Fiji

15 May 2019, Suva

Opening remarks at joint press encounter with Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama of Fiji

Thank you, your Excellency Honourable Prime Minister, for your words and especially thank you very much for the extremely warm hospitality I have been enjoying in your wonderful country.
 
This visit has two dimensions: the Fijian dimension and the Pacific dimension.
 
In the Fijian dimension it is a visit of gratitude in which I want to express how much we appreciate the extraordinary contribution of the Fijian people and the Fijian Government to all the important areas of action of the United Nations and all the important areas of international cooperation.

15 May 2019, Suva

Address to Fijian Parliament

Your Excellency, Honourable Speaker Mr. Nailatikau, 
Your Excellency, Honourable Prime Minister Bainimarama,
Distinguished Ministers and Members of Parliament,
 
I am delighted to be here today.  
 
It is a great honour to address the Parliament of the Republic of Fiji. 
 
I was in parliament for 26 years of my life. Six and a half of them as Prime Minister.
 

15 May 2019, Suva, Fiji

Secretary-General's joint press encounter with Prime Minister of Fiji Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama

Thank you, your Excellency Honourable Prime Minister, for your words and especially thank you very much for the extremely warm hospitality I have been enjoying in your wonderful country.
 
This visit has two dimensions: the Fijian dimension and the Pacific dimension.
 
In the Fijian dimension it is a visit of gratitude in which I want to express how much we appreciate the extraordinary contribution of the Fijian people and the Fijian Government to all the important areas of action of the United Nations and all the important areas of international cooperation.

15 May 2019, Suva, Fiji

Secretary-General's address to Fijian Parliament [as delivered]

Your Excellency, Honourable Speaker Mr. Nailatikau, 
 
Your Excellency, Honourable Prime Minister Bainimarama,
 
Distinguished Ministers and Members of Parliament,
 
I am delighted to be here today.  
 
It is a great honour to address the Parliament of the Republic of Fiji. 
 
I was in parliament for 26 years of my life. Six and a half of them as Prime Minister.
 

14 May 2019, Suva

Remarks at the Pacific Islands Forum

Distinguished Heads of State and Government,
Secretary-General,
Excellencies,
 
Thank you, President Waqa of Nauru, Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, for bringing us together at this critical moment.
 
Thank you also to Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, for strengthening the cooperation between our two organizations.
 
I am delighted to be visiting the Pacific region for the first time as Secretary-General.
 

15 May 2019, Suva

Remarks at the closing of High-Level Political Dialogue of the Pacific Island Forum

Thank you, Mr. President.
 
This has been a very illuminating meeting. I learned a lot. Allow me to extract four main conclusions from everything I heard today.
 

15 May 2019, Suva, Fiji

Secretary-General's remarks to the press with Pacific Islands Forum Troika and Pacific Island Forum Secretary-General

Question: Hello Secretary-General, welcome to Suva and the Pacific - my question is having heard there is a race for climate change and ocean during the High-Level meeting this morning calling for swift and decisive action from your office and that is a big responsibility a big political ask. How do you think to handle or to deal with the call from Pacific leaders in addressing global climate change and their concerns?

15 May 2019, Suva, Fiji

Secretary-General’s remarks at the closing of High-Level Political Dialogue of the Pacific Island Forum

Thank you, Mr. President.
 
This has been a very illuminating meeting. I learned a lot. Allow me to extract four main conclusions from everything I heard today.
 

14 May 2019, Suva, Fiji

Secretary-General's remarks at the Pacific Islands Forum [as delivered]

Distinguished Heads of State and Government,
Secretary-General,
Excellencies,
 
Thank you, President Waqa of Nauru, Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, for bringing us together at this critical moment.
 
Thank you also to Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, for strengthening the cooperation between our two organizations.
 
I am delighted to be visiting the Pacific region for the first time as Secretary-General.