Why would a group of international scientists including Papua New Guineans under the leadership of Dr. Allen Allison from the Bishop Museum based in Hawaii — USA, be carrying out biodiversity field surveys in the Baining Mountains of the East New Britain Province?, is an obvious question that anyone would ask.
Dr. Allen, an expert on amphibians answered with so much respect and knowledge about the forest and the people of this country that immediately gained the respect of those of us who met him for the first time, he even joked that he was once described as a “White…
I heard from my grandfather that our land used to be green — full of thick rainforest and evergreen grassland.
Now it was gray and dry — nothing that reminded of life.
Everything was burned down in the course of 30-year tribal fight.
The fight, that took away hundreds of lives, including people I loved.
The fight, that burned down our villages and destroyed our forests.
The fight, that forced us to run to the places where we were unwanted.
Finally, the fight that made me fight for peace for the rest of my life.
Willie Kerenga is a peace-builder…
UNDP Resident Representative, Roy Trivedy on how and why UNDP PNG is changing to advance SDGs and why new and renewed partnerships are vital
In an ever changing world partnerships and alliances are vital for finding effective ways of approaching ‘complex problems’.
In September 2015 when the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed by Global Leaders, they recognised the vital importance of partnerships to address some of the critical challenges that our world faces over the next 15 years. This was articulated as Goal 17 of the SDGs. On the first anniversary of the SDGs, UNDP Papua New Guinea outlines…
UN Head in Papua New Guinea, Roy Trivedy reflects on his visit to Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program to celebrate its 20 year anniversary of work on protecting the unique environment of PNG and empowering people
One of nice things about my job is that I get to visit many interesting places and meet interesting people. So I was delighted to receive an invitation to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program (TKCP) in the Huon Peninsula on the border between Madang Province and Morobe Province of PNG.
The project was set up by the amazing Dr Lisa…
As Government of Papua New Guinea launches its final Millennium Development Goals Progress report, our expert Kia-Henry Nema, who was behind the report, reflects on the work surrounding the report and the MDGs.
Last year when the Government approached me — a freelance development expert at the time — to write the final Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report I was deeply humbled.
I was into the MDGs and felt passionate about them. It all started in 2009, when I visited a lecture of Jeffery Sachs, professor at the Columbia University and one of the architects of the MDGs. He spoke…
A second year student from Edinburgh University, Joel Hambly reflects on his experience of work-shadowing Roy Trivedy, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Papua New Guinea.
Departing for Papua New Guinea, a second year Edinburgh University student, with an opportunity to shadow the UN Resident Coordinator in the country for ten days, I felt a mixture of excitement and curiosity. In researching for my visit, a Facebook page popped up called: “PNG the land of the unexpected!” So that’s what I was expecting. It didn’t disappoint.
I knew little about PNG, beyond the headlines about violence and safety concerns. I…
Last week UNDP in Papua New Guinea hosted an Equator Prize award ceremony in Madang to celebrate the success of Wanang Conservation Area, one of the winners of the global Equator Prize 2015. The Equator Prize is a biennial award that recognises the work of indigenous communities that are making outstanding contributions to global efforts on environmental conservation, preserving biodiversity, climate action and poverty reduction.
By the numbers:
Papua New Guinea accounts for less than 1% of the world’s land area
7 steps to make your business and community better
2016 is a momentous year for change worldwide. It can be pivotal year for all of us in Papua New Guinea to turn the tide and act on the major social, economic and environmental issues we face.
As leaders in business, how could you best contribute to positive social impact and help Papua New Guinea to achieve development?
The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the Governments worldwide in 2015 can be a starting point.
The SDGs are a list of 17 goals and 169 targets focused on ending all…
This year we have entered the new Sustainable Development Agenda: a universal framework of actions for all countries to help eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development by 2030.
And as we are starting this shared journey — we are challenged to Leave No One behind.
Leave No One Behind means a commitment to bring everyone along: women and men, young and old, disadvantaged and people with disabilities, people from hard-to-reach places, people speaking in 800 different languages, people representing different tribes, people who are vocal and people whose voices we can’t hear.
In our programmes at UNDP we work with…