Fiji Delivers National Statement at the United Nations Security Council
Foreign Minister, Hon. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola delivered Fiji’s national statement at the United Nations Security Council today. The occasion was the Security Council’s debate on peace and security challenges facing the small island developing States. The debate was presided over by New Zealand’s Foreign Minister, Hon. Murray McCully, serving in New Zealand’s capacity as President of the Security Council for the month of July.
The Fiji statement joined other small island developing States in focusing on the security threats posed by Climate Change. Minister Kubuabola said that to respond to the security threats small island developing States need “strategic investments in adaptation measures. We need to move from rhetoric to a more pragmatic and action-oriented response. We believe it is for the Security Council, and development partners, to bring greater international effort to ensuring we have the capacity, both human and institutional, to deal with this existential threat to the security of the small island developing States.”
Fiji’s statement at the Security Council also gave attention to the threats to planetary biodiversity with special mention of oceans and seas. Minister Kubuabola said it was essential that we protect and restore the health, productivity and resi-lience of our oceans, marine ecosystems and fisheries. He highlighted the threats to island economies from illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, and called on the Security Council to help overcome this problem by strengthening interna-tional monitoring, control and surveillance of oceans.
The Fiji statement also addressed the vulnerability of small island developing States to transnational criminal activities including drug traders and humantraffickers. These activities are threats, Minister Kubuabola said, because many small island countries struggle to control sovereign boundaries in the face of organized transnational crime. In addition, he said, the resources of organized crime have the capacity to introduce corruption to vulnerable countries. The Fiji Minister called for greater assistance, cooperation and resources to be provided to control these illegal activities.
In the margins of today’s Security Council meeting, Foreign Minister Kubuabola has held bilateral meetings with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon; the Foreign Minister of New Zealand, Hon. Murray McCully; the Swedish Minister of International Development Cooperation, Hon. Isabella Lovin; and the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the UN, H.E. Mr. Matthew Rycroft.