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PNG Deputy PM Leo Dion address United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA

Deputy Prime Minister Chief Leo Dion led a Papua New Guinea delegation on behalf of the Prime Minister and the people of Papua New Guinea to the 70th United Nations General Assembly Session at the United Nations Head quarter in New York, USA.
The PNG delegation comprised of the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration and Senior Government Officials from the Department of Prime Minister and NEC, Foreign Affairs, National Planning & Monitoring and officers from PNG’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York and the Embassy in Washington DC.
Chief Dion at the post 2015 Summit addressed the United Nations General Assembly on the 26th of September 2015, where world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to succeed the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by January 2018.
The gist of the Deputy Prime Minister’s statement was on the National Government’s initiatives to promote sustainable development in Papua New Guinea and issues on climate change, water, Health and Sanitation, Vision 2050, Long Term Development Plan and the National Strategy for Responsible Sustainable Development.
Chief Dion said the drive by Papua New Guinea to get international support on climate change also gained prominence when Pope Francis gave his speech on the 25th of September 2015.
“The Pope talked about the same thing that the Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill, CMG, MP has been emphasizing about on, climate change,” he said.
Chief Dion said climate change is a real issue that is affecting thousands of lives in Papua New Guinea and in the pacific region.
“PNG’s contribution at the international level as Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum was our leadership in securing consensus among PIF countries in proposing SDG 14, which is to conserve and use the oceans, seas and marine resources in a sustainable manner.”
Our leadership in proposing goal 14 underscores our commitment to ensure the international community recognizes the importance of protecting our pristine marine environment, “ Chief Dion said.
He said this also underscores the 46th Pacific Islands Forum’s commitment to work together.
Chief Dion went on to pledge Papua New Guinea’s support of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the country’s commitment to achieving better results.

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