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PM to UNGA head: Understand plight of Pacific states

Understand the needs of Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) on the frontline of climate change. This was the message to the President of the 73rd session of the United Nations
24 Sep 2018 11:51
PM to UNGA head:  Understand plight of Pacific states
From left: The President of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama after their bilateral meeting on September 23, 2018, on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly currently underway in New York, United States of America. Photo: Deptfo News

Understand the needs of Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) on the frontline of climate change.

This was the message to the President of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, by Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

The two leaders met for a bilateral meeting on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly, which is currently underway in New York, United States of America.

Mr Bainimarama told Ms Garcés that the Pacific wanted a UN that was fit for purpose, agile, responsive and most importantly understanding of the needs of SIDS on the frontline of climate change.

He said Fiji was steadfast in its support for multilateralism and added that countries needed to work together to solve complex development Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) challenges such as climate change, oceans management and global peace and security.

The UNGA 73 opened on September 18 and tomorrow will be the first day of high-level general debate.

Mr Bainimarama left Fiji last Saturday to attend UNGA.

On arrival in New York traditional ceremonies of welcome were accorded to Mr Bainimarama and his delegation by the staff members of Fiji’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.

Fiji’s Ambassador to the United States based in Washington, Solo Mara, and Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the European Union, Ambassador to Belgium and Special Representative to the UNFCCC, Deo Saran, also attended the event.

Mr Bainimarama thanked the Fijian mission staff members and other Fijians living in New York for their support in hosting the delegation to the 73rd session of the UNGA.

He also reminded the delegation of the need to remain focused on the week ahead.

Mr Bainimarama was briefed on the week’s engagements on the margins of the UNGA.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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