Islanders against mining

NEW YORK – Pacific indigenous peoples have voiced their united stand against any proposed seabed mining.

Solomon Islands Dr Samson Viulu, who spoke on behalf of the pacific indigenous peoples, made it clear before world leaders during the UN General Assembly in New York.

He said it’s important to halt any plans to carryout seabed mining in the pacific.

Dr Viulu said inhabitants of the Pacific treated and relied on their marine environment as the most important resource supporting their livelihood.

“The people of the Pacific seeks to obtain a moratorium against any seabed mining activities in the Pacific until such time that national governments establish relevant institutional, proper regulatory, legal, monitoring,enforcement and fiscal frameworks involving indigenous peoples,” Dr Viulu said

He stressed that national governments must establish proper frameworks in a meaningful, participatory manner throughout the process including but not limited to maximum benefit sharing mechanisms and compensations.

“Since the marine environment is source of islanders’ livelihood, the Pacific urges full commitment from all UN member states to achieve the goals outlined in the outcome document by the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals.”