Guterres calls climate change ‘the battle of my life’


The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has praised Fiji as a strong committed partner in peacekeeping and for taking a leading role in the battle against climate change.

Mr Guterres was speaking after formal talks with the Fijian prime minister Frank Bainimarama this morning.

Mr Guterres said it needs to be recognised the battle is not being won for the commitments made in Paris to be respected and there needs to be much stronger political will to rescue the planet.

There was nowhere better than the Pacific to feel the moral duty to rally the international community, he said.

“The prime minister was telling me in the meeting we just had, that climate change corresponds to the battle of our lives from the point of view of Fiji and the Pacific.

“As secretary general of the United Nations , I have many battles but I have no doubt to say that as a grandfather this is also the battle of my life.”

Mr Guterres side-stepped a reporter’s question on whether human rights issues were discussed with the Fijian prime minister, saying Fiji’s progress is being discussed during the Universal Periodic Review process at the UN Human Rights Council.

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