FOREIGN minister Rimbink Pato has called for reform of the United Nations Security Council to “make it more representative and reflective of today’s geopolitical reality”.
Mr Pato was addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York in October when he made the comments.
The minister also implored the UN to implement tangible action on climate change in response to the concerns of low-lying nations about the effects of rising sea levels and other impacts.
Mr Pato highlighted the recent Small Island Developing States (SIDS) meeting, held in Samoa in September, and its push to implement the Small Island Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway to address climate change and other sustainable development priorities.
“Enhanced measures are needed targeting the negative impacts of climate change such as sea level rise, coastal erosion and the use of the ocean sustainably,” Mr Pato said.
“This includes our call for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Parties to reach a global climate agreement in Paris in 2015 to tackle climate change.
“As part of our efforts in the Pacific, I also informed the General Assembly that the O’Neill-Dion government has launched the Pacific Development Assistance Program to assist Pacific island countries with their development challenges.”
UN resident coordinator in PNG Roy Trivedy said 2015 was a big year in international development for the country and reminded Mr Pato that its “medium development goal achievements” would be assessed at the end of the year.
Mr Trivedy said PNG was playing an important role in helping shape the organisation’s goals post-2015.
“In PNG, all of us need to continue our efforts to achieve further and faster progress as against the current international goals – the medium development goals,” Mr Trivedy said.
“UN agencies intend to continue to focus our efforts [on priority areas],” he said.
Mr Trivedy said he would continue to work towards improving the effectiveness of UN agencies through new programs, one of which will target improvements to Bougainville.
Mr Pato also raised the Fiji elections and rising global tensions at the meeting.
“Papua New Guinea welcomes Fiji’s reintegration into the Commonwealth and the Pacific Island Forum,” Mr Pato said.
“We have a strong friend and partner in Fiji, and together we will continue to enhance our relationship for stronger economic and cultural relations.”
Minister Pato expressed Papua New Guinea’s concern over increasing tensions and conflict around the world, especially those involving non-State actors.
“Papua New Guinea condemns terrorism in all its forms and fully supports the UN Security Council resolution passed in relation to terrorist activities, particularly in the Middle East.”
In his concluding remarks Mr Pato commended the UN for its work in assisting member states in addressing global development issues, including peace and security, and recommitted Papua New Guinea to the UN Charter.