Papua New Guinea sees support for climate action

Posted March 26, 2020

The signing of the Agreement between the Government of Papua New Guinea and the United Nations Development Programme will bolster PNG's efforts to address the impacts of climate change.

Delivered under the Asian Development Bank funded Building Resilience to Climate Change Project, this work will help communities in remote atols and coastal areas improve food security, better prepare for climate-driven natural disasters and reduce their vulnerabilities.

Dirk Wagener, UNDP Resident Representative in Papua New Guinea said, “this partnership is an important achievement between the Climate Change and Development Authority and UNDP to further address challenges faced by climate change in the most vulnerable communities.”

“UNDP is committed to work with local communities and stake holders in providing sustainable solutions to support communities to be resilient and adoptable to the impacts of climate change,” Mr. Wagener added.

Knowledge sharing will also underline the afore-mentioned interventions in order to strengthen Papua New Guinea’s efforts in tackling climate change.

In Papua New Guinea, rural communities face the most impacts of climate change through king tides, rising sea levels, natural disasters such as floods, and changing and increasingly unpredictable weather patterns. These causes and consequences of climate change stretch far beyond individuals and governments.

For countries like PNG, actions against climate actions requires continued and long-term commitment. Effective efforts require local, national and international approach.

Through the ADB Building Resilience to Climate Change Project, UNDP will continue to work in close partnership with the Government through the Climate Change and Development Authority to address the climate issues that affect the country.