His Excellency Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama

Statement Summary

JOSAIA VOREQE BAINIMARAMA, Prime Minister of Fiji, said his country’s contributions to the United Nations are driven by genuine care for those less fortunate and an uncompromising passion to protect nature and cited its contributions to peacekeeping, diplomacy and efforts to advance the priorities of small island developing States.  Still, developing nations face terrifying challenges that are resulting in losses to hard earned development gains.  He warned the Assembly that if action is not taken, a bleak 2020 will only be the beginning of tumultuous decades to come.  “Every nation, large and small, stands a better chance at our best future by acting in solidarity,” he said, calling for peace in a world of net-zero emissions, sustainably managed oceans and equitable development.