PNG Organization becomes a member of the global civil society network

Nov 17, 2016

Willie Kerenga (second from the right) and his community members celebrating peace anniversary.

Port Moresby  -  United Nauro-Gor Inc., a community-based organization that works to promote peace, unity and sustainable development in Nauro Gor, Simbu province has become the first civil society organization from Papua New Guinea to join a global civil-society network of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) – the GEF-CSO Network.

The GEF-CSO Network is a network of more than 500 organizations across the globe who work on environment and sustainable development. United Nauro-Gor Inc has become the first accredited member organization from Papua New Guinea to the global Network, thus increasing the number of Pacific organizations to the total of eight (8) organizations.

United Nauro-Gor Inc. has been recognized for its work on peacebuilding and environmental protection. The organization has successfully implemented number of projects funded by GEF Small Grants Program, including reforestation initiatives and environmental educational programs at the community level. It has also recently received a grant for a new project, which aims to improve watershed management through nature conservation and reforestation initiatives.

Willie Kerenga, the founder of the organization and a pioneer member of the Global Network sees this as an opportunity to help other Civil Society Organizations in Papua New Guinea and the region to open opportunities for PNG community to contribute to policy and stimulate action for the benefit of the local communities at the global level.

“In order to access benefits from GEF and other global organizations, local civil society organizations have to become members of the Network. This will help to increase the profile of local civil society organizations and enable us as a community to address the issues we are facing on the ground. It will also help us to better coordinate our work with key government agencies, including Conservation & Environment Protection Authority, Climate Change & Development Agency, National Forest Authority and others to mutually address environmental and climate change hazards and ultimately achieve sustainable outcomes” says Willie Kerenga.

GEF Small Grants Program coordinator, Tamalis Akus congratulated United Nauro-Gor with this achievement: “I am proud to see that one of our grantees, United Nauro-Gor received international recognition through their affiliation to this global platform. United Nauro-Gor has a responsibility now to the CSO network in PNG and we will consider ways to support their efforts moving forward”.

Willie Kerenga also invited all GEF implementing partner organizations and Small Grants Program grantees in Papua New Guinea (past and present) to apply for membership and take active part in shaping future policies of GEF, raise concerns on GEF processes or implementation, be eligible to run for elections to be a Regional Focal Point, receive regular updates on activities and events of the GEF-CSO Network and be notified of funding and capacity building opportunities.

About the GEF-CSO Network

About the GEF-CSO Network (formerly known as GEF-NGO Network) was established in May 1995 following the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council’s decision to enhance relationships between the GEF and Civil Society Organizations (CSO). The Network is made up of CSOs whose work in environment and sustainable development is aligned with the GEF mandate. It has a global organizational structure with Regional Focal Points based in sixteen (16) different regions overseen by a Central Focal Point and a global Coordination Committee including representatives of indigenous peoples.

The Network currently links member organizations in all regions of the world. Its role is expanding from focusing mainly on input to GEF planning and policymaking to one of empowering the engagement of civil society in the implementation of GEF programs.

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