King welcomes appointment of first Tongan woman at UN 72nd session

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addressing the general debate of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly of the UN in New York on 19 - 25 September 2017

King Tupou VI has told United Nations leaders yesterday his country has welcomed the appointment of the first Tongan woman to a senior level in the international organisation.

Ms Fekita ‘Utoikamanu was appointed in April as UN’s new High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.

“We welcome the appointment of the first woman from Tonga and the Pacific Islands of region to shepherd the important advocacy and the facilitation work in the years ahead of the office for the least developing countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing states”, the king said.

Tonga has fully supported the goal of gender parity including at all levels at the United Nations, he said.

The king was addressing the general debate of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly of the UN in New York on 19 – 25 September 2017.

His Majesty also said Tonga was supportive and contributed to works done by the United Nations to address the Pacific Island countries specific development challenges and negative impacts of climate change.

“We have and continue to experience the negative impact of ocean degradation to our livelihood and cultures due to anthropogenic activities and interrelated devastating effects of climate change”, the king said.

He reminded the diplomatic leaders Tonga had spearheaded the campaign to save and protect the existence of whales.

Tonga hosted this year an international whaling meeting and the king said his late father King Tupou IV signed a royal decree in 1978 to prohibit whaling in the kingdom.

This was four years before the international ban on whale hunting came into effect, he said.

Listen to His Majesty’s speech here: Tonga – King Addresses General Debate, 72nd Session

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  1. Naʻe folofola ʻa ʻEne ʻAfió Tuʻi ko Tupou VI ki he kau taki ʻo e Puleʻanga Fakatahatahá ʻo ne talitali lelei ʻa hono fakanofo ʻo e fuofua fefine Tonga ki ha lakanga māʻolunga ʻi he kautaha fakavahaʻapuleʻangá ni.

    Naʻe fakanofo ʻa Fekita ʻUtoikamanu ʻi ʻEpelelí ko e Fakafofonga foʻou Māʻolunga ʻa e Puleʻanga Fakatahatahá (PT) ki he ngaahi fonua iiki kei Langalanga Haké, Ngaahi Fonua Fakalakalaka ka ʻoku ʻikai ha tahi ʻi hono ʻātakaí mo e Fanga Kiʻi Motu Iiki kei Langalanga hake.

    Naʻá ne folofola foki ʻo pehē ʻoku poupouʻi kakato ʻe Tonga ʻa e taumuʻa ʻa e PT ki hono fakafaingamālieʻi e akó ke tuʻotuʻa tatau kia fafine mo tangata.

    Ko e tō folofola ʻeni ʻa e tuʻí ʻi he tipeiti hono 72 ʻa e Fakatahaʻanga Lahí ʻa e PT ʻi Niu ʻIoke ʻi he ʻaho 19 – 25 ʻo Sepitema 2017.

    Naʻá ne toe tōfolofola ʻo pehē naʻe poupou ʻa Tonga mo tukuʻinasi he ngāue kuo fai ʻe he PT ke fai ha sio ki he ngaahi pole tefito ʻoku fekuki mo e langa fakalakalaka ʻa e ngaahi fonua ʻOtu Motu Pasifikí pehē ki he ola tāmaki ʻo e feliuliuaki ʻa e ʻeá.

    ʻOku hokohoko atu ʻemau feʻao mo e ola tāmaki ʻo e ngaahi maumau ki heʻemau maʻuʻanga moʻuí mo e angafakafonuá tupu mei he ngaahi ngāue kuo fakahoko ʻo nau maumauʻi ʻa e ʻātakaí mo e ngaahi ola fakamamahi ʻo e feliuliuaki ʻa e ʻeá, ko e tōfolofola ia ʻa ʻEne ʻAfió.

    Naʻá ne fakamanatu foki ki he PT naʻe kau ʻa Tonga ʻi hono kini mai e vaaʻihala ki hono haofakiʻi mo maluʻi e moʻui ʻa e tofuaʻá.

    Naʻe talitali ʻe Tonga he taʻú ni ha fakatahaʻanga fakavahaʻapuleʻanga ki he hokatofuaʻá peá ne folofola ʻa e tuʻí ʻo pehē ne ʻosi fakamoʻoni ʻa ʻEne ʻEikí Kingi Tupou IV kuo ungafonuá ki ha tuʻutuʻuni fakatuʻi ʻi he 1978 ʻo taʻofi ʻa e hokatofuaʻá he puleʻanga fakatuʻí.

    Naʻá ne folofola ʻo pehē ko e meʻa ʻeni ia ʻi he taʻu ia ʻe fā ki muʻa pea toki taʻofi fakavahaʻapuleʻanga ʻa hono toutaiʻi ʻo e tofuaʻá.