The Chief Trade adviser for the Forum Island Countries, Dr Edwin Kessie, defends the integrity of his position and denies he or his office takes instructions from Australia or New Zealand, he says Read the rest of this entry »
Prime Minister Salwai raises decolonisation of Pacific, climate change in address to UN General AssemblyPosted: September 25, 2016
Climate change was real and its consequences are being felt worldwide, Prime Minister Salwai said in his address to the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly yesterday in New York. Vanuatu has deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the Secretary-General two days ago, he said, calling on Read the rest of this entry »
France’s Ambassador and Vanuatu’s Prime Minister have both welcomed visa-free entry to New Caledonia by nationals of Vanuatu. This applies to those staying no longer than Read the rest of this entry »
The Pacific Islands Forum has deployed a team of electoral observers to scrutinize the January 22 General Election.
They will join the Commonwealth’s team of electoral observers to enhance the transparency and accountability of the General Election. They will be present throughout every stage of the voting and counting process on election day, to help ensure that the vote is free and fair.
The Forum Observer Team comprises Mr Pita Vuki, Commissioner and Supervisor of Elections of the Kingdom of Tonga, and Ms Taggy Tangimetua, Chief Electoral Officer of the Cook Islands. The team is supported by the Forum Secretariat in Suva, Fiji.
The Forum Observer Team will be based in Efate from 14—25 January. They will meet with Vanuatu Government representatives, civil society, churches, development partners, regional and international agencies and the diplomatic corps ahead of polling day to gain an enhanced understanding of the electoral and political environment in Vanuatu.
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