Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama met with the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres Wednesday, acknowledged the United Nations for its immense role in the global response to the COVID-19 crisis,

He said that Fiji is preparing for economic recovery, however, any scope of stability will be lost without collective global action to address the underlying threat of climate crisis.

PM Bainimarama at the meeting explained to the Secretary-General that he is deeply concerned that the world is still headed to the wrong side of 1.5 degrees of warming.

According to the Prime Minister, this is a moral, economic and strategic failure that Fiji must condemn in the strongest possible terms.

The Prime Minister also articulated Fiji’s COP26 priorities, stating that Fiji is seeking meaningful outcomes in four areas which include greater climate ambition from all countries, increased resource mobilisation for adaptation and loss and damage, creating permanence of oceans in the UNFCCC agenda and promoting the ocean-climate nexus and improving access to affordable climate finance.

At the meeting, the Prime Minister personally congratulated Guterres on his re-appointment as the UN Secretary-General and his Report to the 76th Session of the UNGA on Our Common Agenda for a future that is better, greener, and safer – and as the Prime Minister added at UNGA, “Bluer.”

The Prime Minister reaffirmed Fiji’s support to the United Nations and requested the support of the UN in helping Fiji seize any new opportunities for engagements and innovative partnerships within the multilateral sphere.

He also extended an invitation to Guterres to visit Fiji once again given Fiji’s international borders will open on 01 December 2021.

This story was published at the Fijian Government on 11 November 2021, reposted via PACNEWS.

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