Fiji

05 April 2022, Fiji

Deputy Secretary-General's video message to Pacific Regional Debt Conference

Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I want to express my gratitude to Fiji and Tuvalu for co-convening the first-ever Pacific Regional Debt Conference.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has not only destroyed lives and livelihoods, but has had significant macroeconomic consequences, deepening and increasing inequality across and within all regions.

Unaisi Lutu Vuniwaqa Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security

Unaisi Lutu Vuniwaqa

Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed on 12 November 2021 Unaisi Lutu Vuniwaqa of Fiji as Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security.  Ms. Vuniwaqa succeeds Nóirín O’Sullivan of Ireland to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her contribution and dedication. 
  
As deputy to the Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security, the Assistant Secretary-General will be responsible for day-to-day management, supporting in the overall leadership and management of the Department. 
  

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.