Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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Coastal region and small island papers 10


This summit would not have achieved its stated objectives without the participation of many organizations and individuals. Credit is due to the staff of the Papua New Guinea National Commission for the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and, especially, Mrs Regina Kati, the Secretary-General, and Mr Terry Pato, for supporting and ensuring the project’s execution. Particular mention must be made of Lady Carol Kidu, Member of Parliament for Port Moresby South Electorate, and the members of the Special Parliamentary Committee on Urbanization and Social Development, in relation to their considerable efforts in bringing these and other issues to the attention of the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea.

The work of persons involved in the Baruni Summit itself is also acknowledged. The Chairman of the Motu Koitabu Council, the Honourable Kabua Kabua, is recognized for his efforts in convincing his councillors to agree to co-host and cofinance this successful gathering. Mr David Choulai and Ms Kaia Varona from Harmony Inc. (PNG) Ltd are thanked for all the logistical support in organizing such a summit, as well as for their own insights. Mr Haraka Gaudi, the chairman of the summit, and Mr Ovia Nou-Taboro, the co-chairman, are congratulated for all their hard work. Thanks are also extended to the Women’s Fellowship Group, the Youth Group and the executives of Baruni United Church, for the use of their facilities and for facilitating the summit deliberations. ‘Vesioka na ia iahegeisa iai helaoreavehe. Tanikiu Raho Herea’ (The Lord will bless you for your efforts. Thank you very much).


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