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Ratu Inoke Talks Development Goals

Fiji’s Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola met separately with his counterparts from Indonesia, Italy and the United Arab Emirates on Fiji’s role in advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals
04 Oct 2015 14:20
Ratu Inoke Talks Development Goals
Ratu Inoke Kubuabola with Minister Reem Al-Hashimy of the United Arab Emirates. Photos: DEPTFO News

Fiji’s Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola met separately with his counterparts from Indonesia, Italy and the United Arab Emirates on Fiji’s role in advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and in particular SDG 14, the ‘Oceans Goal’.

Ratu Inoke informed the Ministers that Fiji would host the first Triennial Conference in partnership with Sweden in 2017 in order to give SDG 14 the needed momentum.

He told Minister Retno Marsudi of Indonesia, Minister Reem Al-Hashimy of the United Arab Emirates and Italy’s under-secretary of Foreign Affairs Miro Giro that SDG 14 was important to Fiji and the Pacific region.

The meetings were held at the margins of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly where the Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama also raised the need for more support towards the development and protection of the oceans.

“In the Pacific Ocean, for too long now we have observed the decline in our ocean’s health, as evidenced by dying coral, marine pollution, damaged coastal ecosystems, declining fish-stocks and ocean acidification. Those of us who are old enough to remember our ocean in much healthier times must do more than lament that our grandchildren may never see the ocean as it was created. We must do all we can to make sure that they know the ocean as it was when our forebears bequeathed it to us,” the Prime Minister said.

“As a founding member of the UN’s Group of Friends of Oceans and Seas, Fiji has been working to establish a high-level global platform to ensure that we meet SDG14. I am proud to say that we have found a strong ally in the government of Sweden to establish the Triennial UN Conferences on Oceans and Seas, with five international conferences spanning the fifteen years of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.”

Ratu Inoke also called on the support of his counterparts towards Fiji’s nomination to the presidency of the UN General Assembly.  DEPTFO News

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