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 »

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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 »


Iririki Island Holdings gets reprieve from liquidation proceedings—for now

Iririki Island resort Port Vila Vanuatu

The Iririki liquidation has been stayed. The company that owns the resort, Iririki Island Holdings Limited (IIHL), has been granted a temporary stay of liquidation proceedings by the Vanuatu Supreme Court, with company director Shane Pettiona agreeing to Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu Govt backs down on PACER Plus, agrees to sign—with conditions

An aerial view of the newly launched VIla seafront beautifications. Photo: @EIF4LDCs/Twitter

An aerial view of the newly launched VIla seafront beautifications. Photo: @EIF4LDCs/Twitter

Vanuatu will be signing the PACER Plus Agreement with Australia and New Zealand at the Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Apia this week. The Council of Ministers changed their minds on 30 August. The reversal comes with conditions: one is Read the rest of this entry »


New Chinese-built Prime Minister’s Office handed over to Vanuatu Govt

Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai and Chinese Ambassador Liu Quan at the opening of the new Prime Minister's Office complex yesterday. Photo: CullwickJ/Twitter

Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai and Chinese Ambassador Liu Quan at the opening of the new Prime Minister’s Office complex yesterday. Photo: CullwickJ/Twitter

The new Prime Minister’s Office was officially opened Read the rest of this entry »


Port Vila’s sanitation gets big upgrade courtesy of Vanuatu and Australian Governments and ADB

The launch of the new sewage processing facility at Bouffa, Efate, yesterday. Photo: AHC

The new sewage treatment facility, part of the Port Vila Urban Development Project (PVUDP) was officially opened at Bouffa, Efate, yesterday. Photo: Australian High Commission

A pioneering sewage treatment facility was officially opened yesterday by the Minister of Infrastructure Jotham Napat and Australian High Commissioner Jenny Da Rin, together with the acting Port Vila Mayor and Director of the Asian Development Bank Emma Veve. Funded by the governments of Vanuatu and Australia along with a Vt 516 million Read the rest of this entry »