SIDS Samoa / Hokule'a Voyage
A big "Talofa" (welcome in Samoan) in Apia, the capitol of Samoa, for the traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule'a, bringing greetings from Hawaii to the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, SIDS.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon put his full energy into steering the boat - on the course ahead from Samoa to the UN Climate Change Summit at the end of September.
SOUNDBITE, Nainoa Thompson, President and Master Navigator of the Polynesian Voyaging Society
"Our focus is on protecting the oceans. Because the oceans are, I believe, the most important environmental issue of this century."
Ban Ki-moon left the crew a handwritten message in a bottle - which they of course will not throw into the ocean, but carry with them as they circle the globe.
SOUNDBITE, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
"This is my handwritten message. I am honoured to be a part of Hokule'a's Worldwide Voyage. I am inspired by its global mission. As you tour the globe, I will work to rally more leaders to our common cause of ushering in a more sustainable future and a life of dignity for all."
The Hokule'a and her crew set sail from Hawaii in May 2014 as part of the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage - meaning "to care for our Island Earth". These courageous navigators have used only the signs of the waves, winds and stars to navigate to Samoa via French Polynesia, Cook Islands and American Samoa, for the United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States (UNSIDS)