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Parliament Celebrates World Oceans Day

Parliament joined the rest of the world in celebrating World Oceans Day by the United Nations. The Department of Legislature acknowledged this day by organising a number of activities. Secretary-General
09 Jun 2017 16:01
Parliament Celebrates World Oceans Day
Members of parliament and staff with Miss Fiji Sun to the Hibiscus Festival Ivamere Nataro join the call World Oceans Day pledge on June 8, 2017. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga

Parliament joined the rest of the world in celebrating World Oceans Day by the United Nations.

The Department of Legislature acknowledged this day by organising a number of activities.

Secretary-General to Parliament Viniana Namosimalua said the Department was doing this also in support of the leadership role by our Government as co-host with Sweden for the Oceans Conference currently being held in New York.

“The Department recognises that ours is an island nation surrounded by a vast ocean and on which a large number of its population depend for its sustenance; therefore our oceans must be looked after very well and not polluted,” Ms Namosimalua said.

“We are hopeful that through the activities planned for the day, we can raise awareness to reduce habits of polluting our marine and coastal ecosystems that are caused by, for example, poor management of industrial wastes and simply not caring that others are affected by overfishing or land-based activities that affect the ocean.”

“Life of our oceans in terms of its temperature, currents and its character, affects life on earth and makes it possible for human beings to live here. This is all the more reason, we need to take care of it,” Mrs Namosimalua said.

By celebrating today, the Department is also translating its understanding of Goal 14 ‘Life Below Water’ under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals into practical activities of awareness and conveying the message of protecting and restoring our oceans so that they are healthy for the next generation.

Educational materials and special slogans were displayed at the Parliament Foyer for Members of Parliament, staff and visitors.

The Department will also be cleaning up and planting mangroves at Corpus Christi foreshore.

 

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