PAPUA New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has committed PNG to meeting the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals in a meeting with world leaders held in late May.
Speaking at the Group of 7 Outreach Meeting, held alongside the G7 Conference in Ise-Shima, Japan, Mr O’Neill said PNG was working to meet its obligations under the sustainable development goals (SDGs) it adopted in 2015.
“PNG adopted the SDGs in 2015 with the national development plans and policies aligned to Vision 2050 & Medium Term Development Plan (MTDP) 2010-2030,” he told conference attendees.
“On the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), PNG is fully aware of its obligations and is making investments in key drivers of the economy, including improvements to these key social indicators,” Mr O’Neill said.
Mr O’Neill said he was focusing on developing quality infrastructure, developing open and secure seas and further developing the Trans Pacific Partnership, working with multiple stakeholders in working to do this.
“Furthermore, at the global level, PNG’s efforts to safeguard and protect human rights are consistent with and guided by international commitments and obligations under several multilateral frameworks, including core human rights instruments,” he said.
Mr O’Neill also engaged in brief meetings with presidents Barack Obama of the USA and Francois Hollande of France and prime ministers Matteo Renzi of Italy and Justin Trudeau of Canada at the outreach session.
Mr O’Neill was joined at the meeting by the heads of state and government of Laos, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Chad – as guests of the Japanese government at the summit’s outreach meeting.
In addition to his role as prime minister of Papua New Guinea, Mr O’Neill also spoke as chair of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), alongside Idriss Déby in his dual capacity as president of Chad and of the African Union.
Mr O’Neill also commended the Japanese government on its initiatives on for infrastructure development, enhancement of healthcare and promoting women’s participation in the economy.
“I commend Japan for the initiatives and re-assure PNG and the PIF countries’ support for these initiatives as it resonates well with the region’s (Pacific) own efforts towards ensuring security, promoting public health and gender inclusiveness,” Mr O’Neill said.