UN Secretary General to visit Fiji next week
May 8, 2019 12:55 pm
United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG), Antonio Guterres [Source: UN]
The United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG), Antonio Guterres will be in Fiji next week as part of his first official visit to the Pacific.
This historic visit becomes a milestone achievement towards cementing stronger diplomatic relations between the United Nations and the Pacific Region, especially in the lead up to the UNSG’s climate action summit in September.
The visit will unfold opportunities for the region to advance their leadership and raise their voice on issues of global importance, key focus being on climate change mitigation.
It will also significantly deepen the cooperation in advancing the Pacific’s development interests and priorities.
As part of the planned five days visit, Pacific Islands Forum Leaders will converge in Suva for the first time since 2015, to hold a Talanoa session on the climate change priorities, and also to seize the opportunity in having bilateral meetings in relevance to the national priorities.
The UNSG will also meet with President Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote and senior government and non-government officials.
A bilateral meeting is also being scheduled between UNSG and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on the third day of the visit.
As part of this official tour, UNSG will also be visiting, New Zealand, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.