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“I am pleased to acknowledge UN’s proactive and leading role in addressing development issues in the country, especially with respect to the women and children, health and education, good governance, development cooperation, environment and climate change amongst others.  The government expresses its gratitude for UN’s untiring efforts. With the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Government looks upon UN to support our national efforts in order to realize SDGs. ”

Hon. Charles Abel, Minister for National Planning

United Nations in Papua New Guinea

The United Nations (UN) in Papua New Guinea is represented by fourteen resident agencies, non-resident agencies, funds, and programmes, and its work is outlined in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2012-2017. This is a partnership agreement between the UN system and the Government of Papua New Guinea. It is based on national strategic priorities, in particular the Government’s Medium-Term Development Plan (I & II) 2011-2017 and Vision 2050. Drawing on best practices from a global perspective, the UN coordinates innovative approaches to development that are suited to the unique political, economic and social context of Papua New Guinea, and always in consultation with the Government of Papua New Guinea and other partners.

In addition, the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by Papua New Guinea in September 2015, will provide the basis for the UN’s strategic positioning and support to national development plans for the next fifteen years.

In Papua New Guinea, the UN system is led by the UN Resident Coordinator who is also the United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative. The UN Resident Coordinator and the heads of each agency form the UN Country Team and they take decisions on the UN’s contributions in the country.

Partnership with the Government of Papua New Guinea

The UN works closely with the Government of Papua New Guinea, which operates across three levels of government - national, provincial and local. The Medium-Term Development Plan II is Papua New Guinea’s overarching plan for socioeconomic development. The Government has expressed a clear wish to use its own resources in the medium term to support the implementation of the strategy. The seven key expenditure areas are:

  • Basic education
  • Primary and preventive health care
  • Rehabilitation and maintenance of transport infrastructure
  • Law and justice
  • Generation of income-earning opportunities
  • HIV/AIDS prevention
  • Development oriented adult education

The UN has aligned its programme to the strategic priorities of the Medium Term Development Plan II.