Vanuatu delegation attends COP25

The delegation comprised of technical officers from various government offices such as Vanuatu’s Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC), Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MoFEM), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister’s Office.

They participated in high-level meetings and side events on topics that matter to Vanuatu in relation to climate change and its impacts.

NZ partnership promises 'exciting' future for Vanuatu netballers

The initiative, which is funded by New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will focus on development programs, equipment and resources, health and well-being, and leadership.

Vanuatu government ministries, the National Sports Commission, and the Vanuatu Olympic committee will be working together to support the initiative.

Netball New Zealand's programme co-ordinator of the Pacific Sporting Partnerships, Ivan Harre, said he was excited about the prospects.

Vanuatu fish consumption very low

The Director General (DG) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity (MALFFB), Moses Amos has revealed that fish consumption today is the lowest rate in the world according to World Health Organization (WHO) statistics.

Mr Amos said in order to maintain good health people need to eat more fish, at least 32 kilos of fish as recommended by WHO and not 15 to 21 kilos as they normally do.

He made the comments at the official opening of the newly upgraded Luganville Fish Market building.

Early Action Rainfall Watch training held in Vanuatu

Health centre workers, school principals, community disaster and climate change committees and Vanuatu Red Cross Society branch officers from Shefa and Tafea Provinces participated in the training.

Currently, many locations in Vanuatu like offshore Efate islands, Aniwa are experiencing prolonged dry conditions with impacts such as limited water.

Drought is often-although not always-associated with El Niño in Vanuatu.

An El Niño event in 2015/2016 led to water shortages and crop failure causing health issues and school closure.

Traditional Knowledge highlighted at tourism conference in Vanuatu

The conference, which sheds a light on how the Vanuatu Sustainable Tourism Policy (2019-2030) aims to strengthen the protection of these tourism assets (culture, custom, organic food, environment and friendly people) by supporting the traditional economy.

Central to the discussion was this idea of ‘regenerative tourism’ and the essentiality of Indigenous or local participation to co-create sustainable tourism initiatives.

Hollywood star Will Smith in Vanuatu

The father of three was seen getting off a plane at the Tanna Island airstrip and was greeted by fans.

Photos on social media also showed the locals crowding up to try and get a closer glimpse of the ‘Bad Boys’ actor and him also eager to shake everyone’s hands.

Meanwhile, another Hollywood star, Zac Efron is currently in Papua New Guinea shooting a reality TV show.


Kahu selected Vanuatu flag bearer at Tokyo 2020

Minister of Youth and Sports Francois Chani says Kahu has shown a lot of potential and deserves the selection.

“I selected Ken Kahu to become our Youths Ambassador and promised to give him a job. This is a star, a javelin champion who will carry our flag and be seen when he performs, by millions of people and this is a literal promotion of Vanuatu to the world.

“I removed a political appointee from his job and gave his position to Ken to allow him to earn a salary because he deserves to be paid”.

RBV conducts scoping mission for proposed automated payment system

Montran, which won the bid to provide the infrastructure, is a New York-based company specializing in the design and implementation of global payment systems, real-time gross settlement systems (RTGS), automated clearing house systems (ACH), automated transfer systems (ATS), and central securities depository systems (CSD).

Vanuatu graduates out of LDC status

Deputy Prime Minister, Jotham Napat said he would like to see that Vanuatu’s graduation must be with momentum, which ensures the continuation of the sustainable development process beyond the actual graduation.

Mr Napat made the comment at the 8th Ministerial Conference of the Least Developed Countries taking place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates last month.

“Vanuatu would strongly recommend that UNIDO Comprehensive Programme of Action from 2021-2030 should take into account the interest and specificities of countries earmark for graduation like Vanuatu.


Vanuatu SHEFA HTL council welcomes PCV Church Assembly Resolution

The Shefa HTL Council has held its meeting at the Bible Church Vanuatu (BCV) Bethel Centre at Tagabe, Port Vila late last month.

The meeting heard of success and challenging developments through the year, and acknowledged the successful hosting of the 2019 National HTL Conference hosted by Ekipe Village on North East Efate in August.