Representatives from the Northern, Milne Bay & Central Provinces began the three day Southern Regional workshop in Alotau today on United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, and how to integrate the SDG’s into PNG Government’s Responsible Sustainable Development STaRS Policy Management.
Although Western and Gulf Provincial reps were not able to make it, the participants were challenged to look at the UN goals and simplify them in the best way possible for the little people to understand.
Professor Chalapan Kaluwin, who is UPNG’s Acting Executive Dean for School of Natural & Physical Sciences (SNPS), has lead a team of academics to Alotau to facilitate the workshop.
The team of academics are from the Discipline of Environmental Sciences and Geography in the School of Natural & Physical Sciences (SNPS).
Professor Kaluwin in his opening remarks this afternoon said, the workshop is to build awareness on the STaRS policy and encourage provincial government to shift and align their policies with the government of the day.
He added that a bottom up approach to help the people understand the SDG is important for PNG.
UNDP’s Programme Manager Analyst for Energy Environment, Gwen Maru said STaRS focuses on renewable resources.
She challenged the provinces to maximize on the resources they have, in line with the government’s SDG, to better their people’s lives.