The Prime Minister, Hon. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama officially launched the International Year of the Reef at Nukubati Island, Macuata yesterday.
“This is a global event of relevance to every single person on earth. But it has a particular resonance for the Fijian people because of where we are today – on the edge of one of our most precious national assets, the Great Sea Reef or Cakaulevu Reef, as it is known in iTaukei”.
He emphasized the importance of protecting our reefs and the commitment made by Government with the recent Cabinet approval of the nomination of a significant part of the Reef as a Ramsar site under the Convention on Wetlands. This ensures its management and protection for future generations.
Fiji’s Prime Minister and COP23 President also acknowledged the UN for the honour of choosing Fiji to highlight the state of the world’s reefs. He also congratulated the Tui Macuata and his people and partner organisations, like the WWF, for their leadership.
“I want to use this opportunity as COP President and as the new year begins to reaffirm Fiji’s determination to continue to lead the global climate negotiations with absolute vigour, focus and commitment”.
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