UN Launches a Plan for an Office Complex in the Government Precinct
A new office complex for the United Nations (UN) agencies in Papua New Guinea (PNG) will be built in Waigani within the National Government’s office precinct as a joint project between the UN and the Government of PNG.
Demonstrating its commitment, the Government of PNG has allocated land within the Waigani precinct, next to the Morauta Haus, to further strengthen the partnership between UN agencies and the Government, as the country works together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the national development goals.
Last Thursday [October 5, 2017] at the proposed site, a ceremony was attended by the Chief Secretary and other Government officials as well as Heads of UN agencies to mark the plot where the UN Haus will be built.
During his visit to the country, the UN Assistant Secretary-General, the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Mr Haoliang Xu, thanked the Chief Secretary, Ambassador Isaac Lupari:
“Establishing a central location for all the UN agencies will have a significant impact on the effectiveness of the work of the UN in PNG. We are grateful to the Government of PNG for allocating this land for the UN Haus for UN agencies based in Papua New Guinea.”
The final design for the UN Haus is being drafted. It will be a modern office complex that will house the UN agencies and include features such as a:
o Conference Centre (seating 150)
o Catering and Dining Facilities
o Meeting Rooms
o Data and Media Centre
o Supplies Storage
o Emergency Operations Centre
Discussions for the UN Haus between the UN and the Government of PNG began in 2010 and its land was allocated in 2014. Construction is expected to be completed by the mid-2019.
Source: United Nations in Papua New Guinea October 5, 2017