Last week, members of the Development Partner’s Group, including from the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU), the Australian High Commission, and the Chinese Embassy, together with officials from the Department for National Planning and Monitoring, visited Jiwaka Province, one of the newest province in the country. Warmly received by the Governor, Hon. Dr. William Tongamp, the mission witnessed progress made towards realizing the Province’s vision for development.
Since its establishment in 2009, the Jiwaka Province has made important strides in the areas of education, agriculture (especially coffee production), and infrastructure to provide a better life for its 350,000 people. The Governor has nurtured and supported a unified and collaborative approach to develop the province. The visiting team spent a day discussing development challenges in the province and also visited the community development project in Domil that has transformed the lives of many men, women and children in the local community.
“I would like to acknowledge the hospitality accorded to us and commend the Governor, the Provincial Administrator and all of the Jiwaka Provincial Government for their excellent work. As a result of this visit, Development Partners have gained a better understanding of the developments that are taking place in the Province and this will enable us to improve our support to the Provincial Government and the people of Jiwaka,” says Roy Trivedy, the UN Resident Coordinator in Papua New Guinea.
In the global and national quest to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN advocates for localized efforts as being vital for development. As the ambitious SDGs aim at transforming the world by 2030, local leadership and communities play a critical role through identification of specific needs, provision of locally suited solutions, and close monitoring of progress.
“In 2015 development partners visited New Ireland Province and saw firsthand the excellent progress being achieved in education, health and other sectors. More recently, during Ambassador Macharia’s visit we witnessed leaders in Kiriwina, Trobriand Islands make a strong commitment that they will be the first place in the country to meet all of MDGs and make progress in achieving the SDGs. And now, this commitment is again reiterated in Jiwaka. It is fantastic to see such progress and commitment made by leaders in the country, supported by local authorities and communities,” continues Roy Trivedy.
In light of the recent Provincial visit, the UN in Papua New Guinea urges all provinces to grasp opportunities to localize the SDGs and reiterates the UN’s commitment to work with all to assist Papua New Guinea to achieve the global goals.
For further information, please contact:
Chika Kondoh, Communications Specialist at the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office (UNRCO)
(675) 321 2877