As part of the ceremony, the Ambassador gave a short speech on the relations between PNG and Norway. Even though geographically far apart, shared interest in promoting peace, security, human rights and sustainable development have driven diplomatic relations for now four decades. Norway wishes to continue to cooperate with PNG on the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals to which both countries give high priority. The Ambassador commended PNG for being the first country to formally submit the final version of its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement.
Papua New Guinea has one of the world’s largest rainforests and forest preservation has been an area of cooperation for Norway and PNG for many years. Norway has already pledged NOK 1.6 billion to the Green Climate Fund and contributed more than NOK 1.1 billion to the UN REDD programme for forest preservation. Both countries stress the importance of a simplified access to these funds for smaller countries and projects.
The Governor General, Sir Michael Ogio, wished Ambassador Kløvstad a warm welcome to Papua New Guinea. He expressed both a wish and an ambition for the promotion of stronger relations, particularly on trade and economic cooperation, between Norway and Papua New Guinea.
During her visit, Ambassador Kløvstad met with officials from the PNG government such as the Minister for Foreign Affairs Rimbink Pato, Minister for women, children and local development Delilah Gore, Minister for the Environment and Climate John Pundari and discussed topics of shared interest. She also met with representatives from UNDP and UN Women in PNG.