Peer Review - Protected AreasJun 13, 2015Papua New Guinea is a step closer to having a new protected area legislation to implement the National Protected Area Policy 2014
Papua New Guinea Reckons With Unmet Development GoalsMay 27, 2015As Papua New Guinea celebrates 40 years of independence, 2015 marks a defining year for the largest Pacific Island nation, set to record 15 percent GDP growth this year. However, unless the government tightens up its policies, the country will likely fail to achieve any of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) despite making significant progress in the past few years.
The Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme invests in BIMA to provide Microinsurance productsMay 21, 2015The Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) and Bima launched a partnership to provide micro insurance products in rural Papua New Guinea (PNG), including the Highlands Region. PFIP’s partnership and investment in Bima is made possible through the support of the European Union and the Australian Government, and through the commitment of the Bank of Papua New Guinea (BPNG) and its Governor, Loi Bakani.
PNG continues building its REDD+ national capacityMay 21, 2015The Papuan New Guinea Government welcomed the next chapter in building its capacity for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+).
Papua New Guinea Forest Authority receives assistance from UN-REDD Programme and EU to develop first National Forest InventoryMay 20, 2015The project is funded by the European Union (EUR 5.8 million), UNDP under the UN-REDD Programme (EUR 2 million) and is implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the PNG Forest Authority. The project is expected to be completed by September 2017.
Sustainable development goals: all you need to knowMay 13, 2015The countdown has begun to September’s summit on the sustainable development goals, with national governments now discussing the 17 goals that could transform the world by 2030.
UNDP kicks off training support to 2015 Bougainville electionsApr 30, 2015UNDP is starting a comprehensive training programme focusing on election Scrutineers, Returning Officers, and Media in Bougainville.
UNDP to work with the Government of Papua New Guinea to establish early-warning system to fight floods Apr 23, 2015UNDP in partnership with the Office of Climate Change and Development (OCCD) will start developing early-warning systems for inland and coastal flooding to enable local communities to cope with the floods and enhance country’s capacity to adapt to flood-related risks.
New corruption cases uncovered with “Phones Against Corruption” initiativeApr 10, 2015Two public officials in Papua New Guinea have been arrested for fund mismanagement of more than 2 million US dollars. Five more are waiting for court decisions, and approximately other 250 cases are being investigated - thanks to "Phones Against Corruption" initiative.
40 best business ideas selected - Kumul GameChangersApr 9, 2015Best 40 ideas are selected for the first Papua New Guinea’s business plan competition, the Kumul Game Changers. Ideas were selected from over 300 applications by emerging Papua New Guinean entrepreneurs.
- Learning from Bougainville's successful elections. The President has been sworn in, and now it's time to focus on what was learned from Bougainville's third general elections. This photo shows participants at the Autonomous Bougainville Government's 2015 Lessons Learned workshop for the Central Bougainville Region. The workshops, being held around the Autonomous Region, are driven by Bougainvilleans and the solutions being discussed are locally-owned. The workshop at Arawa, from 22-23 June 2015, is supported by UNDP in partnership with the ABG and the Office of Bougainville Electoral Commission (OBEC). Around 40 people participated, including voters, candidates, scrutineers and poll workers. A spirit of openness prevailed, as shown by the participation of two of the unsuccessful presidential candidates, Mr Sam Kauona and Mr Rubén Siera. The sessions were facilitated by the lead elections consultant Ray Kennedy, supported by UNDP's Lawrence Bassie and UNDP Arawa colleagues. 23 June AT 12:30 AM
- Were you up before dawn on Sunday 21 June to join the 8km walk from Jack Pidik park to Ela Beach, to join thousands of others to salute the rising sun? UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative Roy Trivedy was there, and he spoke to crowd of thousands of yoga practitioners about why the UN General Assembly declared the first World Yoga Day. "Yoga is a way of life, an integrated system of education for the body, mind and inner spirit. It was originally practiced in India thousands of years ago and based on the principle of ‘non-violence’. Yoga is now practiced all over the world in all countries in every continent. Yoga rests on one essential idea which is that if we want to build a better non-violent world, this needs to start with ourselves as individuals. Only when we as human beings are at peace with ourselves, can our attitudes and behaviours genuinely contribute to a non-violent and better world. Today as we look around the world, we see many instances of turmoil and strife. Yoga offers a simple, accessible and inclusive means to improve human well-being. Without the need for expensive equipment or purpose built venues, yoga helps bring communities together and generate mutual trust and dignity. It is for these reasons that the United Nations General Assembly declared today as the International Day of Yoga. As Mahatma Gandhi said ‘We need to be the change we want to see in the world’ and that change needs to start with ourselves. Through yoga we can improve ourselves and contribute to building a more sustainable, healthier, equal and just world for all." Congratulations and thanks to the Indian Association of PNG, Indian High Commissioner (HE Mr Madhava Chandra and Mrs Chandra), Hon Governor Powes Parkop & staff from National Capital District, Ms Fazilah Bazari and the team of yoga trainers for a brilliant event. 22 June AT 09:11 PM
- Way to go, Barramundis! Congratulations on your history-making, five-wicket win! Best wishes from all at UNDP PNG. 21 June AT 08:41 PM
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