Today, August 24, Charlot Salwai, Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu, and UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Osnat Lubrani jointly signed the United Nations Pacific Strategy (UNPS) for 2018-2022.
The UN Pacific Strategy responds to the national priorities of 14 Pacific Countries and Territories, focusing on six priority areas of work, where UN agencies are committed to working jointly to help countries achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Government of Vanuatu reports.
Areas include: Climate Change, Disaster Resilience, and Environmental Protection; Gender; Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Empowerment; Equitable Basic Services, focusing on Health, Education and Social Protection; Government and Community Engagement, and Human Rights.
The UN Resident Coordinator held a mission to Vanuatu this week specifically to sign the UNPS together with the Vanuatu Prime Minister demonstrating the UN’s commitment to the country for the next five years.
“Vanuatu has taken concrete steps to ensure localisation of the SDGs through our National Sustainable Development Strategy for 2016-2030, Vanuatu 2030: The People’s Plan,” stated PM Salwai.
“We are pleased to be signing together with other countries in the Pacific, and the lessons learned from our Pacific Island neighbours the UN development assistance for the next five years and look forward to drawing support from the UN for the realisation SDGs and our sustainable development plan,” he added.
“Consultations for the development of this strategy brought together key partners of government to discuss the way forward on the UN-Vanuatu partnership and in the implementation of the Vanuatu National Sustainable Development Plan and the 2030 Agenda. UN agencies look forward to contribute jointly to advancing the country’s agenda for stable and sustainable development over the coming five years”, Ms. Osnat Lubrani said.
Vanuatu is one of the 14 countries to sign the UNPS, following country-level consultations and a final joint review and validation by the UN and Government counterparts.