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Helen Clark Lauds Fiji

Helen Clark says Fiji should be proud of its achievements for punching above its weight in world affairs. The former New Zealand Prime Minister, a fierce critic of the 2006
20 Feb 2018 14:56
Helen Clark Lauds Fiji
Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark in Denarau, Nadi, on February 19, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Helen Clark says Fiji should be proud of its achievements for punching above its weight in world affairs.

The former New Zealand Prime Minister, a fierce critic of the 2006 takeover who imposed sanctions against Fiji, said that was water under the bridge now. That was a “rough spot” when she was NZ PM.

But she said she had been impressed with Fiji’s performance on the global arena.

She made the remarks when she arrived at Sheraton Fiji Resort, Denarau, yesterday, to attend the 20th Conference of the Commonwealth Education Ministers (20CCEM) at the Sheraton Fiji Resort, Denarau, which opened yesterday.

Ms Clark was at the United Nations in New York for eight years as head of the United Nation in New York for eight years as head of the United Nations Development Programme.

“In my eight years in New York I saw Fiji take on an incredible strong position,” she said.

“I have seen Fiji stepping up on the global scale, a small country maybe a small country like mine but you are punching above your weight. You should be proud of that and bring the voice of smaller developing states to the highest forum of the world,” she said.

On the Fiji-NZ relations, she said: “We have been to some rough spots; obviously things are getting much better between the two countries.

“Winston Peters was my foreign minister for three years. He is the foreign minister again and he knows the Pacific well. He loves the Pacific. I hope the NZ government will be a good partner with Fiji.

“Things have moved on in Fiji. We can only look forward to Fiji development hopes and Fiji and NZ being good neighbours.”

She praised former Fijian diplomat Peter Thomson whom she got to know well at the United Nations.

“He just last September finished a year as the president of the UN General Assembly. He is now a representative of Secretary General on Oceans issues.

“All this advocacy and profile helped Fiji become the president of COP in Bonn.”

Since June last year she has been out of New York following her passion for sustainable development, climate action, peace and justice, gender equality, public health promotions and participating in initiatives around it.

Ms Clark said: “This meeting of Commonwealth heads will very much focus on the contribution of education.”

She will be commenting on three main aspects of the global agenda.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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