08 September 2022, Apia, Samoa - Tonga has been appointed to Chair the 3rd Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme’s (SPREP) Executive Board meeting taking place on 08 September – 09 September 2022.
The Chief Executive Officer of Tonga’s Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change & Communication (MEIDECC), Mr Paula Pouvalu Ma’u, takes over the role from the outgoing Chair of the 30th SPREP Meeting and Tokelau’s Director of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr Mika Perez.
“I want to thank the Executive Board for their trust in having me to chair this meeting. I consider it an honour to be able to do this, acknowledging the multiple climatic challenges that are before us,” said Mr Ma’u. “I want to ensure that the Pacific region’s environment and climate change priorities are addressed at all levels.”