UNDP Administrator visits Papua New Guinea

14 Feb 2010

Port Moresby - UNDP Administrator and Chair of the UN Development Group Miss Helen Clark today visited several UNDP supported projects in the National Capital District.

Specifically she visited the Breakthrough Initiative (BI) for Leadership Development Programme (LDP) on HIV and AIDS run by Friends Foundation at Gerehu and the Family Sexual Violence Unit, and the Boroko Juvenile Reception Centre.

Ms Clark is was met at Gerehu by children, some of whom were HIV & AIDS orphans, and NCD Governor Powes Parkop and his wife Jean, and Founder of Friends Foundation Ms Tessie Soi, and the Acting Director of the National AIDS Council Mr Wep Kanawi and other leaders in the HIV & AIDS Sector.

At Gerehu she was told by participants of the UNDP Leadership Development Program that the program had helped broaden their knowledge and enabled them to contribute more to their communities.

Ms Soi, a participant of the program told Ms Clark: “The program helped me to think outside of the box and has given me insight to make a little change in my community.”

Dr Moale Kariko, Chairman of the PNG Civil Society Alliance for HIV & AIDS said many had described the program as “exciting and enriching and equipping them with visions for new possibilities and empowering them to transform their individual and communal responses to HIV/AIDS”.

He said since the program’s launch in 2004, it had helped to focus conversations that have resulted in new partnerships between the Provincial AIDS Committees and the Provincial Councils of Women, mainline churches, trade unions and nongovernment organizations, national parliamentarians and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Responding to these remarks Ms Clark thanked him and the participants for briefing her on the program. She said she was pleased at the role of the leadership program in supporting people to go back to their communities and act in new and innovative ways to deal with the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
“We all feel inspired to think that this humble program from UNDP has played a part in getting people to do extraordinary things back in their communities.”

She also said:“ Leadership is needed to fight this epidemic at all levels and that people are empowered with knowledge to act for their own safety.”

From Gerehu Ms Clark visited the Boroko Police station where she was welcomed by a guard of Honour and the Police Band after which she was escorted by Superintendent Fred Yakasa to visit the Family Sexual Violence Unit, the Boroko Cell Block and the Juvenile Reception Centre.

Contact Information

For information on Miss Clark's activities, please contact UN Communications Officer Elizabeth Turi on 72908770 or 76954139. Alternately call Eileen Kolma on 71999353 or 76908542.