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Papua New Guinea reaffirms support for Japan's initiatives at G7 Summit

ISE-SHIMA: Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, has  reaffirmed Papua New Guinea’s support for Japan’s initiatives at the G7 Outreach Meeting.

In addressing the Outreach Meeting of G7 in his capacity as the Chair of the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) as well as the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, PM O’Neill said he focused on quality infrastructure, the global economy, Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the need for securing open and secure

seas and the achievement for sustainable development goals (SDG) particularly in health, women and development issue in Africa.

“PNG adopted the SDG’s in 2015 with the National development plans and policies aligned to Vision 2050 & Medium Term Development Plan (MTDP) 2010-2030.

“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,” PM O’Neill said.

He said in recognising and appreciating humanity which is the key focus of the SGDs, he advised that the PNG Government is fostering multi-stakeholder partnership, guided by national ownership and leadership on human rights protection and promotion of this national development agenda.

In reiterating PNG’s stand, PM O’Neill commended Japan for the initiatives and re-assured PNG and the PIF countries’ support for these initiatives as these resonate well with the region’s (Pacific) own efforts towards ensuring security, promoting public health and ensuring of gender inclusiveness.

“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,” PM O’Neill said.

During the outreach, PM O’Neill engaged in brief meetings with the Prime Ministers, Matteo Renzi (Italy), Justin Trudeau (Canada) and the Presidents Barrack Obama of USA and Hollande Francois of France.

PM O’Neill also met with leaders from international organizations such as World Bank, IMF, OECD, EU and the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon.

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