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Ralph Regenvanu – Opening Statement

Ralph Regenvanu (Ni Vanuatu, Vanuatu)
Minister of Lands, Geology, Mines, Energy and Water

Ralph Regenvanu is an anthropologist, artist, and politician in Vanuatu. He is currently the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, served in the Cabinet, and has been a Member of Parliament since 2008. In 2010, Regenvanu started Graon mo Jastis Pati (“Land and Justice Party”) and currently serves as its president. Before his involvement in politics, Regenvanu was the director of the Vanuatu National Museum and Cultural Centre from 1995 to 2006, and is a key leader in the effort to preserve cultural knowledge. He was also a board member of the Vanuatu National Cultural Council, a founding member of the Pacific Islands Museums Association, and a member of its executive board from 1997 to 2009. Regenvanu has worked on a number of UNESCO projects, including a draft of the “World Report on Cultural Diversity” and the “Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.”