Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Sad day for the IWC – WWF

Media release 19 June 2006

Sad day for the IWC – WWF

Japan has finally succeeded in bringing pro-whaling and anti-conservation countries into the International Whaling Commission (IWC) with a majority vote to back a statement saying the whaling ban is no longer valid.

The vote is a non-legally binding statement which asks for a ‘normalisation’ of the IWC. According to Japan and its supporters, this means it should return to its original 1946 mandate to regulate whaling, rather than concentrate on conservation issues. The group is also using scientifically invalid facts such as the claim that whale populations are responsible for the decline in the world’s fisheries.

“Instead of building consensus on difficult issues, this declaration has brought both sides to the brink of open conflict,” says Chris Howe, WWF-New Zealand Conservation Director, who is part of the WWF delegation at IWC.

WWF says it is a shallow political victory for the whaling countries and their allies—and hopes this will be a wake up call to conservation-minded countries and peoples of the world.

“When whales and other marine species are under pressure by a range of threats – including climate change, bycatch, ship strikes – it is sad to see IWC move backwards.

There is no guarantee that other critical votes will be lost. The moratorium on whaling will stay in place as it needs a three quarter majority to be overturned.

However, it shows that the IWC is poised on a knife edge between conserving whales and dolphins and becoming a ‘whalers’ club’,” added Mr Howe.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gita: Hundreds Of Callouts For Fire And Emergency

Overall, Fire and Emergency received 1302 calls from midday yesterday to 6’oclock this morning, with a large proportion of those calls being weather-related...

Local states of emergency are still in place for Taranaki, Christchurch City, Buller, Grey, Selwyn, Westland, and Nelson and Tasman districts. More>>

'It Was Literally Like A Wall Of Water'
About 6000 people are still trapped in Golden Bay as rain caused slips, and the Takaka River, flowing at 980 cubic metres per second, flooded onto pastures. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

CPTPP Deal: Text And National Interest Analysis Released

“New Zealand has been working hard to see the text made public as quickly as possible,” Mr Parker says... An analysis suggests it could be worth up to $4 billion a year to the New Zealand economy once fully implemented. More>>

ALSO:

Reviews: Three-Year Work Programme For Education

The work programme includes the NCEA review, a review of Tomorrow’s Schools, developing a future-focused Education Workforce Strategy, a continuous focus on raising achievement for Māori and Pasifika learners, an action plan for learning support, an early learning strategic plan, a comprehensive review of school property. More>>

ALSO:

Kauri Protection: Waitākere Forest Closure Proposed

At the 20 February meeting of the Environment and Community Committee, the council proposed to close the forested areas of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park, with some exceptions, by 1 May 2018. More>>

ALSO:

Accommodation Allowance: PM, Deputy Were Paid While In Official Residences

Department of Internal Affairs officials advised the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister late yesterday of the administrative error which has seen them receive Wellington accommodation payments since they moved into official residences. More>>

'Hit And Run' Raid: NZDF Had Reports Of Civilian Casualties

The NZDF received intelligence updates within one or two days of the August 2010 SAS raid in Afghanistan that reported civilian casualties, including the death of a child, new OIA documents reveal... it appears they did not bother to investigate nor made any effort to help the victims. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages