17 March 2015 – Devastation in cyclone’s wake illustrates need for targeted disaster response, Pacific leaders say at UN conference

With reports slowly emerging about the damage wrought in Vanuatu, which suffered the brunt of Cyclone Pam that pummeled the South Pacific over the weekend, leaders from the region made a joint call today from a United Nations conference on […]

16 March 2015 – As UN steps up aid efforts, Ban promises ‘necessary action’ to assist cyclone-hit Vanuatu

With United Nations relief agencies stepping up their response in Vanuatu after the country was hit by Cyclone Pam, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the event “tragically underscored” the importance of global efforts on disaster risk reduction. “I have instructed to […]

6 March 2015 – Ahead of global risk reduction conference, UN review finds vast majority of disasters climate-related

The United Nations office dedicated to disaster risk reduction today appealed to world leaders ahead of a major gathering in northern Japan next week to provide clear, action-oriented guidance to tackle the underlying drivers of risk, such as climate change, […]

27 February 2015 -Seasonal Worker Joint Venture Comes Full Circle

What began as a joint venture between a Kiwi employer and his Pacific Island seasonal worker has entered a new phase with the Vanuatu based JV company exporting merchandise to New Zealand. Tanna Famas’ directors Jono Bushell and Jason Kennard […]

01 March 2015 – Poorest States Seek More Time on Medical Patents, Members Discuss Women & Innovation

GENEVA – The least developed countries proposed extending their deadline for protecting and enforcing pharmaceutical patents and clinical data, and delegates exchanged information on their policies for boosting the role of women in innovation, when World Trade Organization (WTO) members […]