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PNG to deliver its first Voluntary National Review on SDG’s

Papua New Guinea is preparing to present a Voluntary National Review Report of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) during the 2020 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development to be held in New York in July 2020.

This was revealed in an advertorial by Minister for National Planning Hon. Richard Maru.

PNG is one of more than 40 countries who will be participating most for their second or third time, while this will be PNG’s first review presentation.

The 2020 VNR will focus on priority areas on Goals: 13 (Climate Change), 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions), 4 (Quality Education), 8 (Decent Work), 10 (Reduced Inequalities), 17 (Partnership for the Goals) and others.

PNG will share the country’s initial gains and challenges in the implementation of Agenda 2030.

Through this VNR process, GoPNG will be accorded an opportunity to raise SDG awareness and mobilise the participation of different stakeholders, especially the central departments and agencies, Government statutory bodies, UN systems in PNG, Members of Parliament, Development Partners, CSO’s, academia, research institutions, faith-based organisations, international NGO’s, the private sector, provinces and districts and other key stakeholders.

‘The VNR process will provide an avenue for an initial meaningful interaction and profound discussion among our key players and partners in dealing with the complex, universal and interlinked Sustainable Development agenda.

The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are incorporated into the countries Medium Term Development Plan (MTDP) III 2018 – 2022 and are captured in PNG’s National Strategy for Responsible Sustainable Development (StaRS) and the PNG Vision 2050.

Minister Maru said the Government will continue to explore new ways of strengthening and building relationship with our current and future international and domestic private development partners to invest more and do business in line with sustainable development priorities.

Accordingly, he said, the PNG Business Community shall be encouraged to share and adopt best practices, as well as play an important role in supporting the SDG’s.

Going forward, PNG needs to strengthen its efforts to:

· improve society’s awareness of and mobilise stakeholders’ participation in sustainable development efforts;

· enhance institutional set-up and policy frameworks for sustainable development

· foster cooperation between the Government and the business sector, domestic organisations, and the international community in SDG implementation; and

· build a national M&E system through the DNPM Policy M&E capacities with the technical and financial support of Development Partners

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