Cuba’s late leader Fidel Castro remembered fondly in Vanuatu for his support at UN for independence for New Hebrides

Fidel Castro, President of Cuba addressing the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York in 1979. Photo: UN/Yutaka Nagata

Fidel Castro, President of Cuba addressing the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York in 1979. Photo: UN/Yutaka Nagata

Cuba and Vanuatu have been engaged seriously in more ways than just the training of ni-Vanuatu doctors to keep ni-Vanuatu healthy. The death of the Cuba’s premier statesman, Fidel Castro, and his assistance during the independence struggles of Vanuatu have been acknowledged by Vanuatu’s former PM Barak Sope as the news of the Cuban leader’s passing is heard around the world. Sope and Castro were indeed friends back in the 1970s, and Cuba’s support for Vanuatu at the UN Decolonisation Committee was greatly appreciated here. Anyone going to the Vila Central Hospital is these days still impressed at Read the rest of this entry »

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Mota Lava agreement demonstrates Melanesian respect for ancestral links—and for each other

33 years in the making: Vanuatu PM Salwai and Solomon Islands PM Sogavare sign the maritime boundary agreement between the two countries on Vanuatu's Mota Lava island, October 7, 2016. Photo: Solomon Islands PM's Press Secretariat

33 years in the making: Vanuatu PM Salwai and Solomon Islands PM Sogavare sign the maritime boundary agreement between the two countries on Mota Lava, October 7, 2016. Photo: Prime Minister’s Press Secretariat, Solomon Islands

The Maritime Border Treaty between the Republic of Vanuatu and Solomon Islands, signed on October 7, 2016 at Mota Lava Island in Vanuatu, has sealed the territorial boundaries between the two sovereign states. Prior to the signing, the boundaries had been under negotiations for the past Read the rest of this entry »


Filariasis completely eliminated from Vanuatu; womens’ achievements celebrated on International Day for Rural Women

No longer in Vanuatu: Filariasis. Image: CDC/Alexander J. da Silva, PhD/Melanie Moser/CDC Public Health Image Library

No longer in Vanuatu: Filariasis. Image: Alexander J. da Silva, PhD/Melanie Moser/CDC Public Health Image Library

The news is just out today. Vanuatu has eliminated filariasis. The World Health Organisation (WHO) DG for the Western Pacific made the announcement in the Philippines with Health Minister Toara Daniel present at a reception honouring the achievement. Cambodia and the Cook Islands have also eliminated the disease, also known as elephantiasis, or in Bislama as big leg. A campaign to eradicate the disease has needed regular drug applications, a singular success in a small country with so many islands. (Daily Post)

The International Day for Rural Women was launched at Erakor village this week by Read the rest of this entry »


Anti-corruption committee to be set up; Vanuatu firm on support for self-determination of France’s Pacific territories

Walking the walk, now talking the talk: PM Salwai attends an anti-corruption protest in Port Vila earlier this year. Photo: TIV

Walking the walk, talking the talk: PM Salwai attends an anti-corruption protest in Vila earlier this year. Photo: TIV

PM Charlot Salwai has ordered an anti-corruption committee be established. This is according to the Government Act. The appointments are to be made by the PM and include representatives of his Ministry and those of Justice, Foreign Affairs, and Finance, and representatives of the Public Prosecutor, Police, Ombudsman, OGCIO and the Financial Intelligence Unit. There will also be representatives of the Malvatumauri, Media Association, NGOs, VCC and Reserve Bank. They are to ensure implementation of the recommendations of the UN Convention Against Corruption and set up a national anti-corruption strategic framework.

On the eve of his departure for a visit to China, PM Salwai also reiterated Vanuatu’s stand on West Papua and New Caledonia remains unchanged. He added that Read the rest of this entry »


PM wants reviews of funds pledged for Cyclone Pam relief, overseas missions

File picture of PM Charlot Salwai at the UN. Photo: UN Photo

File picture of PM Charlot Salwai at the UN. Photo: UN Photo

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Climate change is real – and a major threat to Pacific islands region, says PM Salwai at UN General Assembly

HE Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, Prime Minister of Vanuatu, addressing the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, 23 September 2016. Photo: UN

HE Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, Prime Minister of Vanuatu, addressing the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, 23 September 2016. Photo: UN

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 »


Happy Earth Day! Vanuatu signs Paris Agreement on Climate Change

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