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PM Rabuka Bids Farewell to Outgoing Secretary- General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Henry Puna

“When the baton was passed to you two years ago, Forum Leaders entrusted the Secretariat to your capable hands, recognising your extensive experience as a stateman. Your deep understanding of the Forum and its membership assured us all that you were well- equipped to lead”.

These were the sentiments shared by Prime Minister Honourable Sitiveni Rabuka while delivering his heartfelt remarks to the esteemed outgoing Secretary- General, Henry Puna at the Pacific Islands Forum this evening. (16.05.24)

Reflecting on Mr. Puna’s leadership, Prime Minister Rabuka highlighted the important role of Mr. Puna in promoting gender equality, enhancing resilience, forging new partnerships, advancing climate action initiatives, engaging youth in climate negotiations, addressing debt crisis and facilitating trade and economic development across the region. 

“You have demonstrated commitment to advancing the collective welfare and aspirations of Pacific Islands nations, emboldens us to believe in your ongoing advocacy ensuring that our region’s concerns remain steadfastly championed on the global stage.” 

Further expressing confidence in Mr. Puna’s dedication to the region, Prime Minister Rabuka stressed Mr. Puna’s leadership was characterised by a steadfast commitment to advancing regionalism and address pressing issues of Pacific Island nations.

“Under his guidance, the Pacific Island Forum achieved numerous milestones, including strategic endorsements such as the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent and the Pacific Roadmap for the Economic Development”. 

Concluding his remarks, Prime Minister Rabuka extended his heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Puna and the Cook Islands for their contributions, wishing him success in his future endeavours.

“Secretary General, as you return to your beautiful island of Cook Islands and to your family, you take with you the gratitude of the people of the Pacific. We wish you well in your future endeavours”.

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