Lubrani: Three magical principles of democracy

Outgoing UN Resident Coordinator Fiji Osnat Lubrani with Fijian President Major General (Ret'd) Jioji Konrote (middle). Picture: FT FILE

OUTGOING United Nations Resident Coordinator Osnat Lubrani says there are three principles that can work magic in any democracy – that being trust, hard work and believing in the power of women.

Noting and applauding the progress and achievements of parliamentary democracy in Fiji, both nationally and internationally, Ms Lubrani said much still needed to be done like in any other democracy.

In her address at her farewell on Friday night, June 15, 2018, she said there was no silver bullet that kept everyone happy, healthy and feeling heard.

However, she added that in her experiences of many years working in support of governments and institutions around the world, she believed in the three principles of trust, hard work and believing in the power of women.

“If Fijians trust each other, and keep talking to each other – men and women alike, creating and finding safe spaces to discuss their issues, and work hard, I am certain that there is no limit in what Fiji can achieve, whether it is lifting up its own people or internationally, pushing for action against climate change and for ocean health,” Ms Lubrani said.

But she said building this trust could not happen overnight, thus the need to create open and safe spaces to talk to each other outside of the politics of the day.

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