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Today, I am inspired by the dedication, compassion and resolve to create change through a multi sector response involving government ministries, NGOs, civil society organizations, people living with HIV, the faith based communities, the private sector, academia and the development partners.
We are gathered here this evening, to commemorate, a significant chapter in world history, the one hundredth anniversary of the First World War (WW1). The event is not only significant for countries across Europe which were directly involved in the war, but also significant for us in Fiji as we remember the sons and daughters of this nation who fought and fell during the war.
Ladies and gentlemen, at this conference we need to build on our successes thus far with a renewed commitment to do better – much better.
It is indeed a great honor for me to stand here before you as Commander in Chief to address you on this historic occasion on the eve of your departure once again for the Middle East in the course of world peace.
 In the aftermath of Cyclone Evan, Christmas 2012 will certainly be different from those of the past years.
I am also greatly honoured at the pleasant duty I humbly shoulder as the Chancellor of the University of Fiji to confer degrees – and on this occasion - to this fine gathering of men and women achievers.
On behalf of the Fijian government and the Fijian people, it gives me much pleasure to receive the Draft Constitution from the Constitution Commission.
As you are all aware, the Constitution Commission chaired by Professor Yash Ghai presented the Draft Constitution to me on Friday 21st December 2012. This Draft Constitution is what I shall refer to as the Ghai Draft in my address to you tonight.
I welcome you all to this important meeting. A special welcome to you delegates from other Pacific Island countries and a special welcome to the delegate from Grenada.
It is indeed a great honour for Fiji to be hosting the Fiji Water Centennial International 7s, organized as part of the 100th Anniversary celebrations of the Fiji Rugby Union, and the Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions (FORU), Oceania 7s.
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