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Fiji Given Top Award By Indian Institute

Fiji has been awarded the 2019 Sustainable Development Leadership Award by The Energy and Resources Institute, India.
02 Feb 2019 10:09
Fiji Given Top Award By Indian Institute
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama

Fiji has been awarded the 2019 Sustainable Development Leadership Award by The Energy and Resources Institute, India.

In a letter to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Institute Director- General Ajay Mathur invited the head of Government to New Delhi to attend the World Sustainable Development Summit on Fiji’s behalf.

Mr Bainimarama, while acknowledging the award, confirmed to the Fiji Sun that he would not be present to receive the award, but would send a video message in acceptance of the award on Fiji’s behalf.

He will not be able to travel to India because the summit clashes with the first Parliament sitting for the year.

The Summit is from February 11 to 13 while Parliament sits from  February 11 to 15.

In the letter to Mr Bainimarama, Mr Mathur said: “We, as an institute, greatly admire the Government of Fiji’s effort to recognise the potential of the global community to increase the proportion of finance available for climate adaptation and resilience building.

“We also recognise the noteworthy presidency of the Government of Fiji at COP23.

“It will be our honour and privilege to have you accept the 2019 Sustainable Development Leadership Award on behalf of the Government of Fiji as a token of our appreciation of the journey you, on behalf of the Government of Fiji, have successfully traversed to launch Fiji as an upcoming leader in the arena of safeguarding the interests of vulnerable island countries in the Pacific.

“We will be deeply privileged to have you in our midst to accept the Award at the WSDS 2019 and inspire the audience with your words.”

Previous recipients of the award include former Prime Minister of Portugal Jose’ Manuel (2015), former President of Seychelles James Michel (2013), former President of Finland Tarja Halonen (2012), former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (2011), former Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban-ki Moon (2009), former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (2007 and former President of Mexico Professor Ernesto Zedillo (2006).

Edited by Epineri Vula

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