In Fiji, we place our trust in multilateralism because we believe in the values of peace, justice, respect, human rights, tolerance, and solidarity.
This was stated by Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka during a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the ongoing UN General Assembly.
Rabuka says this year has been pivotal for Fiji and is encouraged by the UN's unwavering support in addressing critical global challenges, such as COVID-19 and the climate emergency.
The Prime Minister expressed his deep gratitude for the opportunity to engage, highlighting the pressing global challenges that are currently testing both individual and collective limits.
He emphasised the far-reaching impact of rising inflation, climate change, energy crises, and geopolitical competition, which are pushing the boundaries of international cooperation and threatening the world's security and governance systems.
While highlighting Fiji's regional priorities, Rabuka says there is significance in dialogue, solidarity, and trust within the Pacific Way, which continues to foster understanding within and beyond the region.
He says that peace and security remain top priorities for Fiji, with a specific focus on geopolitical developments, maritime security, sustainable socioeconomic development, and strengthened partnerships.
Rabuka says the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific outlines our region's development priorities for the next three decades and there is a need for an elevated partnership with the UN to support these priorities.
He has reaffirmed the United Nations of Fiji's unwavering support for climate justice and the reform of International Financial Institutions and multilateral development banks to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels and enhance adaptation efforts.
Rabuka has called for strengthened international cooperation and a paradigm shift in addressing global challenges.
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