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UN Chief Praises Election, PM’S Work

The Secretary-General of the United Nations has congratulated Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on his re-election. Antonio Guterres said in his letter to Mr Bainimarama: “This election is an important milestone
05 Dec 2018 10:10
UN Chief Praises Election, PM’S Work
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations has congratulated Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on his re-election.
Antonio Guterres said in his letter to Mr Bainimarama: “This election is an important milestone for the consolidation of democracy in your country.

“I trust that you will seize this new opportunity together with Parliament, civil society and the private sector to fulfill your vision of a modern and inclusive Fiji.”

In response to Mr Guterress’s statement, Mr Bainimarama said it was “an endorsement about the good work the Government is doing to continue to bring true democracy to our beloved Fiji.”

Mr Guterres further said the UN remained firmly committed to working in close part- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Mr Gutnerres further said the UN remained firmly committed to working in close partnership with the Government and with the people of Fiji.

“The steadfast support of your country to United Nations peacekeeping is highly appreciated,” he said.

“Likewise, your international leadership on the issues of climate change and the oceans will continue to be invaluable as we approach the twenty-fourth Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, as well as the Climate Summit next year.”

Speaking on climate change in Katowice, Poland, at the High Level Segment formally opening COP24, Mr Bainimarama said: “I also want to say as COP23 President that I support the Polish theme of a ‘Just Transition’.

“We should not only have a Just Transition for those workers, regions and economies affected by the move from dirty energy to clean energy, we must have a Just Transition for all. And especially the most climate vulnerable.”

He said this was because it was only just that those human beings who were facing extreme weather events, rising seas or changes to agriculture were also be given the opportunity and the means to properly adapt.

He said to make the transition to a more secure future in a frightening new era that, in many instances, they had played no part in causing.

He said as the window of opportunity to save the planet closed, other windows of opportunity were opening, including new technologies that enable us to effectively make the transition.

“And I also appeal for a renewed effort to free up the many billions of dollars needed for that transition and make these technologies more accessible and more affordable around the world.

“I’m very proud that Fiji’s COP legacy includes the Talanoa Dialogue for ambition, which has seen hundreds of talanoa sessions held throughout the world. As many of you know by now, these exchanges of ideas and best practices are based on a Pacific concept of decision-making that is inclusive and respectful.

“And we look forward next week, with our Polish friends, to co- chairing the Ministerial Talanoa here in Katowice.

“The primary aim of the Talanoa Dialogue is to take stock of our collective efforts and inform our current Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

And I ask you all to put the maximum effort into making next week’s Dialogue a success.

And this means sending an unequivocal message about the need to raise ambition by 2020.

“I’m also proud that Fiji and our Pacific neighbour – the Marshall Islands – have become the first two nations to commit to raising the ambition of our NDCs by 2020. We are appealing to all nations to do the same. If we can do it, so can you. So let’s talanoa for more ambition and make the move to net zero emissions by 2050 an unstoppable force.”

 

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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