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Vanuatu Government Hosts United Nations Joint Presence Office

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade, Hon. Ralph Regenvanu, and the Representative of UNICEF Pacific Multi-Country Office, Mr. Sheldon Yett, at the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement.

Port Vila, 21 September 2018: Today marks a historic event in the calendar of the young nation of Vanuatu as the Government together with the United Nations sign an agreement for hosting arrangements of the UN Joint Presence Office. 

This now signals the fulfilment of a section within the Standard Basic Cooperation Agreement Between UNICEF and Government signed on 24 January 1994. Article VI of the document outlines as part of the Government contribution “appropriate office premises for the UNICEF office, alone or in conjunction with the United Nations system organisations” as mutually agreed as well as to the extent possible. 

“We acknowledge with gratitude the decision by the Government of Vanuatu to host the UN Joint Presence Offices,” stated Mr. Sheldon Yett, Representative of the UNICEF Pacific Multi-Country Office. “This tangible and generous commitment of the Government frees resources to help meet the needs of the most vulnerable, and will contribute to the joint efforts of the Government and UN partners to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” Mr. Yett added.

On 28 June the Council of Ministers agreed to host the UN Joint Presence Office at the Vanuatu Reserve Bank Building. In Vanuatu the UN Joint Presence is led by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF). This decision by the Government demonstrates the country’s support to international organisations and particularly to the human rights agenda.

“The Council of Minister’s decision for the hosting arrangement is viewed as being strategic,” stated Hon. Ralph Regenvanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade. “It is not only a realisation of our commitment, but more importantly a deliberate attempt to position Vanuatu as a country that supports and promotes the important role played by international organisations, including the United Nations”, he added.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade, Hon. Ralph Regenvanu, and the Representative of UNICEF Pacific Multi-Country Office, Mr. Sheldon Yett, signed a Memorandum of Agreement detailing the arrangements at a signing ceremony on 21 September 2018.

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For more information, please contact:

Mr. Yvon Basil, Director, Department of Foreign Affairs, Tel: 22347/33180, ybasil@vanuatu.gov.vu  

Rebecca Olul, UNICEF Vanuatu Field Office, +678 24655 Ext. 314, +678 77 666 04, rolul@unicef.org

 

 
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