The workshop enabled journalists to familiarize themselves with the principles of conflict sensitive reporting - and how these principles can be integrated in their daily work.
COVID Response Boosted by Donation of Ambulances
New ambulances donated through the United Nations-India Partnership Fund, procured by UNDP in support of COVID response for national health.
New ambulances donated through United Nations-India Partnership Fund. Photo: Clive Hawigen/ UNDP Papua New Guinea
As the number of COVID-19 infections soars in Papua New Guinea, emergency response services have been stretched to their limits. This situation is made worse by low COVID-19 vaccination rates, of which Papua New Guinea now has among the lowest in the world.
This initiative will support efforts to address the unprecedented pressure the latest COVID-19 surge has placed on Papua New Guinea’s health system.
On presenting the initial four ambulances to the Government of Papua New Guinea, UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Dirk Wagener said the health system is overwhelmed by this latest COVID-19 surge.
"Community transmission is widespread. These ambulances will help to address some of the pressure but are only one part of what needs to be a multifaceted response. We must lift vaccination rates and raise community awareness as an absolute priority.”
The United Nations Development Programme is delivering this work with the support of the United Nations-India Partnership Fund. The first four of 10 ambulances were handed over in October, with two ambulances assigned to St. John Ambulance Service immediately. This will boost capacities to cope with the current surge. The Minister for Health, the Hon. Jelta Wong, acting Indian High Commissioner Mr. R.S. Virdi, and the Chief Executive Officer of St John Ambulance, Mr. Matt Cannon were present during the handover.
“This invaluable support from UNDP and partners will provide urgent strengthening to emergency response in Port Moresby, and Provinces, at this critical time of national need,” said Minister for Health, the Hon. Jelta Wong.
This follows the refurbishment of five ambulances under this partnership to improve operability of current emergency health services. An additional six new ambulances are expected to arrive in Papua New Guinea in the coming weeks.
The United Nations has played a critical and wide-ranging role in supporting Papua New Guinea’s national COVID-19 response efforts. UNDP has featured strongly through efforts to support the Government with critical humanitarian coordination through the National Coordination Centre, procurement of 30 ventilators, and in delivering Papua New Guinea’s first national socio-economic impact assessment on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ambulances will be distributed across the country to bolster rural and remote health services, utilized by various essential health providers, including St John Ambulance.
What Sets Her Soul on Fire? #Youth4Climate
"Young people’s voices were heard by global leaders" - Vinzealhar Nen, Youth Climate Activist
“The Youth4Climate summit provided young delegates from 193 countries the unprecedented opportunity to put forward ideas and proposals on some of the most pressing issues on the climate agenda” – Vinzealhar Nen
A strong advocate for the environment and climate change action, Ms. Vinzealhar Nen is a passionate member of the UNDP in Papua New Guinea Country Office.
Vinzealhar’s interest and passion for environmental and climate issues started at age nine with a lifelong interest in science.
“I did commence my tertiary studies majoring in biomedical engineering, however, due to family issues, I had to put that on hold and return home to Papua New Guinea to join the workforce,” said Ms. Nen.
She soon found pathways to participate in major events that inspired her to start a successful tree planting campaign. In her own words, the campaign took a life of its own in 12 provinces across the country and driven by close to 1000 young people.
Venzealhar is also the country lead for the Sustainable Ocean Alliance hub in Papua New Guinea, driving community and youth engagement to help address climate and environmental challenges.
Her concern for the environment, climate change, and global issues has opened amazing opportunities to represent Papua New Guinea at high-level forums around the world.
“It is what sets my soul on fire,” she explains.
In September 2021, Vinzealhar was invited to attend the Youth4Climate Summit in Milan, Italy, joining 400 youth delegates from 193 UN member state countries at the event. The young delegates were engaged for the summit by their passion through art, music, sport, textile design, food, and agriculture to address climate change.