ABG sets up SDGs committee

IN A historic move, the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) has set up a parliamentary committee for sustainable development goals (SDGs) to support the universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all Bougainvilleans (PNG) by 2030.

The House of Representatives Committee for SDGs is the first of its type in the Pacific and PNG and is designed to make the SDGs relevant to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. The Committee was formed soon after an introductory presentation by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to the ABG in April 2017.

PNG is part of the 192 Member States of the United Nations that adopted the SDGs in 2015. The SDGs outline 17 Goals with 169 targets to be achieved in next 15 years and build on the Millennium Development Goals that ended in 2015.

To show its commitment, the ABG’s members are participating in a two-day workshop, held from 12-13 July 2017, at the Chamber of the Bougainville House of Representatives, supported by UNDP.

Julie Bukikun, Assistant Representative for UNDP said: “The Autonomous Bougainville Government should be commended for establishing this new parliamentary committee, it has demonstrated leadership and vision for the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.

“The ABG’s House of Representatives Committee will help to localise and contextualise the SDGs in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville so that we can achieve tangible development outcomes over the next 15 years. Now the ABG can set clear objectives and move forward with implementation,” said Ms Bukikun.

Albert Punghau, Minister for Peace Agreement Implementation, Autonomous Bougainville Government said: “The SDGs are very important for the human development in Bougainville and in PNG. Through our committee, we believe to use Bougainville as a model to implement the SDGs to addressing issues of socio-economic and political stability.”

“It is important that we come together to understand the importance of the SDGs and how we can implement them and improve livelihoods and address gender and other crosscutting issues among our people,” Mr Punghau said.

More information about the SDGS is available at: http://www.pg.undp.org/www.pg.undp.org .

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