UN commits to support PNG


THE United Nations office in Papua New Guinea remains committed to ensure lasting peace in the country, according to a UN statement released yesterday ahead of the International Day of Peace.
“On this International Day of Peace (Sept 21), United Nations in Papua New Guinea would like to reaffirm its commitment to ensure lasting peace in PNG,” the UN said.
It said a special focus had been on supporting the PNG government and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville on implementing the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
This included strengthening political dialogue between the two governments, supporting awareness on the referendum and building social cohesion and community security.
It continued to support women’s participation in leadership and addressing gender-based violence
“The UN continues and has reinforced its work to ensure lasting peace in Bougainville and in PNG
“Peace is an essential requirement for development of Papua New Guinea in sustainable, equitable, and effective manner and for us to achieve SDGs, the global goal, peace and justice need to be established every single corner of the society in the country,” Roy Trivedy, the UN resident coordinator in Papua New Guinea, said.
According to UN, the theme of this year’s Peace Day highlighted 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), which 193 member states of the UN unanimously adopted last year as building blocks for peace.
Conflict often starts when people compete over limited resources.
The SDGs serve as a global blueprint to prevent such conflicts from arising by making sure no one is left behind and peace will last.
Sustainable development is essential for lasting peace, and both depend on respect for human rights.

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