Tokelau hands Samoa a safety vest

Apia, 26 August 2014

The Ulu of Tokelau, Faipule Kuresa Nasau symbolically handed over a safety vest to Ms Faalavaau Perina Sili today, The recipient is Chief Executive Officer and National Coordinator of the 3rd conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) that is about to kick off in Samoa.

Tokelau recently chaired the Officials meeting of the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the Ministers Meeting: Samoa was a previous chair of Officials. The exchange between the two FFA chairs was meant as an invitation to Ms Sili to come and visit Tokelau again at her earliest convenience, in acknowledgment of all her hard work for SIDS.

The three atolls that comprise Tokelau are only about 2-5 metres above sea level. They are at risk of being submerged by rising sea levels in future. So the safety vest not only symbolises a safe trip, but also long-term survival for the villagers.
The Ulu of Tokelau, Faipule Kuresa Nasau hands over the safety vest to Ms  Faalavaau Perina Sili, watched by Mr Joe Suveinakama, General Manager of the Office of the Council for the Ongoing Government of Tokelau.
The exchange took place at the Samoan Prime Minister's office today. This was followed by the PM, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi receiving a large tuna artwork from FFA, to mark the beginning of joint SIDS activities.