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PM Highlights Obstacles To UN Development Goals

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says nations must take stock of the systemic issues that create the obstacles that are slowing them down in achieving developing sustainable goals. He was speaking
28 Sep 2015 10:42
PM Highlights Obstacles To UN Development Goals
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (second from left), with Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, meet the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven (third from left), and a Swedish official. Photo: DEPTFO News

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says nations must take stock of the systemic issues that create the obstacles that are slowing them down in achieving developing sustainable goals.

He was speaking at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York.

“Many developing countries do not have the financial resources to do what is needed to fulfil the goals. Many countries have the ideas, the plans and the resolve to act; but do not have the financial backing they need,” he said.

“If we can recognise that the lack of funding is what can hold many of us back, then it should be one of the key critical issues to be discussed in this summit. We have our goals. Now, how do we get there? We must make affordable financing for sustainable progress a reality.

“Developing countries, in order to receive grants and loans, must prove themselves trustworthy.  Governments must operate on the principle of transparency, and corruption must be stamped out and punished without exception. In Fiji, we are determined to eradicate the remnants of the past. My government is transparent for all to see. And the corruption that was endemic in previous governments is being weeded out by its roots.

“My country is a small island nation. We’re not rich. But we are doing what we can to work toward the Sustainable Development goals.

“The action we are calling for has already begun in Fiji, where we are putting our own Green Growth Framework into practice. Fiji has a master plan and an economic model that links economic growth and environmental protection. Our goal is to build an economy that nurtures the interests of all our citizens, and establishes strict environmental criteria for all development projects.”

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