Vanuatu

Vanuatu graduates from list of least developed countries

The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has graduated from the official list of Least Developed Countries (LDC), becoming the sixth country to achieve the milestone since the development categorization was created in 1971. 

News in Brief 14 April 2020

  • COVID-19: major relief airlift reaches ‘most vulnerable’ African nations
  • New Ebola virus infections dash hopes of an end to DR Congo epidemic
  • Lifesaving aid funding released to help cyclone survivors in Vanuatu
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UN chief calls for ‘enlightened self-interest’ from world leaders to save ‘the whole planet’ from climate change 

Concluding a week-long visit to the South Pacific, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on the world’s decision-makers to make “enlightened” choices on climate action because “the whole planet” is at stake. 

One small flight for a drone, one ‘big leap’ for global health

On a small island in the remote South Pacific, a one-month-old baby has become the world’s first child to be given a vaccine delivered by a drone, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced.

Funding and support needed to protect Pacific cultural heritage: UNESCO expert

A village and cemetery in Vanuatu connected to a chief who ruled four centuries ago are an example of Pacific Island heritage that must be protected, according to an official with the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, in the region.

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News in Brief 04 October 2017 (AM)

UN migration agency launches US$120 million appeal for Rohingya refugees

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News in Brief 02 August 2017 (PM)

UN mission in DRC concerned over arrests

The head of the UN’s peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUSCO, has expressed concern over arbitrary arrests and detentions in various parts of the country.

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News in Brief 27 July 2017 (AM)

UN chief hails parties for defusing crisis in Old City of Jerusalem

The UN Secretary-General has welcomed the news that the crisis in the Old City of Jerusalem has been defused, in line with the status quo at the holy sites before 14 July.

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Women have all the skills to be leaders in humanitarian response

Although women possess the skills and perseverance to be leaders in humanitarian work, they are still underrepresented in the field, according to an official with the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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Vanuatu: UNICEF launches birth registration campaign as recovery from Cyclone Pam continues

Thousands of children affected by the devastation of last month’s Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu are slated to receive new birth certificates through a United Nations-supported campaign, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today.