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Thomson To Welcome RFMF Band

Thomson To Welcome RFMF Band
Republic of Fiji Military Forces band with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and our Oceans champion Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau at the Talanoa Room 1 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on June 4, 2017. Photo: Jyoti Pratibha
June 05
11:00 2017

The President of the United Nations General Assembly Peter Thomson will welcome the arrival of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Band.

The RFMF Band will participate in a number of activities relating to the Ocean Conference, which is taking place from June 5 to 9 at United Nations Headquarters, New York.

The Ocean Conference, the first UN conference of its kind on the issue, is hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden.

The RFMF Band will take part in a cultural welcome ceremony during the opening of the conference tomorrow (Fiji time) at the UN General Assembly Hall.

The solemn ceremony is a sacred cultural tradition of the Fijian people that is accorded to high dignitaries to formally welcome and receive them into a community.  The heart of a Fijian traditional welcome ceremony is called the yaqona vakaturaga (chiefly yaqona ceremony).

It symbolizes the deep regard for communal ties• and respect for the value of working together to achieve common goals or mutual benefit.

The cultural welcome ceremony will set the tone for the conference which will see the leaders from around the world – from government, the private sector, civil society, academia and beyond – gather for five days to chart a course for the realisation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, the Ocean Goal.

Prior to the conference, the world-famous musicians, pride of the country and active members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces that have served in U.N. peacekeeping missions including in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Timor-Leste, will be performing under band leader Captain Semi Gade in the free, family-friendly World Ocean Festival, that is hosted by the Mayor of New York City and took place yesterday on Governor’s Island.

They will also participate in a number of activities during the conference with a view to maintaining a spirit of togetherness throughout the week. Source: Office of the President of the General Assembly


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