Pacific Voices for a Global Ocean Challenge conference a success in Suva
Pacific Voices for a Global Ocean Challenge conference a success in Suva.
Earlier this month (June), Fiji co-hosted with Sweden, the United Nation Ocean Conference in New York (June 5 - 9) for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG-14) dealing with conservation and sustainable use of the Oceans and marine resources.
Simultaneously in Suva, Fiji, the Embassy of France organised and partnered with the University of the South Pacific to host a two day conference titled "Pacific Voices for a Global Ocean Challenge" on June 8 - 9, at the University’s Laucala Campus.
The oceans conference in Suva was a success. The Oceanographic schooner ‘’TARA’’ berthed at the Suva harbour a day before the conference in Suva as part of its two-year environmental survey across the Pacific Ocean.
The French Embassy and USP organised SDG-14 conference elaborated on the regional Pacific’s message and raised awareness on the alarming state of the ocean.
The chief guest was the Fijian Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Public Enterprises, Civil Service and Communications, Honourable Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and he reassured the participants and organisers of the Government’s lead in the Save the Ocean campaign and the lead up and commitment to the 2017 COP 23 meeting in Bonn, Germany at the end of the year as the COP 23 presiding country.
Honourable Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said that today oceans face risks greater than any other time recorded in history.
“For decades, the trash, the plastics have accumulated. Many marine species have been driven close to extinction and the effects of climate change have made vast regions of our oceans unrecognisable and uninhabitable,” Honourable Sayed-Khaiyum said.
During the first session, stakeholders interacted with the public to discuss sustainable policies and their implementation. In the second session, presenters and stakeholders presented successful examples of sustainable marine resources management projects within the Pacific Region. The last session welcomed the scientists as they presented their latest results trying to understand how climate change may change the Pacific Way of Life forever.
The conference is supported by the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM) with the support of the Government of Fiji.
The “Pacific Voices for a Global Ocean Challenge” conference aimed at inviting all regional organisations and partners to contribute and make suggestions for a greater change. The Conference is an external side event to the UN Ocean Conference in New York.
In Suva, there were side events organised that featured; poetry readings on the theme of Oceans, exhibitions and displays from the verious partners. Organised guided tours on the schooner Tara were also organised for the Suva based schools and the public.
Find below is the speech of the French Ambassador to Fiji, His Excellency Michel Djokovic.