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Press Conference United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Prime Minister of Fiji Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama

Suva, 16 May 2019

Thank you, your Excellency Honourable Prime Minister, for your words and especially thank you very much for the extremely warm hospitality I have been enjoying in your wonderful country.

This visit has two dimensions: the Fijian dimension and the Pacific dimension.

In the Fijian dimension it is a visit of gratitude in which I want to express how much we appreciate the extraordinary contribution of the Fijian people and the Fijian Government to all the important areas of action of the United Nations and all the important areas of international cooperation.

Fiji has been a strong and committed partner in peacekeeping. Fijian soldiers and Fijian police officers have shown enormous determination, enormous courage, and some of them, unfortunately, have lost their lives protecting the lives of vulnerable people – of women, of children – in some of the most dangerous places in the world.

There is a depth of gratitude that all of the international community in relation to Fiji that I want to express very clearly, being side by side with a former peacekeeper.

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UN Secretary-General Mission to the Pacific

Secretary-General’s remarks at the closing of High-Level Political Dialogue of the Pacific Island Forum, Suva,
15 May 2019

Thank you, Mr. President.

This has been a very illuminating meeting. I learned a lot. Allow me to extract four main conclusions from everything I heard today.

The first is that the Pacific Island States have the moral authority to tell the world that climate change needs to be reversed, because the Pacific Island States are leading by example. Even with all the difficulties – the lack of resources, the isolation, the distances, the lack of scale –the truth is that the Pacific Island States are not only building resilience and investing in adaptation to protect their citizens, their communities and their culture to protect their environment, but they are fixing for themselves very ambitious targets in relation to mitigation.

I heard today the very important commitment that the countries of the region are assuming to dramatically reduce emissions and be able to be fully in line with the target that we have all fixed to make sure that the temperature does not rise at the end of the century by more than 1.5 degrees.

I was surprised by the level of innovation you introduced, by the efforts made by the Pacific partnership in all its dimensions, by the commitments made by different countries in relation to their nationally determined contributions. This should be an example for the most developed countries in this world. I was surprised by the very advanced innovations announced using mobile technologies and mobilizing all capacities of the States in order to make sure that countries who are victims of climate change without contributing to it, that they do everything possible at their scale to reduce emissions and to show solidarity with the rest of the world.

This moral authority of the Pacific Island States needs to be clearly recognized.

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Boosting women’s political participation: Pacific delegates explore options

The various options Pacific island jurisdictions have taken to increase the numbers of women in parliaments and representative bodies was the topic of discussion at a regional conference held in Port Moresby this week. Roy Trivedy, United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative noted, “each Pacific country will approach this issue in their own way, but I am hopeful that this conference will allow different countries to learn from each other to ensure that women increasingly take their rightful places in Pacific parliaments.” Continue reading

Ban Ki-Moon’s message to the 44th Pacific Islands Forum

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon greets local kids in Tebikenikora, a village on Tarawa atoll in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati.   Mr. Ban met with villagers to hear their concerns about the effects of climate change in this low-lying area. 05 September 2011 Tebikenikora, KiribatiI thank President Christopher Loeak of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum for this opportunity to convey my best wishes to the 44th meeting of your important regional group. I commend all the leaders for your focus on “Marshalling the Pacific Response to the Climate Challenge”.  The Pacific Islands region was Continue reading

Pacific Islands Forum to respond to climate change

A view inside the 42nd Pacific Islands Forum in Auckland, New Zealand, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses the forum. 06 September 2011 Auckland, New ZealandFor many countries the effects of climate change may not yet be obvious, but for the people in the Pacific Islands the threat is very real. “There are still some who believe that climate change is a distant threat but for us it is a present threat. It’s happening now and our people are being affected now,” said the Hon. Tessie Eria Lambourne, Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Immigration for the Government of Kiribati during a recent discussion at the Continue reading