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Everyday People: Ridley Frank

His job involves multiple duties, ranging from providing safe and reliable driving services, ensuring proper use of vehicles, daily maintenance of assigned vehicle, and clerical and logistical support.

At times, the role can be overwhelming, however, through his persistence and drive, Frank manages to power through the workload.

He credits the ability to stay focused and on top of his tasks, to his family, stating that, his greatest motivation is being able to provide for his loved ones.

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.” 

More Women MPs Needed in Parliament

According to the United Nations Development Programme, PNG, for the first time in 25 years (since the 1992 election), no females will make up the 111-member Parliament - despite more female candidates being nominated for elections in 2017 than ever before;167 of 3,332 were female candidates.

Dr Alphonse Gelu, Registrar of Political Parties said women need to have full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.

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.


Glenda Popot with more 

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.