Honourable Reverend Chief Leslie Boseto is a Pacific theologian, United Church leader and parliamentarian.
He is President of the Lauru Land Conference of Tribal Community and was elected President of the Pacific Churches Conference (1986-1991). He was the first Pacific Islander elected as one of the Presidents of the World Council of Churches (1991-1998).
He was elected to the National Parliament of the Solomon Islands in 1997. He currently chairs the Special Select Committee on Immunities, Privileges and Powers of Parliament. He lives in Choiseul Province.
"The land and seas surrounding Lauru are the life-blood of our people and our long-term prosperity is integrally linked to the health of our small island home.
"Our ancestors were acutely aware of this and developed intricate customs and traditions relating to the ownership and use of Lauru’s natural resources. Although many of our worthy traditions persist, today Lauru is faced with a growing number of threats. Rapid population growth and our entry into the global cash economy have dramatically increased pressure on our natural resources.
"During the past two decades, commercial logging has changed the physical and social landscape of Lauru. As we look to the future, we must prepare ourselves for the growing threat of climate change – a global challenge that must be tackled at local, provincial, national and global levels.
"As Christians we are obliged to be good stewards of God’s creations and today more than ever, we the people of Lauru must make informed decisions about how to conserve and sustainably develop our natural environment to ensure our children enjoy the cultural, social and economic treasures that have defined our people for a millennium."