Declaration adopted at Whales conference

EU's Mr Andrew Jacobs congratulating the conference on the adoption of the Whales Declaration. Hon Sovaleni and Mr Latu listening in this morning. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

NUKU’ALOFA-April 5: 9.52am (Nuku’alofa Times): The draft Declaration put together by delegates at the current ‘Whales in a changing world’ conference here in Tonga has been adopted this morning here at the Tanoa Dateline International Hotel in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.

Conference chairman and Tonga’s Acting Prime Minister Hon Siaosi Sovaleni announced the adoption after no one objected to the Declaration when the Day 2 proceedings opened here at the Tanoa Dateline International Hotel.

SPREP's Mr Kosi Latu explaining about the Declaration this morning. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

SPREP’s Mr Kosi Latu explaining about the Declaration this morning. Photo: NUKU’ALOFA TIMES

The draft was put together in the afternoon session yesterday, with Hon Sovaleni directing the inputs and drafting, with the assistance of the Director General of the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Mr Kosi Latu.

The drafting team worked through last night to finalise the Declaration before presenting it to the conference this morning.

Hon Sovaleni thanked the conference for the action taken, adding that the Declaration will be taken to the UN Oceans conference in June.

The European Union ambassador in the Pacific, Mr Andrew Jacobs, who attended the morning session, congratulated the conference, adding that it was good to see consolidation and support within the delegates and participants.

The Declaration will be signed off tomorrow here at the Tanoa Dateline International Hotel by Ministers and delegates.






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