Fiji invited to work closely with UN in shaping the 2019 UN Climate Summit

Fiji PM Voreqe Bainimarama presents a gift to the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés. Picrture: SUPPLIED

FIJI has been invited by the United Nations to work closely with them to shape next year’s UN Climate Summit convening on September 17 in 2019.

Fiji’s global leadership on climate change and oceans was praised by the president of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, at a meeting in in New York with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Mr Bainimarama met Ms Garcés to talk about a range of issues, including the need for closer collaboration between Fiji and the UNGA to make the UN more relevant to Fijian communities, families and ordinary citizens.

The Fijian PM outlined his priorities for the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly and conveyed his full support towards Ms Garcés in her leadership of the session.

Ms Garcés also commended Mr Bainimarama on his efforts on gender parity in the military and peacekeeping operations.

While in New York, the Prime Minister will take part in a number of high-level bilateral meetings with other global leaders, including other heads of Government, and make statements in a series of forums that address the pressing issues facing Fiji.

Mr Bainimarama will deliver Fiji’s national statement at the United National General Assembly on Friday September 28, 2018.

The 73rd UNGA will open on Tuesday, September 25, and come to a close on Friday, October 5.

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