221014UN PEACE FUND PROJECTS DESIGN TEAM DEBRIEFS ABG
BY JENNIFER NKUI
The ABG was debriefed yesterday, by the UN Peace Fund projects Design Team after their one week consultations with stakeholders across the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
The areas that the team looked at and covered were communication, Trauma, rehabilitation, gender, security and social cohesion.
The debrief was done in Buka yesterday at the ABG conference room and was attended by the chief secretary Chris Siriosi, health minister Rose Pihei, UN technical officer Anthony Agyeynta, police personnel Paul Kamuai and Spencer Aili, CEO for community development Hebert Kimai, peace division director Nick Peniai, veterans CEO Aaron Pita and UN Peace Fund representatives.
Francis Rolt, who debriefed the government on communication, revealed that upon consultation, they have found that there is a big gap in knowledge and material and of the referendum at all levels which has potentially dangerous implications.
He said they have also found out there are different messages coming from the government and private bodies about referendum which is very confusing.
The team has also felt that there is a technical problem in a sense that people are unsure about how to communicate messages in a peace building way.
Mr. Rolt said the team is aware of the ABG’s efforts to improve and upgrade communications, particularly radio and therefore they have come up with three responses.
The team felt that there is a need for a neutral body to help all relevant media organizations to agree on a media code of practice on referendum and probably also to create an independent media monitoring body for the referendum.
He said secondly at the production level, the team felt that there is a need to develop agreed messages and that process should include the participation of grassroots organization, individuals, COE’s, VA’s and others at that level.
According to the team, Training and mentoring on using communication as a peace building tool or complex sensitive communication is also an important and potential activity.
Mr. Rolt added that at the third level audience, the team felt that there is a need to look at how to use all communication tools from TV’s to radios, to mobile phones in order to raise awareness on the BPA and the referendum, issues surrounding the referendum.
He stressed that it is important to be able to communicate messages in a peace building way in order to construct and maintain peaceful communities and so contribute to mass development.
Newdawnpic by Jennifer Nkui of the group pose outside the Conference Room