The Government of Vanuatu and the Global Green Growth institute sign 5-year strategic Country Planning Framework
On 20th June, the Hon Ham Lini Vanuaroroa, Minister for Climate Change Adaptation, Meteorology, Geo-Hazards, Disaster Management Environment and Energy and Dr Frank Rijsberman, Director General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) signed the Vanuatu Country Planning Framework (CPF) 2017-2021 in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
The CPF is a five year strategic planning document which commits GGGI and the Government of Vanuatu to common goals for green growth. Vanuatu is pursuing a pathway of green growth that underpins the country’s cultural, societal and environmental values. Vanuatu’s National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP) states that “a more inclusive, equitable, and balanced approach is needed to promote sustainability, eradicate poverty, and enhance well-being and happiness”.
Vanuatu became a member of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in 2014 and GGGI began its operations in Vanuatu in 2015. From 2015-2016, GGGI supported the Government in its effort to update the National Energy Roadmap (NERM) 2016-2030, develop the National Green Energy Fund (NGEF), and plan for implementing its green energy transition. The National Energy Road Map (NERM) sets targets to achieve 100 percent rural electrification and 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030. Achieving access to reliable, secure and sustainable energy is also a key part of the NSDP.
Given the centrality of energy to achieving green growth in Vanuatu, GGGI and the Government of Vanuatu have committed to jointly implementing the country’s rural electrification targets, as well as promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency for the water, tourism, fisheries and agriculture sectors through the CPF. The CPF for 2017-2021 will be a foundation for GGGI to assist in achieving Vanuatu’s development ambitions and for mobilising resources.
In signing the CPF, Dr Frank Rijsberman said “The CPF is aligned with Vanuatu’s action plans for climate change, the NERM and the NSDP. It is designed to direct strategic support to the Government where it is most needed, maximize value, and promote long term impacts. GGGI looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Government of Vanuatu to meet its energy sector targets”
The joint commitment by GGGI and the Government over the five-year period of this CPF will build on the considerable successes made in Vanuatu over the past decades by ensuring that future energy development is increasingly inclusive and sustainable.
Minister Lini said “The Vanuatu Government commends GGGI for the strong and effective partnership it has formed in just two years of operation in Vanuatu and already the Government is reaping the benefits through the different programmes and projects on the ground. The CPF is a strategic document which provides direction on future interventions of GGGI in Vanuatu in the next five years. The CPF will further strengthen the partnership and will assist the Government to achieve its policy objectives”.