SUVA, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on Wednesday stressed the importance of multilateralism in shaping a bold and comprehensive plan in post-COVID-19 recovery.
Addressing a virtual high-level meeting at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 75) here on Wednesday, Bainimarama warned that "Whether the challenge is stopping the viral transmission or cutting carbon emissions, unilateralism and inaction threaten us most of all. If either win out, we lose everything."
"We, small nations know that striving for the status quo means doubling down on a path that accelerates global warming. Instead, we must use this recovery as our rallying point towards more and better multilateralism," Bainimarama said.
"The trillions of dollars in economic stimulus packages put forward by advanced countries cannot look backwards to fossil fuels. They must look forward, to a long-sighted recovery, to gender equity, to digital inclusivity, to less inequality, to blue and green development, and onto achieving the life-or-death target of net-zero emissions by mid-century."
He pointed out that for the most vulnerable nations, working towards the future is not a question of resolve but of resources. The present financing available to the most vulnerable nations is insufficient, and their archaic multilateral development finance framework is out-of-touch with the realities of the 21st century.
As an island nation with a population of around 900,000, Fiji has reported 32 COVID-19 cases since March 19 this year and of which, two have died and most of them have fully recovered. Enditem