Bougainvillians keep walking and talking peace!

Dec 13, 2016

Hailed a success, the Bougainville Peace Walk, held on Friday 9th of December 2016 in Buka Town, was a reminder for every Bougainvillean men, women and children to stand for peace, and peace by peaceful means.

The event saw participants from the Bougainville Government, the National Government, Development Partners, Civil Society Organisations, International and local Non-Government Organisations, Schools, Churches including Ex-combatant representatives. This peace walk was a demonstration of the cordial relationship between the national government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government in progressing the implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA) of 2001.

The initial concept of the Peace Walk was conceived through joint collaboration between the United Nations, the National government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government in 2012. Since its inception this has become a joint annual event. It is a symbol of the journey of peace and reconciliation that Bougainville has embarked on.

The long Walk for Peace began at the Bougainville House of Representatives and ended at the Bel Isi Park in Buka Town, the site of mass grave dating back to the era of the Bougainville Conflict. The event culminated in a small reception at the Bougainville Parliament showcasing capacity building support that has been provided to the Bougainville House of Representatives through the Peace Building Fund.

Parliamentary staff collecting t-shirts and bags for staff and members of Parliament to participate in the peace walk
Participants gathering in preparation for Walk Warm up exercise
Peace Walkers
Launching of the BHOR CATERPILLAR C4.4, 110kVA, 50Hz Genset by UNDP’s Ms. Julie Bukikun and BHOR Speaker Mr. Simon Pentanu.
A cross section of participants including senior officials of BHOR, ABG, National Government, Ex-combatants, PWDs and UNDP at a Resting Point before take off
Peace Walkers