UN Ocean Conference

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam,Nadawa, Nasinu | Wednesday, June 7, 2017
OUR PM was in high spirits ready to co-preside over the UN Ocean Conference, which opened yesterday.
Secretary-General António Guterres (second from left) with Josaia Bainimarama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji, during the Fijian traditional welcome ceremony to open the Conference. Picture: UN
Secretary-General António Guterres (second from left) with Josaia Bainimarama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji, during the Fijian traditional welcome ceremony to open the Conference. Picture: UN

A large contingent will be representing Fiji at the conference, including the ocean champion and Fisheries Minister Semi Koroilavesau.

Eyes are expected to be at this conference, which is expected to spur action to improve the state of the world's oceans.

The historic traditional iTaukei ceremony to welcome high dignitaries also drew attention and interest while the performance of the RFMF band would have been appreciated by those present at the conference.

Protecting the ocean is an important component of SDG 14 and the UN Ocean Conference will provide participants with an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of our oceans and how we have plagued the oceans with pollutants and destructive fishing habits.

Many livelihoods depend on the ocean for survival and it is important that we take care of the ocean and marine resources, which have made oceans their habitat.

The impact of humans activities on the ocean has been catastrophic and the conference should aim at saving the ocean and the wealth of resources the ocean possesses.

My best wishes to the Fijian delegation in a bid to connect hearts and minds to the environment and especially the ocean around us.

Nature's gifts are often hard to value in monetary terms and we must be grateful to nature and the ocean for the sustaining millions of lives.

As I conclude, I also wish our national soccer team all the best when our boys take on New Caledonia in the Sugar City.

After an impressive outing against the Solomon Islands, Fiji is expected to fight back the tough challenge from New Caledonia, who will be tougher than the Solomon Islands.

To the boys donning the national jumper, play your hearts out and do your best. Maintain the composure and play with some pride.

Fiji all the way!

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