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Oceans Week to Remind Us All of Importance

The Oceans Week celebration is being planned for Fiji from June 1 to 8. This is to coincide with Fiji co-presiding the United Nations Ocean Conference to be held in
26 May 2017 10:40
Oceans Week to Remind Us All of Importance
Minister for Fisheries and Oceans champion Semi Koroilavesau while cleaning up at Suva foreshore with his ministry staff on May 3, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Oceans Week celebration is being planned for Fiji from June 1 to 8.

This is to coincide with Fiji co-presiding the United Nations Ocean Conference to be held in New York from June 5 to 9.

Fiji is co-hosting the UN conference with Sweden.

The event is aimed at raising awareness about the UN Ocean Conference and at the same time to actively involve Fijians on issues affecting our ocean.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will be briefed on the programme when he returns from Bonn, Germany today.

The Oceans Week programme has involved civil society groups such as World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Sea Change, formally known as Sea Web and school students.

Oratory and poster making competitions will kick off throughout the week for primary and secondary school students.

The launch of the Oceans Week is expected to be held at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva. A march through the capital will be on June 8.

According to those familiar with the organising of the event, winners of the divisional oratory and poster competition will be brought to Suva for the march where they would speak about their winning entries.

Also being organised are events with the voyaging society and the stand-up paddling groups in Suva.

The Uto ni Yalu will also be opened to the public with an aim of renewing traditional interest in modern sea transportation.

The weeklong programme has also been organised to draw a synergy between the role Fiji is playing on the international front and what Fijians back home can do to play their part in safeguarding our ocean.

It is also to re-engage Fijians with their identity of Oceans people.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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