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12/14/2017
Excellencies, if there is one thing we all know, it is that global financial markets respond to opportunity. And it is our job to seize this moment to accelerate the profound shift that is already taking place in global investment, away from the dirty economies of the past towards the new, better, smarter, cleaner economies of the future.
12/13/2017
We need to develop innovative solutions to address climate change. We need to find better ways to finance adaptation and resilience. We welcome and encourage the expeditious transfer of climate-smart innovations and ideas that can assist vulnerable countries that are experiencing climate change on a daily basis.
12/9/2017
As the rest of Fiji has cheered our march forward, as ordinary Fijians welcome the many benefits of our growing economy, our political opponents have found themselves clamouring for relevance. While we put our energy into better outcomes for ordinary Fijians, the Opposition has continued with their insults, the lies and their politics of division – all part of their desperate campaign to push Fiji back into the past. A past of provincialism, a path of ethnic consideration, a past of corruption, a past of petty point scoring, and a past that benefitted only the privileged.
12/8/2017
We’ve put Fiji on a new course of prosperity, with eight straight years of economic growth. Together, we are building a society that is better educated and growing more capable every day, and we are rewarding merit and hard work. Together, we’ve put stock in ability and we’ve invested in the potential of all of our people, including our young Fijians. Together, we’ve emerged on the global and domestic stage as a champion for the causes affecting vulnerable people and their human rights.
12/2/2017
Working side-by-side with our cane farmers and the Fiji Sugar Corporation, my Government has put this industry back on a path towards a resilient future – a future where sugar remains a bedrock of our economic growth and prosperity. As of 19 November, over the course of 25 weeks, our three mills crushed 1.61 million metric tonnes of cane, yielding 178.9 metric tonnes of sugar with a TCTS of 9.0. Compared to last year, these estimates mark a 19 per cent increase in cane production, a 30 per cent increase in sugar production and a nine per cent improvement in TCTS.
11/18/2017
Right from the start, Fiji has endeavoured to use the power of the COP Presidency that you invested in us to put people first. We wanted to make a connection between these complex negotiations and the real, everyday concerns and aspirations of people the world over.
11/15/2017
This development plan provides a forward-looking vision for transforming Fiji into an even more progressive, vibrant and inclusive society. Our vision for Fiji builds on the theme of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals: “A Universal Push to Transform our World.”
11/15/2017
As President of COP23, I appeal to you all to use this opportunity to speak freely and frankly about any shortfalls we need to meet and also where the UN is doing things right. Because above all, we must ensure that our organisation is in the best possible shape to deal with climate change – undoubtedly the greatest challenge of our age.
11/16/2017
Excellencies, Distinguished delegates, Fiji has been very proud to lead this process and bring our culture and values to Bonn and these negotiations. The Bula Spirit that has permeated the Bonn Zone; the idea of Talanoa that is now framing our dialogue; Our performers – singers, dancers and musicians. Our people.

11/15/2017
Friends, modern infrastructure will have to be both resilient to climate change and clean – whether it is new energy and transport systems or efficient buildings and communications networks that assist the digital revolution. We are not moving forward into a better future if we build in more pollution and climate risk.
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