Ambassador Tevi reassured the UN SG that that he will be working closely with him and the UN staff on addressing the global challenges and at the same time advancing his country’s national interest at the UN. SG Ban Ki-moon thanked him and reminded him that he does not only represent his country Vanuatu but is now a global citizen. The UN SG also stated that he had visited two Pacific Islands and is aware of the development challenges that are facing these nations especially the adverse impact of climate change. He also stated that it is a right time to be an ambassador given that major decisions on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Climate change will be undertaken at the global level and thus a historical moment for Ambassador Tevi and his country.
Since taking up office in late June 2014, Mr. Tevi has attended meetings on SDGs and has amongst other things advocated the issues of climate change, oceans and gender equality at the UN. He has also attended Ambassadorial meetings by Pacific Small Island States, G77 and Asia Pacific States. At the G77 he has discussed the issues of sustainable development financing especially relating to matters concerning public debt distress that is currently affecting many developing countries such as Argentina. With other Ambassadors they have called for a better global mechanism and transparency to address public debt challenges especially in light of the Argentina debt crisis. Argentina has experienced the adverse impact of ‘vulture funds’ on its economy that impeded its ability to repay its public debt.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Tevi conducted consultancy assignments on behalf of the European Union, World Bank, Melanesian Spearhead Group, Pacific Institute of Public Policy and various other international clients in South East Asia, since 2013.
He previously served as Governor of the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu from 2003 to 2013, before which he was a Government Economist between 1998 and 2003. From 2002 to 2003, he chaired the policy forum for the Vanuatu Government Prioritised Action Agenda, based on the medium-term development framework, of which he had prepared.
A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Mr. Tevi holds a Master of Arts in development economics from the University of Sussex (UK) and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Papua New Guinea.