Ulu o Tokelau in New York Reported to UN Decolonization Committee

Ulu@UN-300 The Ulu o Tokelau, Aliki Faipule Afega Gaualofa has spoken at the United Nations in New York to report on Tokelau’s situation on Decolonization.

The Question of Tokelau was scheduled on Tuesday 21 June. The Ulu o Tokelau’s focus was Climate Change and looking at how the UN can deal with this in regard to leaving no one behind.

In his speech, the Ulu o Tokelau urged the UN Committee on Decolonization for new ideas to revitalize and re-energize the Decolonization process. In conveying this point, Faipule Afega called on more UN system support towards territories in climate change.

He specifically requested the Committee for Tokelau to be invited to UN Meetings on Climate Change and Oceans. This call was supported by New Zealand who was represented by the Acting Administrator Linda Te Puni.

The partnership between Tokelau and New Zealand was described as exemplary by the Governments of Papua New Guinea and Fiji as co-sponsors of the Draft Resolution on the Question of Tokelau. The Resolution was adopted without a vote.

The Ulu and NZ's presentation can be viewed on UN Webcam (1.5 h) http://webtv.un.org/watch/8th-meeting-resumed-session-of-the-special-committee-on-decolonization-c-24/4969229145001
The Ulu o Tokelau will be departing New York at the end of this week as he travels to Tahiti to chair a special conference of the Polynesian Leaders Group.