By Aloysius Laukai
In the effort to promote a lasting peace and social stability, the UNDP introduced a community security perspective to its peace building and Governance program. Over the last year communities in south Bougainville took ownership of the process with a number of events such as the Konnou ceasefire, Siwai arms summit, etc.
The ABG is also soon to pass a Peace and security implementation strategy. There are also communities such as Ioro I in central region where ex-combatants have started own initiatives on community driven peace and security. The 9th of July was set aside so such self-driven communities to demonstrate the effort. So far, Siwai district and Ioro I COE in central region are being assisted by the Ausaid weapons specialist to register the weapons for containment and destruction.
Due to the elections fever, the main destruction exercise has been deferred to a later date in the month of august when the elimination of all registered and assembled arms in these communities will be done in special ceremonies. The introduction of a peace and security strategy is gradually giving a fresh impetus to a partnership and integrated approach to peace building and weapons disposal.