Papua New Guinea

21 June, 2017

A mission was undertaken to roll out UN for All workshops for UN personnel in Port Moresby and Buka in Papua New Guinea. Four UN for All Core Module workshops were carried out on 28 May – 2 June 2017. Altogether, one hundred and forty-six UN personnel representing eight resident UN agencies (UNRCO, WHO, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, OHCHR, UN Women, UNDSS and UNAIDS) took part. Lazeena Muna-McQuay facilitated all four workshops with some support of the UN Cares focal points John Keating and Liz Gandee. UN RC in PNG was present at the third workshop to open the sessions and exchange views. The workshops invited two UN agencies, UN-Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights and UN Women, to encourage the partnerships and receive specific country inputs regarding the human rights situation in PNG.

The workshops were appreciated by UN staff who took part. They considered human rights education as valuable and timely for their work. The workshop allowed participants to reflect on certain aspects of their belief when it comes to upholding or protecting human rights for all. In more than one case, staff members indicated the importance of such discussion with a focus on differential treatment based on gender and nationality.