Foua Toloa

Aliki Foua Toloa is the elected member (Faipule) of the Council for the Ongoing Government (Executive Government) for his island home of Fakaofo, Tokelau, since his election and re-election in 2008 and 2011 respectively. During these terms he served as the Ulu, the Titular Head, in 2009 and 2011.

Mr Toloa has held Ministerial portfolios in Finance, Telecommunications, Transport and Energy. In 2008 he advocated for a photovoltaic off-grid renewable energy project for Tokelau culminating in the establishment of its solar energy system in October 2012. It meets all electricity needs of the nation, making Tokelau the first country in the world to be totally sustained by renewable energy, achieving its greenhouse gas emission targets.

Mr Toloa instigated Tokelau’s membership of the Pacific Oceanscape initiative, leading to a 2009 Declaration of Tokelau’s EEZ as a whale sanctuary. Additionally, Mr Toloa rigorously promotes, in all fora, political and technical action to address impacts of climate change on Small Island Developing States.

Before his political career, Mr Toloa worked in the Tokelau Public Service as an Agriculture Extension Officer, becoming Director of the Department of Economic Development, Natural Resources and Environment from 1984 to 1991, and then again in 2005. He has also completed numerous consultations with regional and international organisations such as the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP), the United Nations Environment and Development Programmes (UNEP and UNDP), the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), IUCN and the World Bank.

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