Among the busy two-days of high level meetings at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly held in New York, Fijian Prime Minister – Voreqe Bainimarama, hosted a welcoming reception for regional leaders.
In attendance was New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden and Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Marise Payne and Samoan Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Mali-elegaoi, to name a few.
Prime Minister Bainimarama praised New Zealand and Australia for their support towards Fiji’s COP23 Presidency, and the assistance given during Tropical Cyclone Winston.
“I’m sure you will have noted as I said that the week of the General Assembly has become generally busy, it seems like there are more side events that we can possibly manage, but I believe that UNGA to play in creating spaces where we Leaders of the Pacific and our friends from the other regions can informally interact, share experiences and points of view, and of course develop different kinds of relationship that will help us achieve some common objectives. And these informal gatherings are part of that,” said Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama.
Bainimarama urged leaders, that the ‘UNGA’ has an important role to play, in creating ‘spaces’ as leaders and friends from other regions, and formally interact, share experiences to develop relationships, that will help us develop a common objective.
“Many of you are aware that Fiji will become the Chair of PCG where we will carry on the excellent work carried out by Nauru and one of my practical objectives is to ensure that there is very strong coordination among us. With that in mind Your Excellencies as the date to our Chair draws near and sometimes after our Election I will be writing to our fellow Leaders on our Vision.”
“Fiji will soon become the Chair of the World Bank Forum for Small States and you will be aware that in championing for Small Island States to develop financing especially in climate resilience, ocean health and infrastructure for sometime now.”