New Climate Change Department opens

The Department of Climate Change’s new two-storey building funded by the Vanuatu Government and World Bank was opened by the Minister of Climate Change and Disaster Management, Ham Lini, yesterday.

After many years of occupying a space within the Ministry of Climate Change (MOCC), climate change staff now have a flexible space to carry out productive work.

This marks a milestone for the MOCC since its establishment in 2013.

The MOCC’s expanding resources to include a separate department is part of the government’s ongoing meaningful efforts of enhancing national resilience in the face of global change, said Minister Lini.

“Vanuatu wants to show to the region and the world that it is committed to contribute to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement of 2015,” he said.

Vanuatu agreed to take actions to limit global warming to below 2 degree Celsius with the rest of the world when it signed the Paris Agreement.

It became the first country in the region to create a ministry dedicated at dealing with climate change and its impacts, along with a department.

The MOCC at Nambatu area houses the Department of Energy, Department of Geo-Hazards and the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO).

The Department of Energy will be relocated to the ground floor of the newly launched department and Climate Change will occupy the first floor.

The new development is a result of genuine partnership between government and partners working together, sharing responsibilities and resources to deal with issues, said Minister Lini.

The government of Vanuatu and World Bank are acknowledged for providing Vt40 million to construct the new department office.

Vanuatu Coastal Adaptation Program (VCAP) funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) also provided financial assistance.

Other development partners and the hard working staff of the MOCC are also commended for their assistance in setting up the new department.