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Welcome to UNDP Papua New Guinea
Despite vast natural and mineral wealth, Papua New Guinea is a very poor country and poverty impacts on the daily lives of almost all of the population. Poverty is exacerbated by among other things; extreme rural isolation; high rates of crime and violence; a burgeoning HIV/AIDS epidemic and recent political turmoil.
Only about 40 percent of Papua New Guineans enroll in school, 5.5 percent of babies born will die before they are two years old and the average life expectancy is just 57 years at birth.UNDP works to improve the government's ability to deliver public services to the poor and in doing so, plays a vital role in helping to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, raise the standard of living and protect human rights for ordinary Papua New Guineans.
Photo: PNG Practice Parliment Training for Intending Women Candidates to run for 2012 National Elections
Thirty-seven percent of PNG's population lives below the national poverty line and PNG is one of the poorest countries in Asia and indeed the world. UNDP's poverty reduction programme is geared towards providing strategic support to the government in its formulation and implementation of national development plans and strategies so that it can help PNG achieve the Millennium Target of halving poverty by 2015
Democratic GovernancePNG's government, like the governments of many developing countries suffers from low capacity, low levels of skill and training, occasional corruption and a lack of transparency. UNDP is helping the government tackle these issues and make itself more efficient, more focused on human rights, more democratic and more accountable so that it can better deliver services to the poor.
Environment and Energy for Sustainable Development and LivelihoodsPNG's poverty has put intense pressure on the government to utilize natural resources to help make trade the engine of economic growth. This, added to population pressure is in-turn putting the environment under threat. UNDP works with the government to help develop policies that protect the environment and those that depend on it for their livelihood.
Nation Building through support to Crisis Prevention and RecoveryPNG has suffered from a protracted conflict in Bouganville, which has only recently ended. A critical part of the peace process involves reconciliation and nation building, as well as taking measures to ensure violence decreases, such as eliminating dangerous weapons from the community. UNDP is helping the government by supporting capacity building in these areas. UNDP also assists the government to help it better respond to and prepare for a wide range of natural disasters.
HIV/AIDS and DevelopmentPNG has one of the highest rates of HIV prevalence in the region and new infection rates are on the increase. If this trend continues, the country faces a bourgeoning epidemic that could reverse many of the development achievements made over the last few decades and seriously increase poverty and depravation. UNDP is developing the capacity of the National AIDS Council Secretariat to effectively meet its mandate and achieve the MDG of reversing the spread of HIV and AIDS.