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AROB, A Success Story for United Nation’s

The Autonomous Region of Bougainville is a success story to the work of the United Nation’s.

A number of milestones have been achieved and United Nations is reaffirming its continued support to promoting gender equality, peace and security in Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

UNDPs Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Jessica Siriosi, recently delivered a speech at the Unification Act ceremony in Arawa, saying that the huge task by women in uniting and building peace on this post conflict island was acknowledged and satisfactory.

The inception of the Peace Building Fund, under the United Nation’s Development Program (UNDP), is vital in supporting the advancement and growth of women in the decision making arena, as well as addressing gender based violence.

“Bougainville is a success story; with the recent development emanating from the support provided by the UN PBF, a number of milestones have been achieved. These milestones are; the establishment of Gender Desk at the President’s Office, the establishment of the 6th Parliamentary Committee on Gender Equality, the launching of the Bougainville Strategic Plan for Women’s Political Leadership in the AROB and the Policy for Women’s Empowerment, Gender Equality, Peace and Security,”

“One major achievement is the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security for Bougainville which infringes on the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 which Papua New Guinea is a party to,”

And the United Nation’s will continue to work alongside women to the referendum destiny.

“Today, we would like to thank all those wonderful women leaders in Bougainville and Papua New Guinea for the continuous dialogue, support and commitment towards the peace process of Bougainville. You are our partners and we will continue to collaborate to see through a free, fair and safe conduct of the referendum in 2019. UNDP is very cognizant of the importance of women’s inclusion and participation in the referendum process and is working to ensure this is reflected and done.”

The United Nation’s Development Program’s ongoing work in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville will continue to focus on the community security and peace building.

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