Port Vila city received an award for “Global Green City” as part of the Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Awards at the 2018 Annual Session of the Global Forum on Human Settlements at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, on the 31st of October which is “World Cities Day”.
This commendation was largely in recognition of the Government’s plastics ban, which came into effect in July this year, as well as other efforts of the Government and Port Vila Municipal Council to improve infrastructure and “green” the city.
The Lord Mayor of Port Vila, Albert Sandy Daniel, was there to receive the award, in the form of a trophy and a certificate, witnessed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ralph Regenvanu, and the Minister of Internal Affairs, which is also responsible for municipalities, Andrew Napuat.
Minister Regenvanu gave one of the opening addresses at the Forum on the issues facing Vanuatu’s cities, and Minister Napuat gave a pledge committing the Government to making Port Vila a more safe, inclusive, resilient and sustainable city.
All costs of the delegation’s participation in this meeting were covered by the Office of Vanuatu’s Permanent Representative to UNESCAP.
Minister Regenvanu is on his way to the China International Import Expo (CIIE) which be held from 4th to 10th November 2018 in Shanghai and where seven local businesses will take the opportunity to showcase some of Vanuatu’s best products to the Chinese market, including Activ Association, Vanuatu Bijouterie, Vanuatu Nature Ltd, Azure Pure Water, Fine Foods Ltd, Vanuatu Beverage Ltd and Caillard Kaddour. Minister Regenvanu’s travel to China is fully funded by the Chinese Government.
Minister Napuat was stopping off on his way back from the 8th Beijing Xiangshan Forum which concluded in Beijing on Friday 26th October 2018 with the theme “Building a new type of security partnership of equality, mutual trust and win-win cooperation”.
The two-day Forum discussed common security issues and threats across the globe and how to collaborate to address the security issues.
The meeting was attended by over 500 delegates from 74 countries including PNG, Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand, Australia and Vanuatu.
The Minister was also able to have a bilateral meeting with his counterpart, Wei Fenghe, State Councilor and Minister of National Defence of China to discuss areas of cooperation.
Minister Napuat’s travel to China was fully funded by the Chinese Government.