Outgoing IUCN Regional Councillor, Robin Yarrow, expresses his appreciation to the IUCN Oceania Regional Office team for their work in the region and for their support at the Congress in Jeju, Korea.
To the IUCN Oceania team,
I wish to record my appreciation to all of you for an excellent overall performance in Jeju. The Oceania Region featured prominently in many ways throughout the Congress and certainly made a very positive impact. Having Minister Saumatua and his Permanent Secretary present was also a major boost to all and in addition, the participation of both Ratu Aisea Katonivere and Randy Thaman added further value. All will agree that the Minister’s World Leaders Dialogue contribution was of a high standard.
There were several Resolutions which emanated from Oceania Island States and this was commendable. That on islands was the first that I observed during the WCC to receive a 100% vote from both ‘houses’! In this regard I will always be grateful to Bernard O'Callaghan (Programme Coordinator) for his pivotal support during the early drafting phase before the draft Motion was submitted to Council.
All staff played important roles but may I single out Helen Pippard (Species Officer and Membership Focal Point) for her regular updates and reminders in the months leading up to Jeju. I also appreciated your kind hospitality, including the luncheon on the last day as well as the many bilos of kava which I enjoyed at various times in the Oceania office!
As I stated, the ORO has made very considerable progress in its relatively short journey. While there is still a good way to go, the foundation and momentum established is most encouraging.
I will of course, look forward to being a small part of this ongoing journey.
Vinaka vaka levu sara.
IUCN Regional Councillor