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Roban highlights Bermuda at international conference

Walter Roban, the Minister of Home Affairs, addresses an audience at the ninth Our Ocean Conference in Greece (Photograph supplied)

Bermuda’s efforts to manage its oceans were highlighted at an international conference in Greece by Walter Roban, the Minister of Home Affairs.

Mr Roban recently took part in the ninth Our Ocean Conference, which focused on the blue economy and sustainable tourism, the reduction of marine plastic pollution, management of marine protected areas and “greening” of the shipping industry.

He said: “I am happy to have had this opportunity to speak alongside government leaders from across the globe and share Bermuda's strategies for a sustainable blue economy on the world stage.

“Being here is also an opportunity to learn from other leaders in this space on what works and how to use that information to strengthen and enhance Bermuda's effort in achieving our own sustainable blue economy goals.”

On Monday, Mr Roban joined two events as part of the Blue Prosperity Leaders Forum round table where he highlighted the final draft of Bermuda’s Blue Prosperity Plan.

A government spokesman said: “Organised by the Waitt Institute and the US Department of State, the event included leaders and representatives from the Azores, Kingdom of Tonga, Federated States of Micronesia, Vanuatu, Samoa, Fiji and Maldives.

“Mr Roban also shared the stage with former US secretary of state John Kerry and current acting assistant secretary Jennifer Littlejohn at the event.”

On Tuesday, Mr Roban was invited to address an audience about Bermuda and its leadership of the Sargasso Sea Commission.

The spokesman said: “The event, entitled ‘High Ambition and Partnerships for the High Seas’, was held to support ratification of the High Seas Treaty.

“The minister expressed Bermuda's support for the aspirations of the treaty and the island’s continued willingness to pioneer global actions to protect the high seas.

“He also participated in a panel discussion on April 17 at the main plenary on sustainable tourism and sustainable blue economy.”

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Published April 17, 2024 at 5:06 pm (Updated April 17, 2024 at 5:09 pm)

Roban highlights Bermuda at international conference

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