UN signs deal to continue deliver big projects

United Nations resident coordinator Dirk Wagener (left) and Department of National Planning and Monitoring secretary Koney Samuel signing the 2022 joint annual work plan of the UN in Port Moresby. – Picture supplied

UNITED Nations (UN) in Papua New Guinea have signed a partnership agreement with the Government to continue delivering major projects, according to UN.
UN resident coordinator Dirk Wagener said their system and agencies were delivering programmes across a wide range of interventions and sectors covering the whole country.
“For 2022 now, we are planning to deliver more than US$130 million (K463 million) worth of projects in-country and it is evidence of a very strong collaboration between us and the Government of Papua New Guinea and also with our development partners,” he said.
“We want to work and we want to deliver results where they matter the most.”
Wagener highlighted some of the projects of 2021, such as spotlight initiative and capacity-building of the national gender-based violence (GBV) secretariat in the National Capital District, (support to rural entrepreneurship Investment and trade) Stret project in East Sepik, Bougainville post-referendum economic development project and the joint peace programme in Southern Highlands and Hela.
He added that the theme of the UN system in the country was to leave no one behind with the aspiration to make a difference in PNG and its people.
Department of National Planning and Monitoring secretary Koney Samuel, representing the Government, signed the agreement acknowledging the UN as one of PNG’s important partners and conveyed the Government’s gratitude to the UN system for its commitment to the country throughout the years since independence.
“Our partnership with the UN has been very strong and, we are happy with the progress made on a number of programmes, especially the ones critical to the Government.”