Baddeley Devesi

Baddeley Devesi

Governor General of Solomon Islands
Date of Birth: 16.10.1941
Country: Solomonov Fr.

Biography of Baddeley Devesi

Baddeley Devesi, a prominent figure in the struggle for independence, was born in the Solomon Islands. He received his education from several schools, including St. Mary's School in Marovo and the George VI School. He later attended a teacher's college in Auckland, New Zealand.

In the years 1965-1966, Devesi worked as a teacher in the schools of the Melanesian Mission in the Solomon Islands. From 1967 to 1968, he served as a member of the Legislative and Executive Councils of the Solomon Islands. In 1970-1972, he worked as a teacher at the Solomon Islands Teachers College and then became an assistant secretary for social welfare in 1972.

Throughout his career, Devesi held several ministerial positions, demonstrating his dedication to public service. From July 7, 1978, to July 7, 1988, he served as the Governor-General of the Solomon Islands. He then served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 1989 to 1991, and as the Minister of Internal Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister from 1990 to 1992. In 1992, he briefly held the position of Minister of Health, and from 1996 to 2000, he served as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Transport, Communications, and Aviation.

In 2000, Devesi retired from politics. As one of the leaders of the independence movement, he criticized Britain for its lack of preparation in transferring sovereignty to the islands, which led to numerous political crises after independence. He remarked, "The empire left a British legal system and parliament, but for an island nation with 4 volcanoes and 70 languages."

In 1993, Devesi addressed the United Nations General Assembly, expressing his concern about the inadequacy of the Framework Convention on Climate Change in response to the challenges of global warming. He also advocated for the Rarotonga Treaty. Devesi is recognized for his contributions and has been honored as a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order and a Knight of the Order of St. Michael and St. George.