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Conservation giant backs Papua New Guinea's 'visionary' sustainable development strategy
1 August 2014 - The world's largest conservation organization has described Papua New Guinea's strategy for sustainable development as 'visionary'. PNG's National Strategy for Responsible Development, launched in April by Planning Minister Charles Abel, aims to re-orient the country's entire economic and development efforts, including mining and logging, around an overriding goal of sustainable development. (more)

Papua New Guinea: Thousands greet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
11 July 2014 - Thousands of people greeted Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his party as they flew in to the provincial capital Wewak before travelling to a peace memorial and the Brandi battlefield as part of his two-day state visit to Papua New Guinea. Reports stated that 3,000 school children lined the streets in their uniforms to welcome Mr Abe and his large entourage. It is the first time in 29 years that a Japanese prime minister has travelled to PNG and Mr Abe was joined by a 150-strong business delegation. (more)

Papua New Guinea: 'New mammal species' found in PNG by Australian scientists on crowd-funded expedition
25 June 2014 - One of Australia's first crowd-funded scientific expeditions may have uncovered several new species of mammal in Papua New Guinea. Euan Ritchie, an ecologist from Melbourne's Deakin University, raised $20,000 to document rare animals in the Torricelli mountain range in the remote north-west of PNG. The money bought 40 camera traps and it was hoped these devices might capture the first images of critically endangered tree kangaroos in the wild. But they have also snapped up to three new species of previously unidentified mammals. (more)

Papua New Guinea pledges $20m to assist with Fiji elections
4 March 2014 - Papua New Guinea says it will provide a multi-million dollar grant to help Fiji hold democratic elections later this year. PNG's officials have visited Fiji to discuss how a $20 million grant, announced by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill last year, will be used. The two countries are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding setting out the details of PNG's electoral support programme. (more)

Papa New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill visits Bougainville as countries seek reconciliation following civil war
30 January 2014 - The Prime Minister of Papa New Guinea's visit to the autonomous island of Bougainville this week -- the first trip by a sitting PM since the end of the civil war in 1997 -- has been warmly received by locals and ex-combatants. At one event the leaders of Bougainville and PNG both broke a bow and arrow across their knee to reaffirm the end of hostilities. (more)

Papua New Guinea court orders Ok Tedi to halt dumping waste
27 January 2014 - Papua New Guinea's National Court has ordered the Ok Tedi mining company to stop dumping waste into a river, a move which would effectively shut the mine. The court has also ordered that company bank accounts be frozen after allegations were made that money earmarked for local development had been misused. Justice Gibbs Salika has ordered $19 million of the money held in the accounts to be used for extensive research into the environmental and health impacts to the South Fly River and the Torres Strait. (more)

Solar powered phone charging stations for Papua New Guinea
6 December 2013 - People living in rural and remote parts of Papua New Guinea will be able to recharge their mobile phones at solar stations as part of network being set up throughout the country. As part of the project, the stations will be run as small businesses with local people selling the solar power for a small fee. The first unit in a pilot project of 30 was launched at Hula, a town about three hours from the capital Port Moresby. (more)

Electronic wallet making Papua New Guinea women financially independent
21 November 2013 - Women in Papua New Guinea are now able shake off predatory fee collectors and keep their market takings safe thanks to a new electronic wallet. PNG's Nationwide Microbank has won the Innovative Company of the Year award from PNG Institute of Directors for its new Micash system. The electronic wallet, which works via mobile phone -- either your own or one owned by the microbank's agent -- can do anything a bank account or a debit card would usually do. (more)

Papua New Guinea holds new Bougainville peace talks, 10 years on from end of civil war
29 August 2013 - Papua New Guinea politicians, academics, and community leaders have gathered in the capital Port Moresby to discuss the future of the country's autonomous province of Bougainville, more than 10 years after the signing of the island's peace agreement. Signed in 2001, the Bougainville Peace Agreement formally ended the island's civil war in Papua New Guinea -- a decade-long conflict that had been sparked by local opposition to the Australian-owned Panguna copper mine. (more)

Papua New Guinea villagers celebrate Aussie couple who helped save tree kangaroos
9 June 2013 - A fascination with unusual kangaroos has led an Australian couple on a 10-year journey in the remote jungles of Papua New Guinea. Zoologist Jim Thomas and his wife Jean have spent the past decade trying to save two critically endangered species of tree kangaroos. The conservationists have since convinced 10,000 people in 50 villages in the region to stop hunting tree kangaroos and sign a moratorium protecting them in an area covering 180,000 hectares. (more)

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