The Prime Minister has commended the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office for their role in bringing to life, on images, the importance of implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, more commonly known as SDGs.
At the launch of a photo exhibition this evening organised by the UNDP which depicts the work undertaken to achieve the 17 goals, the PM highlighted the importance of this work for people around the world.
“It transforms the 17 SDGs from words on a page – a bold statement of principles – into compelling images to which we can all relate. We can all appreciate. And these images underline why the comprehensive plan of action the SDGs entail to improve the state of our world is so important for every Fijian”, PM Bainimarama said.
As the PM launched the exhibition at the Fiji Museum, he reminded guests on the urgency of implementing all of the SDGs especially SDG 13 which commits the global community to “take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact.”
The PM added that decisive climate action must also come from state and local governments, civil society, business and citizens everywhere.
“We all have a role to play and we must play it. We must also put a human face on the impacts of climate change and other SDGs. This is not some abstract thing that exists in charts and graphs, it is a real-world challenge affecting the lives and livelihoods of people around the world.”
The UN SDGs photo exhibition will be open to public from tomorrow until 13th of October at the Fiji Museum.
To read the PM’s full speech, click here.
[Source: Fijian Government]