“The Pacific Ocean is no doubt the single greatest natural endowment to us.”
It marks one month since the citizens of Fiji celebrated World Ocean Day on 08 June 2023 by marching in the capital, Suva calling on rich countries to save the ocean that is a “source of vitality and livelihood.”
“It is the basis of our existence, livelihoods, cultures, identity aspirations, and future.” – Pacific Islands Forum Acting Secretary General, Dr Filimon Manoni.
Citizens marching to commemorate World Ocean Day
The citizens gathered at Albert Park with the President of Fiji, Wiliame Katonivere and Pacific Islands Forum Acting Secretary General, Dr Filimon Manoni to celebrate World Ocean Day.
Rise for the National Anthem of Fiji
Ocean advocates rising for National Anthem. Photo: Sanjeshni Kumar/Pasifika Environews
Garland of President of Fiji, Wiliame Katonivere
The president called on “nations to join and enhance our collective mission to save our ocean and reefs.”
“These actions are and should be more than just the protection of these oceans. I strongly believe that they are tailored efforts that are needed specifically to address the threat that ocean space and to ensure that the nation is committed to reversing these trends.”
‘Mata Ni Ua’ Ocean Pollution video presented by junior custodians of the ocean
The video was followed by a song on Ocean.
“If it were up to us, this celebration would be daily. As that is how much it (the ocean) matters to us.” – Dr Filimon Manoni
Children in their costumes
Ocean Booths at the celebration
The day ended with children taking pictures with the President and making the World Ocean Day celebration a memorable moment.