Fiji PM Leads Delegation To World Humanitarian Summit


Bainimarama to call for help to resettle climate refugees

By Reginald Chandar

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, May 23, 2016) – Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is leading a Fijian delegation to the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit, which opens later today in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Summit is being attended by representatives of 175 countries, including 53 Heads of State and Government who will discuss a range of humanitarian challenges such as the mass displacement of refugees due to conflict and natural disasters.

In a series of statements at the Summit, PM Bainimarama will call on the global community to assist countries such as Fiji with the funds they need to build their resilience to climate change and brief other nations on the relief and rehabilitation effort in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

He will also be speaking about the need for international assistance to enable Fiji to give permanent refuge to the people of Kiribati and Tuvalu in the event that both nations are submerged by the rising seas caused by global warming.

In other sessions, the Prime Minister will speak about the Government’s program to improve the position of women and girls in Fiji and the steps being taken to integrate the private sector into decision making and improve the ability of the business community to deal with disaster.

Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Nazhat Shameem and the Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Yogesh Karan are part of the Fijian delegation. 

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