The United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG), António Guterres has commended the recent election in Fiji, labeling it as an important milestone in the country’s consolidation of democracy.
While congratulating Prime Minister and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sitiveni Rabuka, he said the United Nations stands ready to support Fiji’s national priorities.
This includes economic recovery, addressing challenges related to climate change and the effective implementation of the Samoa Pathway, as well as the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent.
Guterres said Fiji has been a staunch supporter of multilateralism and climate advocacy, and the country’s meaningful contribution to United Nations peacekeeping is highly appreciated.
“I count on you to continue to advance the values and ideals enshrined in the United Nations Charter, including that of gender equality.”
“In this connection, I welcome the efforts of your country to advance the political participation of women and encourage your leadership to accelerate progress, including by seeking gender parity in Cabinet and senior appointments.”
He looks forward to continuing the close collaboration with Rabuka and the Fiji Government on issues of interest to Fiji and to the wider Pacific region.