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6/8/2017
The Commonwealth continues to play a leading role in global affairs and I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to open this important side event - a high level roundtable on what the Commonwealth can do to support the implementation of SDG14.

6/7/2017
We also have a great story to tell about some of our own efforts to relieve the ever-growing pressures on our natural environments. Increasingly, ACP members are not only conscious of the need to act. They are already doing so. And I’m proud to say that Fiji is one of them.
6/6/2017
We seek a commitment from all 7.5 billion people on earth to join our crusade to improve the quality of our oceans. Let us all seize this moment in history to make a difference. To place SDG 14 at the very top of the global agenda alongside decisive climate action. We can do it. We must do it. Because the alternative in both cases is catastrophe.
6/5/2017
As incoming President of COP23 and also cohost of the UN Oceans Conference this week, I especially want to thank the Mayor and people of New York for standing shoulder to shoulder with us on this issue. Because it affects every person on earth, just as the health of our oceans and seas is critical to every human being and is why we are all gathered here today.
6/1/2017
I pray that this new centre serves this community well. I pray that the Fijian people can find warmth and peace in its halls and facilities. And I pray that we all continue to find the strength, to live out the teachings of Christ to protect the vulnerable in our society, and build a better world for all those who come after us.
5/31/2017
Fiji will always be grateful to all Governments and their respective peoples who came to Fiji’s aid in the aftermath of TC Winston. Our rehabilitation efforts would have been more complicated and protracted without their support.
5/29/2017
In a very real sense, we are welcoming these Tabua back home, in an exchange that bears deep cultural and historical meaning for Fiji and the Fijian people. And full credit goes to both the Fijian and Kiwi border enforcement agencies who – under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna, or CITES – worked collaboratively to make this happen. Vinaka vakalevu.
5/23/2017
Excellencies, we have come together for this important dialogue at a significant moment. We have come to expect uncertainty in geopolitics generally. But with the issue of climate change, we have a particular uncertainty – what we have been calling the elephant in the room. And that is the challenge that the new administration in the United States presents to the multilateral consensus on the need for climate action.
5/22/2017
Fiji would not be able to give voice to the most vulnerable as president of this process without the help of Germany. Indeed, the combination of Europe's largest economy and a small island developing state like Fiji, is symbolic of the kind of cooperation that we need to succeed.
5/19/2017
My role, of course, is to be impartial, to act in the collective interest of all nations. But I certainly bring my own perspective to these negotiations. And it is that of a Fijian, a Pacific Islander, who comes from a region of the world that is bearing the brunt of climate change. Whether it is the rising seas, extreme weather events or changes to agriculture, that threaten our way of life and in some cases, our very existence.
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