United Nations

Non-payment of UN fee a disgrace: Kua

Papua New Guinea’s voting right in the UN was suspended due to non-payment of its membership fee of US$180,000 (K571,000).

"This government has been reckless and cannot hide anymore behind the excuse of commodity prices. When the previous government was thrown out illegally, our economy was buoyant despite the Great Financial Crisis that affected world economies in 2008,” Kua said.

"Therefore if the PNG UN Mission has used up its operating costs, it also means the Government has been reckless in not funding operating costs forcing the Mission to divert funds.

Celebrate acts of courage by ordinary women!

PNG must call for change and celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of this country.

Since 1975, International Women’s Day has been celebrated around the world on the 8th of March. This year's

theme is Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50:50 by 2030.

Women candidates get training in parliament practices

Fifty candidates who intend to run in the 2017 National Elections have been selected for a five day program from March 7-11, which is now in the second year.

Participants will be trained in critical national policy issues, parliamentary processes and campaign strategies.

Registrar for Political Parties, Dr Alfonse Gelu says the role of an MP is very important and deserves their attention.

Gelu commended the participants for their participation in the Practice Parliament activity to prepare themselves on how to become politicians.

UN contribution error being resolved: Pato

He said there was an error that saw the contribution funds used for ongoing operations, and this is being resolved through the transfer of additional funds.

“If the journalist behind the article had checked with appropriate sources, the article on UNGA funds would not have been a story,” the Foreign Minister said in a statement.

“The remittance of funds to overseas missions involves payments for different diplomatic purposes.

“In the case of the UN contributions, the funds were simply used for other operational areas.

We’ll deal with the UN matter accordingly: O’Neill

O’Neill told Loop PNG that funding for the UN have been in a trust account for months.

He said someone in the Foreign Affairs department is not doing his/her job which resulted in such.

PNG lost its vote in the United Nations General Assembly because it failed to pay its annual contributions of at least (K532,000) to regain voting rights.

PNG is one of six countries whose voting rights have been suspended for non-payment — the others being Venezuela, Libya, Sudan, Cape Verde and Vanuatu.

PM O’Neill blames Foreign Affairs Department for not paying UN

O’Neill told Loop PNG in a text message that the funding for the payment of the UN General Assembly has been sitting in a trust account for months.

“Someone in the Department of Foreign Affairs needs to explain why they did not pay,” says O’Neill.

PNG lost its vote in the United Nations General Assembly because it failed to pay its annual contributions of at least (K532,000) for its voting rights.

PNG is one of six countries whose voting rights have been suspended for non-payment — the others being Venezuela, Libya, Sudan, Cape Verde and Vanuatu.

PNG yet to settle UN payments

Juffa made this call after PNG lost its vote in the United Nations General Assembly because it failed to pay its annual contributions.

PNG needs to pay the UN at least (K532,000) to regain voting rights.

PNG is one of six countries whose voting rights have been suspended for non-payment — the others being Venezuela, Libya, Sudan, Cape Verde and Vanuatu.

Juffa said once more the people of Papua New Guinea have been collectively humiliated internationally.

Famine declared in South Sudan; 4.9 million people need urgent help

People are already dying of hunger, and another 1 million people are on the brink of famine, UN agencies said.

Years of civil war, a refugee crisis and a collapsing economy have taken their toll on South Sudan since it gained its independence in 2011.

Now the UN World Food Programme and nongovernmental organizations are sounding the alarm, warning that more than a million children are suffering from acute malnutrition.

HP aligns programs with UN on SDGs

Team leaders from HPS were informed that the United Nations is keen to have an ongoing relationship through the already existing programs, services and education to build awareness about SDGs with Papua New Guinean athletes and coaches.

The focus is to inform and engage them and their communities in helping to achieve the Global Goals.

“The meeting with Chika Kondoh, a Communications Specialist from the UN Resident Coordinator's Office was very forthcoming with information about the ongoing advocacy engagement by the United Nations and partnering opportunities.

Youth champions urging peers to stand up for SDGs

Bronwyn Kili, Lydia Dimokali, and Nathan Garry have been selected as the Youth Champions for the Global Goals by the United Nations in Papua New Guinea and are generating a youth movement towards the Goals.

Last week three champions organised a workshop for representatives from the University of Papua New Guinea, Papua New Guinea University of Technology, National Capital District Gender Desk, Basketball Federation Papua New Guinea, High Performance Sports, Mission Vibe, and Youth for Change.