UNDP urges PNG to protect its biodiversity

On World Environment Day, representatives from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are urging Papua New Guineans to support further protections for the country's unique environment.

World Environment Day is the biggest annual event for positive environmental action around the globe and takes place on 5 June every year. The theme for this year's celebration is 'connecting people with nature'.

"Papua New Guinea is home to some of the most spectacular natural environment in the world. Although the country makes up less than one percent of the global land area, it contains more than seven percent of the world's biodiversity," said Roy Trivedy, UNDP Resident Representative and the UN Resident Coordinator in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

To honour World Environment Day, Trivedy urges Papua New Guineans to take time to connect with nature and consider how we can best use and protect the environment for people now as well as future generations. 

"I urge men, women and children to appreciate the beauty and importance of our unique environment, and to support the establishment of laws and resources that protect the land and seas that we share," he said.

Trivedy will join staff in today’s corporate walk with other Government and non-Government agencies around Varirata National Park, near Port Moresby.

Press statement