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The Paris Agreement is Stronger than Donald Trump

​***PNG Stands Firm on Paris Agreement***

Papua New Guinea, along with all other countries that signed the Paris Agreement, will stand firm despite the United States’ announcement of withdrawal.

Climate Change & Development Authority (CCDA) managing director, Ruel Yamuna, said this in response to U.S President Donald Trump’s recent announcement.

Yamuna said PNG will continue to negotiate for the strongest possible outcome to ensure climate action is implemented.

He said PNG, through CCDA in partnership with key government departments, state agencies and other development partners, will continue to work with all stakeholders to implement PNG’s obligations under the Paris Agreement.

“Climate change is real and already affecting the livelihoods of communities in PNG,” he stated.

“The Paris Agreement is stronger than Donald Trump.”

Yamuna revealed that the current ambition to reduce dangerous greenhouse gas emissions remains insufficient.

“We are still heading for global warming of 3 – 4 Degrees Celsius with disastrous consequences to communities living on the frontlines of climate change as droughts, storms and floods threaten their homes, harvests and livelihoods.”

Yamuna highlighted that all other countries in the world have begun negotiating the rulebook for the implementation of the landmark climate deal.

This follows the recent SB 46 Climate Change meeting in Bonn, Germany, last month.

They will continue to do so under the leadership of the Kingdom of Morocco as the present Conference of the Parties (COP) President and Fiji as the incoming COP President.

Last Thursday, President Trump proclaimed that he was withdrawing the US from the Paris climate accord, which he claimed placed “draconian” financial burdens on the American people.

According to CNN, Trump said: “We’re getting out. And we will start to renegotiate and we’ll see if there’s a better deal. If we can, great. If we can’t, that’s fine.”

The Paris Agreement unites nations into a common cause; to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so.

Loop PNG Quintina Naime June 7, 2017 at 9.23 am

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PM highlights irony of Micah’s Apec snubbing

The National

IT is ironic that Kavieng will host an Apec tourism ministers’ conference next year, and yet Kavieng MP Ben Micah wants to cancel the Apec summit, the prime minister says.
Speaking to supporters at Ela Beach on Tuesday, Micah said he will  cancel the summit if his People’s Progress Party forms the next government after this month’s general election.
“The world is looking at us,” O’Neill told hundreds of people at Cartaret Oval in Kavieng during a campaign rally for People’s National Congress candidate Martin Aini yesterday.
“Your member was in Port Moresby and gathering all kinds of people together (at Ela Beach), and telling them that he will cancel Apec.
“You must know that in Apec 2018, tourism ministers with more than 200 delegates, will be here in Kavieng.
“We try to promote tourism, and here, we will have tourism ministers from 21 of the most-powerful countries in the world here in Kavieng.
“What a great opportunity for you to display the tourism potential of Kavieng and New Ireland.
“But here, we have someone who is painim toktok (looking for something to say).
“Em painim toktok (he is looking for something to say).
“We are talking about the good of the country, where education is going to go, where health is going to go, don’t talk about self-interest and ego.
“Ego never achieves anything, pride never achieves anything – it only causes problems.”
O’Neill said Aini, who was Kveing MP before losing to Micah in the 2012 general election, will be their next representative in Parliament.
“Martin Aini doesn’t have a house in Singapore, Martin Aini doesn’t have a house in Australia, Martin Aini lives in the village,” he said.
“This is the kind of leader that we want.”

 

http://www.thenational.com.pg/pm-highlights-irony-micahs-apec-snubbing/

Hosting an APEC Meeting is a very Effective way to Promote Tourism & Culture

*** Regional APEC Meetings to Deliver Real Benefits Around the Nation ***

Tourism will generate thousands of jobs in the coming years, and the hosting of APEC events in growing tourism hubs will make an important contribution to this growing sector.

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, was speaking with around two thousand PNC supporters in Kavieng when he assured them that their current local member’s threat to cancel the hosting of APEC next year is just hot air.

He said the election of Martin Aini as the PNC Candidate for Kavieng Open is the only way the district can advance with a dedicated elected leader who is committed to the interests of the district and the country.

“These claims by a single opposition member that he would cancel APEC cannot be taken seriously,” the Prime Minister said.

“I have already had to assure our APEC partner economies that he is just one opposition member from 111 in the Parliament, and has a record for making highly questionable statements just to get attention.

“If you ask almost any other member of the Parliament if they agree with Papua New Guinea hosting APEC in 2018, they would be supportive.

“The Kavieng Member’s threat to cancel APEC has also backfired because it would mean cancelling the APEC Tourism Minister’s meeting, part of which will take place in his district.

“The Member for Kavieng would take APEC away from his own electorate just political mischief.

“His four party members do not support him, and even the Opposition Leader is against such foolish tactics.

“Hosting an APEC meeting is a very effective way to promote tourism and culture in regional centres, as well as encourage skills transfer and local capacity development.”

The Prime Minister said people around the country are tired of candidates who are standing without any clear policies and who just want to run the country down.

“The only people who are knocking the economy are in the opposition.

“They have spent this whole campaign making false claims, talking the economy down, and never offering any real alternatives.

“The current Member for Kavieng has demonstrated that he is not in this election for his people, but for himself.

“That is another reason why the people of Kavieng need to elect an intelligent and balanced leader, and that is what you have in Martin Aini.

“Martin Aini is a leader who will work hard in his electorate and work in the interests of his people and the nation.”

The comments by the current Kavieng Member are at odds with his earlier statements where he embraced advancing national economic development through deepening engagements with APEC.

Prime Minister’s Office PNG June 1, 2017 at 5.41 pm

Chocolate brand supports farmers to boost quality

By ELIZABETH VUVU
QUEEN Emma Chocolate, a subsidiary of Paradise Foods Limited, is supporting local cocoa farmers to look after their plots to produce quality cocoa, a company official says.
The official, general manager Karina Makori, was speaking during the Air Niugini Cocoa Warwagira last week in Kokopo.
She said cocoa has been around for so many years and the company which was established in 2012 added value to the commodity.
“We have now a value-added product and are not just exporting but we can have something from our own cocoa on our shelves that visitors can buy and take back into their countries.”
Makori said PNG has the standard to meet cocoa quality and there was demand for chocolate.
“Paradise Foods’ Queen Emma has made chocolate affordable for people today,” she said.
“We have been making commercial bars since Feb last year at the chocolate factory in Port Moresby.”
The chocolate company is  proud to be working with farmers from Bougainville, their biggest supplier, as well the Lower Watut Cooperative Society in Morobe, the Tree Kangaroo Foundation in Madang and growers from Milne Bay. Last week she encouraged farmers in East New Britain to also become suppliers.
“Our social responsibility to the people is through downstream processing of cocoa as the livelihood of many farmers in rural area depends on cocoa.”

http://www.thenational.com.pg/chocolate-brand-supports-farmers-boost-quality/

EC’s job to conduct postal voting

By Malum Nalu
Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato says the commission is obliged by law to conduct postal voting for citizens, including those living overseas.
In response to queries on whether the commission would conduct postal voting for citizens living abroad, as well as those living in the country but would not be in their electorates at the time of polling, especially fly-in and fly-out employees of resource projects.
Gamato said the commission was getting the Foreign Affairs Department to submit a list of Papua New Guineans living overseas who were eligible to vote.
A senior commission official, however, said it may be too late to conduct postal voting as it was only three weeks to voting time.
Gamato said there were seven categories of electors whom postal voting applied to. They were:

  • Those who would not be in the electorate during the polling period;
  • Those who would not take part in polling on religious grounds like Seventh Day Adventists;
  • Women electors approaching maternity or caring for their infrants;
  • Those who were seriously sick in the house or hospital;
  • Those who were travelling away from their residence;
  • Those who were not within 16km by the nearest polling place in the electorate where they were enrolled; and
  • Those citizens living abroad.

“By law, electors can apply for postal vote certificate, ballot paper and candidate poster,” Gamato said.
“When that is done, a returning officer may, together with a postal vote certificate and an allot paper under Section 100 of the Organic Law on National and local level government elections, forward to an elector who has applied for postal vote certificate and postal vote ballot paper.
“A candidate poster may also be included by the returning officer to assist the elector, who may not be familiar with candidate names and codes.
“A postal vote certificate and declaration by an elector is to be made in Form 6.
“Electors making wilful false statements in the declaration carry a liability of two years’ imprisonment.”

 

 

http://www.thenational.com.pg/ecs-job-conduct-postal-voting/

State Visit will Provide the Basis for Deepening Relations between Papua New Guinea and China

**** China’s President to be Invited for State Visit to Papua New Guinea ****

The President of China, H.E. Xi Jinping, will be invited to attend an Official State visit to Papua New Guinea when he attends the APEC Summit in November 2018.

The matter was raised during a meeting held by Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, with China’s new Ambassador, H.E. Xue Bing, in Port Moresby this week.

The Prime Minister said relations between Papua New Guinea and China are built on strong historical foundations and the State Visit will provide the basis for deepening this engagement.

“President Xi Jinping was one of the first Leaders to accept our invitation to attend the APEC Leaders’ Summit, and now we would like to extend our welcome through a State Visit at the same time.

“This will provide greater opportunity to advance direct bilateral engagement and investment, and for President Xi to see first-hand the development co-operation between our countries.

“China is a foundation customer for Papua New Guinea’s LNG exports, and the volume of trade and commercial relations in other areas continues to grow.

Papua New Guinea also appreciates China’s support in advancing education in our country.

“Our country is committed to a One China Policy, and this provides a basis for the strengthening of engagement and co-operation.”

PM O’Neill said China and Papua New Guinea will further continue working together in other global forums.

“Our countries have shared interests in many of the major challenges facing the world today.

“On climate change, we have a common desire to deal with this problem and co-operate in international forums to bring about global action.

“Papua New Guinea also shares similar views to China in relation to United Nations reform, in that the current UN model must evolve with the needs of the global community.

“The UN must be relevant to all members.”

PM O’Neill said the strengthening of people-to-people engagement is vital to growing the relationship.

“While Papua New Guinea and China formalised bilateral relations in 1976, our two Nations have long historical links through trade.

“For more than 200 years, Chinese people have come to our country and been involved in business.

“In the coming years we will continue to deepen this interaction between our countries with the establishment of direct flights between Port Moresby and Shanghai.

“This increased ease of travel will provide a further gateway to expand business and tourism, and also to establish more student exchanges.”

H.E. Xue Bing, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, has previously served in diplomatic postings in Canada, Australia, Kenya, United States, New Zealand and Fiji.

2 International Observers & 5 Staff Members to Observe Elections

*** Election Observers Visit Country ***

Commonwealth Observer Mission chairman and former New Zealand Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand arrived in Port Moresby yesterday for a pre-election visit this week.
He was accompanied by Albert Mariner, who is the head of the Caribbean and Pacific Section Political Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat.
“This is a pre-election visit undertaken by the chairman of the group, Sir Anand Satyanand, who will be here for a couple of days,” Mariner told The National.

“Sir Ananad is hoping to meet with key stakeholders involved in the elections.

“We’re here at the invitation of the Prime Minister (Peter O’Neill) and the Electoral Commissioner (Patilias Gamato).

“The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth has responded positively and is very appreciative that Sir Anand is available to lead the Commonwealth observers in PNG’s election.”

Mariner said there would be 12 international observers in the mission and five staff members.

“We’re hoping to have advance observers on the ground by early June, probably two or three international observers, and then the main group should be on the ground by June 19 with Sir Anand,” Mariner said.

Mariner said the mission was a long-standing commitment of the Commonwealth to support Papua New Guinea’s election and democracy.

“We’ve been working very closely with the Electoral Commission and providing support,” he said.

“We were here last year in November, with a legal expert helping Commissioner Gamato out, in the reviewing of the framework that guides the commission in its efforts to update the voters.

“This is the ongoing support to the Electoral Commission as well.”

The terms of reference for the group are:

  • It is established by the Commonwealth Secretary-General at the invitation of the PNG Government;
  • It is to consider various factors impinging on the credibility of the electoral process as a whole;
  • It will determine in its own judgement whether the elections have been conducted according to the standards for democratic elections to which the country has committed itself, with reference to national election-related legislation as well as to relevant Commonwealth, regional and other international norms and commitments;
  • It is to act impartially and independently. It has no executive role: its function is not to supervise but to observe the process as a whole and to form a judgement accordingly. It is also free to propose to the authorities concerned such action on institutional, procedural and other matters as would assist the holding of such elections; and
  •  It is to submit a report to the Commonwealth Secretary-General who will forward to the Government of PNG, the PNG Electoral Commission and leaders of political parties, and thereafter all Commonwealth member governments.

The National Newspaper May 25, 2017

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