The National Workshop on Statistical Framework to Harness the Demographic Dividend and Achieve Greater Gender Equality in Papua New Guinea took place on 29 and 30 September 2021. It was organized by ESCAP, with support of the UNFPA country office in Papua New Guinea and the Department of National Planning and Monitoring (DNPM), Papua New Guinea.
The meeting was held virtually as part of the Development Account project “Demographic Dividend with a Gender Dimension: Entry points for Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in Africa and Asia and the Pacific”. Over 50 participants, from diverse sectors (including planning, statistics, community development, health and agriculture) and from all of the provinces of Papua New Guinea, took part in the workshop. Participants also came from academic, civil society, aid agency and embassy institutions.
The objective of the meeting was to review demographic dividend concepts and good practices, and plan ahead with regard to further project implementation, in particular applying the main knowledge product of the project: “Indicator Framework to Assess Progress on Harnessing the Demographic Dividend with a Gender Dimension in Asia and the Pacific”.
The aforementioned objective was fulfilled through insightful presentations on demographic and socioeconomic development issues, with attention to data and indicators, and, among others, group discussions that were carried out covering the five domains of the Indicator Framework – demography, health, education, employment/economy and governance. Participants thanked ESCAP and expressed appreciation for being part of the workshop, this included DNPM acknowledgment of the five domains of the Indicator Framework and how these would be mainstreamed in the central work going on under DNPM. It was further noted that the 39 indicators of the Indicator Framework would be used in moving forward in reporting on SDGs and the Papua New Guinea Medium Term Development Plan (2022-2026).