Vanuatu
Voluntary National Review 2019

Vanuatu National Vision: A stable, sustainable and prosperous Vanuatu

Vanuatu 2030 The Peoples Plan (The Plan) is the National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP) for the period 2016 to 2030, and serves as the country's highest-level policy framework. It is founded on culture, traditional knowledge and Christian principles, and builds on Vanuatu’s development journey since independence.

The Plan outlines Vanuatu’s national development goals and policy objectives in order to translate the National Vision into priorities to be actioned. This provides a sound framework to monitor progress. Including alignment of The Plan with the 17 SDGs and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

From Vision to Action

The Vanuatu people have articulated an ambitious but achievable vision for a stable, sustainable, and prosperous Vanuatu. With the right policies, investments and collective commitment we can translate our development aspirations into reality. The Plan translates this vision into specific action-oriented priorities.

The Department of Strategic Policy, Planning and Aid Coordination, in coordination with the Vanuatu National Statistics Office is responsible for implementing the NSDP M&E Framework and completing the Annual Development Report.  The M&E Framework is designed to complement The Plan as well as the Final Technical Report on the National Sustainable Development Plan 2016 to 2030.

With this year’s theme of "Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality", I will highlight some of our achievements as well as some SDGs success stories.

Inclusivity and Equality

In line with national development priorities, we want equitable development across the country to ensure better access and social development. Implementation of a Decentralisation Policy 2017-2027 brings government closer to the people by providing citizens with greater control over decision-making processes and allowing their direct participation in public service delivery.

The Department of Women’s Affairs having given due consideration to the CEDAW and the CRPD, formulated key gender policies which include: the Vanuatu National Gender Equality Policy 2015-2019 (NGEP); National Disability Inclusive Development Policy 2018-2025; Vanuatu Child Online Protection National Strategy Framework for the Republic of Vanuatu 2014 –2021; Vanuatu National Child Protection Policy 2016-2026; Strategy for the Justice and Community Services Sector 2018-2021.

In a cabinet decision of 2017, Government endorsed Gender Responsive Budgeting. Cabinet also recognised that gender and women’s empowerment be mainstreamed across ministries. The NGEP identifies reducing domestic and gender-based violence; enhancing women’s economic empowerment; promoting women’s leadership and equal political participation and building a foundation for gender mainstreaming as its four strategic priorities. This includes a policy of maintaining a quota system for women in municipal councils, ensuring gender balance and providing women leadership opportunities which may roll out into national legislative elections.

Education (4)

Vanuatu’s National Sector Development Plan mandates that every child, regardless of gender, location, education needs, or circumstances must be able to access the education system. COM approved a paper on Early Childhood Education in 2018 with the first phase of the Universal Access Policy being implemented this year (2019) for Early Childhood to year 10, and in 2020 for years 11-13.  This Policy is aligned with the Free Education Policy for years 1-6. Government has expanded its outreach to ensure access to education through its school grant program with the aims of strengthening required knowledge for developing more equitable and efficient education sector plans and building staff within the Ministry of Education and Training. Analysis will also guide development of a new Vanuatu Education and Training Sector Strategy for 2019-30.

Climate Change (13)

The National Policy on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction 2016 – 2030, provides the framework to ensuring that our communities, environment and economy are resilient to the impacts of climate change and disaster risks. Vanuatu strives to be “a global leader in disaster recovery” as we are now in the process of finalising its National Disaster Recovery Framework which maps and links all disaster types, response to guide recovery efforts.

Justice (16)

The Vanuatu Government’s National Anti-Corruption Strategy is grounded in The Peoples Plan and the SDGs providing the framework for Government’s commitment to eliminate corruption. The National Integrity and Anti-Corruption Strategy aims to strengthen the foundation of Vanuatu society, increase efficiency, and effectiveness while building trust of the public sector and institutions, paving the way for sustainable economic development and equal opportunity for all people of Vanuatu.

I would like to reiterate that the Vanuatu Government maintains its commitment not only to implement government policies as stated in The People’s Plan, but to also monitor progress of the NSDP and SDGs and continue to endeavor to address the issues that hinder development efforts.

Focal point
Mr. Johnny George Koanapo
Head, United Nations Division,
Department of Foreign Affairs
Port Vila

Mr. Frederick Hosea
Acting Director
Economic Sector Planning
Department of Finance
Partnerships & Commitments
The below is a listing of all partnership initiatives and voluntary commitments where Vanuatu is listed as a partner or lead entity in the Partnerships for SDGs online platform
Alternative Indicators of Well-being for Melanesia

The partnership seeks to establish a culturally relevant and comprehensive set of indicators for use in tracking progress towards achieving sustainable development goals in Melanesia, as well as for use in appropriate policy development at national and sub-regional level.

Partners
Vanuatu National Statistics Office; Vanuatu Cultural Council; Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs; Vanuatu Department of Strategic Policy, Planning and Aid Coordination; Solomon Islands National Statistics Office; Solomon Islands Department of Culture, Ministry of Culture and Tourism; Fiji Islands Bureau of Statistics; Fiji Department of National Heritage Arts & Culture; i-Tauk...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Establishment of the National Ocean Office

The National Ocean Office will be established within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to implement the National Ocean Policy

Partners
IUCN
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Forum Compact - A Pacific Regional Enabling Mechanism to Achieve Sustainable Development

The Pacific is home to one third of the 52 Small Island Developing States in the world. With the exception of PNG, the rest of the Pacific SIDS are constrained by small administrations and limited economies of scale. Despite universal support for the MDGs, MSI and the high per capita ODA in the Pacific, the region is off track in achieving most of the MDGs by 2015 . Recognising this, the Pacific Isalands Forum Leaders in 2009 agreed to the (Cairns) Forum Compact on Strengthening Development Coordination. The Compact comprises various initiatives including: i) annual Millennium Development G...[more]

Partners
Pacific Islands Forum members: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu. Development Partners & Organisations : ADB, EU, France, German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), Israel, Japan, Republic of Korea, Secretariat of the Pacif...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
IHO Hydrography Capacity Building Programme for Coastal States

The IHO capacity building programme seeks to assess and advise on how countries can best meet their international obligations and serve their own best interests by providing appropriate hydrographic and nautical charting services. Such services directly support safety of navigation, safety of life at sea, efficient sea transportation and the wider use of the seas and oceans in a sustainable way, including the protection of the marine environment, coastal zone management, fishing, marine resource exploration and exploitation, maritime boundary delimitation, maritime defence and security, and o...[more]

Partners
International Hydrographic Organization (IGO); 87 IHO Member States (Governments); International Maritime Organization (UN); World Meteorological Organization (UN); International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (NGO)
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Japanese Technical Cooperation Project for Promotion of Regional Initiative on Solid Waste Management in Pacific Island Countries (J-PRISM)

The objective of the J-PRISM Partnership is two-fold, firstly to strengthen and develop national waste management systems and human capacity in Pacific SIDS through partnership with Pacific SIDS, SPREP and the Government of Japan; and secondly to promote the regional sharing of knowledge and expertise and encourage the eventual uptake of good waste management practices in Pacific SIDS.Good waste management is a vital component of national sustainable development, since poorly managed waste has negative impacts on areas such as public health, environment, and tourism. By strengthening the syste...[more]

Partners
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) International Labour Organization (ILO) Member Countries (11 countries) Federated States of Micronesia Republic of the Fiji Islands Republic of Kiribati Republic of Marshall Islands Republic of Palau Independent State of Papua New Guinea Independent State of Samoa Solomon Island...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Lighthouses Initiative

IRENA has developed the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative to support the strategic deployment of renewable energy in SIDS, to bring clarity to policy makers regarding the required steps, and to enable targeted action. As a joint effort of SIDS and development partners, this framework for action will assist in transforming SIDS energy systems through the establishment of the enabling conditions for a renewable energy-based future, by moving away from developing projects in isolation to a holistic approach that considers all relevant elements spanning from policy and market frameworks, through technol...[more]

Partners
Antigua and Barbuda, Mauritius, Bahamas, Nauru, Barbados, Palau, Cabo Verde, Samoa, Comoros, São Tomé and Príncipe, Cook Islands, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Fiji, Seychelles, Grenada, Solomon Islands, Guyana, Tonga, Kiribati, Trinidad and Tobago, Maldives, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Federated States of Micronesia, ENEL, New Zealand, European Union, Norway, France, SE4ALL, Germany, ...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Melanesia’s Million Miracle Programme (M3P)

In the Pacific islands 70% or 7 million people have no access to electricity. Out of this, 1 million people or 14% will have through the M3P. The partnership aims to bring the miracle of electricity to 1 million people in Melanesia by 2020 that is the equivalent of 14% of the Pacific Islands people who still don’t have access to electricity. Assist to bridge the existing gap on the access to modern energy services between the urban and rural areas in the three participating countries. Access to the national utility grid in these countries is very low compared to other PICs. Access is as low ...[more]

Partners
Pacific Community (SPC), Department of Energy in PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu; NGOs, Women Groups, Sunlabob Renewable Energy
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
National Marine Spatial Plan

A national, multiple-use marine spatial plan will be implemented to acheive a range of objectives to do with the ecologically sustainable use of Vanuatu's ocean.

Partners
IUCN
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Network of Marine Protected Areas

A national, ecologically representative, climate resilient network of marine protected areas including highly protected areas

Partners
IUCN
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Oceania 21

Noumea Communique2nd Oceania 21 ConferenceNoumea, 2 July 20141. The 2nd Oceania 21 Conference (Oceania 21), organised by the New Caledonian Government, with the support of France, and was chaired in turn by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Vanuatu, the Prime Minister of Tuvalu and the President of the Marshall Islands, currently Chairman of the Pacific Islands Forum.

Partners
New Caledonia, France, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Nauru, Niue, Palau,Tonga, Wallis and Futuna, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea and French Polynesia, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, SPREP, Prince Albert II of Monaco, the French Research for Development Institute (IRD) and Green Cross and Ocean Futures Soc...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Pacific Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Network

The network enables effective knowledge sharing and advocacy on the practical application of Integrated Water Resources Management approaches to address key water resource, catchment and coastal management challenges in Pacific Island Countries

Partners
SPC; Global Environment Facility (GEF); Pacific SIDS including Cook Islands, FSM, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands, RMI, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu; UNDP; UNEP; University of the South Pacific; International Water Centre (IWC).
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM)

Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting is a summit-level meeting which has been held every three years since 1997. Leaders openly discuss various issues that Pacific Island Countries(PICs) are facing in order to build close cooperative relationships and forge a bond of friendship between Japan and PICs. The 7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM7) was held in Iwaki, Fukushima, Japan, on 22 and 23 May, 2015. At this summit, under the slogan of "We are Islanders - Commitment to the Pacific from Iwaki,

Partners
Government of Japan in cooperation with Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Pacific Islands Oceanic Fisheries Management

The Partnership will support Pacific SIDS in meeting their obligations to implement and effectively enforce global, regional and sub-regional arrangements for the conservation and management of transboundary oceanic fisheries thereby increasing sustainable benefits derived from these fisheries

Partners
Pacific SIDS: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tokelau, Tuvalu and Vanuatu with UNDP, FAO, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Parties to the Nauru Agreement
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Pacific Mangroves Initiative

The Pacific Mangroves Initiative (PMI) is a partnership-based initiative promoting investment and action for sustainable mangrove futures in the Pacific Islands.

Partners
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature, WWF-SPPO, the United Nations Development Programme, Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Pacific Risk Resilience Programme: a partnership approach to risk governance in the Pacific

The Pacific Risk Resilience Programme (PRRP) is a large-scale risk governance programme in one of the most vulnerable regions to disasters and climate change in the world. The US$16.1 million Pacific Risk Reduction Programme (PRRP) is being delivered through a partnership between the Australian Government Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and international NGOs Live and Learn Environmental Education (LLEE) and the Mainstreaming of Rural Development Initiative (MORDI). The Programme is helping to build the national and regional ris...[more]

Partners
UNDP DFAT Live and Learn Environmental Education MORDI Vanuatu Climate Adaptation Network Governments of Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga and Fiji
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Pacific Solarisation for Head of State Residences Initiative

The Pacific Islands Development Forum is partnering with PIDF Member Countries (including Fiji, Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) and Solar Head of State to facilitate the installation of solar energy infrastructure to power residences of heads of state of eleven PIDF member countries and the PIDF Headquarters to promote renewable energy in the Pacific This project will be a symbolic statement of intent by the governments, and also a test project to encourage more future grid-connected solar projects on the...[more]

Partners
Pacific Islands Development Forum, Solar Head of State and Government of Fiji, Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
PacSIDS Ridge to Reef Programme Partnership

The goal of the Pacific Islands National Priorities Multi-Focal Area ‘Ridge-to-Reef’ (R2R) program is to maintain and enhance Pacific Island countries’ ecosystem goods and services (provisioning, regulating, supporting and cultural) through integrated approaches to land, water, forest, biodiversity and coastal resource management that contribute to poverty reduction, sustainable livelihoods and climate resilience. This goal will be achieved through a series of national multi-focal area R2R demonstration projects which will support and address national priorities and development needs whi...[more]

Partners
Cook Islands, Fiji, Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Samoa with the GEF, UNDP, FAO, UNEP and SPC.
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Project for reinforcing meteorological training function of FMS

Meteorological training is enhanced in the Southwest Pacific.

Partners
Southwest Pacific countries (Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu), SPC/SOPAC, USP, SPREP
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Protecting Children from Violence, Abuse and Exploitation in the Pacific

Outcome 1: Child Protection Systems (including Justice and Police, child and family social services, health and education and communities) provide improved quality of and access to services for the prevention of and response to violence, abuse and exploitation of children at all times.Outcome 2 Parents, caregivers, and children demonstrate skills, knowledge and behavior enabling children to grow up in caring homes and communities, including schools that are free from violence, abuse and exploitation.

Partners
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Government of Australia UNICEF Governments of Nauru, Palau, Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, Tuvalu
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Supporting Comprehensive Sexuality Education in the Pacific

To support Ministries of Education and other Institutions to provide quality and comprehensive approaches to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) education at primary and secondary school levels.The program will contribute to the development of future Pacific Island leaders who are sensitized to the issues of SRH and gender equality.

Partners
UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, Governments of Samoa, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Uripiv Island Melakel Vanuatu: Climate Change Adaptation Responses and Resilience

Areas of Impact and Scope of Youth in Building Resilience Engaging Ni-Vanuatu youth in learning and action that combines environmental and climate change education with hands-on experiential learning projects related to climate change adaptation and resilience in Vanuatu which the youth present in their communities. Through education and experience with SeaTrust Institute researchers and interns, youth gain an increased understanding of environmental challenges and ways to make a positive impact -- both domestically and globally. By blending political, scientific and social knowledge and und...[more]

Partners
Dorosday Kenneth Dhressen, Director of Women's Affairs Republic of Vanuatu James Bule, Minister for Climate Change Adaptation, Meteorology, Geo-Hazards, Environment, Energy and Disaster Management Republic of Vanuatu Lawson Samuel, Secretary General MALAMPA Province, Head of Climate Change Directive Lynn Wilson CEO/Executive Director, SeaTrust Institute, USA Gerald Tamau President, Uripi...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Women & Trade - Economic Empowerment of Women in the Pacific (Vanuatu)

Women play a key role in Pacific economies. They however operate largely in the fragmented informal sector where the lack of organisation, management, quality orientation, and access to markets jeopardize their capacity to grow and develop their businesses; in turn undermining the region's potential to use trade as a driver of growth, employment and poverty reduction.The purpose of the partnership is to provide businesswomen with the capacity to capitalise on potential opportunities to participate in formal markets, and as a result increase the economic benefits businesswomen in the Pacific re...[more]

Partners
International Trade Centre (ITC) Australian Government: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme, Vanuatu Government of Vanuatu Associations of women smallholder farmers in Espiritu Santo island, Vanuatu Vanuatu Hotels and Resorts Association
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
United Nations