Minister Attends Ocean Conference In Greece

April 18, 2024 | 13 Comments

Minister of Home Affairs Walter Roban represented Bermuda at the 9th Our Ocean Conference held in Greece, which concluded yesterday [April 17].

A Government spokesperson said, “Started by the U.S. Department of State in 2014, the former Secretary of State and U.S. Presidential Climate Advisor, John Kerry, gave a keynote address at this year’s Our Ocean Conference, held from the 15th to 17th of April 2024.

Minister Walter Roban At 9th Our Ocean Conference April 2024

“The theme of the 2024 conference is ‘An Ocean of Potential’, and the issues discussed included:

  • Sustainable tourism and sustainable blue economy
  • Reduction of marine plastic pollution
  • Effective management of Marine Protected Areas, and
  • Greening of the shipping sector

“On the 15th of April, Minister Roban, in his capacity as the Chair, participated in two events as part of the Blue Prosperity Leaders Forum Roundtable, where he shared that Bermuda had released the final draft of Bermuda’s Blue Prosperity Plan. Organised by the Waitt Institute and the U.S. Department of State, the event included leaders and representatives from the Azores, Kingdom of Tonga, Federated States of Micronesia, Vanuatu, Samoa, Fiji, and Maldives. Minister Roban also shared the stage with Former Secretary John Kerry and current Acting Assistant Secretary Jennifer Littlejohn at the event.

“On the 16th of April, Minister Roban was invited to participate and address an audience of country representatives, global foundations, charities, and ocean advocates about Bermuda and its leadership of the Sargasso Sea Commission. 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 the 17th of April at the main Plenary on Sustainable Tourism – Sustainable Blue Economy.”

Following these engagements and events, Minister Roban explained, “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.”

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  1. Joe Bloggs says:

    I do hope that the Minister enjoyed himself in Athens. it is a beautiful city.

  2. Steve says:

    When was the last PLP politician travel around BDA on a bus

    • Comfortably numb says:

      Think it was Zane ‘hanky panky’ De Silva or was it a cruise ship he went on or probably both. Nowadays he prefers a private jet: he’s done very well.

  3. Roger says:

    An utter waste of money. If this was held at The Hamilton Princess, he wouldn’t go.

    When are we going to vote these takers out? Solely serving themselves, never the people.

    • Truth says:

      “When are we going to vote these takers out?”

      As soon as their skin turns white.

  4. Hilarious! says:

    What sea level rise and more intense hurricanes?

    Climate Crusader & Former Climate Czar John Kerry’s Properties – Atlantic Ocean
    - Paid $11.75 million for 18.5 acres and a 7 bedroom/4 bathroom waterfront house overlooking (Martha’s) Vineyard Sound
    - $25 million waterfront Nantucket Mansion, 5,600 sqft with 5 bedrooms

    John Kerry said you’re in a “cult” if you disagree with his views on climate.
    He refused to disclose to Congress his expenses and the names of all his staff.

    “Yes, my wife owns one. Yes, I’ve flown in HER private jets.”

    Owns or has owned with wife, multiple homes, cars, yachts, and a private jet. But owns:
    No wind turbines.
    No solar panels.
    No electric cars.
    No electric yachts.

  5. wondering says:

    I wonder if Roban uses his well known Bermewjan Vocabulary 1.0 or if he puts on his overseas conference SIM card and speaks in ‘Cutting Edge’ vers.13.0

  6. Question says:

    What a lovely vacation. I do hope he enjoyed himself. I hope he picked a good-sized suite in one of the nicer hotels.

  7. Pandemic says:

    ” Hush Hush sweet Charlot ” !
    We have three big chimneys in Pembroke and pale blue one in Devonshire .

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