Breaking news: Vanuatu Govt orders evacuation of entire 11,100 population of Ambae

Breaking: the Vanuatu Government’s Council of Ministers has ordered the mass evacuation of the entire population of Ambae – approximately Read the rest of this entry »

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Creativity in colour and in black and white on display at new art exhibition

'Vache de mer' by Maria Pietri. Photo: Fondation Suzanne Bastien

‘Vache de mer’ by Maria Pietri. Photo: Fondation Suzanne Bastien

'Erakor Lagoon' Indian ink painting by Gotz. Photo: Fondation Suzanne Bastien

‘Erakor Lagoon’ Indian ink painting by Gotz. Photo: Fondation Suzanne Bastien

An exhibition featuring the works by Maria Pietri and the creative outcomes of a current workshop with Gotz will be opening on Friday 15th of September, 5pm at Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu signs PACER Plus Agreement

Prime Minister Salwai signs the PACER Plus agreement this morning at the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders' Meeting in Apia, Samoa. Photo: Pacific Islands Forum

Prime Minister Salwai signs the PACER Plus agreement this morning at the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting in Apia, Samoa. Photo: Pacific Islands Forum

Prime Minister Hon Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas today signed the PACER Plus agreement in Apia, Samoa.

PM Salwai said that by signing the PACER Plus, Vanuatu is Read the rest of this entry »


Australian coal is sinking our Pacific islands

Coal burning power station. Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel and a major conributor to climate change. File photo/Pixabay

Australia, the world’s largest coal exporter, is actively trying to undermine the Pacific islands by continuing to promote coal – the dirtiest of the fossil fuels that are driving the world’s warming climate. 

As Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull prepares to meet with his island counterparts this week in Apia, Samoa, Pacific civil society groups say Australia’s promotion of coal puts their communities at risk.

Pacific island countries, including some of the world’s most vulnerable low-lying islands, are demanding greater ambition to tackle climate change and renewed political commitment to the 2015 Paris Agreement.

The Vanuatu flag flies at a 2014 blockade of Australian coal export port Newcastle by Pacific islanders campaigning against climate change. Photo: 350.org

The Vanuatu flag flies at a 2014 blockade of Australian coal export port Newcastle by Pacific islanders campaigning against climate change. Photo: 350.org

On Thursday, Pacific Islands Forum leaders will consider a ‘united’ Pacific voice to take to the COP23 climate negotiations in November.  At those talks – to be held in Bonn, Germany – the world’s eyes will be on the Pacific as Fiji takes over as president of the UN climate negotiations, the first time a small island developing state has held this important role.

However, members of the Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN) say there is a low probability of an authentic ‘united’ Pacific voice being forged in Apia, with Australia’s presence and economic interests being historically responsible for watering-down regional climate declarations.

Australia’s continued promotion of coal – the dirtiest of the fossil fuels that are driving the world’s warming climate — jeopardises negotiation outcomes, and ultimately the safety of the entire Pacific region.

Maina Talia, from the Tuvalu Climate Action Network (TuCAN), said Pacific island leaders Read the rest of this entry »


Govt announces Vt 500,000 incentive for sports excellence

Vanuatu Men's beach volleyball team with Minister for Youth, Training and Sports Seule Simeon and delegation in Kunming, China. Photo: Vanuatu Government

Vanuatu Men’s beach volleyball team with Minister for Youth and Sports Development Seule Simeon and delegation in Kunming, China yesterday. Photo: Vanuatu Government

Vanuatu beach volleyball players training at the National Sports Training Center in Kunming, China received some happy news when were joined yesterday by Vanuatu’s visiting Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu signs on to the United Nations’ Pacific sustainable development strategy for next five years

Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai signs off on the UN Pacific strategy for 2018-2022 with Osnat Lubrani of UNOCHA. Photo: UN Pacific

Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai (centre) signs off on the UN Pacific strategy for 2018-2022 with UN Resident Coordinator Osnat Lubrani. Photo: UN Pacific 

The Vanuatu Government has signed on to the United Nations’ Pacific strategy for Read the rest of this entry »


Opinion: a call for a tolerant, understanding and caring Vanuatu

A call for a tolerant, understanding and caring Vanuatu

By Michael Taurakoto

MP Andrew Napuat’s recent statement on the supremacy of Christian principles in Vanuatu society raises important issues that leaders throughout Vanuatu should deliberate and consider carefully.

It is true that the founding fathers and mothers of this country were primarily Christian. This is a testament to the important role Christian churches played in educating and training the leaders that would take the then colony of New Hebrides to independence in 1980.

It is understandable then that our national motto and the preamble to our Constitution make specific reference to God as the inspiration behind the struggle for political independence and freedom.

What is also true is that these same founding fathers and mothers crafted and enacted a Constitution which guarantees fundamental individual rights and freedom from discrimination on the basis of, among other things, religious beliefs.

Today, Vanuatu is a diverse country. While Christianity is still the dominant religion, making up 82.4% of the population (2009 Census), we have to acknowledge that the rest of the population, totalling over 40,000 citizens, do not necessarily share the same Christian beliefs as the majority of us. Read the rest of this entry »