PRIME Minister, Peter O’Neill, has thanked the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Deputy Executive Director, Fatoumata Ndiaye, for the organization’s ongoing support to PNG.
He made the comments following a visit by Ms Ndiaye, to PNG over the past week.
He said UNICEF is a significant partner for the nation in enhancing the health and wellbeing of children.
“UNICEF has an important ongoing presence in Papua New Guinea, and the visit by
Fatoumata Ndiaye provides UNICEF’s leadership with further direct contact with the people of our nation,” Mr. O’Neill said.
“UNICEF has worked closely with our departments of Health and Education in assisting the Government to implement our development priorities in important areas.
“Education is a particularly important shared interest for UNICEF and the Government.
“Through the government’s tuition fee free education policy, we have placed more than one million additional young people in school over the past five years.
“Most of these new students have been girls and this is creating new hope for communities around our nation.
“Through education, young women are able to make more informed choices about their chosen jobs and in family planning.
“When women and their families are able to better plan they can decide how many children they want and when they will have them.
“Papua New Guinea thanks UNICEF for its support to the enhancement of education, as well as the provision of logistics support, technical expertise and general social services in other areas.”
UNICEF places a priority on Child Protection, Education, Health and Nutrition, HIV/AIDS, Social Policy and Water and Sanitation.