Fiji is committed to strengthening its engagement with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development whilst building resilience to future global crises.

This was emphasised at the virtual meeting convened yesterday between the Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama and the Executive Secretary of UNESCAP Ms Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana.

Prime Minister Bainimarama thanked UNESCAP for its support to Fiji and the region in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He acknowledged Ms Alisjahbana for her strong leadership and support to the region, whilst also conveying appreciation to the ESCAP Sub-regional Office for the Pacific, for its role in enhancing cooperation with Pacific regional partners.

Prime Minister Bainimarama highlighted the importance of building back better – “sustainably better socially” and “sustainably better economically”.

Elaborating on Fiji’s commitment to progressing SDG’s, Prime Minister Bainimarama said Fiji’s national policies and recovery efforts align with ESCAP’s priorities for regional cooperation in four broad areas (i) Broadening social protection, (ii) Investing in sustained economic recovery (iii) Strengthening connectivity and supply chains, and (iv) Protecting environmental health.

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