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We’ve already achieved a record nine straight years of economic growth for Fiji. And following the blueprint set out by these strategic development plans, with our efforts driven by a streamlined and more efficient Ministry, we’ll be bringing more iTaukei people into the fold of our national development and our economic prosperity. We’re already seeing new investment, new businesses and new development sweep across the country, and that all brings new opportunity.  
Historically, amid the devastation and carnage in the battlefields of France after the First World War, the Red Poppy was one of the first plants that sprang up signifying hope of a new beginning but it is a testament of the blood, sweat and tears of those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy today. Freedom that many of us take for granted! 
There is no doubt that the Fijian people have a strong and abiding love for freedom. We want to live free, and we see freedom, democracy and—perhaps most important of all—tolerance as powerful forces for peace in the world. 
Greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced on a global scale. And whether you’re a small island state, or a large industrial power, we must all do more than our fair share if we are to avert climate catastrophe for our planet.
Non-communicable diseases are critically problematic around the world, but in small island developing states, the urgency is even more evident. That’s why my Government has pledged action, and is taking a holistic approach to finding solutions that will turn the tide for a healthier, happier, and more prosperous future for our children and grandchildren.
As part of this comprehensive, whole-of-economy approach, we have identified the potential evolution of these sectors in business-as-usual, high-ambition, and very-high-ambition scenarios. This has included identifying feasible low-carbon development options that have the potential to reduce carbon emissions, enhance carbon sinks and build resilience. We will announce the full details of this strategy at COP24.  
While it seems we must wait for more of the world to wake up to this simple fact, we certainly cannot afford to wait to take action at home. That is why, in the last few years, Fiji – with the help of forward-looking partners – has launched a number of ground-breaking initiatives to stand up to this threat and build the resilience of our infrastructure, communities and natural environment.  
I believe that we have a great team representing our beloved nation in as many areas as we could possibly have. Congratulations once again to all of you.
We are grateful to all those nations who stand side-by-side with Fiji in conflict zones around the world. We have had your back, as you have had ours, these past 40 years; for that you have our gratitude, and you will continue to have our commitment.
Madame President, the journey of human progress is unending. And yes, we still face a world afflicted by conflict, racism and intolerance. But even in the bleakest of situations, Mandela showed us that we can always forge common ground—and we can always find understanding in the shared experiences of our common humanity. At home, abroad, in every encounter and exchange, we must engage with an open mind, we must strive for acceptance and understanding, and we must remain committed to peace and democratic ideals. That was Mandela’s vision, and that is what is captured by the Mandela Declaration.  
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