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Prince Haakon Magnus: Oceans Not Dumping Ground

“The South Pacific and Norway have much in common like large ocean states and that is why we need to work together to reach a common goal.
10 Apr 2019 10:00
Prince Haakon Magnus: Oceans Not Dumping Ground
University of South Pacific Oceania for Arts, Culture and Pacific studies artist, Katalina Fotofili with visiting Crown Prince of Norway Haakon Magnus at USP on April 9, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Our ocean is under threat and we need to stop treating it as a dumping ground.

This was the statement by Haakon Magnus, Crown Prince of Norway, at the University of the South Pacific yesterday.

“Norway is visiting the South Pacific to strengthen our co-operation especially in ensuring healthy oceans and fighting climate change,” Haakon Magnus said.

“The South Pacific and Norway have much in common like large ocean states and that is why we need to work together to reach a common goal.

“International Co-operation to address this issue is vital and the countries of the South Pacific and Norway have a commitment to fighting marine pollution.

“For us, the ocean is the key to our history, identity and economy. In Norway, for thousands of years we have lived by the sea and lived off the sea. We also share opportunities as ocean states that could be great opportunities for us in the future.”

Haakon said he hoped for more Pacific leaders to attend the ‘Our Ocean Conference’ in October.

“Climate change is real and is man made. You in the south and we in the north are already experiencing the effects. Sea level is rising and cyclones are occurring in the Pacific islands more frequently,” he said.

“I think that even though we are facing big challenges I am aspiring to be a hopeful realist. We have to work together to achieve a better future for us all.

“No one needs to explain the importance of climate change to islands. Fiji’s leadership on COP 23 on the UN ocean conference was instrumental in enabling the Pacific.

“Although the ocean covers 70 per cent of the earth and only a tiny portion is our global food ration from the ocean. The world needs sustainable ocean management and we need to tackle the problems of overfishing and pollution.”

Haakon is on a 10-day tour of the Pacific region and left Fiji for Samoa yesterday.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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