In a meeting with Prime Minister Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama, Commonwealth
Secretary General Baroness Patricia Scotland reaffirmed support for
Fiji’s efforts to combat climate change.
Baroness Scotland said the Commonwealth continues to stand behind the
Fijian Government’s leadership in the fight against climate change
through Fiji’s Presidency of the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23),
adding that the Commonwealth will facilitate action teams to work
together for the Commonwealth Blue Charter Fund.
The Secretary General also conveyed the Commonwealth’s gratitude for
the successful hosting of the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education
Ministers (CCEM), held in Nadi earlier this year. CCEM saw the arrival
of education ministers and their delegations from throughout the
Commonwealth in Fiji, the first Pacific Island to play host to the
influential meeting. Fiji’s CCEM was widely hailed as a success by the
During their meeting, the Prime Minister provided Hon. Scotland with an
update on Fiji’s COP23 presidency and the implementation of its
outcomes, and indicated that the Talanoa Dialogue introduced by Fiji in
Bonn last year will continue when Poland is handed over the COP
presidency. He also highlighted the country’s plans for celebrating
the 50th anniversary of Fiji’s national independence in 2020.
Their discussions took place in the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of
Government Meeting (CHOGM), which is currently underway in London,
England. CHOGM 2018 has brought together a diverse community of 53
nations to discuss shared global challenges, and Prime Minister
Bainimarama plans to build support among Commonwealth nations for the
cause of decisive climate action in his capacity as President of COP23.
Prime Minister Bainimarama has a series of high-level forums and
meetings during the week, where he is expected to meet with his various
counterparts in attendance to strengthen Fiji’s bilateral relations,
build support for the global campaign for climate action, and promote
Fijian business and trade. Fiji’s attendance at CHOGM aims to attract
investment, highlight the unique challenges of small states, and draw
attention to the nation’s sustainable and resilient model of economic
growth. He is joined by leaders from around the Commonwealth, where
Heads of Government are gathering to address shared global challenges
and work toward securing a better future.
CHOGM stands as an opportunity for Fiji to once again stand out on the
global stage. Throughout the week, Fiji will have a voice at numerous
business forums, take part in investment and trade events, and launch
the nation’s Green Bond on the London Stock Exchange, among a string
of other distinguished and impactful events. Prime Minister Bainimarama
will also personally meet with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
and members of the Royal Family.
The Prime Minister is accompanied in London by the Minister for
Industry, Trade and Tourism Hon. Faiyaz Siddiq Koya and the High Level
Climate Champion Hon. Inia Seruiratu.
Source: Department of Information