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More resources, more coordination from new UN presence in Vanuatu

Vila – April 30, 2008 - The Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Honourable Ham Lini Vanuaroroa today (Wednesday) launched the new Vanuatu UN Joint Presence of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

During the launch ceremony the agencies and the Government of Vanuatu also signed the Country Programme Action Plans for 2008 -2012.

In his statement at the launching ceremony in Vanuatu, the Prime Minister noted that the launch marks a new era of UN partnership with Vanuatu and he emphasized the need for partnership in development to bring about more and better results for the people of Vanuatu.

The launch of the Joint Presence in Vanuatu follows the successful launch of the new UN Joint Presence in the Solomon Islands on April 23. A further six new UN Joint Presences will be launched across the Pacific in Kiribati, FSM, RMI, Tuvalu, Nauru and Palau over the coming months.

During the Vanuatu Joint presence Launch, UNICEF, UNFPA and UNDP also announced a significant increase in resource allocations to Vanuatu. The three UN Agencies have more than doubled their core contributions and will be seeking to establish partnerships to leverage more funds for programmes of support to the Government. Overall the agencies are aiming to increase expenditure by approximately 350% over the next five years, which will enable the UN to support the Government of Vanuatu to take results to scale.

The UN Resident Coordinator, Richard Dictus said the Joint Presence initiative represents an innovative and exciting collaboration among UN agencies.

“The Joint Presence and the new programmes agreed to with the Governments of the Pacific, will be more efficient and effective in achieving real results and real change for families and communities.  In Vanuatu these programmes build on our strengths and experience in working at the national and provincial levels and respond very directly to the development priorities of the people of Vanuatu,” Mr Dictus added.

The Joint Presence and programmes of the three agencies are a result of extensive regional and national consultations beginning in 2006.

Guiding the work of the UN Joint Presence in Vanuatu and throughout the Pacific is a multi-country United Nations Development Framework for 2008 -2012.  This was produced in consultation with regional partners, Governments and the people of 14 Pacific Island Countries..


For further information please contact :

Ms May Pascual, Chief UN Joint Presence, Vanuatu Ph : (678) 24655, Email : or
Mr Tim Sutton, UNICEF, (678) 26259 Email :




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