PNG Fails To Achieve Any Millennium Development Goals

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UN representative: Progress made but more cohesive work needed

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Dec. 30, 2014) – Papua New Guinea has not reached any of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UN resident representative Roy Trivedy says.

He said despite some progress since the start of the MDG process in 2000, PNG needed to do more and the Government should work cohesively with stakeholders to improve peoples’ lives. "Since the start of the MDG process, we knew that Papua New Guinea will not reach any of the goals," he said.

"But we knew it was always going to be an unfinished revolution which means that the process would have to continue next year," Trivedy said.

He said the world had generally achieved some of the eight MDGs, whereas some had exceeded while some countries, including PNG, needed to go a little further to improve.

Trivedy said PNG achieved Goal No 2 which was universal primary education but the country still faced major challenges of achieving quality education.

"We’ve had several ministers talking about over 500,000 of school aged children not regularly going to school.

"This is something that we need to work on to improve the quality of education but the numbers of children in schools," he said.

Trivedy said despite PNG not achieving any of the goals, he was pleased to help development partners support the Government in honouring its commitments.

"We have risen to the challenge and we need to do more. I hope that we will continue to achieve more of the goals in 2015," he said.

Trivedy said he had full confidence in the O’Neill Government because it was strongly committed to the achieving the MDGs.

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