Oceania Song Used at World Parks Congress

Recently we featured a new song titled, “Oceania- a Hymn for the Pacific,” that was composed by many gifted artists of the Pacific Islands region. To refresh your memory you can hear it here on YouTube.

Last month the song was used at the World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). Set to a series of images from across the Pacific islands region, the song was a fitting symbol of the growing recognition of the need for collaborative partnerships and journeying together on “one vaka” (canoe).

The people of Vanuatu agree that- “Land for us has no value because land is everything.” This same sentiment can be heard from all over the region. Thus, congresses such as this one in Sydney are crucial to hold periodically. Despite the many challenges, the region is adamant on working together to value and protect the natural environment, as well as, to learn from one another and from beyond their own region.

Click here to read the short article.

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