Resident Coordinator’s welcome

Welcome to the website of the United Nations in Papua New Guinea. We hope you find the information provided on this site helpful in better understanding our work. I encourage you to browse through our Media Centre for national, regional and global publications, press releases and news stories.

Papua New Guinea joined the United Nations on October 10th, 1975 and the United Nations formally established a presence in the country in 1976. There are twenty resident and non-resident United Nations agencies, funds and programmes working in Papua New Guinea. We work with the Government at the national and sub-national levels as well as with other development partners to support the country to attain its development goals.

In Papua New Guinea, the United Nations adopts the ‘Delivering as One’ model, an initiative that ensures our skills, knowledge and efforts are shared so that the impact of projects is maximised. Under this model, the United Nations system in-country works together under one strategy to capitalize on the impact of our support and minimize operational cost. Our five-year strategy, the United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2018-2022 serves as a basis for all of our work in the country. The Framework is aligned to national development policies, including the Medium Term Development Plan, as well as the internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goals. We are working in the following four key strategic priority areas:

  People- Inclusive Human Development and Equitable Services

  Prosperity- Inclusive and Sustainable Growth

  Planet- Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, Biodiversity Conservation,

             Strengthened  Climate and Disaster Resilience

  Peace- Promoting Inclusive Governance, Justice and Peace

Additional information about the UN’s work in Papua New Guinea can be found in the 'Our Work' section of this website.

In supporting sustainable development and peacebuilding in Papua New Guinea, the United Nations will continue to value and work with various development partners, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, faith-based organizations, academic institutions, provincial and district governments, sports organizations, media outlets, and most importantly the people of Papua New Guinea. We appreciate your visit to our website, as knowing each other is the first step to build a partnership.

We are also adopting innovative solutions beyond the ‘business as usual’ approach, where traditional support alone cannot address persistent issues. The United Nations in Papua New Guinea believes that increasing usage of new technologies and increasing availability of big data have the potential to connect a geographically diverse range of stakeholders and communities and to invent new solutions to development challenges. Together with the Government and other development partners, we catalyse inclusive dialogue on data and facilitate organization of an innovative network among data specialists and organizations called “PNGData4Development Network”.    

If you have suggestions for how we can improve our support, or if you would like any additional information, please contact us using the details on the 'Contact us' page – we would love to hear from you.

Yours sincerely,
Gianluca Rampolla
United Nations Resident Coordinator in Papua New Guinea