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 

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Law requires election of new President by July 3, says Electoral Commission

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The election of a new President will take place on July 3. Nominations are expected by close of business next Wednesday. The Electoral College comprises the 52 Members of Parliament, Presidents of the six Local Government Councils and the leaders of the three municipalities.

The Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Martin Tete, has made a singular effort to advise the general public on the need for the quick calling of the election to choose a new President. The laws involved require Read the rest of this entry »


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 »


Vanuatu’s place at the centre of the Paris climate agreement: from little things, big things grow

Vanuatu from space. Photo: NASA

Vanuatu from space. Photo: NASA

Today, the world is celebrating as the Paris climate agreement comes into legal force — and a proposal Vanuatu made in 1991 is now at the centre of the agreement.

The Paris Agreement is a UN treaty that commits the world’s countries to keeping carbon emissions “well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C”. Like most multi-party agreements, it isn’t perfect, but the Paris Agreement is humanity’s most concerted attempt at preventing a global climate catastrophe to date.

As a Pacific island nation, Vanuatu has been hit hard by the impacts of climate change, experiencing sea level rise, cycles of drought and flooding, coral bleaching and mass fish deaths and more destructive cyclones, to name but a few.

The Paris Agreement is especially important for countries like Vanuatu. But Vanuatu also has another reason to celebrate today: with the legal activation of the Paris Agreement, loss and damage—a measure first proposed by Vanuatu in 1991, and now a key article of the Paris Agreement—becomes central to how the global community responds to climate change. Read the rest of this entry »


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 »


Tourism gets big promotional push in Australia and NZ markets; Vanuatu to graduate from least-developed status by 2020

An promotional image from Vanuatu Tourism Office, aprt of the Australia & NZ marketing push

An promotional image from Vanuatu Tourism Office, part of the Australia & NZ marketing push

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Happy Earth Day! Vanuatu signs Paris Agreement on Climate Change

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