Prime Ministers Media Releases

PM MARAPE URGES FULL USE OF OPPORTUNITIES PRESENTED WITHIN CLIMATE CHANGE ISSUE

PRIME Minister Hon. James Marape says Papua New Guinea must make full use of the opportunities presented by climate change talks while addressing the issues it has wrought upon our communities in the region and globally.
 
The Prime Minister said this during his speech, presented by Minister for Conservation Environment Protection Agency Wera Mori, at the launch of PNG’s implementation plans for climate change.
 
The PNG Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Implementation Plan 2021 – 2030, Climate Change NDC Regulations 2021, and two NDC Sector Roadmaps for Energy, Agriculture, Forestry and other Land Use were launched before Members of Parliament, sector representatives and development partners on Friday (08.10.21)  in Port Moresby.
 
PM Marape said: “We must make use of this momentous opportunity to prove to our people.
 
“It is imperative that we take climate change seriously … to assume a better quality of life, health and environment to our present and future generations.
 
“Enough of talking; we need more action.”
 
The Prime Minister revealed that Papua New Guinea is among the first countries to have submitted its Enhanced National Determined Contributions to the United Nations last year 2020.
 
He said: “I am pleased that PNG is part of the drive to the ambition to reach the global goal to keep the temperature below 2 degrees-Celsius.
 
“Last year, we submitted the Enhanced National Determined Contributions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – the steps to take up against climate change.
 
“PNG completed ratification of the Paris Agreement in 2016, and will continue to take concrete actions towards its implementation.
 
“At the heart of the Paris agreement are our NDC. This ensures that countries play their part in limiting temperature rise to below 2 degrees.
 
“They are the business and investment plans to drive the transition to a lower emission more climate resilient global economy into the green economy space.
 
“Any plan can only be as good as its implementation. PNG is committing to a target of carbon neutrality within the industry subsector by 2030.
 
“This will be achieved by implementing the actions under the ENDC Implementations Plan 2021 to 2030, in Land Use, Land use chains, and Foresty.
 
“PNG is committing to a reduction in annual emission from deforestation and forest degradation due to agricultural expansion and commercial logging of 10,000 giga-grams of carbon compared to 2015 level.
 
“Emissions from the land sector, primarily in agriculture and forestry account for around 20% of global emissions and are currently growing rapidly.
 
“The land sector also presents some of our most complex adaptation challenges as well. The initiative PNG is taking ensuring the NDCs entails implementation plan in the 10 year period, will support the government in reaching its target.
 
“In my recent statement delivered at the 76thUNGA, I joined my other Small Island Developing States to make the call for collective efforts from the big emitters, the developed nations,  to fight the biggest current threat to our environment.
 
“I will continue to echo the much needed sense of urgency and commitment. Enough off talking and we need more action.
 
“Going into Glasgow we need to work together to restore our eco-systems.
 
“PNG is committed in working to ensure that we keep to the Paris Agreement goal which is 1.5degree Celsius reachable.
 
“We believe that mobilising resources and forging partnerships is key to actions we should take locally to fully implement the Paris agreement.”
 
The Prime Minister acknowledged the support from all development partners in the climate change action space including the United Nations Development Program, the Global Green Growth Institute, and others.

ACTING PM ANNOUNCES PASSING OF FORMER GOVERNOR-GENERAL SIR SILAS ATOPARE: GOV’T TO HONOR HIM

Acting Prime Minister, Hon. Soroi Eoe, MP, today officially announced the passing of one of Papua New Guinea’s former Governor-General, Sir Silas Atopare, recently. 

He said it is indeed a very sad occasion to announce to the country the passing of the Late Sir Silas, two days ago. 

“Sir Silas was PNG’s 7th Governor-General and one of the important pioneers from his province. 

He was one of the founding fathers of this country, who emerged from humble beginnings, from Eastern Highlands Province. 

“In respect to this great man, all funeral expenses will be taken care of by the Government and he will be honored by a State funeral. 

“The Government has appointed and tasked the Housing Minister, Hon. Justin Tkatchenko, to manage all funeral arrangements, till the former Governor-General is laid to rest,” the Acting Prime Minister said. 

He further announced that all flags will be flown on half-mast, all day tomorrow (24/09/21). 

He said the Government and family will await the Prime Minister, Hon. James Marape to return from UNGA, then the former Governor-General, will be laid to rest. 

On behalf of the Government and my family I extended my deepest sympathies to the family and assured all funeral protocols will be conveyed to the late former Governor-General. 

PM MARAPE URGES MENYAMYA PEOPLE TO HAVE HOPE FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape has called on the people of remote Menyamya in Morobe to have hope for a brighter future.
 
He said this when launching five major projects, an initiative of Menyamya MP and Pangu Pati member Hon. Benjamin Philip, during his one-day visit to Menyamya on Friday (October 8 2021).
 
They are Rural Housing Programme to supply roofing iron, upgrading of Menyamya Health Centre to Menyamya Rural Hospital, Menyamya Station Water Supply, staff housing for the hospital and police housing.
 
Apart from these projects initiated by MP Philip, PM Marape also announced assistance to various institutions in Menyamya, from the National Government.
 
These include K10,000 to all primary schools in the district; K5000 to all elementary schools; and upgrading of Menyamya High School and Aseki High School to secondary schools with a strong emphasis on Flexible Open Distance Education (FODE).
 
PM Marape also suggested the National Development Bank set up an agency in Menyamya to look after the interests of coffee farmers there.
 
He urged the people of Menyamya to go back to their coffee gardens, value education and respect law-and-order.
 
“These are the three things that I want the people of Menyamya to do: Look after your coffee gardens in partnership with the churches, value your education and have respect for law-and-order,” PM Marape said.
 
“Don’t be discouraged, don’t feel a sense of hopelessness, have hope.
 
“Have faith in God and continue working hard on your land.
 
“We, at the national level, will continue working hard for the next 10 years.
 
“I have set a target of 10 years for PNG to become the richest, black Christian nation on Earth.
 
“Over the last two years, we have already started achieving this, as evident by us getting a bigger share of resource projects.
 
"We are also retiring big expensive debts we inherited from the previous O'Neill regime, and building corruption-fighting institutions like Independent Commission Against Corruption." 

PRIME MINISTER MARAPE ARRIVES IN NEW YORK FOR THE 76TH UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, MP arrived in New York on Tuesday (21/09/21) to attend in person the 76th United Nations General Assembly.

The Prime Minister will be delivering Papua New Guinea's country statement on Friday, 24th September 2021 at 3:30pm and can be viewed virtually on the UN Web TV, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Besides the main dialogue and debate, Prime Minister Marape has also been invited to attend, virtually, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) Moment 2021. This is a high-level meeting at head-of-state and head-of-government level.

He will then attend the bilateral meeting between himself and the Hon. Alok Sharma, United Kingdom UNFCCC COP26 President Designate to discuss the COP26 Climate Change Agenda.

The Prime Minister has attended a virtual round table meeting today (Tuesday 21st, 2021 – New York Time) between the United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Change Secretary John Kerry and other Pacific Island Leaders, where he is making an intervention on climate change and the impact of COVID-19 on the economy.

Prime Minister Marape will also take the opportunity to thank the United States for rejoining the Paris Climate Accord and he will further thank the United States for its on-going support to Papua New Guinea during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tomorrow, Wednesday 22nd September 2021, together with 38 other Pacific Island leaders, he will attend the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Leaders’ Summit, which will also be held virtually.

On Thursday 23rd September 2021, he will attend the UN Food Systems Summit and on Friday 24th September 2021, he will attend a high-level dialogue on Energy 2021.

The Prime Minister will also be having bilateral meetings on the margins of the 75th UNGA.