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O’Neill committed to UN development goals

PRIME MINISTER Peter O'Neill pledged in New York on Saturday that PNG would continue to work hard in order to achieve all of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by the United Nations.

"Our government remains committed to achieving the MDGs, and we are now scaling-up progress in all relevant sectors," O'Neill said while addressing the UN General Assembly.

The MDGs are a set of eight international development targets that UN member states have resolved to meet globally by 2015.

"We call on all our development partners to complement our efforts to achieve the MDG targets in line with national development plans and policies," Mr O’Neill said. "I believe other developing countries will support our call."

According to him, PNG has made strides in three of the eight MDGs - promotion of universal primary education, reduction of diseases, as well as gender equality and women's empowerment.

Source: Shanghai Daily, 25 September


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Barbara Short

I was wondering what progress has been made in gender equality and women's empowerment in PNG lately.

In the light of this present case of Dr Rona Nadile it appears that male chauvinism is still alive and well in PNG.

PNG women are still very disadvantaged. Many of them are not given any formal education, they are not adequately represented in the government, and, it seems, many who are well educated do not have the same opportunities or respect given to them in the workforce as PNG men.

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