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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres To Visit Fiji

Secretary-General Guterres said that he looked forward to visiting Fiji.
29 Mar 2019 10:50
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres To Visit Fiji
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama United Nations Secretary- General Antonio Guterres. Photo: DEPTFO News

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has accepted the invitation of Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to visit Fiji.

Mr Bainimarama met with the United Nations Secretary- General in New York on Wednesday.

While details are yet to be worked out, the visit is likely to take place in May.

Secretary-General Guterres said that he looked forward to visiting Fiji.

The visit will provide him with an opportunity to personally view the variety of approaches and programmes that are being implemented by Fiji.

It will generate momentum for the 2019 Climate Summit.

Both leaders discussed the need for greater urgency by the world’s leaders in tackling climate change issues.

Mr Bainimarama also told Secretary-General Guterres that the Pacific region was leading the world on many fronts in both depth and pace of actions.

He further discussed on the need for robust discussions and serious actions in mitigating climate change in preparations for Climate Summit in September and also COP25.

Fiji’s Prime Minister spoke at the General Assembly this week on the need for more pace and depth in actions being undertaken by countries to reach 1.5 degrees.

Mr Bainimarama also met with the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Climate Summit 2019, Luis Alfonso de Alba in New York.

In closing, Prime Minister Bainimarama invited De Alba to join Secretary-General Guterres on his proposed visit to Fiji and the region in May and to also attend the 3rd Climate Action for Pacific Partnership (CAPP) from 29-30 of April.

Mr Bainimarama also met with the United Nations Secretary-General on the margins of the High-Level meeting on Interlinkages between Water and Climate Action.

 



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