IN this time of transition for the nation, it is imperative that people commit themselves to peace building, reconciliation, recovery and reconstruction.
While addressing the International Day of Peace celebrations at the Peace Garden in Suva on Friday, Transparency International's Apisalome Tudreu said people should move away from the fragmented existence that had deepened over time.
Mr Tudreu said as Fiji reflected on her experience as a society, people do need to recognise the disastrous impact of the abuse of official duties and entrusted authority directly on individual families.
He said TI had always spoken about the rule of law in the enforcement of acceptable standards on integrity and the importance of popular access to mechanisms for transparency and accountability under a representative government.
"These ensure respect for human rights, and rein in excess particularly in public administration and require the necessary discipline," he said.
"Our attempts of re-building our nation have not been successful and have ended in a relapse after a few years."
Mr Tudreu called on all citizens to reflect on their journey and remind themselves of the importance of families for this nation and for the world.