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Fiji to hand over PIDF chair position to Solomon Islands

The 2016 Pacific Islands Development Forum leaders summit is significant as the chair will be passed on from Fiji to the Solomon Islands. This was emphasized by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during his welcoming address at the Pacific Islands Development Forum Leaders Summit in Honiara, Solomon Islands this morning. BAINIMARAMA: “This year’s Leader’s Summit is […]

Salote Qalubau

July 12, 2016 4:03 pm

The 2016 Pacific Islands Development Forum leaders summit is significant as the chair will be passed on from Fiji to the Solomon Islands.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. (Facebook)
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in the Solomon Islands for the PIDF Summit. (Facebook)

This was emphasized by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during his welcoming address at the Pacific Islands Development Forum Leaders Summit in Honiara, Solomon Islands this morning.

BAINIMARAMA: “This year’s Leader’s Summit is also significant because the Chair will pass from Fiji to Solomon Islands, the first country to hold the chair besides Fiji. This shows that our organisation is evolving and maturing. We are a positive force, and we are meeting a very important need in the regional architecture.”

PM Bainimarama said the summit was an opportunity to understand the difficult problems confronting pacific island states, develop the most practical and immediate ways to solve them since the PIDF is becoming the pacific’s collective and undiluted voice.  

BAINIMARAMA: “During our last Summit, we produced the Suva Declaration, which became our Pacific-island appeal to the world’s conscience. And that appeal came with our demand that we would take on our shoulders more than our fair share of the burden of arresting global warming.”

He said the temperature rise had to be limited to one-and-a-half degrees centigrade, since a two-degree limit was inadequate and unacceptable.

BAINIMARAMA: “The goal to limit temperature rise to a 1.5 degrees seems very difficult to achieve under the current predictions, so our mission is more urgent than ever. We need to redouble our efforts, unite more closely, and set an example for the world. Ironically, our efforts, and our leadership, will not just be for our benefit and our children’s future; they will be for the benefit of the entire planet.”

The Prime Minister said the summit dedicated to vigorous discussion regarding the pacific’s marine resources.

BAINIMARAMA: “The ocean that our ancestors sailed to reach our shores, that feeds us, that sustains our economies and is part of our culture. Our oceans are threatened, and with them all the life that depends on them. We must take action now, for ourselves and for our children’s children.”

Meanwhile, Fiji will be co-hosting the World Conference on Seas and Oceans Next June with Sweden.

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