Pacific Islanders call for tougher UN ocean laws
Declaration from 16 states to be presented to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during September climate summit
By Sophie Yeo
The Pacific Islands say they will push for an agreement on ocean conservation at UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s climate summit in September.
The Palau Declaration is the product of four days of discussions, which wrap up today, between Pacific Island states at their annual Forum. “As Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum, we have and will continue to play a central role in the stewardship of one of the greatest natural endowments in the world – the Pacific Ocean,” says the Declaration.