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These attacks on our temples are attacks on every Fijian and every religion in Fiji. They are attacks against our Constitution and our secular state. And they are attacks on the very bonds of nationhood that connect us all and that unite us in our great journey forward as a nation.
It is important for our Pacific nations to meet and discuss issues affecting our region. We are small, vulnerable nations with much in common, and our growth, security and development depend in no small part on our ability to work together and help each other.
So I’m delighted to be here this morning to launch our Emergency Assistance Program for the victims of house fires who have no insurance and face financial difficulty in rebuilding their houses.
This is the first major gathering of business leaders and policy makers that I have addressed as incoming President of COP 23. And I’m delighted to be here with a large number of you who are at the cutting edge – I probably shouldn’t say coalface – of our collective global effort to address the impact of climate change.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Bainimarama government has, in fact, provided unprecedented support towards the management of HIV and AIDS issues in Fiji.

If we do not work together as a team, we will not be able to achieve the vision set for the industry. Hence, as “Team Fiji” we need to build on our strengths and find solutions to positively resolve our challenges and overcome our weaknesses.
Together, we are building new regional structures to give ordinary Pacific islanders a bigger voice.
In a wider sense, Fiji and Papua New Guinea are the two pre-eminent Pacific Island nations and are regarded as such by our neighbours
So Fiji and Guam are already working together to shape the post 2015 global agenda for developing countries, when Sustainable Development Goals replace the current Millennium Development Goals. And we want to strengthen that partnership in the interests of our citizens and all the Pacific peoples.

The point is that we are in harmony as individuals and as nations across a broad front. We are Pacific Islanders first and foremost. Together, we face many of the same challenges. Together, we are working to meet those challenges.
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