Vanuatu

18 May 2019, Port Vila

Statement at the end of his visit to the Pacific

Over the past week, I have witnessed first-hand the impacts of climate change in the Pacific Island States. They contribute very little to the global climate emergency and yet, they are the ones that are being most affected. For some of them, climate change is now an existential threat.

The risks are all too real. Entire villages are being relocated, livelihoods are being destroyed, people are getting sick from climate-related diseases, and in Tuvalu I saw an entire country fighting to preserve its very existence.

18 May 2019, Port Vila

Opening remarks during joint press encounter with the Prime Minister of Vanuatu Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas

This visit has two main objectives: to express solidarity with the Pacific and the Pacific Island States and express our admiration and gratitude to the people and government of Vanuatu.

18 May 2019, Port Vila, Vanuatu

Secretary-General’s remarks during joint press encounter with the Prime Minister of Vanuatu Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas

This visit has two main objectives: to express solidarity with the Pacific and the Pacific Island States and express our admiration and gratitude to the people and government of Vanuatu.
 

18 May 2019, Port Vila, Vanuatu

Secretary-General’s statement at the end of his visit to the Pacific

Over the past week, I have witnessed first-hand the impacts of climate change in the Pacific Island States. They contribute very little to the global climate emergency and yet, they are the ones that are being most affected. For some of them, climate change is now an existential threat.

The risks are all too real. Entire villages are being relocated, livelihoods are being destroyed, people are getting sick from climate-related diseases, and in Tuvalu I saw an entire country fighting to preserve its very existence.

04 August 2010, Port Vila

Remarks to the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting [delivered by Assistant Secretary-General Thomas Stelzer]

I send my warmest greetings to the Pacific Heads of State and Government, and thank Prime Minister Natapei and the Government and people of Vanuatu for hosting this meeting.

The United Nations attaches great importance to the Pacific Islands Forum as the main regional body in the Pacific. Our two organizations have many shared interests and concerns. We have been cooperating closely on programmes tailored to the particular needs of the Pacific, particularly in the areas of development and the environment.