After six years of missing out on funding from UNESCO, churches, women and youth groups and NGO’s can now apply for funding. The United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organisation or UNESCO halted funding projects because the National Commission Office for UNESCO owed them...
After six years of missing out on funding from UNESCO, churches, women and youth groups and NGO’s can now apply for funding through the United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organisation or UNESCO.
UNESCO halted funding projects because the National Commission Office for UNESCO owed them outstanding monies and late in acquittals. But thanks to PNG Government’s intervention in repaying the debt, citizens can now submit their project proposals.
Between 2008 to 2013, the previous administration was slow to facilitate acquittals in time for projects carried out between 2004 – 2007. This meant that the previous UNESCO PNG Office Administration breached the requirement that each member country of UNESCO has to submit their biennial acquittals or report on how funds were used before another funding could be approved and released by the UNESCO Headquarters in France.
However, it was only recently that the PNG government helped the National Commission for UNESCO to reimburse K643, 000 owed to the UNESCO Headquarters under its Participation Programme. This is UNESCO’s major funding programmes available to Member countries in which PNG is a Member.
The PNG National Commission for UNESCO focuses in the areas of Education, Science, Culture and Heritage and Communications. UNESCO’s Technical and Financial assistance to PNG over the last four years stands at K4.3 million.
So far, it has funded 21 different projects and programs worth over K1.8 million in education, science, culture and communication. It is now calling on Papua New Guineans to submit project proposals for funding in the different core areas.
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