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“The United Nations is applauded for working in collaboration with the Government to now have the United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2018-2022. The key elements of the Sustainable Development Goals – People, Prosperity, Planet, Peace, as well as Partnership – are key to the Outcomes of this new Framework. It is a unique approach and one that identifies where the UN is best positioned to contribute effectively over the five-year period, ultimately building a platform for Papua New Guinea to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030."

Hon. Charles Abel, the Former Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, 6th April 2017, Port Moresby at the United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2018-2022 signing.

United Nations in Papua New Guinea

The United Nations (UN) in Papua New Guinea is represented by twenty resident agencies, non-resident agencies, funds, and programmes, and its work is framed in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2018-2022. This is a partnership agreement between the United Nations system and the Government of Papua New Guinea. It is based on national strategic priorities, the Government’s Medium-Term Development Plan and Vision 2050. Drawing on best practices from around the world, the United Nations works with the Government and other partners to implement innovative approaches to development that are suited to the unique political, economic and social context of Papua New Guinea.

The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by Papua New Guinea in September 2015, provide the basis for the United Nations’ strategic positioning and support for national development plans until 2030.

In Papua New Guinea, the United Nations system is led by the Resident Coordinator. The Resident Coordinator and the representatives of UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes active in Papua New Guinea form the UN Country Team (UNCT).

Partnership with the Government of Papua New Guinea

“It is my pleasure to recognize the long-standing relationship between the Government of Papua New Guinea and the United Nations. Through our over forty years journey after independence, the Government and its people have developed our nation and made great progress in development indicators, working with the United Nations.”

Hon. Richard Maru, the Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, 24th October 2017,    Port Moresby at the Commemoration of the 72nd Anniversary of the United Nations

The United Nations works closely with the Government of Papua New Guinea, which operates across three levels – national, provincial and local. The Medium-Term Development Plan is Papua New Guinea’s overarching strategy for socio-economic development, to which the United Nations has aligned its programme.