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Big Praise For Fiji From UN Secretary-General

“It is a battle we are not yet winning, but there is a country as I was saying that assumed leadership in the global commitment to address the problems of the ocean.
18 May 2019 16:10
Big Praise For Fiji From UN Secretary-General
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the Grand Pacific Hotel on May 16, 2019. Photo: DEPTFO News

Fiji’s battle on the world stage to champion climate change and to the growing role it has made on the international arena received a special mention from the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

While delivering a very candid remark during his farewell reception held at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on Thursday night, Mr Guterres listed the areas in which Fiji had led the charge over the past two and a half years.

“There is a country that during this period presided on the general assembly, has assumed world leadership in relation to the oceans and by the way the battle for the oceans is as dramatic as the battle for climate change and exactly as in the relation to climate change,” he said.

“It is a battle we are not yet winning, but there is a country as I was saying that assumed leadership in the global commitment to address the problems of the ocean.

“The same country was able to lead international community in relation to climate change dimension presiding during one year global intergovernmental effort in relation to climate change.

“A country that has soldiers and Police fighting in several of the most dangerous areas in the world, sacrificing everything, sometimes their lives because of that.”
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“A country that has played an extremely important role in all areas of activities in the United Nations, being elected for the Human Rights Council, being very active in engaging all the rights in support for the United Nations.

“That country, can you imagine is not one of the permanent members of the security country, that country is Fiji.”

“It is almost inconceivable that a small country like Fiji with so many problems to solve, with so many challenges with climate change and its impact in its own society, with a relatively small dimension and a location not in the centre of the most important trade movement in the world.

“It is almost inconceivable that a country like Fiji managed to have one of the strongest influences in the work of the United Nations and in the work of the international community during these two and a half years.

“This is something not only needs to be fully recognised, but something that makes me say it is with deep gratitude I come to Fiji and I express my greatest admiration for the efforts that Government and the people of Fiji are doing to fully assume this global citizenship.

“Fiji citizens are citizens of the world and Fiji is today an influential country in world affairs with ,I would say, an impact that is out of proportion with the dimension of the country and the number of citizens of its population.”

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Mr Guterres said finance needed to be made readily available to small and vulnerable countries.

“The Green Climate Fund, the commitments already made by the World Bank all this needs to be mobilised so that it is friendly to the adaptation that populations need for resilience.” Empowerment of women, he said, was essential in the battle against climate change.

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