A short video highlighting the Mua Voyage's message on ocean protection and climate change received a standing ovation when it was shown at the opening plenary of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014.
The Mua Voyage consisted of four traditional voyaging canoes sailing more than 6,000 nautical miles from the Pacific Islands to Sydney with a message on oceans and climate change. The leaders of Kiribati, Cook Islands and Palau joined the canoes as they sailed into Sydney Harbour, calling on the world to follow their lead in ocean protection.
The voyage arrived on the opening day of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 – the landmark global forum on protected areas, held once every ten years. The Congress brought together more than 6,000 delegates from over 160 countries. This short video was shown at the opening plenary of the Congress.
The Mua Voyage was a joint initiative between IUCN Oceania and the voyaging societies of Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Samoa and Tonga.
The Mua Voyage partnership also includes the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the Okeanos Foundation, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), WWF, and the University of the South Pacific (USP).
It was also made possible by generous grants from the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme and the IUCN Energy Programme, which is funded by the Governments of Austria, Italy and Luxembourg and the European Union.