Vanuatu

Farm to School’ Project in Vanualava

The ‘Farm to school’ project was first introduced on Vanua Lava in TORBA province in November 2019 with the objective of creating and supporting a supply chain of vegetables, fish and eggs to schools.

The project is currently working with farmers of Lesara village, on East Vanua Lava to promote additional information on agricultural practices, local and healthy food and means of improving the local economy.

 “Farm to school project aims to indirectly support schools with supply of food throughout the year.

Vanuatu calls for ICC to include crime of ecocide

This argument was raised at the annual Assembly of States' Parties meeting in The Hague.

The Assembly has management oversight for the ICC.

Vanuatu Ambassador, John Licht, said an "amendment of the Rome Statute could criminalise acts that amount to ecocide".

Vanuatu said the court was well positioned to help avert climate catastrophe and secure reparation for the victims.

Vanuatu calls for ICC to include crime of ecocide

This argument was raised at the annual Assembly of States' Parties meeting in The Hague.

The Assembly has management oversight for the ICC.

Vanuatu Ambassador, John Licht, said an "amendment of the Rome Statute could criminalise acts that amount to ecocide".

Vanuatu said the court was well positioned to help avert climate catastrophe and secure reparation for the victims.

MILDA commemorates 10 years of solidarity in Vanuatu

The Melanesian Indigenous Land Defence Alliance (MILDA) was formed in 2009 by a collective of individuals, who shared a vision and commitment to working together to protect customary land systems and Melanesian values.

Founding member and Foreign Affairs Minister, Ralph Regenvanu said the alliance was purposely formed in response to the increasing threats to customary land systems posed by land reform agendas of international financial institutions and aid agencies such as the World Bank, Asian Development, European Union, AusAID and others.

No measles case in Vanuatu, free vaccination for children 6 months to 15 years

In response to the increased threat of measles in the Pacific, with outbreaks currently in New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and Australia, the Ministry of Health is taking extra precautions to reduce the risk for Vanuatu.

The Ministry of Health and its partners, World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have implemented a range of preparedness activities under the guidance and coordination of the Measles National Task Force established in October 2019.

Vanuatu's Supreme Court overturns Speaker's decision

The Speaker, Seoule Simeon, ruled that Gracia Shadrack, the MP for Malekula, should lose his seat for missing three consecutive sittings.

Mr Shadrack was alleged to have not advised the clerk of Parliament about his absences.

But he claimed he had submitted his medical certificate on time to show that he could not attend Parliament because he was sick.

The Opposition MP challenged the Speaker's decision in the Supreme Court.

Vanuatu's Chief Justice Vincent Lunabek has made a ruling, allowing Mr Shadrack to resume his duties in Parliament.

     

Vanuatu medical aid to fill C17 Globemaster

The medical aid initiative has been led by Wantok Foundation, Rotary Club of Bundaberg and Global Care.

Wantok Foundation director Lloyd Finnis said Queensland Health had donated the medical equipment which was no longer needed.

“We’ve stored it here for a long period of time and now it’s time to start moving it over to third world countries where it’s actually needed,” Lloyd said.

“All this gear here is heading over to the outer islands of Vanuatu.”

APTC signs MOU with Credit Corporation

This was confirmed with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday, at the APTC Office in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Signed by APTC’s Country Director for Vanuatu and Nauru, Anna Naupa, and Credit Corporation’s Managing Director, Johnny Wilson, the MoU provides a commitment to growing entrepreneurship in Vanuatu through a business grant scheme targeted at APTC alumni, generously financed by Credit Corporation.

Credit Corporation’s sponsorship of VT1 million will support two APTC alumni to set up their businesses.

Vanuatu Coconut Oil Production Santo Ltd turns 10

The company celebrated the anniversary last weekend.

Minister for Agriculture Matai Seremaiah, Luganville Mayor Peter Patty, Mr Berne Glaser Chairman of COPSL and Mr Jeffrey Homal, General Manager of COPSL officiated.

 “COPSL would like to thank and acknowledge its farmers, staff, suppliers and customers, for assisting COPSL over the past 10 years,” said Jffrey Homal, General Manager COPSL.

Former Cyclone Rita now a Tropical Low

Earlier this morning, Rita had 55km/h maximum sustained winds and was 180km east of Maewo.

The system is drifting west-southwest towards Maewo and Pentecost Islands in northern Vanuatu.

Depite the downgrade, Rita may still generate strong winds, heavy rainfall and rough seas for these areas over the next 24-48 hours.