We cannot afford to take a back seat in a global campaign to reverse pollution, over fishing and the ever increasing marine traffic has had on our marine eco-system.
Those were the words of the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama when asked by FijiFirst MP Mataiasi Niumataiwalu to explain what will Fiji push for at the United Nations Oceans Conference and how will we benefit from such engagements.
Bainimarama says they are pushing for a comprehensive review of the current state of our oceans.
He says they want to fully unfilter the truth and reveal to the community of nations as most scientists will be in attendance to detail the scope of the damage our oceans has sustained.
Bainimarama says the conference sees the launching point of the global effort to reclaim what we have lost to the destructive behaviour that has devastated our oceans and seas.
He says this is the eco-system that Fijians rely on to keep their families fed and to generate income to support themselves and their communities.