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Manado, Indonesia 11-15 May 2009


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A coelocanth figures prominently in the hallway of the Grand Kawanua Convention Centre, Manado.
With a face that only a mother could love, the coelocanth (known locally as the "sea king") is a member of the oldest fish species on the planet (between 360 and 400 million years old).  Previously thought to be extinct, this particular specimen was caught in Manado Bay by local fishermen in 1996

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Highlights for Thursday, 14 May 2009

On Thursday, 14 May 2009, the World Ocean Conference 2009 (WOC2009) continued its deliberations in Manado, Indonesia. At the Grand Kawanua Centre, participants attended the Ministerial/High Level Meeting, which included an opening plenary, thematic panels on issues surrounding oceans and climate change, and a closed session to adopt the Manado Ocean Declaration. Meanwhile, a variety of side events were held throughout Manado, including: the Manado Ocean Festival; the International Ocean Science, Technology and Industry Exhibition; UNEP Ecosystem-Based Management for Regional Seas; and an event on engaging the private sector in sustainable fisheries management. In the evening, delegates attended a gala dinner hosted by the President of Indonesia.

In front of a backdrop of ocean life, Freddy Numberi, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia, introduced the President

Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, spoke about the specter of climate change confronting our oceans, and his hopes for the Manado Ocean Declaration


Click "play" on the applet below to listen to the song "Save Our Planet" composed by Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of Indonesia and performed by the Manado State University Choir

Depending on the bandwith of your Internet connection you may have to wait a few minutes before the song starts.


President Yudhoyono inaugurated the World Ocean Conference


Flanks of media captured President Yudhoyono's address to those assembled for the World Ocean Conference

Mr. and Miss North Sulawesi 2008 contemplate the future of our oceans



Peter Garrett, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Australia, urged delegates to take active steps to address oceanic impacts of climate change rather than leave this task for future generations

Ambassador Melba Pria, Mexican Ambassador for Indonesia, presented on the threats to the ocean


Rolph Payet
, Special Advisor to the President of Seychelles, warned delegates that the consequences of fisheries over-exploitation may be further exacerbated by the implications of climate change



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Mary Glackin, Deputy Under Secretary, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), presented on the challenges of climate change

L-R: Laurent Stefanini, Ambassador for the Environment, France, Heherson T. Alvarez, Presidential Adviser on Global Warming and Climate Change, the Philippines, Patricio Bernal, UNESCO, Freddy Numberi, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia


Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, US, addresses the audience in a televised speech


Delegates gathered for a plenary on the effects of climate change on the oceans and coasts


Images from "Skies and Oceans," an exhibition of artwork contributed by 100 children from 20 countries on the theme of ocean resources conservation (a joint initiative of the International Ocean Institute and the World Meteorological Organization)



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Theme Three Panel L-R: Rachmat Witoelar, Minister of Environment, Indonesia; Alfadil Ali Adam, Under Secretary for the Ministry of Environment, Sudan; Patricio Bernal, Assistant Director General, IOC-UNESCO; Angela Cropper, Executive Director for UNEP; Freddy Numberi, Minister for Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia; Gellwynn Jusuf, Ministry for Marine Fisheries Research, Indonesia; Ida Kusuma, Ministry for Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia





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