For Fiji, our contribution to UN peacekeeping operations are a fundamental pillar of our engagement with the world and of our identity as global citizens.
I wish to express my deep thanks to the Secretary-General for hosting this event, and for his nine years of unflagging commitment and leadership to advancing global progress on climate change.
Mr President, This is a special moment for Fiji as you assume the Presidency of the 71st session of the General Assembly – the first Fijian and the first Pacific Islander to attain this high office at the UN.
Never before has a Pacific island country attained such a lofty position in the UN system. It is, in many ways, a coming of age not just for Fiji but for the entire region. And cause for immense satisfaction and pride.
Bula vinaka and a very good afternoon/evening to you all.
Next June, the community of nations will gather in New York to address one of the greatest challenges the world has ever faced – the current threat to the health of our oceans and seas.