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Bougainville uses Clean & Green Communications in Referendum Work

By the year 2020 over one-quarter of the world’s energy will be produced by renewable sources, with renewables continuing to become cheaper, more reliable and more efficient by the day. The Autonomous Bougainville Government is embracing clean and green solutions in its communication work on the referendum.

With the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through its Peace Building Project, the ABG recently installed solar-powered billboards at each of the newly constructed Community Information Centres (CICs) in Buka, Arawa and Buin.

The centers, run by ABG’s Bureau of Public Affairs, Media and Communication, act as a one-stop-shop for visitors to learn about the work of the ABG and the national government on the referendum and implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement.

The solar-powered billboards will showcase awareness videos and key messages for the people of the Autonomous Region, and support both ABG and National Government in communication efforts

Tirnesh Prassad, Peace Building Fund Coordinator (Officer-in-Charge), said: “Not only are we seeing important messaging being broadcast via these billboards, we’re also showing what can be done through the use of a renewable, green energy source.”

“Goal 7 of the SDGs focuses on affordable and clean energy. In Bougainville we see lots of hot, sunny days so let’s harness this to our advantage and do our bit to help realise Goal 7 by 2030.”

This project is supported by the United Nations Peace Building Fund. The fund is currently supporting more than 120 projects in 25 countries to ensure that peace is maintained via a peaceful means.

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