RNZ 21st April 2018
The Blue Charter on Ocean Governance has been adopted by the Commonwealth Heads of Government as they wrapped up their summit today.
Vanuatu and Fiji have put themselves forward as countries to champion the Blue Charter's cause in their region.
Representatives of the two Pacific countries spoke about the Charter at a press conference on the sidelines of this week's Commonwealth summit in London.
He said ocean issues could not be dealt with in isolation because they are interrelated with climate change.
"As an island state from the Pacific we know how vulnerable we are and how much climate change has affected us, particularly in what we call climate-induced disasters," he said, noting recent devastating cyclones in Fiji.