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Fiji PM rallies support in the US for climate change campaign

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Update: 10:57PM PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama tonight used a Black and White Ball in San Francisco to rally support from Fijian nationals in the United States for the island nation's campaign at the COP23 next month.

At the ball held at the Holiday Inn Hotel in California, Mr Bainimarama said over the past few days, he and his wife Mary had seen and talked to so many accomplished and talented members of Fiji's diaspora community.

He said from Vancouver down to San Francisco, they were blessed to have such great ambassadors to Fiji spread far and wide around the globe.

"Every day as a Fijian in America, your pride is a testimonial for our country. The smiles that you share with neighbours can turn into diplomacy. Your words and cherished memories can be converted into increased tourism and investment. And most importantly, your pride in our shared identity as Fijians brings our entire Fijian family closer together," Mr Bainimarama said in his address.

"With COP23 fast approaching, the coming months are going to be an opportunity for you all to show that pride more than ever before.

"Fiji is not just leading the South Pacific - we are leading the world's campaign on the most pressing issue of our time.

"Share the news and developments with your friends, your coworkers, and your community. By doing this, you are helping Fiji in ways that cannot be accomplished on our own."

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