It's 2021, the Decade of Action has begun and taking care of our natural environment is an immense responsibility - as a matter of urgency, we all are accountable to #SaveOurPlanet.
As this new decade kicks in, the United Nations Nations Development Programme in Papua New Guinea is committed to "Green" our Country Office as part of the UN #GreeningTheBlue initiative.
Many of us are already 'green-aware' and take part in environmentally-friendly processes - such as recycling, reducing consumption and waste production to imagining circular economy models to limit our carbon and material footprint.
However, many people remain unaware of new technological and design advancements that are vital in reducing carbon emissions - for example, the use of energy-efficient lighting such as LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) can be valuable in our goal to conserve the environment and restore our planet.
This month, UNDP in Papua New Guinea, as part of it's Greening-the-Office efforts, installed new LED lights at the Country Office, in Port Moresby, with the aim of creating an energy-efficient and more environmentally-conscious workspace. LEDs reduce greenhouse emissions due to low energy consumption - approximately 80% of the energy supplied is converted into light, while only about 20% is converted into excess heat.
UNDP Papua New Guinea 'Greening the Office' Plan
UNDP Papua New Guinea's 'Greening the Blue' Task Force team have developed a plan to implement ways to reduce the Country Office's carbon footprint. The plan looks at travel and transportation, electricity consumption, waste reduction and recycling, and to provide "Green Office" awareness raising for staff.
The utilisation of LEDs in the office lowers electricity consumption and is an example of the commitment to ‘Greening the Office’ under the guidance of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Greening the Blue Initiative established to engage and support the UN system in the transition towards greater environmental sustainability in planning and management of its facilities and operations.
Replacing outdated lighting systems with LED lighting addresses Sustainable Development Goals #SDG7 - Affordable and Clean Energy and #SDG13 - Climate Action. Throughout 2021, the ‘Greening the Office’ team will champion the change to make the UNDP Papua New Guinea Country Office more environmentally sustainable and energy efficient.
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Power of Data to end Gender-based Violence #EndGBV
Workshop participants with UNDP PNG Spotlight's Lindsay Lambi (2nd r) in Kokopo, East New Britain Province. Photo: L. Lambi/ UNDP Papua New Guinea
The United Nations Spotlight Initiative team was in Kokopo, East New Britain Province this month helping to train provincial decision makers at a 3-day Gender-Based Violence Database Consultation Workshop with the aim to #EndGBV.
The workshop led by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), under the UN Spotlight Initiative, was designed to develop a national data coordination system with support from UNDP Papua New Guinea.
UNDP Spotlight Initiative Project officer, Mr. Lindsay Lambi explained that establishing a national system ensures effective collection of GBV data, information management and efficient data sharing protocols vital for effective GBV programming and intervention at national and subnational levels.
“Stakeholders can effectively utilize the data to inform local and national strategies on how to respond effectively to ending GBV in Papua New Guinea going forward,” Mr. Lambi said. Based on experiences and lessons learned in the pilot phase of UNDP’s Gender Programme (from 2014-2016), the 13-15 January, Kokopo workshop aimed to bring together heads of government agencies and civil society organizations responsible for implementing Gender-Based Violence programmes and activities.
Stakeholders can effectively utilize data to inform strategy on how to respond effectively to ending GBV in Papua New Guinea going forward. Photo: L. Lambi/ UNDP Papua New Guinea
GBV stakeholders and government agencies in attendance - including East New Britain Community Development Advisor and District CDOs, Family Sexual Violence Action Committee (FSVAC) coordinators for East New Britain, Morobe and National Capital District, Police Family Sexual Violence Unit officers, Correctional Services, Law and Justice officers, Hospital Family Support Center officers and Safe House operators - shared ideas, experiences, challenges and lessons learned, and strengthened networks to reaffirm the importance of GBV Data that informs government decision-making.
Outcomes from the workshop included: i) Consensus between GBV service providers and provincial FSVAC/Community Development Officers to put in place data sharing protocols and agreements for provincial reporting; and ii) Consensus between provincial administrations and civil society organizations on the importance of partner support from UNDP and UNFPA to strengthen provincial coordination and GBV information management.
The workshop also created awareness of UNDP's role within the European Union funded UN-Spotlight Initiative in institutional strengthening of the National Gender-based Violence Secretariat and in establishing Provincial GBV Secretariats. Participants had an opportunity to learn from the success of the National Capital District commission as the only district in the country with an established GBV Database system.
The Spotlight Initiative is a global, multi-year partnership between the European Union and the United Nations to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls by 2030.
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