United Nations Development Programme

Pomio cocoa exports to Japan

The MOU was signed on September 13th between Elias Kapavore and the United Nations Development Programme.

With the MOU communities who are part of the Tavolo Wildlife Management Area, are now pioneering a new business venture that will see high quality cocoa exported directly to Japan.

Communities in Pomio district produce large amounts of cocoa but are isolated and lack access to transport infrastructure making it difficult to supply their products to international markets.

Joint referendum campaign continues in ENB

With support from the National Coordination Office for Bougainville Affairs, the United Nations Development Programme and the Peacebuilding Fund, the two governments are delivering as one to increase knowledge and understanding of the referendum, provide updates with regard to ongoing weapons disposal efforts, and information on the wider implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement.

NZ backs referendum support project

The Government of New Zealand has strengthened its support to the National Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG), the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) and the UNDP.

Endorsed by both governments at the Joint Supervisory Body meeting of December 2017, the BRSP aims to support the Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) to deliver an effective referendum.

12 new conservation graduate positions

To build capacity within CEPA, the country’s premier conservation and environment regulating authority, UNDP’s Global Environment Facility will provide K440,000 to engage new graduate students to be placed in three divisions: Donor Coordination and Engagement, Conservation and Policy and Geographic information systems.

VIDEO: Relocate women office

A two-day forum last week hosted by the United Nations Development Programme or UNDP and partner agencies, attracted women candidates who contested the 20-17 general election as well as academics, and women in the private and civil society.


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Workshops preparing provinces for disasters

The program is being conducted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the National Disaster Centre (NDC).

The workshops are part of the ‘Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in Papua New Guinea’ program, funded by the Australian Government, which is providing strategic support to the Government of Papua New Guinea in reducing vulnerability and increasing resilience to disasters.

Report highlights key employment opportunities

This was highlighted in a report by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and the United Nations Development Programme on Papua New Guinea’s labour market.

The report titled “Fulfilling the land of opportunity: How to grow employment in Papua New Guinea” highlights the following key opportunities that can be focused on to achieve this is;

There is a need to focus on immediate skill gaps, such as food trades and construction trades, which presents a vast opportunity to grow employment in PNG

In addition, developing human factors will support firms to hire more staff.

Female political participation needs boost

The United Nations Development Programme has joined the Registrar of Political Parties, the Ombudsman Commission and the highest polling female candidate in the national elections, Rufina Peter, to issue the appeal.

This comes after the 2017 10th Parliament sitting saw the absence of woman MPs.

Assistant Representative for UNDP and Head of Governance, Julie Bukikun, said for the first time in 25 years, since the 1992 elections, more female candidates were nominated for elections than ever before; 167 of 3,332 were female candidates.

Provinces praised for pioneering conservation project

The project, community-based forest and coastal conservation and resource management in PNG, supports the conservation initiative of communities in more than 200,000 hectares in the provinces.

It aims to help in advancing the provincial government’s efforts to protect the remaining rainforests in the Baining Mountain, Nakanai and Whiteman Ranges.

K1.5m agreement for biodiversity conservation

The funding will go towards a community-based forest and coastal conservation and resource management in PNG project.

The project is implemented by the Conservation Environment and Protection Authority (CEPA) of PNG, with two years of funding provided by the Global Environment Facility and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed today by CEPA and ENB Provincial Government, and separately with the WNB Provincial Government, which enables the project to go ahead.