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PM Heads To NY

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is expected to address the 71st Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71) in New York next week. He left for New York last
17 Sep 2016 12:41
PM Heads To NY
New York

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is expected to address the 71st Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71) in New York next week.

He left for New York last night with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Robin Nair.

On Tuesday, the new President of the UN General Assembly, Fiji’s UN Ambassador Peter Thomson, opened the session.

Mr Bainimarama is expected to proudly address a United Nations General Assembly session for the first time presided over by a fellow Fijian, Mr Thomson.

In an earlier statement the PM said the selection of Mr Thomson had given Fiji and other island nations a new and stronger voice in New York.

“Mr Thomson’s selection provides us with a unique platform to highlight those issues of critical concern to Fiji and the vulnerable economies,  such as building our resilience to climate change and ensuring the sustainable development of our natural resources on land and at sea,” he said.

“It is a measure of Fiji’s standing in the world that the majority of nations supported our candidacy and I want to warmly thank those countries that voted for Fiji for the confidence they have placed in us.

“Our commitment to the United Nations and its ideals has been unwavering ever since we first joined the UN at Independence in 1970. And we have always made a disproportionate contribution to its activities for a country of our size, especially with our strong participation in UN Peacekeeping operations since 1978.

“I know that he will preside over the deliberations of the United Nations General Assembly with dedication, wisdom and foresight,” the PM said.

Mr Thomson emphasised the implementation of the new global development goals adopted by its 193 Member States last year, is well underway.

“The 70th Session launched the SDGs [Sustainable Development Goals], and for integrity’s sake the 71st must be the year we witness the wheels turning on the implementation of all 17 SDGs,” he said.

The theme of the 71st session is ‘The Sustainable Development Goals: A Universal Push to Transform our World.’

Edited by Naisa Koroi

Feedback:  rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj



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