PM supports Nelson Mandela Political Declaration on Fiji’s behalf

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama addressing world leaders at the Plenary Nelson Mandela Peace Summit held at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Nelson Mandela Political Declaration and this Summit amplify our own national priorities and with how we Fijians see ourselves in the world, as champions of peace, able and willing to forge bonds across the global stage, and as committed partners in uplifting and protecting all people, irrespective of who they are or where they may come from.

Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said this in his speech at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit Plenary held at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York highlighting that he supported the Political Declaration on behalf of Fiji.

“… Sometimes we have to make sacrifices to forge enduring and just solutions to long-standing problems. Mandela knew that. In fact, that is how he lived his life,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“It is a truth we in Fiji recognise as well. That is why thousands of brave Fijians have served on the frontlines of conflict areas around the world as UN Peacekeepers over the past 40 years.

“We’re deeply proud of that legacy. We’re proud to make such a large commitment to global peace for a nation of our size and population.

“And we are equally proud to lead the world in confronting some of the great challenges facing humanity, like that of climate change and the degradation of our oceans and seas.

“We’ve led those important campaigns, as President of COP23 and co-chair of the UN Ocean Conference, as part of our commitment to the global human family, and we have built bridges to nations, state and local governments, civil society, business leaders and ordinary citizens to overcome what differences we may have in order to realise common goals – a stated objective in the Declaration.”

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