sepik Wetlands Management Initiative has transformedmore 


Promoting Women's Leadership

The 2007 PNG national elections saw only one woman elected into Parliament, alongside 107 men. This was well below the world average of 18 per centmore 

On-the-job training, mentoring and coaching in financial management

Accounting in the mountains of Kiunga

Kiunga is a small district within the region of Western province in Papua New Guinea. The place is one of the most isolated towns, close tomore 

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Our Projects

  • Extractive Industries and Sustainable Human Development

    In order to support the Government of PNG meaningfully in addressing the paradox of plenty, UNDP supports the publication of the 2013 National Human Development Report (NHDR) that looks at the varying degrees of translation of wealth from natural resource extraction into human development (HD) and to identify feasible options for the Government to address the wealth-HD nexus and progressively meet its obligation to provide a decent standard of living to all its citizens.MORE 

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