Dirk Wagener

No Growth Without Peace: Wagener

Wagener made this statement as he led a joint mission of United Nations agencies, development partners and national government representatives to Hela and Southern Highlands to visit communities the UN is supporting to create conditions for peace and development.

Wagener added: “Development partners are keen to see how they can support peace building in local communities, but they can only provide support when the community is serious about achieving and sustaining peace.” 

MSMEs, the ‘real story’

This was the statement by the UNDP Resident Representative in PNG, Dirk Wagener, during the recent Micro-Small and Medium Enterprises Day.

“It is these enterprises that often bring us the innovations and drive for change. Lest we forget, Apple started in a garage in California, as did Amazon or Alibaba whose owner Jack Ma, is now the richest man in China with an estimated net worth of $25 billion dollars,” Wagener pointed out.

New UNDP head of mission for PNG

Wagener’s appointment as the UNDP Resident Representative to PNG follows a United Nations Reform agenda to separate the functions of the Resident Coordinator (RC) from UNDP. In the past, the UN Resident Coordinator also performed the role of  head of UNDP. The RC represents the Secretary General and has the overall responsibility to lead the UN development work in Papua New Guinea and UNDP has its own Resident Representaive.

Upon entry into the country on Monday 13th May, Wagener presented his credentials to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Rimbink Pato.