In this morning’s First Dialogue on Political Leadership, Regionalism, Peace, and Security, Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka brought a poignant message to the attention of Pacific leaders and forum dialogue partners.
Prime Minister Rabuka spoke on the significance of Remembrance Day, specifically commemorating World War One.
He urged collective reflection, stating, “At 11 o’clock on the 11th of November, we will remember the end of World War One and pray for those who sacrificed their lives for the future we live in, saying never again.”
Reflecting on the historical context, he acknowledged that World War Two and subsequent conflicts had left an indelible mark.
Prime Minister Rabuka paid tribute to those who made the supreme sacrifice and prompted leaders to consider the actions needed in the present to avoid the repetition of such large-scale wars.
“In our time, we must examine what we are doing to prevent the recurrence of wars on the scale of those we have gone through,” Prime Minister Rabuka remarked.
He extended thoughts to those currently embroiled in conflicts in Europe and the Middle East, emphasising the need for prayers and strategic planning to prevent similar conflicts in the Pacific region.
Today’s Pacific Islands Forum post-dialogue sessions will focus on the 2050 Strategy Implementation Plan.
Discussions will revolve around engaging Pacific partnerships strategically to deliver impactful programs for the benefit of the Blue Pacific Region.
Prime Minister Rabuka’s call for reflection and proactive leadership underscores the importance of collective action to maintain peace and security in the Pacific region.