FIJI HOSTS MEETING OF SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES

The Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, will open a meeting of Pacific countries in Nadi tomorrow as they prepare for a global gathering of Small Island Developing States in Samoa next year.

The three-day Pacific Preparatory Meeting is one of four across the world leading up the Third International Small Islands Developing States conference in September 2014.

One has already been held in Jamaica and two more will be held in Seychelles and Barbados later this year.

Delegates to the Nadi conference – to be held at the Raddison Resort on Denarau – will have an agenda that includes climate change, natural disasters, poverty alleviation and the proper management of resources.

Other topics include human trafficking, the need for better governance, better social protection and the preservation of traditional cultures and practices.

The Prime Minister will give the opening address tomorrow morning after he returns to Fiji from his visit to the 35th Independence anniverary  celebrations in Solomon Islands.