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Hon. Minister for Foreign Affairs, Fiji, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola's Speech at the Opening of the SPREP Fiji Office Hon. Minister for Foreign Affairs, Fiji, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola's Speech at the Opening of the SPREP Fiji Office 2016-07-27 - The Director General of SPREP - Mr. Kosi LatuHonorary Counsul of the Federal Republic of Germany - Mr. David AidneyHon. MinistersExcellency'sOfficials from the various CROP agenciesDistinguished GuestsLadies & GentlemenBula vinaka and a good evening to you all.It is my esteemed pleasure to be he... More detail
DG Latu's Statement at the Opening of the SPREP Office in Fiji - 26th July, 2016 DG Latu's Statement at the Opening of the SPREP Office in Fiji - 26th July, 2016 2016-07-27 - Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Fiji – Ratu Inoke KubuabolaThe Honorary Consul of Germany in Fiji – Mr Dave AidneyPermanent Secretary Local Government, Housing and Environment – Mr Joshua WycliffeHeads and Executives of International and Regional OrganisationsExcell... More detail
Hon Fiame Mata'afa, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Samoa's Opening Statement... Hon Fiame Mata'afa, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Samoa's Opening Statement at the Launch of the Protect Pacific Whales - Ocean Voyagers Campaign, 14 April 2016, Apia, Samoa. 2016-04-15 - Director-General of SPREPDevelopment PartnersDistinguished Guests andLadies and GentlemenThank you for inviting me to attend the launch of SPREP's Year of the Whale and asking me to formally open the campaign to Protect Pacific Whales - Ocean Voyagers. Hon Fiame Mata'afa, Deputy Prime Minister and ... More detail
DG Latu's Opening Statement at the Launch of the 'Protect Pacific Whales - Ocean Voyagers', 14 April 2016, Apia, Samoa DG Latu's Opening Statement at the Launch of the 'Protect Pacific Whales - Ocean Voyagers', 14 April 2016, Apia, Samoa 2016-04-15 - It's a real pleasure to welcome you all today to the Protect Pacific Whale's - Ocean Voyagers Campaign, which will be our organisation's theme for the next two years. I would especially like to acknowledge and thank the Deputy Prime Minister, also the Minister of Environment, Hon Fiame Naomi Mata'af... More detail
Launch of the 'Protect Pacific Whales - Ocean Voyages' campaign. Dr. Josie Tamate, Director General, Ministry of Natural... Launch of the 'Protect Pacific Whales - Ocean Voyages' campaign. Dr. Josie Tamate, Director General, Ministry of Natural Resources of Niue 2016-04-15 - It is an honour for me to have the opportunity to speak today for the launch of the Protect Pacific Whales campaign.We as Pacific people have strong linkages with whales. They are entwined in our ocean voyaging history and our culture and we are grateful to SPREP and our sister islands across the re... More detail
DG Sheppard's Opening Statement to the 26th SPREP Meeting 21 September, 2015 DG Sheppard's Opening Statement to the 26th SPREP Meeting 21 September, 2015 2015-09-22 - Reverend Honourable Prime Minister Honourable Ministers SPREP Members Members of the Diplomatic Community Ladies and gentlemen Good evening, Bon Soir, TalofaThank you Reverend for your wise words. I would like to thank the Honourable Prime Minister for honouring us with his presence this even... More detail
Pelesikoti's Keynote Address Statement on behalf of SPREP's DG - Sheppard to the Pacific Meteorological Council Meeting,... Pelesikoti's Keynote Address Statement on behalf of SPREP's DG - Sheppard to the Pacific Meteorological Council Meeting, Tonga 2015-07-20 - • Honorable Siaosi Sovaleni, Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of Tonga and Minister responsible for Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications• Directors, Heads and Seniors Officials from the National Meteorological Services as me... More detail
DG Sheppard's Opening Statement to the Pacific Climate Change Roundtable, 12-14 May, Apia, Samoa DG Sheppard's Opening Statement to the Pacific Climate Change Roundtable, 12-14 May, Apia, Samoa 2015-05-12 - OPENING STATEMENT TO THE 2015PACIFIC CLIMATE CHANGE ROUNDTABLE DAVID SHEPPARD, DIRECTOR GENERAL, SPREP 12 May, 2015. Apia, Samoa. Honourable Prime Minister of Samoa Reverend Nuusala Ambassador Vogelsanger of Switzerland H.E. Jean-Luc Faure-Tournaire, Deputy Permanent Representative of France t... More detail
DG Sheppard's Opening Remarks at the Workshop on Setting Regional Waste Management and Pollution Control Aspirations, 2 ... DG Sheppard's Opening Remarks at the Workshop on Setting Regional Waste Management and Pollution Control Aspirations, 2 March, 2015, Apia Samoa 2015-03-02 - Representative of JICA, Consultant Esther Richards, and WMPC staffWelcome to this important workshop on setting regional waste management and pollution control aspirations. David Sheppard - Director General, SPREP At my first SPREP Meeting as DG in 2009, SPREP Members noted that only 6% of the SPR... More detail
DG Sheppard's Closing Statement at the Pacific sub-regional workshop in support for the ratification and early implement... DG Sheppard's Closing Statement at the Pacific sub-regional workshop in support for the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, 19-21 January, 2015, Apia, Samoa 2015-03-02 - Distinguished Delegates to this workshop,Officials from the Government of Samoa,Mr. Jacob Duer and your team from UNEP and the Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Conventions on Mercury,Ladies and Gentlemen.It has been a great pleasure for SPREP to host this workshop and I would like to thank you al... More detail
DDG Latu's Opening Remarks at The Regional Expert Roundtable on Climate Services for Agriculture and Food and Nutrition ... DDG Latu's Opening Remarks at The Regional Expert Roundtable on Climate Services for Agriculture and Food and Nutrition Security, Apia, Samoa 23rd-24th February 2015 2015-02-25 - On behalf of the DG, I would like to take this opportunity to WELCOME you all to the SPREP Campus for the Regional Expert Roundtable on Climate Services for Agriculture and Food and Nutrition Security Kosi Latu, Deputy-Director General, SPREP I would also like to make special mention of the core t... More detail
DG Sheppard's Welcoming Address to the14th Meeting of the CROP Maring Sector Working Group (MSWG) SPREP, Apia, Samoa : 2... DG Sheppard's Welcoming Address to the14th Meeting of the CROP Maring Sector Working Group (MSWG) SPREP, Apia, Samoa : 26 November 2014 2014-11-26 - Talofa lava – it is my pleasure to welcome the MSWG back to SPREP. A lot has happened since your last meeting, which was also held here at SPREP nearly eight months ago. In welcoming you last May, I remarked on the growth of the Working Group, both in its size and the range of topics under discu... More detail
DG Sheppard's Statement to the Signing of the Shark MOU, at the Closing of Samoa's Environment Week, NUS, Samoa. DG Sheppard's Statement to the Signing of the Shark MOU, at the Closing of Samoa's Environment Week, NUS, Samoa. 2014-11-10 - Associate Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Ladies and Gentlemen.Good afternoon, Talofa It is a great pleasure to join with you today in the signing by the Government of Samoa of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory S... More detail
DG Sheppard's Statement to the CBD COP 12 High Level Segment, Peace and Biodiversity, Pyeongchang, Korea. DG Sheppard's Statement to the CBD COP 12 High Level Segment, Peace and Biodiversity, Pyeongchang, Korea. 2014-10-20 - Excellencies, Ministers, distinguished High Level participants.It is an honour to deliver this speech on behalf of SPREP, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme.As history reminds us, the Pacific region was the arena for some of the bloodiest conflicts of the Second World War.... More detail
DG Sheppard's Speech to the USA Reception during the 25th SPREP Meeting, Majuro, Marshall Islands DG Sheppard's Speech to the USA Reception during the 25th SPREP Meeting, Majuro, Marshall Islands -0001-11-29 - Ambassador Armbuster SPREP Members and delegates Ladies and gentlemen Good evening, Yokwe, Talofa, Bon Soir Thank you Ambassador for hosting tonights' reception Thank you also to the Honourable President, the Government and the people of the Republic of the Marshall Islands for your warm and ge... More detail
DG Sheppard's Opening Statement to the 25th SPREP Meeting DG Sheppard's Opening Statement to the 25th SPREP Meeting 2014-10-03 - Honourable Acting President of the Marshall Islands, Wilbur Heine Honourable Mayor of Majuro Atoll, Mudge Samuel SPREP Members and delegates Ladies and gentlemen Good evening, Yokwe, Talofa, Bon Soir Thank you all for honouring us with your presence this evening. Thank you Honourable Acting Pr... More detail
DG Sheppard's Opening Remarks at the Pacific Environment Forum 2014: Waste and Pollution Management in the Pacific - Sta... DG Sheppard's Opening Remarks at the Pacific Environment Forum 2014: Waste and Pollution Management in the Pacific - Status and Solutions, Majuro, Marshall Islands 2014-09-29 - Ladies and gentlemen, honoured guestsGood morning, Yokwe, Talofa, BonjourIt is a great pleasure to welcome you to the third Pacific Environment Forum.The Pacific Environment Forum is an initiative by the Secretariat to provide an informal setting to discuss key environmental, technical and instituti... More detail
DG Sheppard's Opening Remarks at the Expanding Waste Management Services of Pacific Island Countries through Internation... DG Sheppard's Opening Remarks at the Expanding Waste Management Services of Pacific Island Countries through International Public Private Partnerships (PPP), 03 September 2014 2014-09-10 - Ambassador Shibuta,Director Seth from UNDESA,Senior Government Officials from the Pacific region,Officials of the Japanese GovernmentHonoured guests,Ladies and Gentlemen,Good morning, it is a privilege and honour to welcome you to the campus of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Pro... More detail
SPREP STATEMENT TO THE PLENARY OF THE 2014 SIDS CONFERENCE Apia, Samoa, David Sheppard, Director General, SPREP, 4 Sept... SPREP STATEMENT TO THE PLENARY OF THE 2014 SIDS CONFERENCE  Apia, Samoa, David Sheppard, Director General, SPREP, 4 September, 2014 - David Sheppard, Director General, SPREP 2014-09-04 - SPREP STATEMENT TO THE PLENARY OF THE 2014 SIDS CONFERENCE Apia, Samoa, David Sheppard, Director General, SPREP, 4 September, 2014 Honourable Chair, delegates, ladies and gentlemen. It is a great pleasure to deliver this statement on behalf of SPREP, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Enviro... More detail
DG Sheppard's Welcoming Speech at the Opening of UNEP Office at SPREP, 2nd September 2014, Apia, Samoa DG Sheppard's Welcoming Speech at the Opening of UNEP Office at SPREP, 2nd September 2014, Apia, Samoa 2014-09-02 - Honourable Prime Minister of Samoa Honourable Executive Director of UNEP and Under Secretary General of the United Nations, Achim Steiner Your Excellencies SPREP members, partners and staff Ladies and gentlemen Thank you for joining us today for this happy occasion. This is a happy and a speci... More detail
Director Climate Change Pelesikoti's Opening Speech at the 5th Multipartite Review (MPR) Meeting of the Pacific Adaptati... Director Climate Change Pelesikoti's Opening Speech at the 5th Multipartite Review (MPR) Meeting of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Project  Nadi, Fiji, 28th July – 1st August 2014 2014-07-31 - ReverendOur chief guest, The Government of Fiji, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation;Director Climate Change Unit, Dr Mahendra Kumar.Representative of the Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and TradeUNDP Samoa Multi Country Office Resident Representative; Ms. ... More detail
DG's Speech at the Launch of the 5th Climate Change Reports by Governing Body DG's Speech at the Launch of the 5th Climate Change Reports by Governing Body 2014-05-19 - The Pacific launch of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR5) took place in Apia today at the National University of Samoa. It was an opportunity to learn more about the results found within the IPCC reports and how they will impact upon the Pacific i... More detail
DG Sheppard's Welcoming Speech at the PACC Monitoring & Evaluation Workshop, Apia Samoa, 07 April 2014 DG Sheppard's Welcoming Speech at the PACC Monitoring & Evaluation Workshop, Apia Samoa, 07 April 2014 2014-04-25 - Lizbeth Cullity, Resident Representative United Nations Development Program and Resident Coordinator of the UN Program in Samoa and the PacificDamien & Martin - from Pacific Research & Evaluation Associates, AustraliaUNDP and SPREP Support teamsCountry Coordinators of all 14 member countries... More detail
DG Sheppard's Speech to the PACC Launch of a New Water System for Hihifo District, Tonga DG Sheppard's Speech to the PACC Launch of a New Water System for Hihifo District, Tonga 2014-04-08 - • His Majesty, King Tupou 6• Reverend Dr 'Ahio, President of the Free Wesleyan Church and Royal Chaplin• Lord Tu'ivakano, Prime Minister of Tonga• Lord Ma'afu the Minister of Lands, Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources• Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament• His Excell... More detail
Opening Address by Prime Minister Cook Islands, Hon. Henry Puna at the Regional Consultation on Climate Services for the... Opening Address by Prime Minister Cook Islands, Hon. Henry Puna at the Regional Consultation on Climate Services for the Pacific Small Island States 2014-04-02 - Kia OranaRepresentatives of the Office of the Global Framework for Climate Services of WMOSPREPRepresentatives of international organisationsRepresentatives from National Met and Hydro ServicesLadies and Gentlemen Hon. Henry Puna - Prime Minister Cook Islands Thanks for joining us in the Cook Isla... More detail
Address of the World Meteorological Organisation at the Regional Consultation on Climate Services for Pacific Small Isla... Address of the World Meteorological Organisation at the Regional Consultation on Climate Services for Pacific Small Island States 2014-04-02 - ADDRESS OF THE WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANISATION AT THE REGIONAL CONSULTATION ON CLIMATE SERVICES FOR PACIFIC SMALL ISLAND STATES, RAROTONGA, COOK ISLANDS31 March 2014Honourable Henry Puna, Prime Minister of Cook IslandsMr Arona Ngari, Director of Cook Islands Meteorological Service & Permanent ... More detail
Dr Netatua Pelesikoti Opening Remarks at the GFCS Workshop Dr Netatua Pelesikoti Opening Remarks at the GFCS Workshop 2014-04-02 - Hon Prime Minister and Minister for Transport - Henry Puna Reverend .. Mr Arona Nagri, Permanent Representative of Cook Islands with WMO and his staff Directors of National Meteorological Services from PICTs Director of the Offices of Global Framework for Climate Services, Office for Resources M... More detail
DG Sheppard's Opening Address at the APAN/SPREP workshop on M&E and the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate ... DG Sheppard's Opening Address at the APAN/SPREP workshop on M&E and the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change 10th - 12th February, 2014 2014-03-28 - Welcome to Samoa and welcome to the SPREP Campus. I mention the word campus rather than compound as over the last few years SPREP has been increasingly welcoming many partners with similar objectives to base their teams here. In this context, I am happy to note this workshop is an activity funded ... More detail
DG Sheppard's Opening Remarks to the Pacific ACP States 4th Regional Training Workshop "Environmental Perspectives of De... DG Sheppard's Opening Remarks to the Pacific ACP States 4th Regional Training Workshop 2013-12-11 - Director, Fiji Mineral Resources Department), Mr Malakai FinauPermanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Environment, Fiji, Mr Samuela NamosimaluaExcellencies and distinguished representatives of Pacific Island Countries and TerritoriesHeads of Organizations, private sector, community g... More detail
Prime Minister's closing speech of the 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Conservation and Protected Areas Prime Minister's closing speech of the 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Conservation and Protected Areas 2013-12-07 - The Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, The Attorney General and Minister for the Environment Your Excellencies, members of the Diplomatic Corps The Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program. The Chairperson of the Pacific Islands Round Table Representatives of ... More detail
DG Sheppard's Opening Remarks to the 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas DG Sheppard's Opening Remarks to the 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas 2013-12-02 - • Chief Guest: Your Excellency President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau• Honorable Aiyaz Sayed - Khaiyum, Attorney General, Minister for Justice, Anti – Corruption, Public  Enterprises, Communications, Civil Aviation, Tourism, Industry and Trade and Acting Minister for Local Government, Urban Deve... More detail
DG Sheppard's Opening Statement to the Island Biosecurity Training, 24-27th September 2013 DG Sheppard's Opening Statement to the Island Biosecurity Training, 24-27th September 2013 2013-09-24 - Good morning, TalofaWelcome to the Island Biosecurity Training - it is great to have you here and to see positive action on one of the biggest threats facing our Pacific region.It is pleasing to see the increasing recognition of invasive species as a major issue. Globally, the cost of damages fro... More detail
DG's Opening Statement to the Island Biosecurity Training 24-27th September 2013 2013-09-24 - Good morning, Talofa Welcome to the Island Biosecurity Training - it is great to have you here and to see positive action on one of the biggest threats facing our Pacific region. It is pleasing to see the increasing recognition of invasive species as a major issue. Globally, the cost of damages f... More detail
Opening speech to the 24th SPREP Meeting - Prime Minister of Samoa Opening speech to the 24th SPREP Meeting - Prime Minister of Samoa 2013-09-16 - PRIME MINISTER'S SPEECH – OPENING CEREMONY24th SPREP MEETING (2013) 16 SEPTEMBER, 2013 MinistersMembers of SPREPMembers of the Diplomatic CorpsDirector General of SPREP and SPREP staffLadies and gentlemenIt is a great pleasure to officially open this years' SPREP Meeting. More detail
DG Sheppard's Opening Statement to the 24th SPREP Meeting, Apia, Samoa DG Sheppard's Opening Statement  to the 24th SPREP Meeting, Apia, Samoa 2013-09-16 - Opening Statement to the 24th SPREP Meeting Apia, Samoa Statement by the SPREP Director General, David Sheppard Honourable Prime Minister Ministers SPREP Members Ladies and gentlemen Good evening, Bon Soir, TalofaThank you Reverend for your wise words. I would like to extend a warm welcome to... More detail
DG Sheppard's Closing Statement to the Joint Meeting of the 2013 Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management and Pacif... DG Sheppard's Closing Statement to the Joint Meeting of the 2013 Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management and Pacific Climate Change Roundtable 2013-07-12 - 11 July, 2013, Nadi FijiDeputy Prime Minister of Tonga, Ministers, Delegates to this Joint Meeting, Ladies and Gentlemen. We have had a very busy four days this week, which has come on top of a packed programme last week for many of us. It's been a marathon effort, particularly for those that have... More detail
DG Sheppard's Opening Statement to the Joint Meeting of the 2013 Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management and Pacif... DG Sheppard's Opening Statement to the Joint Meeting of the 2013 Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management and Pacific Climate Change Roundtable, Nadi, Fiji 2013-07-08 - 8 July, 2013, Nadi FijiThe Honourable Acting Prime Minister of Fiji, the Honourable Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga, Honourable Ministers , the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Excellencies, the Director General of SPC, distinguished delegates, ladies an... More detail
DG Sheppard's Closing Statement to the 2013 Pacific Climate Change Roundtable, Nadi, Fiji DG Sheppard's Closing Statement to the 2013 Pacific Climate Change Roundtable, Nadi, Fiji 2013-07-05 - 5 July 2013 - Nadi, FijiChair, Delegates to the PCCR, Ladies and Gentlemen   We have had a wealth of practical, exciting and innovative experience presented over the last few days. There is too much to summarize, however I would highlight some key points mind that have stuck in my mind:- firs... More detail
DG Sheppard's Opening Statement to the 2013 Pacific Climate Change Roundtable, Nadi, Fiji DG Sheppard's Opening Statement to the 2013 Pacific Climate Change Roundtable, Nadi, Fiji 2013-07-03 - Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Fiji, Delegates to the PCCR, Ladies and Gentlemen At the outset I would like to thank our most generous hosts, the Government and people of Fiji for your warm welcome and for hosting us in your beautiful country. The series of meetings in Fiji over these two week... More detail
DDG Latu's Opening Speech at the 2nd Pacific Meteorological Council Meeting, Nadi, Fiji DDG Latu's Opening Speech  at the 2nd Pacific Meteorological Council Meeting, Nadi, Fiji 2013-07-02 - • Reverend Savenaca Nakeke,• Honorable Timoci Lesikivatukoula Natuva, Minister for Works, Transport and Public Utilities,• Mr Malakai Tadulala, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Transport and Public Utilities,• Mr. Reginald White, Current Chairman of the Pacific Meteorological C... More detail
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