Vanuatu

Pupils at a classroom in Balon school, Vanuatu
Resilient infrastructure protects people during disasters and enables communities to recover quickly in the immediate aftermath of a crisis. Two examples from Vanuatu during and after Tropical Cyclone Harold – a Category 5 storm – illustrate the point
Cherol returning from her mission through open ocean
The immense challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have not stopped efforts to protect the health and rights of women and girls in remote areas in Fiji, Tonga, and Vanuatu. That said, pandemic-related lockdowns and movement restrictions have
Agnes Titus, Nazareth Centre for Rehabilitation in Bougainville
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, women leaders in the Pacific have been able to carve a larger space to bring the voices and perspectives of women and girls to the policy tables and influence disaster preparedness and response. Ms Agnes Titus, of

Vanuatu is one of the most hazard prone nations in the world and frequently tops the World Risk Report as the nation with the highest overall disaster risk. The devastation wrought by category 5 cyclone Pam (2015), the El Niño drought (2015/16), and

UNISDR head, Mami Mizutori, addressing the High School Students Summit for World Tsunami Awareness Day
For the third year, Japan hosted a High School Students Summit to mark World Tsunami Awareness Day. UNISDR head, Mami Mizutori, urged them to become youth ambassdors for disaster risk reduction.
(From left:) Mayor Alfredo Arquillano, Philippines, Josephine Castillo, Philippines, Mami Mizutori, Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Enkhtuvshin Ulziisaikhan, Deputy Prime Minister, Mongolia, Willem Rampangilei, Chief, Ministry of the National Disaster Management Authority, Indonesia, Otgonbayar Baljin, Mongolia, Deicy Wenas, Indonesia, and Whitely Tasaruru, Vanuatu.
Five local leaders with inspiring stories were hononoured for their actions at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
Participants at the recent Sendai Framework Monitor training in Suva, Fiji, supported by the Australian government
Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu all participated recently in training on use of the Sendai Framework Monitor.
The High School Students Islands Summit for World Tsunami Awareness Day
For the second year, a High School students Summit was organised in Japan to mark World Tsunami Awareness Day. Young people from 26 countries participated.
The Pacific youth ambassadors on the eve of departure for the High School Students Islands Summit in Okinawa, Japan
November is becoming tsunami awareness month. Tomorrow students from 21 disaster exposed countries will meet in Okinawa, Japan, for the High School Students Islands Summit.
Mr. Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, addresses the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management in Fiji (Photo: UNISDR)
Pacific countries have pledged to step up efforts to deal with the challenge posed by climate change and the threat of disasters, in order to ensure that their development is sustainable.