Statement on the Question of Tokelau

New York
Friday, June 22, 2012

Mr. Chairman,

At the outset, I would like to welcome to this committee the Ulu-o-Tokelau, Mr. Keli Hiane Kalolo, who is here with us today to put forward his government’s views on the self-determination of Tokelau.

My delegation welcomes the progress made on the question of Tokelau and in particular  the decision of the General Fono of Tokelau in 2008 that consideration of any future act of self determination will be deferred and that the Administering Power and Tokelau will devote renewed effort and attention to ensuring that essential services and infrastructure on the atolls of Tokelau are enhanced and strengthened, thereby ensuring a better quality of life for its people.  

In this context, Mr. Chairman, Resolution A/AC.109/2012/L.15, which I have the honour of presenting on behalf of my own country Fiji and on behalf of Papua New Guinea, contains a few technical updates from that of the 2011 text.

It also contains, in o.p.4 and o.p.12, decisions taken by Tokelau, in conjunction with the administering power, relating to priorities and approaches in the development of Tokelau, including through the admirable goal of achieving its electricity needs entirely through renewable energy by the end of this calendar year. This would indeed be leading the way as a positive example to all UN Member States.

Consistent with the draft Resolution, we again call on the Committee, the United Nations agencies and the Administering Power to work together and continue to provide the necessary assistance in the interests of Tokelau and its people.

Mr. Chairman,

Allow me accordingly to recommend this draft resolution to this Committee to be adopted by consensus.

I thank you.

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