Meet to enhance Fiji’s presidency

THE Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that will be held in the United Kingdom this month will enable the Fijian Government to enhance its leadership on the 23rd Conference of Parties.

British High Commissioner to Fiji Melanie Hopkins highlighted this at a press conference held in Suva last week.

Ms Hopkins said the event would be the largest heads of government meeting held in the UK. She said a lot of effort had been put in to ensure the inclusion of small island states.

“There’s been a huge amount of work behind the scenes to ensure that this does have sufficient content for small island states so there are a number of initiatives that will come up as part of that,” Ms Hopkins said.

“For example, the UK and Fiji will co-chair a session on vulnerability in small island states and also the commonwealth secretariat will propose a blue charter which is an initiative that has been designed to acknowledge the leadership of Pacific governments in oceans in particular.”

The theme of the summit is, “Towards a Common Future” and according to Ms Hopkins, it has four pillars.

“Out of the four pillars of the summit, the third pillar is a very important one for the Pacific because it is around sustainability, climate change and building resilience,” she said.

The heads of government meeting will be held from April 16 to 20 and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is expected to attend the meeting.