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World Ocean Conference

Manado, Indonesia 11-15 May 2009

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Highlights for Friday, 15 May 2009

On Friday, 15 May 2009, participants gathered for the final day of the 2009 World Ocean Conference in Manado, Indonesia. In the morning, leaders of the six countries participating in the Coral Triangle Initiative (Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands and East Timor) met to confirm their commitment to the Initiative and make announcements related to funding. In the afternoon, CTI partners met to discuss: next steps following WOC2009; determining the immediate implementation priorities for the CTI; and achieving effective and well-coordinated CTI partnerships.

Participants waiting for the summit to begin

Coral Triangle Initiative member Heads of State (left to right): Derek Sikua, Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands; José Manuel Ramos-Horta, President of East Timor; Susilo Bambung Yudhoyono, President of Indonesia; Maria Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Philippines;Sir Michael Thomas Somare, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea; and Najib Tun Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia

President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, delivered the welcoming speech

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the Philippines, spoke about the important role of CTI in protecting the marine environment.

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The summit meeting arranged with CTI member Heads of State seated among other summit participants

Security posted at CTI Summit entry/exit points

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CTI Member Heads of State sign a stone inscription to commemorate the first CTI summit

Military police escort

Our fearless ENB Team leader consulting with the security forces on the current situation at the summit

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Freddy Numberi, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia chaired the CTO Partners Dialogue together with Co-Chair Lawrence Greenwood Jr., Asian Development Bank

Participants at the CTO Partners Dialogue

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ENB writer Ari Daniel Shapiro at the Mangrove Planting and Beach Cleaning side event

View of the beach prior to planting the mangroves

Local schoolchildren gather in the waters to plant mangroves and clean the beaches

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